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Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:38 pm

Any recent sightings that you would like to share with us for the area from the Pafuri Gate to the Pafuri Picnic Spot and the gravel roads around Pafuri picnic spot? Last year we saw Njala from the picnic spot and on the gravel road east from the picnic spot a Caracal.
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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:48 pm

A caracal near pafuri :shock: Must have been super!
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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby johanrebel » Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:29 pm

A caracal was also seen in January on the H1-9, near the 11 marker.

Lion and leopard have been fairly common on the H1-9 in January and February, the latter mostly after dark though.

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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:02 am

Cheetah the caracal was indeed a great sighting :D and we saw it very clearly for less than a minute before it disappeared. I am glad that johanrebel also saw one of these magnificent animals in the Pafuri region. We have also seen the most magnificent Kudu bull that I have ever seen in Kruger on the road from the Gate to the picnic spot. I know that the Pafuri area may not be as productive sightings wise as elsewhere in Kruger but it certainly is very special and an unspoilt wilderness area where the nature and the animals are still king. We have never seen lion or leopard in that area but maybe the next time although the atmosphere compensates for everything else that a person might miss out on :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:36 am

Grantmissy wrote:I know that the Pafuri area may not be as productive sightings wise as elsewhere in Kruger but it certainly is very special and an unspoilt wilderness area where the nature and the animals are still king. We have never seen lion or leopard in that area but maybe the next time although the atmosphere compensates for everything else that a person might miss out on

Indeed! :thumbs_up:

When I was quite young we got stuck in the mud turning around in the Pafuri area! We said we don't have anything to fear since there are not any predators in the area :tongue: But I have seen leopard pics in the Pafuri region in trip reports. Lions ... I havn't seen evidence of them there yet :wink:
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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby johanrebel » Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:36 pm

Grantmissy wrote: I am glad that johanrebel also saw one of these magnificent animals in the Pafuri region.
I'm afraid I did not see it myself, but I know the person who did.

Grantmissy wrote:We have never seen lion or leopard in that area but maybe the next time although the atmosphere compensates for everything else that a person might miss out on .
Funnily enough, I've seen far more leopards on that otherwise boring tar road to the border post than on the S63 along the river.

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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby johanrebel » Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:40 pm

cheetah2111 wrote:
Grantmissy wrote:Lions ... I havn't seen evidence of them there yet :wink:
Trust me, they are there!

The local Pafuri pride admittedly spends most of its time on the Makuleke side of the river, but they can be seen on the southern side too, or sometimes from the southern side on the northern bank, or from Luvuvhu bridge.

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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:27 am

Hi Johanrebel I think Cheetah mentioned that but I am very glad that the lions are there :D ! One of the smaller, but equally important mammals, that I would like to see is a Shrew and someone once mentioned that the four-toed Elephant Shrew might be seen at the Pafuri Camp but I have never stayed there. I wonder if anyone has seen a Samango Monkey in the Pafuri region but I guess it is highly unlikely. I have seen them in Magoebaskloof though :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:36 pm

I also saw my first Crested Guinea fowl in the pouring rain on the little link road between the S63 tar roads and Nyala drive this recent trip. Very chuffed but due to the rain didn't get any great pics, enough to recognize them that's all.
Also saw a Tambourine Dove on the Nyala drive road, a new tick for me! :dance:
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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:34 am

Elsa wrote: also saw my first Crested Guinea fowl in the pouring rain on the little link road between the S63 tar roads and Nyala drive this recent trip.


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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sat May 12, 2012 4:24 pm

4 wild dogs on the move on the H1-9 bt Pafuri at 12:30 today :dance:
1km North of the S63 8)
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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby picnic » Sat May 12, 2012 4:29 pm

:shock: Cheetah that is great. :D What are you doing there? :tongue:

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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:01 pm

Grantmissy wrote:someone once mentioned that the four-toed Elephant Shrew might be seen at the Pafuri Camp.
That's correct. They are common both in camp and the wider area, but not necessarily easily seen. Most sightings are of them crossing the road at speed, both in daylight and at night. I've also seen one running around on a walk in the Hutwini area.

In camp, they are most easliy found by listening out for them stamping a hind foot. According to The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion. "when alarmed, they rapidly stamp their hind feet on the substrate". Personally, I'm inclined to think it is a territorial or mating behavior. Firstly, I've only ever seen or heard them do this in early spring, which is the breeding season. Secondly, when they drum with a hind foot (always one, in my experience), they seem quite relaxed, and keep drumming in the same position for considerable periods of time. Not something they would do if threatened in some way. The rest of the year they are quiet, so seeing one in camp is a matter of luck.

It is a really cool little animal, by the way, surprisingly big by shrew standards.

You also get Rock Elephant-shrew at Pafuri. Much smaller, and occurs in rocky areas, as the name implies. Not often seen.

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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:08 pm

Thanks Johan for the info on the Shrews :thumbs_up: I agree that it is a matter of luck to see them.
johanrebel wrote:It is a really cool little animal
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Re: Sightings in the Pafuri Area

Unread postby johanrebel » Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:43 pm

Grantmissy wrote:I wonder if anyone has seen a Samango Monkey in the Pafuri region but I guess it is highly unlikely.
Pafuri Camp has been operating since 2005, and there have definitely not been any sightings since then. I believe the reintroduction was a failure, the monkeys did not succeed in establishing a viable reproducing population.

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