DVZ'S FIRST SIGHTINGS IN THE PARK!!
Sat Mar 12, 2005 12:07 pm
Dvz has just entered Croc Bridge gate and welcoming them soon after were Ellies, peeeeeggggsss, zebra and wildebeest!
Sat Mar 12, 2005 1:44 pm
DVZ reports : Giraffe, Kudu, and an old Kudu carcass, plus a dung beetle with a dung ball!
Sat Mar 12, 2005 7:22 pm
DVZ says she has had no luck with LITS but has seen Vervets in trees!!!
Sun Mar 13, 2005 12:58 pm
Pac, I heard from her early this morning. Very quiet for them. Actually asked if there was anything on the webcam worth watching!
Sun Mar 13, 2005 3:51 pm
DVZ Has reported a quiet day with a couple of ellies, giraffe end a lion kill - guraffe!
Sun Mar 13, 2005 8:23 pm
Latest report from DvZ's nightdrive!
Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion
Not bad for a Sunday evening!
Mon Mar 14, 2005 6:43 pm
Sounds like she's having some interesting sightings. It'll be interesting to see her photo's of the giraffe kill (and sad). I wonder how she's enjoying her new lens!
Mon Mar 14, 2005 7:27 pm
Just heard from DvZ. They've just left the park. Had some good sightings, will post pics.
Meg, I asked her your question. She reports trouble with aperture, but none with the lens. Only problem there was lush vegetation making it difficult to use the lens.
Sat Mar 19, 2005 4:44 pm
Spoke to DVZ yesterday, and she told me to say Hi to everyone. She said they enjoyed it in the park but the bush was very,very thick! She said that a few people had commented on how green and overgrown it was - even for this time of the year. The Highway was so overgrown that it was almost impossible to see the river
Anyway she said she will upload some photo's for us this coming week.
Signing off for DVZ
Sun Mar 20, 2005 4:33 pm
Hi all fellow forum members.
Just got back an hour or so ago. Exhausted after being on road for 23 hours (drove throught the night.)
Promise I will scan the pics in the morning and post them for you all to see.
Need some sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeppppp now.
Mon Mar 21, 2005 1:24 pm
I will post a detailed report on our sightings in due time.
Meanwhilst enjoy the photo's below.
More to follow shortly once I have uploaded them.
Second link to more photo's (please excuse the duplications - PC is giving me ahard time)
Mon Mar 21, 2005 1:45 pm
Like the male lion. Wish i will see it so close and active.
let alone be in the position to take a shot
Wasn't it busy with cars
Like the silhoutte of the aasgier on the branch
Mon Mar 21, 2005 1:56 pm
Yip, very busy with cars. We were just lucky that a guy pulled out that was in front of us and gave us a perfect view right in front of the kill.
Mon Mar 21, 2005 1:58 pm
Lovely stuff DVZ! Looks like the lens is pretty contrasty. How did you find the length, I see you got some lovely closeups!
Don't forget to add them to the KNP group pool
Lens was great, I think the photographer behind the camera needs more expierence.
Length was great, pics were taken and varying lenghts. Very good for close-ups.
Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:20 pm
Lovely photo's DVZ. What film were you using - the greens are very rich. Love the lion photo's and the vulture silhouette. Glad to have you back!
I think the lion pics were Fuji 100 film. As I said earlier, it could be the photographer behind the camera. I was working on apeture settings and could have got them wrong.
It could also be incorrectly printed, as I used a local print shop outside the park.
Wed Mar 23, 2005 7:48 am
DVZ IN REPLY TO WTMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S PICS OF THE LIONS
We saw a similar (if not the same) two male lions between BnD & Pretoriuskop on our our night drive.
Not sure if they would be the same as I am unfimiliar with teritory, etc.
The two we saw were still very youn males and very thin due to hunger.
Wed Mar 23, 2005 7:58 am
The 2 I saw between Pretoriuskop and Numbi gate are fairly well into their prime. I doubt whether they are the same ones you saw DVZ, where exactly did you spot yours?
They were accompanied by a single female. I reckon them to be 2 brothers and that they were having a dispute over who is more dominant and should therefore get the chance to mate with the female.
To get to the thin part. Lions don't eat when mating, they loose alot of their condition as a result of this.
Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:39 am
We spotted ours on a night drive between Berg-en-Dal and Afsaal on the tar road.
The ranger could not tell us much about them, as he was new to KNP.
From what I could see, they were two young guys (probably loners). They said that these two are often seen near malelane gate.
They did not have any female's with them. Also word was that they had not made a killing for a while.
Pics I took did not come out.
Thu Mar 24, 2005 3:26 pm
DVZÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S PERSONAL REPORT BACK
Rather late than never. I nearly forgot about this duty, buty fortunately fellow forum members have been nagging me for this.
So here goes. I am going to do this in day format. Please note that I am not an expert in animal / bird names.
Agreeing with Acekam, bush was very thick and lush in southern parts. Very difficult to spot animals. If they were not on road or just on the side, you would not see them. Could not even see Sabie river between Skukuza and lower Sabie (only tall grass, thick bush and loads of reeds.
