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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:30 pm 
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Not very productive for us, but I remember over 22 visits;

Snakes on the road at Skukuza in the camping area on a hot September night,
Scops owls in Tamboti, Talamati, Letaba (pearlie also),
Bush baby & bbj Skukuza,
Civet in a tree in LS,
AWC in Tamboti, while on a night ride.

The best sighting I had was 2 years ago after watching my beloved Man United defeat Arsenil in the champions league one dark night in Letaba (courtesy of the duty manager and the TV room) , after all the humans were sleeping, while trying to work out all the noises of the night, while walking back 'home' was....nothing, thankfuly as I got back to the rondavel.

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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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At night in camp:
Genet (Berg-en-Dal)
Bushbabies (Skukuza)
Honey badger (Orpen)
Bats in hut (Letaba, Lower Sabie, Biyamiti)

and on the other side of the fence:
Elephant (Berg-en-Dal, Sirheni, Letaba)
Hyena (Letaba, Berg-en-Dal)
Buffalos (Orpen, Satara)


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Bush Baptist wrote:
The best sighting I had was 2 years ago after watching my beloved Man United defeat Arsenil in the champions league
:naughty: :naughty: I like Arsenal.

I used to wander around at night without a care in the world until I started reading all those scary stories about what does manage to get inside the camps.

I did see Halley's Comet from Letaba in 1986. I used to get up in the early hours of the morning just to watch this probably once in a life time event. Unfortunately it was not spectacular.

I did see lots and lots of bats during this period.

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Bush Baptist wrote:
Snakes on the road at Skukuza in the camping area on a hot September night

Thank goodness I'll be camping there in December then! :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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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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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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A Marbled Tree snake in the rolled up side panel of my tent in Tamboti camp - Nov 2008 and a scorpion at the ablution building in Maroela. :big_eyes:


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Scops owls at Satara :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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:hmz: What kind off snake?


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Mfezi wrote:
A Marbled Tree snake in the rolled up side panel of my tent in Tamboti camp
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Thats a lovely sighting Mfezi, I must add that to my most wanted list! :pray:


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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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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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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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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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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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The best time for snakes is at night and I've seen numerous in Kruger, mainly mozambique spitting cobra's, a few puffies and a decent sized african rock python, around 3.5 - 4 meters. The black mamba is still top of my list although I think a daytime sighting would be preferred :D


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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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The best time for snakes is at night and I've seen numerous in Kruger, mainly mozambique spitting cobra's, a few puffies and a decent sized african rock python, around 3.5 - 4 meters. The black mamba is still top of my list although I think a daytime sighting would be preferred


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


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SATARA LEOPARD IN TREE WITH LIONS ROARING WATCHED IT FOR AT LEAST 1/2 AN HOUR.
SATARA LIONS BY RESTAURANT
HYENAS EVERYWHERE
ELES BUFF AND HIPPOS AT LOWER SABIE
BUSH BABY AT SKUKUZA


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