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Re: Most scariest experience in Kruger

Unread post by tent dweller » Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:34 am

And the madness continues....................................................
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Re: Most scariest experience in Kruger

Unread post by Koen » Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:14 am

Ya...... :big_eyes:

Actually I was wondering about that seat or bench at Bateleur right at the fence. It's quite dangerous, just a meter or two away facing the fence. I don't know if anyone knows that elephants can climb that bank little way up from the water hole and walk along the ridge few steps in the thicket to the fence :shock:

Its been there for years so has the water hole so Im sure they are aware......maybe that elephants sense of smell was a bit impaired because of that portion of the trunk missing...also possible.

The bench is nice though for looking out over the grass in the morning it is/was clear for quite a way. Im not exactly relaxed anymore just sit for a few brief moments since that day. You can't see from the left what's coming as there were trees and bushes.

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Re: Most scariest experience in Kruger

Unread post by Koen » Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:34 am

Pawps wrote:Scariest moment was leaving the park in July 2007, not knowing when I would ever get a chance to return!



Aaaaaaah I know how that feels even if I go every second year. I know you take the magic with you but its sad leaving. :| Glad you're going back :P

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Re: Most scariest experience in Kruger

Unread post by Pawps » Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:25 am

We had the most amazing week - will try and get a TR together soon! But again, not sure when the next time will be, and hopefully not 6 more years!

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Unread post by pjce717@aol.com » Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:32 pm

March 2016, first time in Kruger. We stopped at a picnic spot to stretch our legs and use the facilities. Getting back into the car, I sat on the seat and stopped for a moment to knock the dirt and sand off my shoes. As I turned and got in, putting my camera bags down beside me, a large male baboon leaped onto my lap. That's right. This fellow was inside the car with us, astride my lap, his head inches from mine.
What do you do? Scream, of course! I screamed, at which my son and his GF turned and saw the beast so they screamed too. The animal didn't care; he was only interested in the paper bags in the car. He reached over me, snatched the bags, and jumped out.
On the ground beside the car, he opened the bag to find that no food was in the bag. He reached up for the door to come back into the car. My arm shot out, grabbing the handle first, and slammed the door shut. Then I cried.

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Unread post by MATTHYS » Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:49 pm

That IS a very scary experience, Pjce717 !
I think I would have cried too :k
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Unread post by Elsa » Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:53 pm

Very scary indeed, do you mind saying which picnic site it was that this occurred?
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Unread post by Afriphile » Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:13 am

Last year we stayed at Keartland guest house in Lower Sabie.It was a hot day and it started to get very windy.During the afternoon I decided to have a siesta in the bedroom but had only been asleep for a few minutes when I was woken by shouting and I remember hearing the word "snake".
Well being a great fan of our reptilian friends I jumped up and ran outside to see what was going on.Unfortunately ,on the electric fence was a smallish black mamba,contorting with the electric shocks.I picked up a branch and managed to flip it off the wires so that it fell over the wall,where it continued to move but was obviously mortally ill.
Apparently a gust of wind had dislodged it from the large tree and it had fallen onto the wires only 6 feet from where the rest of my party had been relaxing in the shade!!!
My wife gets all the luck,as I've said I love snakes but don't see enough of them,but she is not keen on them,but sees them all the time.

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Unread post by pjce717@aol.com » Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:42 am

Hi Elsa. Sorry, but I don't remember the name. We were staying at Lower Sabie so it was around there somewhere. There was a large tan building there that used to have some kind of food service and picnic tables overlooking the bush.There were people working there. They came running when they heard us screaming. I reported the incident to management when we got back to camp..
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Unread post by pjce717@aol.com » Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:43 am

Sorry about all the photos :)

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Unread post by pjce717@aol.com » Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:45 am

That's the guy. He was sitting on the roof when we arrived.

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Re: Most scariest experience in Kruger

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:53 am

My worst experience now was being charged by a hippo.....walking round my caravan and the hippo appeared from behind it. Had just time to take a backward step and fling myself sideways against the tent canvas as it charged past me.....I felt its rough skin on my arm!

