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Game in north of Kruger.

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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by Reza » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:37 pm

Hi

Recently visited the Kruger for the first time and spent 4 days in the North of the park.

From entering at the Punda Maria gate, there was plenty of game to see ! Huge heard of buffalo and Elephant and also was excited to see a couple of Tsetsebe.
I came across 17 lions including cubs at the Boyela waterhole and they then proceeded to cross the road right in front of our vehicle.
The same waterhole also spoilt us with a male Lion and Buffalo heard interaction , he gave a roar as if to say this is MY waterhole, but he was out numbered and had to take a walk in to the bushes.

Mphongolo loop - I just couldn't get enough of it and came across 2 huge male Lion 2 meters away and 3 hunting lionesses who just missed an impala.
There were reports of wild dog and leopard on this loop as well but wasn't lucky enough to see them ..maybe next time :mrgreen:

Cannot wait to be back next year !
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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by RayK » Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:36 pm

Hi Reza,
Great sightings...especially since they were that far north. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by johanrebel » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:30 pm

Reza wrote:I came across 17 lions including cubs at the Boyela waterhole and they then proceeded to cross the road right in front of our vehicle.
I counted 17 just north of Boyela in November, and then 24 at the waterhole itself a few days later. That's without the pride males, they must have been hanging around elsewhere.

That Boyela pride has been large as far back as I can remember, i.e. a quarter of a century. As a matter of curiosity, in the early 90s the then Boyela male was weighed in at 254 kg, on an empty stomach. To the best of my recollection, that was a record at the time. Not sure whether it still stands.

Another very large pride of lions can be found along the Shisha River. Can't recall whether the largest number I've seen together is 17 or 19.

Apart from the Pafuri/Makuleke area, where lions are rather scarce (try asking the Zimbabweans and Mozambicans), there are quite a few pretty big prides in the north. I've seen eleven (excluding males) as far north as Baobab Hill. Generally I encounter them in smaller numbers of up to three females (with or without cubs) , or one or two males.

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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by WillowDee » Thu May 11, 2017 11:11 am

We saw the Boyela pride close to Babalala in September 2016 on a buffalo kill. We counted over 30 (of what we could see). Lots of cubs, young ones and beautiful females. They were all in very good condition. We only saw one big male on the opposite side of the road.
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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by Elsa » Thu May 11, 2017 1:26 pm

Warm welcome to the forum WillowDee! :clap:

Thanks for those pics of a wonderful super pride! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by hilda » Thu May 11, 2017 2:06 pm

Great sightings in the North, especially awesome Lion prides! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures WillowDee, and welcome to the forums from my side too! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by matimba » Thu May 11, 2017 7:27 pm

Awesome pictures WillowDee :thumbs_up: thanks for sharing and welcome

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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by WillowDee » Fri May 12, 2017 10:11 am

Thank you everyone, and thanks for the warm welcome!! :hello:

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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by Mischief » Sat May 13, 2017 7:31 am

Hello There WillowDee and a warm welcome to the Forum.You sure know how to make a good first impression :lol: :lol: :lol: with stunning pictures of the lion pride feeding on the buffalo.Thank you for sharing. :thumbs_up:
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