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 Post subject: Kgalagadi: Resident Animals at camps, picnic areas and w/hs
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:17 am 
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Hi All!

Any updates on the resident animals, reptiles and birds in KTP?We will be in KTP at end of September so we are eager to have any info that will help with sightings.

The residents that we do know about:
1) White faced owls - at Kamqua picnic site,at Nossob camp(ask at reception), at MataMata(in tree in front of shop)
2) African scops owl - at Nossob camp(ask at reception)
3) Surricate - just outside Mata Mata, in the riverbed, also about a km away from TR,in riverbed
4)Barn owl - at Mata Mata(behind shop - ask at reception)
5)Cape cobra - used to be at Dikbaardskolk picnic site. Is he still there?
6)Cape fox - den at Delkeith waterhole. We scanned the area in March but could not find it? Also den 500m away from Marie's se gat waterhole - is it still there?
7) African wild cat - a pair have been seen near Craig Lockhardt waterhole for the last 7 months. These cats are not camera shy, so you have a chance of good sightings.(not the usual AWC skulking away behind bushes)

If anybody knows of any other 'residents' please post.


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White-faced owls: also in the mesquite trees in Nossob camp. They are quite active at dusk and dawn so you can find them quite easily by their call (buh-buh-buh-boooh).

Suricate clan often just outside TR up to Samevlooing. Tame suricate in Mata Mata camp.

African Wildcats by the dozen on the magic miles between Craig Lockhardt and 14de Boorgat.

Missed out on the Cape Fox the last 2 times we were there this past year.


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 Post subject: Re: Residents at KTP camps, picnic areas and waterholes
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:24 pm 
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wanderw wrote:
Cape cobra - used to be at Dikbaardskolk picnic site. Is he still there?


I have read about this fellow on the forum and I'm rather glad I did not find him at the picnic site when we visited it twice during this past May. We call this picnic site Horriesdraai - but that's a story for another day.

However, we did find his cousin a bit further north, crossing the road. What a beautiful sight!! Also saw two big puffadders on the road between Dikbaardskolk and Nossob this year (and two very big mole snakes). I prefer watching them from my vehicle than meeting them face to face at a picnic site. I believe my picnic will be quite spoiled if this happens.

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In March this year, at Nossob camp, a beautiful big puffadder took up temporary residence next to a braai place on a camper's site.Guess who moved first!

You are right Stoffel, I also would not like to have a picnic with a cobra for company! As you say, watching from the car is another matter!


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There is an resident AWC at Kielie Krankie. I've seen her in February 2006 and in February 2007 with kittens.

She is often very close to the camp and sometimes at the waterhole.


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Thanx Batsman! We will be staying at KK for one night so we will definitely look out for her.


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Just ask the attendant at Kielie Krankie, wanderw. He is very helpful. Sometimes there's a lion in the camp at night.


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WOW! Thanx Batsman! We will certainly speak to the attendant. And hoping we meet the lion, but not too up close and personal...


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Anyone know if the leopard still drinks from the birdbath outside the ranger's unit in Urikaruus

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When we were in the park in May, we found three whitetailed mongoose at Dikbaardskolk. They appeared to be resident at the picnic site.

Does the jackals in Nossob count as resident?

We saw a Cape Cobra a few kilometres from Dikbaardskolk, but there's no telling if it's the same snake...


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Hi there,

Just to add to your querie re the Cape Fox den at "Marie se Draai".

We've seen them two years running at this den . . . some 100 meters south of the water point on the riverbed side. . . the den being next to a fallen Camel Thorn . . and about 2 meters off the road . . . . you could look at them just about from above and the three or four of them were always basking in the early morning winter sun . . like clockwork.

During the day they the little group were always foraging in the open space of the river bed on the far side of the watering point.

I desperately wanted get a picture of them in May this year . . . but the den was deserted. The riverbed was a strange black colour due to the shortage of rain in that part of the Nossob area . . . probably also why this little group decided to move on for a better insect diet somewhere else

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Thanx for the info Red Dune! Will check there just in case they have moved back now!


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We saw them there last Sepember Red Dune & wanderw

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The leopards are still in the vicinity of Urikaruus and do drink when the bird bath is filled up. I have been twice this year and seen them both times (Jan and April), will be back in December to check up! I missed the Cape foxes at Marie se draai but have seen a pair of Bat-eared foxes about 500m before the waterhole, on the river side.


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@mel123 - thanx, we have also seen the mongoose at Dikbaardskolk, once also a jackal who was being hopeful.

@leeS - thanx for the leopard info! Could you say approx. what time of day you saw the leopard drinking?


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