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If not, why not? (RV)

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Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:16 am Unread post
Wise decision Ndloti. How many times have we read about people that have been killed by hippos whilst walking on their paths. People often consider it very convenient to walk hippo paths instead of the thick bush on the banks of rivers and dams.
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Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:58 am Unread post
Will wait until later today and then post the answer.


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Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:58 am Unread post
2 reasons why he is wrong - Ndloti has given one, and the other is that a hippo in shallow water does not always feel safe and may suddenly charge out at anything that appears threatening.

So Ndloti - IT!


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Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:17 pm Unread post
ndloti wrote
Besides the above a single hippo in a small pool of water indicates population pressure as a result of dry conditions and also may indicate it is injured (or sick) and in this situation they may be agressive and charge with little warning .


This may seem silly :

The trails officer stops the group for lunch , the daypacks contain snacks and drink containers bought from the camp shop ... after lunching he stands up where he was sitting ,the group leaves without the leader paying much attention to the surroundings ...


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Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:44 am Unread post
One of the mistakes that the guide has made is not to check the surroundings. One or more of the tourists may have eaten oranges for lunch. Elephants are very fond of citrus fruits and may have smelled the fruits and came to investigate. BTW, elephants at Mana Pools, Zimbabwe will demolish your tent and all containers if there are oranges inside. But generally speaking, I would think that most food stuff will, will draw some attention from animals.


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Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:56 am Unread post
If the stuff was bought at the camp shop then the juice would come in little containers which could be left lying around .. = pollution or an animal might eat it . the same goes for the food which might have come in prepacked polystyrene or plastic wrap.What is taken in must be taken away


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Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:20 am Unread post
Our dear guide is walking with his group in the Crocodile Bridge area near the Vurhami river. It is rather bushy and the river is making a deep gully, which is covered by overhanging trees. It is mid summer and it is getting hot.

All the group wants to see is a white rhino. Our guide now has the option to look for a more open grassy area, or to head for the gully in search of rhino.

He decides to head for the gully.

Will he be successful in his search for a white rhino?


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Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:53 am Unread post
He is more likely to find a white rhino in an open grassy area , black rhino in a shady gully ... (he is quite likely to find trouble in the gully in the form of a black rhino)


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Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:26 am Unread post
In my opinion , he is potentially heading for big trouble . :naughty:

Don't think he will find white rhino in a gully , more likely to run into a hippo or maybe even a herd of elephants heading back away from the river. :pray:

Personnally I would not want to be on this walk ......


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Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:33 pm Unread post
Ndloti is absolutely correct with his assumption on my question. Taking general rhino behaviour in to account, our guide would head to the open area to see white rhino.

But .... and this is why I asked this question ... animals like to surprise us.

I have had a number of meetings with white rhino in shady gullies. I think they go there to sleep during the heat of the day because it is cooler and because the sand is nice and soft. They seem to enjoy sleeping there.

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Ndloti is IT!


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Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:11 am Unread post
Yeah, Yeah ... Ndloti. :clap: :clap:

I have also seen WR lying down in shady, sandy areas a few times; and then of course wading in the shallow mud if some water is present there too.


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Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:48 am Unread post
Imberbe - looks like it could be the same place in Nape trails area where while observing two sleeping white rhino in an allmost identical setting , a genet jumped out of a bush a few feet from where we were standing and woke the sleeping rhino . I was a memorable sighting watching alerted rhino from a safe vantage point - they eventually relaxed and we were able to move off silently - a very quiet walking group !

I can't think of a suitable question right now - anyone may post in my place .


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Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:40 pm Unread post
Your trusted guides aproach a stream area with thick vegetation. The first rifle chambers a few rounds into his 30-06 Safari-de-lux, and tells his 2nd rifle to follow, but tells the group to stay put until they return. Would this be safe ?


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Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:55 pm Unread post
Not safe. There may be a hippo on its way to the water and will surely attack if you are in its path. There may also be a couple of daggha boys sleeping in the shade, who will also attack if you stumble upon them. Lastly, what's the guide doing with 30-06 in the bush? he should carry at least a 375 or 458.


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Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:52 am Unread post
And on top of Rooies reply, would both guides ever leave the walkers alone?
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