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Kgalagadi: Resident Animals at camps, picnic areas and w/hs

Unread postby wanderw » Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:17 am

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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Unread postby j-ms » Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:10 pm

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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Re: Residents at KTP camps, picnic areas and waterholes

Unread postby Stoffel » Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:24 pm

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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Unread postby wanderw » Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:01 am

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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Unread postby Batsman » Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:14 am

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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Unread postby mel123 » Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:10 pm

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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Unread postby Red Dune » Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:25 pm

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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Unread postby leeS » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:54 pm

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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Unread postby wanderw » Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:37 am

@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?


Unread postby leeS » Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:49 am

Most times it was early , before sunrise. Listen out for the jackals as they will make a noise if a leopard is in the area.

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Unread postby Bernardve » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:45 pm

Resident Cape Cobra at Melkvlei. Next to picknic spot. Gave us a nasty fright in December 2008.

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Unread postby bert » Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:41 pm

Meerkats are hard to come by
Seen a family near Kamfersboom
And the Cape Cobra is still around Dikbaardskolk
Together with the slender mongoose

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Unread postby peterbee » Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:24 pm

Meerkats near Munro & Auchterlonie in the riverbed, in Jan and in May this year - whenever you see ground squirrels, look carefully for meerkats , they are often see in the same vicinity. Very often active in the heat of the day. I read that they do leave for the dunes in winter.

The resident genet at Urikaruus camp is still there (May) and is not frightened of humans, sit quietly in the kitchen with the 'door' open, and it will visiti - pack all food away at night !!! Not sure if they are active in winter?

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Unread postby restio » Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:20 pm

Apparently there is a meerkat den in Twee Rivieren near the day visitors area. That was a couple years ago - not sure if it's still active.
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Richtersveld: Help to identify an animal

Unread postby Damdan » Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:21 am

Hi everybody. New to this site but not new to camping/parks/outdoor life.
Btdt for some 30 years.
Am asking help to identify a beautiful animal I recently saw at Richtersberg.
Unfortunately no pictures as it was late at night.
The animal was "long" and catlike with a thick coat of hair. Had a small but beautiful face with large eyes and biggish ears, more rounded than pointed. The body was covered in long thick hair and in the fire light it looked like wide brown stripes running across, not down the body. Same stripes on the thick rather long bushy tail.
Came up to the fire and sniffed around. Didnt see us sitting stock still but eventually smelled us, had a good look at my face from 2 meters away and then ran off.
Its not a mongoose, neither a pole cat nor a wild cat.
Maybe a civet?
Any help and pictures of course will be much appreciated.
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