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Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:49 pm

Thank you for the comments.. :thumbs_up:

Great moment captured LQ :clap: :clap:

As usual we missed the kill :wall: but he caught a big Ram!!

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by ghostdogg » Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:29 am

The Materclass........

We drove off from the lion sighting to look for the cheetahs with kill. We left the waterhole at about 11:30am of just after and drove south at a good speed. It was about a 15-20minute ride before we arrived to a bend in the road where a lone car was parked and the occupants were looking out into the dry riverbed, we slowed down and approached slowly.

Not too far from the road under the shade of a large tree lay two cheetahs, one of whom was chewing on a springbok leg.

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Both the cheetahs were relaxed and began grooming each other for a short while.
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From what I can guess it looked like a mother with a sub adult cub. the lighter one is probably the mother.

All of a sudden something happened...........
the mother got up and looked intently at something down the riverbed, at the time we could only spot some gemsbok in the distance. But, obviously something had caught her attention.

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Soon the younger and darker looking sub-adult walked up to her, it too had spotted what the mother was looking at. We were still unaware.

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It stopped a little distance behind the mother and then both sat down, still staring in the distance.

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We continued to search in the direction the cheetahs were looking and guess what showed-up???

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A small group of bokkie babies walking straight towards the cheetah, completely unaware of the cats who were in full stalking mode by now. As the babies got closer the cats flattened against the ground and their spots did the camouflage.

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The cheetahs let a few bokkies pass our vehicle before the mother cheetah launched an attack straight in our direction.

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She chased the springbok at top speed and grabbed a baby right behind our vehicle in the middle of the road, unfortunately I missed the kill shot. She carried the young one by the throat and crossed the road to climb over the bank and sat under a small tree with her prize.

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The springbok kicked and struggled but the cheetah held on tight.

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In about 4-5mins the kicking stopped and the mother let go off her kill as it dropped dead onto the ground in front of her.

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by ghostdogg » Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:30 am

The cheetah sat in cool shade to catch her breath before she began calling her partner.
The younger cheetah emerged from the riverbed about 200meters away and began making its way towards the kill.
We had lost this cheetah's whereabouts when the mother charged, it seemed he chased after the springbok in the opposite direct but was unsuccessful with the hunt.

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This one walked slowly past our car across the road to join the other cheetah at the kill. Both the cats sat with the kill recovering from the chase while be waited for them to start ripping the carcass.

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We waited for another 15-20mins but both cheetahs didn't look intent on eating at all, they just lay in the shade. My guess is they were too full to bother with a meal but they killed when they had a chance. I guess that is just how predators are.......make the most while you can.

It was well past noon and it was getting way too hot to wait and watch........happy with this amazing sighting we drove off to the picnic site for an urgent toilet break :D :D :D

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by ghostdogg » Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:10 pm

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:27 am

Three headed cheetah.............

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by ch3003 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:48 pm

Hi all, new to the Forum.

September 20th, our first trip to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, first day, on route from Twee Rivieren to Kalahari Tented Camp.
At 12:00 at Auchterlonie we watch this cheetah with two small cubs. She stalked a group of springboks on the way to the waterhole and succeeded. Got the springbok to the shade under the next tree and called for the cubs, which were a little bit stumped to find the way to mum. It took them some minutes, but they did it.

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This was our first cheetah sighting ever and indeed a very special one.

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by kyknetta » Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:32 pm

Hi ch3003! :D
We could have been in the KTP at the same time!
This is what we captured:
This Cheetah mum with 3 grown up cubs 15 km North from Nossob, 24 th Sept 11.40 . I tried my best to capture the mum , she was quite far, almost in the middle of the Nossob riverbed.
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Most exciting to reach Kamqua picnic site on a one day trip from Nossob to find this treasures! 25 Sept 10.19
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Then: a Namibian tourist told us, just down the road, almost a km further, we will find a mother with two cubs next to the road. Almost 15 km further we found this--- keeping in mind Namibiers have no trouble with distance, close to Batulama. 25 Sept 13.45
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With a close up of the adorable sweety.
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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:56 pm

Happy to help Kyknetta :thumbs_up:
The Aoub mothers (Corinne and Hanri) are the daughters of Lisette. She's also been seen recently in the area, so maybe cheetah grandmothers help out from time to time :wink:
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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by ch3003 » Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:03 pm

Hi kyknetta,

seems to be a good time for cheetah cubs. Great pictures :clap: , the cubs are so cute.

The same day at 13th Borehole a lot of cars and ... a cheetah with four cubs and a kill.

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by ch3003 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:55 pm

Jan - thank you.

Some days later, in the area of 13th Borehole at the main road, a cheetah with an ostrich kill.

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We sat there for more than an hour, waiting for him to pose nicely and to feed. Such a great time.

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by ch3003 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:41 pm

lion queen and hilda - thank you.

The last sighting, near Leeuwdril. Three youngster,

- resting under a tree

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- marking
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- trying to stalk

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There were several cars around and a herd of blue wildebeest on the other side of the road.
The cheetahs tried to come nearer, but decided to lay down again.

But suddenly they started, crossed the road between all the cars and tried to get one wildebeest - but failed.

I decided to look - light had become poor and my equipment and my skills didn't allow any decent picture.
Great to see these speeding cats and I war really surprised, how far they followed the fleeing wildebeest.

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:46 pm

Watching lunch walk by............

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:38 pm

It seemed as if the cheetahs tried their best to stay as high on a dune as possible this trip!!

Next morning next water hole, again high on the dune

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:52 am

While we were at one of the Cape Fox dens, we heard a strange noise. Next moment Cheetah came storming past chasing a Springbok.

I just kept on taking photos, nearly cutting of the poor springboks head!!!

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:53 am

Here you can actually see how the springbok is slowing down

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