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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Eagle Owl » Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:48 pm

Last December we had a hippo grazing about two meters from the fence at Balule where our tent was pitched. I just got in to bed around 23h00 when SO spotted it outside. Then there was the usual hyenas patrolling the fence day and night.

At Letaba we had a sudden heavy noise which we thought was a elephant trampling through the thickets. We waited in heavy anticipation as the noise drew near, our hearts beating with exitement I do not feel very often. It turned out to be a buffalo which was still worth while.
There was the thicktailed bushbaby we saw very clearly. Wild Dreamer (my mom) and SO saw a porcupine a few nights later trying to get through the fence to get in to Letaba!!! :shock:

Although most of these sightings were on the other side of the camp's fence, SO and I decided that we would always be camping so that we could be next to the fence. This would give us more opportunity to see some animals at night as well...and it is more affordable.... :tongue:

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Lowveldboy » Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:29 pm

Well most on the other side, but still very cool.

Punda Maria - Ciwet, genet
Skukuza - Porcupine
Shipandane hide - The infamous short temper of a buffalo bull. We were doing the regular KNP supper (meat on a fire) when something scraped against the poles. Having let out all the fluids in the body :wink: we went inside, I then torched around and into the eyes of the buff, he was not to happy and then proceeded to take his anger out on some poor tree, which was a great wake-up to the brute power of these guys, and the short temper. Then got woken next morning by a hippo scattering his dung less than 3 metres fom where I was sleeping, maybe telling me what he though of us sleeping in his domain :hmz: :P
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Re: sightings within Lower Sabie Camp

Unread postby GlenD » Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:56 am

Penny wrote:We have had elephant and a male lion INSIDE the camp on the same morning!


An elephant and a male lion inside Lower Sabie, when did this happen (I know of the lioness that accidentally ran into the camp and was subsequently shot)?
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Re: sightings within Lower Sabie Camp

Unread postby SPOTS! » Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:44 pm

3lions were not long ago in lower sabie picnic area.all day visitors had to be evacuated and rangers had to get them out of the site.SCARY but true...

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Re: sightings within Lower Sabie Camp

Unread postby Penny » Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:48 pm

The elephant and lion incident was in October 1998!
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby macktheknife » Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:28 am

Mfezi wrote:A Marbled Tree snake in the rolled up side panel of my tent in Tamboti camp


Thats a lovely sighting Mfezi, I must add that to my most wanted list! :pray:

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Mfezi » Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:15 am

picnic wrote::hmz: What kind off snake?


Picnic, just google Marble tree snake under Images. You will then see the snake. Really beautiful. :thumbs_up:

@Mactheknife: thank you!! I took some photos, but the snake was too far in... What a pity!! It was awesome, and also my first life one out in the wild. :dance: :dance:

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Supernova » Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:41 pm

Skukuza: Bushbabies, Genet, Hyena, Hippo, Elephant, Buffalo

Satara: Honey Badger

Biyamiti: Leopard huntning Bushbuck :clap: , Male Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Genet

Talamati: Elephant, Rhino

Tamboti: Civet, Genet

Berg en Dal: Elephant, Rhino

Owls in most camps :D
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby ossendryver » Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:45 pm

great thread!!
i love doing this because i often get rewarded.
last weekend i saw:
bush babies on the roof of our bungalow at -letaba
poisonous scorpion that i nearly stood on in our bungalow at -letaba
squirrel at -shingwedzi
other trips
lion at -skukuza
hyenas at -satara
elephants mating at -shingwedzi
Genet at-satara

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby macktheknife » Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:50 pm

Can you share some of your snake-spotting tips, Macktheknife?


Hi Jeffgordon, on some trips to Kruger I've seen absolutley no snakes at night then sometimes on one particular trip I'll get lucky and see it all. Finding snakes is always my sole intention when venturing around the camps at night with a torch and anything else is just a bonus. I concentrate on looking where the ground meets structures like walls (low or high), large trees or rocks and also (if possible), near water where they might come in search of frogs. The python was shown to me by a first class ranger who knew I was interested in seeing one, although this was not actually spotted within a camp. When looking for snakes it is advisable to know your snakes well and always keep a safe distance (even from those that are not considered venomous), in order to give them the freedom they deserve and also for one's own safety. :D

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby ossendryver » Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:49 pm

Interesting
Thanks I'll use this advice next time I'm in a camp.

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Mohsin » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:25 pm

Hey guys,

Once when i was at Talamati I saw a leopard, 2 lion, a herd of ellie, a rhino and a few sable !!! :mrgreen:

It was one of the best trips i had !!!
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby PhilHill » Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:27 am

I was in Kruger last week and saw the folowing at night -

Letaba - Spotted Hyena
Letaba - large solifuge (sun spider/red roman are common names)
Tsendze - Parabuthus Transvaalensis scorpion (have UV torch and photo - how do I load them) - these are dangerous ones - small pincers, thick tail

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby jeffgordon » Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:01 pm

Finding snakes is always my sole intention when venturing around the camps at night with a torch and anything else is just a bonus. I concentrate on looking where the ground meets structures like walls (low or high), large trees or rocks and also (if possible), near water where they might come in search of frogs.


Aah, that was my mistake, Macktheknife. I was just looking IN the trees, scanning all the branches.

I am back in Lower Sabie for 5 nights in early January, so I will report back on whether your tips led me to success.

And don't worry, I will be keeping a very healthy distance from any snakes I see. I have a strange fascination with snakes. I am terrified of them, but like a rubbernecker at a road accident, I just can't help looking for them!

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby sandy » Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:10 pm

We love walking with our torch at night in camp and scouring the perimeter and have often been rewarded for the effort!

Satara - Cheetah
Honey Badger
Elephant
Hyena
Civet
Skukuza - Thick tail Bushbabies
Elephant
Monkeys
Hyena
Honey Badger
Hippo
L/ Sabie - Hyena
Baboon
Buffalo

Must admit, never really thought about snakes too much, might just put me off... that is the one thing in the bush that terrifies me. Have wonderful photos of snakes - but from the safety of the vehicle... :thumbs_up:


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