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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 10:45 am 
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:lol: :lol: :lol: Great wild experience ROFL!


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 10:34 am 
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Wow, we left Mopani on May 1 so just missed the leopard by one day. We did have AWC in the camp at Satara which was great. We were out on our usual night stroll after dinner in the camp when we spotted the AWC run past. My partner was unfazed and said, "it's just a cat !". I said yeah it's a cat, an African WILD cat. He thought it was someones pet, lol. To his defense, it looks just like a dometic cat. Same walk I found a blue waxbill sleeping on a bush. So close I could have picked it up. His head was tucked under and partner thought it was dead until he lifted his head to take a peek at us. Also hyena but they were on the other side of the fence.

Some of my favorite moments from the trip had to do with animal encounters in the camps. Honey Badgers in Tamboti, naughty monkeys in many places, a huge hairy spider living in the recycle bin at Lower Sabie, tons of little frogs in the shower and on teh fridge at LS, and the huge lizard behind our fridge in Mopani that when we stepped closer to get a better look suddenly jumped out trying to catch a cricket with his long tongue, sending us both jumping backwards at least 5 meters ! Then there was the elephant at the toilets at Mlondozi Dam !

I can't wait to go back !


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
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Last year early October during the short school holiday, I camped in Berg and Dal and the one evening the foot steps in the bush turned out to be a honey badger!! Was great to see one of those again. :dance:


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 Post subject: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:23 pm 
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I stayed in Biyamiti this long weekend and there was a report from the people staying in unit 1 that they saw a leopard in camp while they were on a walk along the fence on Sunday morning. The rangers told us they were setting up a cage trap in the afternoon to catch the leopard. They were patrolling the camp the whole day and told all visitors to stay close to their chalets. Has anybody got any news or updates on this as I'm interested to know if they caught the leopard? :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:29 am 
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Dear Evel

Indeed, it is true that the leopard was spotted at Biyamiti bushcamp on Sunday morning. The section ranger was called to set up a trap. Rangers are busy searching the camp day and night to trace the animal. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:51 am 
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Holding thumbs that they will be able to remove it safely. :pray:
If the trap fails will they then be darting it?

Thanks for the info, Stephens.L :)


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
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Hope they look inside the chalets too, imagine booking in and finding a leopard stretched out on your bed :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
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The leopard must be having such a chuckle watching all the activity and stir he has caused, nicely hidden :lol:

:D :D can just picture it peeping around the corners watching :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
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Bush Baptist wrote:
No wonder I haven't seen leopard near Biyamiyi on my visits. I was looking OUTSIDE the camp. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:56 pm 
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Duke Ellieton wrote:
A visitor got the fright of his life when taking an early morning walk and coming face to face with a leopard. The leopard growled, turned around and moved away.

SANParks staff handled the situation very well informing us on what is going on and what precautionary measures to take.


Now that is what I will call a rude awakening!! :roll: Glad all turned well for animal and human...


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
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Carol g wrote:
Hope they look inside the chalets too, imagine booking in and finding a leopard stretched out on your bed :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :D


Well, well!! Except for the initial fright of my life, I will see it as a welcome gift from Biyamiti camp / SANPARKS :dance: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
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Any news on the elusive Biyamiti leopard :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
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Yes, will be interesting to know what the current situation is... Any more sightings of the leopard?


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:43 pm 
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Have just picked up this thread.
Does anyone have any more info about the leopard seen in Biyamiti earlier this year?
I stayed in Biyamiti at Easter this year and we had a five minute sighting of a large male leopard in the riverbed during the afternoon.
We have also experienced the HB's in Tamboti , bit close for comfort, so anyone staying there watch out!!!
We will be there Aug 2014 , but will leave our bin empty.


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
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When we are in Tamboti we never use the bin that is situated outside the tent, after cooking we put all our rubbish in a plastic bag and we put it in the bin in the kitchen area close by the ablution block simply for one reason that when the honey badger does come around he does not push our bin over and cause one of us to have heart failure :lol: :lol: and secondly it is very upsetting to see that he is actually becoming a scavenger

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