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 Post subject: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:26 pm 
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Hi everyone,

I am one of those annoying people you see wandering around the camps at night with a torch, scanning the branches of every tree and beaming into every dark corner in search of night time wonders.

I spent 8 nights in the park recently and did plenty of night time exploring, but was a bit disappointed with my lack of success.

I still saw some great things, including:

OLIFANTS
- An absolutely gigantic scorpion near the petrol station
- A spring hare on the grass alongside reception

TAMBOTI
- 2 female bushbuck
- impala
- a very strange fast-moving, frantic spider thing
- hyaena on the perimeter fence (though I was more interested in what's inside, than outside)

LOWER SABIE
- tons and tons of shongololos in all the trees

CROC BRIDGE
- Small nagapie tight-rope walking across a telephone wire

I was wondering what others have seen with their torches at night? I was quite surprised not to see any snakes, as I assumed they were nocturnal. Perhaps I am just not a great night-time snake spotter!


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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:47 pm 
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I think its much the same as daytime spotting... On the right place at the right time.
I have been quite lucky.
Had a few bushbaby spots (Satara, Letaba, Skukuza)
A Pearl spotted owl (Olifants)
Giant eagle owl (Letaba)
Chameleon (Tamboti)
A genet (Skukuza)
Stripedpolecat (Skukuza)
Honeybadger (Satara and Tamboti)
And lots of Scorpions and Red Romans in Balule

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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:54 pm 
Skukuza :2 hyaena's and a steenbok and nagapeis
Lower sabie :2 hyaena's and a white owl
Berg en dal :caracol,elephant,water buck and a white rhino


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Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:06 pm 
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Till quite recently, hyenas were common visitors in Skukuza at night and gave us a few bad scares!
A long time ago I also saw lion in Skukuza at night.
In October we had a buffalo going to sleep next to our tent, but luckily on the other side of the fence!
We also saw a skink in Balule.

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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:14 pm 
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I love doing this - it makes me feel like a little boy with a new toy, and for me it can be a great adventure going around the camp at night with a torch to see what I can find.


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Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:58 am 
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bigbuf wrote:
Love using my torch around the camp fences, we have often seen amazing sights this way.
At th moment i have a 20 million candle power rechargeable spotlight, myself and my best mate seem to have a competition on the go and every time we meet at the Kruger we try and outdo each other with a bigger/brighter spotlight. My wife thinks we're both pretty sad but there you go !

I hope she dosnt read this but check out this 40 million candle power beast i have my eye on.

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Perhaps you should 'surprise' your friend with a UV Torch (blue light) that shows up scorpions... That was my intended 'fun' activity for my teenage kids during the holidays, but I'm afraid all the rain washed the scorpies out to sea or into hiding... :(

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Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:16 am 
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Satara: Lots of hyenas
Orpen: Leopard on it's way to the waterhole
Berg en Dal: Two male lions
Balule: Leopard passing by

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Huge male lion in Letaba
Civet and hyena in Shingwedzi very close to each other
Hyena and civet in Tamboti
Hyena and rhino in Berg en Dal
Hyena, African Wild cat and Genet in Skukuza
And a snake crawled into our tent in Satara which we had to get removed.


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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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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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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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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:19 pm 
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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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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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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:28 am 
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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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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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