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Re: Share your great sightings in Kruger here

Unread post by onewithnature » Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:15 am

Grande sightings, Inyati! :clap: :clap: Serval and mating leopards ... WOW is the first word that springs to mind!

I'm always fascinated how people find mating animals fascinating! Why do you think this is??
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Unread post by anne-marie » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:52 am

wow... serval :clap:
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Re: Share your great sightings in Kruger here

Unread post by Rob C » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:19 am

Wow! I love the pics!

We were once watching a cheetah with an impala kill near Skukuza when a leopard walked right behind the car and vanished into the bushes...We were stunned!
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Re: Your most special sighting ever...

Unread post by Team Green » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:58 am

Im useless at posting pics but will tell you my favourite sighting ever was of a herd of elephant huddled around a small pool of water that had gathered next to the road after rain. The ellies were busy drinking when suddenly a little baby and an older female came rushing out of the bush towards the group. The herd looked up and all started trumpeting and grumbling in those fantastic sounds they make. They all got very excited and were touching trunks with the little baby and female and grumbling continiously - They all gathered tight as a group and seemed to be talking - We were on a morning drive at the time and the guide explained that this was possibly a new baby being introduced to the group after being born away from the herd with its mother or the two had been seperated from the group and after a bit of time were being reunited

It was amazing and very special :D
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Re: Your most special sighting ever...

Unread post by Roger the Dodger » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:32 pm

Hi,

My most special sighting was in KTP.

Mind you it was my first visit to KTP and there were many and I mean many special sightings.

Peregrine hunting sandgrouse, springbok lamb being born, leopard mother with tiny cub.

But the best was a mother cheetah training her two half grown cubs to hunt on a springbok lamb.

The cubs would chase the lamb catch it and wait for mom to catch up. However, jackals were on the scene and every time the cubs left the mortally wounded lamb to go and fetch mom, the jackals would dash in and grab the carcass at which time the cubs would chase after them reclaim the booty and take it back to the spot were they had killed it.

Then off to fetch mom again, jackals dash in grab the lifeless body and the whole procedure replays itself. This happened four or five times.

But to add great humour to the event, it all happened over a den of suricate meercats. So all through the performance heads were bobbing up and down from this hole then that. From this side then that.

Eventually mom arrived whistled approvement and loped off with cubs in tow,leaving it to the jackals to clean up in minutes.

That was a half hours frantic fun and amusement. Sad for the lamb but great for us.

It was the very best "first time " ever.

I say that but my first KNP visit is a whole different report for another day.

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Unread post by Elsa » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:49 pm

Our special sighting had to be the one we saw this recent trip in Kruger!

We were all on our own and were with them for about 20 minutes.

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Unread post by duffy » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:30 pm

One of my most amazing sightings was a few years ago, my friend, her SO and I were staying at Ngwenya, and went in at CB daily. It was February and very hot!!! It was about an hour before leaving time, and just about 2kms from Crocodile a leopard caught a vervet monkey and proceeded to have a snack, it started with the brains (reminded me of an Indiana Jones movie), we sat there absolutely startled not even thinking of cameras, only binocs, although we were right next to it!!! The leopard ate it down to the middle of the spine, leaving the legs, tail and backside, and then to my amazement started digging and buried the leftovers in the ground!!! :big_eyes: Has anybody ever seen this kind of behaviour before?? It then ran off into the bush and climbed a Maroela tree and posed beautifully, before lying down on the large branch!!

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:37 pm

This thread should be in a general section.

Most special sighting EVER. Red hartebeest birth in ADDO!
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Re: Your most special sighting ever...

Unread post by Wildtom » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:47 pm

When driving from Skukuza to LS one day I saw a martial eagle coming in very low in the rear mirror of my car,gliding about 1 meter above the tar road at a very high speed,went over my car and caught a guineafowl that was sitting under a bush right next to the road about 100 m right in front of my car. When I stopped I could see all the action right in front of my eyes.

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Re: Your most special sighting ever...

Unread post by Fanta » Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:58 am

We had this discussion actually this past cricket weekend I must say I now have a list:

Seeing a honey badger for the very first time in Kruger carrying her pup off to their new nest. She was walking down the middle of the road with just us following her. It was like seeing a celebrity :whistle:

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Then on the same day I saw the biggest Wild Dog pack I've ever encountered in Kruger, 27 Dogs in total!

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In 2007 coming down from Satara towards Tshokwane we saw a young leopard male stalking a herd of impalas but he was unsuccessful and it all happened a mere 10 meters from the car.

There are few a more but those are my top 3
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Re: Your most special sighting ever...

Unread post by shortcourse » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:52 am

My most special sightings were as follows:

1) First sighting of cheetah in Kruger - and all by ourselves!
2) Seeing a pack of wild dogs rip apart a duiker
3) Seeing a caracal AND a honey badger walking down the H1-1 by Pretoriuskop right next to each other!!! :dance: Was so excited didn't know which one to focus on with the camera!!! Would have been amazing to get a shot of them next to each other because I still can't believe they were walking next to one another, but did manage to settle for separate shots of each!
4) Watching a lion hunt - we sat at a dam on the road between Satara and Letaba watching a pride of lions lying on the dam wall and then had the priviledge of watching the hunt unfold! And this was middle of the day - the hunt came to nothing but amazing to see how they orchestrated the hunt and was scary to see how big and powerful these creatures are when one of them suddenly walked right past our open window - didn't even see it coming! And then SO needed the loo so badly because we had been waiting for so long and the nearest loo was as Tshokwane a good few kms away so quite a rush to get there in time for her!!! :D

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Unread post by Elsa » Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:42 am

ils wrote:WOW Elsa!! You really did have a very special sighting!! Where did you guys see them?
It was on the Mahonie Loop near Punda Maria. We decided to turn down the little road leading to Witsand WH and there they were. :D
No sign of the Mama tho.

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Unread post by Sundowner » Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:08 pm

Just got back tonight from the Kruger. Had the most amazing sunset drive at Lower Sabie on Monday, the 15th! We managed to get lions on the S82, just after turning right of the H4-2 towards Croc Bridge. It was the last 5 minutes of light and what followed was amazing.

Jan stop the vehicle after spotting a lioness. Out came another 2 of them, but they were not just walking around, they were busy flanking a herd of impalas. We saw the whole thing.... the crawling, the waiting, staring, the ambush and the kill. The spotlights were scanning like crazy trying to keep up with the lions and impalas running around.

What was most amazing about the whole thing, was that the lions saw us and were right next to us, not worried about our precense whilst trying to get supper at the same time. I will try post some photos/videos around this weekend!

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Re: Your most special sighting ever...

Unread post by Noelleen » Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:27 pm

That is awesome Sundowner.

We visited South Africa, the Kruger and Pondoro last June and had the most fanastic sightings, including elephant chasing lion away from a water hole and 5 of the big 5 plus much more in the first three days (were there for one week ....too short) but my most favourite two were coming across three cheetha's on a recent kill. We watched as they devoured their kill and then as the vultures came in and chased them off the kill. It was amazing. Once off their kill they walked right up close to the car and looked right through us then moved on slowly.

My second favourite sighting from that visit was of a leopard. It had recently walked across the road then pointed out to us. We watched as it preened itself under the shade of a tree and were amazed at how 'domestic cat like' it was.

Will try and post pictures when I figure out how.
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