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Re: sightings within Lower Sabie Camp

Unread postby saraf » Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:53 am

On our Dec/Jan trip 2 years ago we decided to have a lie in.
However I couldn't sleep , so I took my coffee to the stoop and had a great view of 4 elephants on the opposite bank coming down for a bathe and play.

Last Oct we arrived back from a drive, having just seen 8 lions on the bridge over the river.
When we asked our neighbours if they'd seen them they replied no, not from the bridge, but they got a good view of the trying to bring down a giraffe on the sand bank opposite the chalets.

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Re: sightings within Lower Sabie Camp

Unread postby SusieB » Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:16 pm

We spent 2 hours with torches watching 4 male lions hunting in the reeds right in front of our river view tent one night in August. It was amazing, one of the highlights of our trip!! Just a shame it was too dark for photos...

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Re: sightings within Lower Sabie Camp

Unread postby big5spotter » Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:24 pm

Hyena's ellies buff hippos and while we were on a night drive my parents saw a male lion walking along the fence while they were on the deck
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Re: sightings within Lower Sabie Camp

Unread postby RogerFraser » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:59 pm

we had this guy visit us a few times while camping there two years ago :

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Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby jeffgordon » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:26 pm

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

Unread postby Bushbaby30 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:47 pm

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

Unread postby picnic » 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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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Bushmom » Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:06 pm

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

Unread postby macktheknife » Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:14 pm

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

Unread postby lee lewis » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:58 am

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

Unread postby zeelie » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:16 am

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

Unread postby Bundi » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:29 am

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

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:30 pm

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

Unread postby Nina! » Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:57 pm

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

Unread postby mizzbee » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:19 pm

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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