It had broken through the fence in the night....long story.
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Unread post by George_Brits » Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:55 am

pjce717@aol.com wrote:That's the guy. He was sitting on the roof when we arrived.

That looks like Nkuhlu picnic spot, pcje717

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Re: Most scariest experience in Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:28 am

I'm sure it was Nkhulu picnic site, I do know there are some quite agressive baboons there, so one has to be very careful.

That was a very close call GEJ! :shock:
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Re: Most scariest experience in Kruger

Unread post by bondm » Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:34 pm

Hi All, I have read the scary moments that people have experienced and watched the video when the lion opened the car door. What struck me was how the lion licked the car door, similarly to what they do with a recently killed animal before biting through the hide. A good job she was quick thinking and slammed the door shut again.
We have been visiting the park for over tweny years and have had countless run-ins with elephants and on one occasion a couple of grumy old male buffalos.
My wife isn't worried by spiders, snakes,etc., and one afternoon we had a scorpion in the room, but she hates mice or rats and if there is a hint of a mouse in a lodge she is straight down to the office demanding to be moved.
Her most scary moment was when we staying at Satara camp a few years ago. On the way back from an evening drive she commented, "I have just seen a rat at the side of the road". To pacify her I replied, "It was probably a mongoose" .However, that same night we were in bed asleep when she woke up screaming that something was touching her face. I switched on the light, but the only things I could see were a couple of moths fluttering around. So back to sleep, But a short while later the same thing. This time when I put the light on there was a rat sat on her pillow licking her face. Well you can imagine what happened next - if there had been a wardrobe my wife would have been on top of it. It was just like a scene out of Faulty Towers and I ended up chasing the rat round the room until It jumped into a box, which I quickly put outside. We were leaving early next morning and she refused to stay at that camp for several years after that.
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My most scary moment involved the lioness in the picture above. A few years ago we were travelling along the S28 dirt road towards Crocodile Bridge, when we were stopped by a couple in a car who told us that they had just seen a lioness with 2 cubs on the road from Crocodile Bridge camp. Not expecting to see anything we continued on our way, but surprise!, as we turned onto the tarred road towards the camp, there was the lioness laid in the road feeding her 2 cubs - not another car in sight. We stopped and took a few photos, then further along the road a small group of impala crossed the road from left to right. The lioness immediately jumped up and disappeared into the long grass and bushes at the side of the road with the cubs close behind. I pulled my car to side of the road where the lioness had gone - my camera at the ready with my eye to the viewfinder. After a few seconds the image went blurry and I thought that the lens wasn't functioning properly. I lifted my head and there was the lioness with its nose almost touching the front of the lens. After a few heart stopping moments I quickly started to wind the window up, but the lioness didn't do anything, it simply turned and walked away, with the cubs following. I hadn't realised that there was a ditch at the side of the road, where the lioness was hiding only feet from the car, but I hadn't seen it. Phew!!!
That was quite a few years ago, but this January I had my most hair-raising moment, not that I have much hair to raise. We were staying with all the family at a game reserve in the west of the country near the Botswana border. In front of the lodge was a waterhole, some 50 metres distant. The surrounding area was fairly open and I had set up a 'trail cam' near the waterhole, which was regularly visited by many animals. Returning from a morning drive there wasn't an animal in sight so I decided to go and change the memory card in the camera. Unbeknown to me as I was doing so 2 large male elephants appered out of the bush heading for the waterhole. I was engrossed in the camera and and by the time I saw them they were about 40 metres away. I have this well known saying embedded in mind - 'Whatever you do don't run', so I decided to stay put and keep still, trying to make myself as small as possible and hide behind the camera. The elephants came to within about 10 metres and then turned and simply walked past. I can't say that I felt threatened by the elephants, but my heartrate certainly increased and after that I took my grandson along to act as lookout. The picture was taken ny my daughter who was watching from the lodge.
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bondm - next trip in January - can't wait. A merry Xmas to you all.


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