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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:40 pm

We were very lucky on our recent visit to KNP - and saw Sable for the first time in KNP! And we didn't just see them once - we were lucky enough to have two sightings on two different days at two different locations! :dance:

Our first sighting was at night - I think it was on the S36 just South of the turn-off to the S145 (8 Aug 2010)

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The next sighting was the next day (9 Aug 2010) - it was actually a family of three - Male, female and youngster. We saw them on the S145 - in close proximity to the Mahlabyanini dam. Got one good shot:

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Re: Sable video clip

Unread post by Mama fariu » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:38 am

Dear friends, I am just putting the Sable video on for those who did not see taken in September 2010.
We saw this herd near Jones Dam, we actually saw 4 rhino drinking, and the next minute my hubby said forget about the rhino, check there. What a beautiful sighting it was, after not seeing them for years.

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Fri Dec 31, 2010 3:23 pm

On 24 December 2010 we came across this herd of Sable near Orpen Rocks on H1-2. We counted 27 of them!! This was by far one of the highlights of the trip!

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Then just a few minutes later we saw this lone Bull on the S36 just after Jones Dam.

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by flying cheetah » Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:29 pm

27 Sables..what a phantastic sighting :dance: :dance: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by jb72 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:42 am

I was going through some of my old photos looking for birds and found this lovely photo of a Sable we saw on the S36 close to Jones Dam. He was very relaxed and just stared at us.

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by Lowveldboy » Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:29 pm

We saw this sable bull close to Jones dam on 28th November. He was injured and limped badly. RP mentioned to me they saw a injured bull in the vicinity some time ago. His post is a few pages ago. Could it be the same bull? That will be amazing!!!

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by Richprins » Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:30 pm

Looks like the same one!

Facial markings are quite distinctive! :shock:

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The other bull has a different face, for example!


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This is really remarkable, and SWNMNBM will be able to dry her tears! :dance:

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by Bushbaby30 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:32 pm

I saw them on the H1-2 twice during my last trip... Both times in the vicinity of the Kruger tablets. The first herd was larger than the second and it had a collared bull with them aswell.
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by flying cheetah » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:42 pm

Wonderful sightings and pics Bushbaby :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Sable Antelope

Unread post by Bobong » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:40 pm

I am a guide operating out of Phalaborwa and no, haven't seen Sable here for ages. Used to see them plenty. Have been getting good sightings of the other rare antelope but my favourite spot for Sable is that entire S36 - as mentioned above.

Now outside Phalaborwa I see them plenty but that doesn't count - on a game farm specifically breeding them. But still nice and makes driving to Tzaneen a pleasure!

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Re: Sable Herds in Kruger (ID thread)

Unread post by Barcud » Sun May 22, 2011 4:41 pm

Hi Martie,

Not sure if these are what you are after, they are almost three years old now, but maybe they are still around? At least it will get the ball rolling on this thread? They were at Rooibosrant dam on the 19th July 2008.

Apologies for one or two of the blurred pics, but they might help to ID the individual.

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Adult and younger bull.
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Adult Bull left side.
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Adult Bull right side.
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Adult Bull Front view.
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Adult Bull looking to it's left.
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Adult Bull looking to it's right.
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Younger Bull.
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Re: Sable Herds in Kruger (ID thread)

Unread post by hilda » Tue May 24, 2011 7:49 am

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Hi Martie,

Here are some pictures of a sable we saw on 12 September 2010 on the H1-2 between Skukuza and Tshokwane at the Mantimahie Dam. I cannot remember the time, but it was in the afternoon. (My camera's time was not set correctly, stupid me!) Unfortunately the pictures are not of a very good quality, because it was far away. But it is such a beautiful creature, that I tried to capture it never mind the distance. It was only the one sable, and we never expected it on this road anyway.

I am wondering about all the sable that Californiadreamer saw during his visit to KNP recently. According to his trip report, he saw them quite regularly, :roll: but never posted any pictures of them. I have asked him about it, but he did not respond. I am still wondering if he wasn't confused with kudus and thought it was sable, because he saw them much too often. This is only the second one that I saw in all the years we went to KNP. The first one was many moons ago on the bank of the Letaba River (at Letaba). Unfortunately I do not have a picture of that one.

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Re: Sable Herds in Kruger (ID thread)

Unread post by Mgoddard » Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:09 am

Sorry it took me so long to get back here, but it actually turned out to be a massive task :shock: I have tried to break down the different sightings into the following categories:

Sable around PKop/Voortrekker Road
Sable south of Nhlanguleni on the S36
Sable North of Nhlanguleni, Talamati, S140 etc
Sable North of Satara

I downloaded all the pics posted on the Sable thread, those emailed to me and those posted here. I decided to concentrate on the bulls and hopefully later on we can add the "ladies"

Unfortunately as mentioned before not all pics are close ups which makes it difficult to actually ID individuals....but I hope that you will help out by looking at the different sets and we can at least name one or two from each area to start with.


Here are the links....
Sable North of Nhlanguleni
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgoddard2007/sets/72157626980867970/

Sable South of Nhlanguleni

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgoddard2007/sets/72157626980822948/


Sable around Pretoriuskop/Voortrekker Road
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgoddard2007/sets/72157626980845706/

Sable North of Satara
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgoddard2007/sets/72157626856356861/

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Re: Sable Herds in Kruger (ID thread)

Unread post by Mgoddard » Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:22 am

Further to the above, I noticed the following:

A smallish herd North of Nhlanguleni (10 - 15 animals)
2 Lone bulls in the same area (maybe broke away from the big herd around Jones Dam)
Big herd (20+ animals) below Nhlanguleni, Jones Dam, Kruger tablets area
Small herd around PKop (8-12 animals)
2 Lone bulls around same area but up to Transport Dam
Small herd around Bateleur/Rooibosrant dam
2 Lone bulls North of Mopani

Now Im thinking, the lone bulls in the area will probably start thier own herds....will we see more sightings north of Satara with the small herd and the lone bulls

Are we going to see more herds on the S36, South of Nhlanguleni is already a big herd, will the lone bulls start thier own herds and spread out further in this area??

Very interesting that in 2004 the herd seen around Jones Dam were about 12 - 15 animals..now in the region on 20+


The small herd of about 15 (North of Nhalanguleni were reported to be about 8 animals around 2007

Please remember Im not an expert on Sable, :shock: :redface:
Just trying to get it all toghether

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Re: Sable Herds in Kruger (ID thread)

Unread post by Mgoddard » Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:37 pm

I hope you all that is interested in Sable in Kruger can come up with some names for the bulls.....???? I concentrated on them rather than the ladies...one name comes to mind....RP....as I think he is as elusive to many of you, including myself, as the Sable in Kruger :shock: :lol: Im not very good at remembering names....so think will leave it to the Forum to decide on names for the dark face one seen around Jones dam...and the other 2 around Talamati.......then we get onto the others??? :?


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