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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby careyv » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:05 pm

We were mock "charged" by a big male elephant through the fence at Pretoriuskop. We also had a lovely sighting of elephants drinking and playing at Skukuza and saw a large genet in a tree at Berg-en-Dal. Amazing!

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Unread postby Crested Val » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:38 pm

March 2009 Punda Camp - Two genets invited themselves to our braai (although they sat patiently, they were not fed!!)

March 2011 Satara Camp - Honeybadgers rumaged through our dustbins one night.

March 2011 Skukuza - Serval!!! - As we were getting in our car, a serval shot past us and shinned up the wall behind the restaurant.....................gave us a haughty look and shot off!! :clap:

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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby Mars » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:19 pm

Anyone ever seen hyena inside of skukuza camp?

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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby whipper » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:19 am

Yes. I was in skukuza in June and had one in front of our room door ..Room 211

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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:23 am

Goodness Whipper :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby hilda » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:59 am

Apart from all the lovely animals drinking water at the Satara waterhole that we watched from our bungalow, the most interesting sightings we had in camp was an African Wild Cat, as well as a Honeybadger running from dustbin to dustbin, also at Satara during September 2011. :D

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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby Mars » Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:51 am

whipper wrote:Yes. I was in skukuza in June and had one in front of our room door ..Room 211

Had seen them as well :) The ranger said sometimes warthogs for example make holes in the fences or under the fences letting them in...

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Unread postby Liron » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:37 pm

Mars wrote:Anyone ever seen hyena inside of skukuza camp?


I saw 4-5 of them one night going through people's garbage. It was this time two years ago.

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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:01 pm

Not in Skukuza, nor ever Kruger, but my son saw a spottie sauntering along in the pre dawn gloom in front of the chelets in Twee Rivieren.
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Unread postby leopard74 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:03 am

Apart from the Hyena encounters in LS and Maroela, I am very fortunate to have almost stepped on a Puffadder TWICE!!

The first time was at Tamboti at night, in the paved pathway next to our tent.

And the second time was December 2011 in Croc Bridge. I was minding my own business braaing :whistle: :whistle: when I decided to step literally a metre away from the braai.... next moment shivers dawned upon me as I struggled to keep my foot from actually touching the ground because there was an obstacle between me and the ground..... a Puffadder!! I screamed like a little girl! That little guy had to be watching me and my dad for quite a while! :shock:

The two things I fear most is spiders and snakes! I've had boomslang encounters in skukuza twice before, but the puffadder .... :big_eyes: !

This December we're heading towards Balule for the first time...... let's see...

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Unread postby Elsa » Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:24 pm

leopard74 wrote:as I struggled to keep my foot from actually touching the ground because there was an obstacle between me and the ground..... a Puffadder!!

Just as well you managed to keep your foot off the ground, or the puffie! :roll:
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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby Philip1 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:18 pm

During May this year we stayed at Mopani in bungalow 101.
During the early part of the evening sitting on the verandah listening to the Hippo's and watching the last of the Ellies departing for the night.
My SO noticed movement approximately 2 meters away next to the verandah.
On investigating the movement I realized that it was a young Python, length plus minus 2 meters.
I tried to move it with a broom but it kept moving back to the verandah, eventually I managed to maneuver it onto the pathway.
I could not believe the weight of this young Python, while using the broom.
I phoned the office who informed me that they would send someone immediately to assist.
When Garth Holt (camp manager) arrived and while we were chatting about the Python he pointed out another movement to us on the rock in front of the bungalow.
Low and behold it was a large spotted Genet stalking the python.
Garth was most friendly and assured us that we should not worry about the python as he would just follow his evening route.
After a couple of minutes the snake went down the embankment with the Genet close on its tail.
We never saw them again. :sup:
Garth was a star to educated us a bit about Pythons behavior. :thumbs_up:
Thank you Garth :)
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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby RosemaryH » Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:09 pm

What an awesome experience Philip1 - interesting :thumbs_up: They don't seem so scary once you know a bit more about them :wink: ...... sometimes :D

We thanked and greeted Garth. Garth was a star to educated us a bit about Pythons behavior. Thank you Garth

I have passed your thanks onto Garth :D
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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby Philip1 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:56 pm

:gflower: Thank you very much, RosemaryH :gflower: Regards to Garth.
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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:44 am

Philip, what an incredible experience. 8)

10/10 for that one.
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