Day 1: (Sat 12 March)
Slept over in Machadadorp Friday night. Plans were to leave after breakfast, stop at Nelspruit for food, then enter at Malelane to sleep at Berg-en-Dal. Bought stuff on Friday and decided to skip Nelspruit. Decided to leave extra early and have breakfast in Komatipoort.
Entered Croc Bridge at about 11am.
First greeting was blue wildebeest running over road. Thereafter impala, zebra's, peegs. Drove to dam near croc bridge (can't remember name now). Saw hippo's and some type of bird on dead log (something with openbeak in name).
Proceeded to hippo pools, no animals along there and the ranger was also not there to accompany us down to river.
Followed bottom road along croc river towards Malelane gate. Sightings were far and few between. A couple of ellies (youngsters). A lone giraffe so well camoflaged we nearly missed him. Oh, I nearly forgot about the dung beetle with his ball crossing the road and the lizzard that husband missed whilst driving.
Got to BnD about 3pm. Unpacked and refreshed for about an hour. Went to waterhole just outside camp. Sat there for about 30min. No sightings what so ever.
Back at camp we went down to dam and had a conversation with a couple on the days sightings. They reported a microbus along side the road with a ranger vehicle helping them. Apprently they drove over a python, who had decided to climb into their engine. The ranger was trying to find this snake and get it out. They said they did not stay to see the end result.
Took a walk along the rhino trail before it got dark. Saw a ??fish eagle?? (brown body and white head) at the dam by BnD.
Had a lekker braai and guys had beers whilst I had an amarula on the ladies. Lovely family bungalow (no. 1). Was not that impressed with dam at BnD. Does not seem as if animals actually come to drink there as the walls seem to be too steep there.
Day 2: (Sun 13 March)
Decided to make a day trip out of this and see as much of southern part of the park as possible.
Up at 4am to have coffe and rusks. Out the gates by 5:30am to see if we could spot LIT or LOG..... No luck, not even a rhino.
Made our way to afsaal for coffee, but stopped at Renosterpan first (i think). No sightings as yet, lots of fresh dung, urine and disturbed grass from animals walking to waterhole, but no animals.
Stopped at afsaal for coffee and other refreshments. Heard about the lion kill (giraffe) there. Further along a couple of ellies and of courst loads of impala. Stopped at lion kill, but too many cars, could not see anything.
Proceeded to Skukuza for refreshments. Then on to Nkulu for skottle brekkie. There the vervet monkeys were after our food. Fortunately the guy there kept chasing them away for us. Breakfast / bruch was at about 11:30. Very nice. This is where he told us the croc story.
Onwards we travelled and decided not to go as far as lower sabie due to time constraints and a night drive we were to do that night. We travelled along the tar road from Nkulu towards lower sabie. As mentioned earlier, could not see much of river due to thick bush and reeds.
Sad incident is that husband was travelling along with another vehcile very close behind. Saw black long object in road and thought it was a branch from ellie. As he was right by it, it moved (being a snake). No chance to break, thus tried to swerve......... What can I say, the snake did not survive. We actually heard this thing explode. I think I would also explode if hit by a 17inch 4x4 tyre. We did not stop to look at damage done to snake.
Further along more ellies and a near leopard sighting, but it had already moved into bush and with loads of cars, what was the chance of him / her coming out of hiding.
Travelled gravel road back towards renosterkoppies (sorry don't have map book with me to give you road names). Not much sightings along here.
Back at tar road between BnD & Skukuza, decided to visit lion kill site again. This is where we were fortunate enough to get prime site to take the pics.
Returned back to BnD after that for night drive. Saw some giraffe on the way back.
Night drive was very quite, although we saw 3 of big five with in first 30 min of drive and lion last. Saw ellie first. Then two rhino sightings with in meteres of each other (first was a lone one then a group of 3 or 4.) Also saw buffalo at second rhino sighting. At sunset we saw a kudu and the vultures (siloutte picture)
Nothing after that untill last stretch where we saw the two male lions. Lastly saw the owl just outside camp.
Day 3: (Mon 14 March)
Slept late and only check out of cam at about 8am. Drove to afsaal for breakfast. Did the S114 towards afsaal. Saw very few animals but quite a number of birds. Here we saw the blackbrested korhaan. We also saw a very small bird with its chick trying to cross the road. Nearly squashed them both, they were so small. Mother got such a fright she fled into the grass leaving her baby behind. Baby was frozen in middle of road. The one pic on one of my sites. It stood there for about 5 mins before moving. Also saw a rabbit that was also frozen in road. We drove right up to it and it did not budge.
Saw a bunch of baboons paying in road. Also saw a family of mongoose crossing tar road. Stopped and let them cross.
Had breakfast at Afsaal. Thereafter spotted more ellies on the way to lion kill. Saw a heard of buffalo that had crossed tar road early morning (or shall I say evidence of them crossing). We saw about 4-5 of the last stragglers on the side of the road.
Lion kill site was quite and they had dragged the carcass behind a tree.
Thereafter headed for Phabeni gate along the dirt road along Sabie river. Not much sightings here either.
Left park at about 13:30 on Monday afternoon.
Hope that everyone is sattisfied with the report. Sorry for the lengthy detail, but I type it as I remember it.