Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 7 of 9
 [ 132 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:37 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:51 pm
Posts: 220
Location: Joburg FTW
Great story! Tamboti is now on my next Kruger itinerary!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:38 pm 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:31 pm
Posts: 12159
Location: Ballito, KZN North Coast, South Africa
What an exciting and adrenaline filled visit to Tamboti Ian!

Very glad they managed to capture and release the Leopard.

Thanks for sharing your amazing story. :clap:

_________________
Where ever you go, go with all your Heart.

Kruger - 22nd May - 5th June 2015


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:44 pm 
Offline
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
User avatar

Joined: Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:49 am
Posts: 6959
Location: Brecon Beacons National Park
Bushbucks at Letaba. :thumbs_up:

Image

_________________
Thinking of Africa every day.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:01 pm 
Offline
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:03 pm
Posts: 12278
Location: Upington RSA
Oh my goodness Ian what a story.................. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

_________________
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough - Mae West


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:55 pm 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:46 am
Posts: 1968
Location: Pretoria North
I don't know the whole story...My dad was the eldest of 5 children and there family visited the Kruger regular since 1950 something. Not sure why, but he had to sleep outside with a string tied around his toe, that was tied to the meat (no fridges then, just a cool box of some sort) in order to wake up, as plenty hyaenas and leopards were roaming the camps. He said he'd rather stay awake at night and sleep during the day.

Ian, great story, great experience, bet your sissies will go back to Tamboti!

_________________
Stop the MADNESS or Imagine RhiNOs!
Our natural heritage is being stolen from us one by one!
Make your voice heard and please support a Rhino Project!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:05 am 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger

Joined: Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:20 am
Posts: 1046
This last 3 week trip in KNP we did night walks about the some of the camps and also put up our camera trap.

Letaba: Giant Eagle Owl, thick tailed Bush Baby family, bushbuck, vervets, rodent of some sort (in mopane tree eating seeds -?), Scops owl; on outside of fence at night with torch - porcupine, waterbuck, small spotted genet.

Punda Maria: inside - Large spotted genet, thick tailed Bush baby, vervets, bushbuck.

Satara: inside - small spotted genet, honey badger, African Wild Cat, vervets, Scops owl; outside - buffalo, hyena.

Lower Sabie: inside - civet, large spotted genet; outside - civet
(heard a leopard 4 or so times a night quite close answered by another further away)

Tamboti: honey badger, large spotted genet, dwarf mongoose; outside - kudu, otters in the large water pools!

_________________
NO TO TRADE IN RHINO HORN!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:33 am 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:51 am
Posts: 4776
Location: Johannesburg SA
FAC Member (2013)
:big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:
Holy smokes 3D! that is amazing!! :D
Especially porcupine :clap: :clap: :clap:

_________________
Kruger 2014!!!

16-23 August - Lower Sabi!!!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:09 pm 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:26 pm
Posts: 1509
Location: Cape Town
Tamboti night visitors

Image

Image

:P

_________________
Trip Report 2014 April: Kruger Park Family Adventure


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:43 pm
Posts: 37
Hi Ian, What a wonderful experience. We have been to Tamboti a few times and it is wonderful.

You can realy tell a good story.

My sister camped right next to the gate at Maroela once, which you know is next to Tamboti. Most people were out of camp when she noticed a leopard walking towards the gate. They ran and closed the gate. (Not that a closed gate could stop it) but it did change its mind and went off into the bush.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:25 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:18 pm
Posts: 57
Location: Ruimsig
Hi gabbisa,

Thanks for the kind words :)

That's precisely how I assume 'my leopard' got into Tamboti. Both it and Maroela have unmanned gates, and it's only by chances such as your sister's that these situations are avoided. Although, I really don't mind sharing a camp with as many animals as are around, as it adds to the 'wild' experience :)

_________________
Letaba 3 to 7 October 2015

Stand Fast


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:48 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:29 am
Posts: 325
Leopards do tent to wander in between tents.
We were camping on a farm north east of Bronkhorstspruit one long weekend and the first night I woke up around 3h30 am from footsteps on the ground sheet under the tent with a perimeter of about 30cm not covered by tent. At first light I went out to investigate and found leopard tracks which was confirmed by a HR camping with us. The next evening he was back again.

I read both of the "Veldwagters vertel" books and there are some amazing stories of rangers and their encounters with big cats. It is definitely worth a read... :thumbs_up:

_________________
Not in Kruger.... Busy planning the next trip...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:06 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:29 am
Posts: 325
I think from the fright of a growling lion all muscles become jelly and as soon as you turn around you will collapse and become dinner.....

The previous Mooiplaas ranger Johan Oelofse told us that he once had a big male lion charge him only to stop less than a meter from him. Spit and dust all over him. He is a huge man with a beard so the lion might have mistaken him for a rival male. :tongue: But even he said he never wanted that to happen to him again.

_________________
Not in Kruger.... Busy planning the next trip...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:50 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:29 am
Posts: 325
He is also the ranger who got attacked by a leopard in Mopani restcamp only to have his field rangers shoot the leopard ontop of him. :big_eyes:

_________________
Not in Kruger.... Busy planning the next trip...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:05 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:34 pm
Posts: 152
Location: Essex, UK. Much too far from SA!
The added excitement of night time sightings is one of the things that make trips to the park great.

SO and I stayed at Tamboti for the first time a couple of weeks ago. We had heard so much praise for it on the forum that we knew we had to try it. We are also now hooked on it.
We were in tent no. 40 at the very end of the row. During our first night we were awoken by the sound of what sounded like the recycling bins being rattled. We waited until we suddenly heard the sound of 'feet' padding up our tent steps and then we quickly opened the top of the stable door and looked through the mesh door to see our guests - 2 quite big honeybadgers. They must be finding it rather disconcerting now that the locked recycling bins hold the food trash. Of course some people can't be bothered so put it in the plastic bins on their balconies so the HBs probably do find something each night. My SO also spotted them again at first light when they were scooting across the riverbed.

As usual this trip we also saw the Lesser Bushbabies at Berg n Dal and Croc Bridge and their larger cousins at Letaba. We also had a Genet at Shimuwini. At Letaba we perfomed our usual nightime hunt for scorpions in the cracks in the trees. Our only disappointment this trip was the lack of moths and their predators the geckos. We only saw some at Croc Bridge. We think it might have been because of the chilly and windy weather that we had for quite a few days.

Regards,
DASSIEDELIGHT

_________________
-------------
TR: PF & DDs Game of patience in KTP - Oct/Nov 2013
--------------

KNP SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 B 'n ' Dal
6 Skukuza
7/8 Tamboti
9/10/11 Shimuwini
12/13/14 Shingwedzi
15/16/17/18/19 Letaba


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:13 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:00 pm
Posts: 342
Location: Cape Town
In 80's there was a resident Leopard in the staff camp in Skukuza.
He could be heard at night on the roofs.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 132 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by ritad at 17:17:43 Submitted by ritad at 07:36:41 Submitted by Foxy at 20:46:31 Submitted by KarenLu at 10:21:15