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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread post by DSchwartzel » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:46 am

Sounds fantastic! Some of the sightings that people have seen are a once in a life time experience. Ive seen so much in the camps at times, more than I've seen when we go out during the day. Here's some of the sightings (All the times I've been to the park):
Leopard, impala, bush buck, Scorpions, Bush babies, Elephant, Baboons, vervet monkeys, water buck, baboon spiders, red romans, nyala
Genets, bush babies, bats, baboons, vervet monkeys, water buck
Hyenas came right to the fence and stuck its nose through the fence to try smell us, jackals, puff adders, baboon spiders, scops owl, pearl spotted owls, mongoose, wildcat, buffalo, elephant, impala, wildebeest, a massive green centipede (One of the best camps to see creepy crawlies)
Honey badgers, lots of owls
Hyena in the camp, lots of spiders and snakes, leopard there by the river (Low fence), bush babies, mongoose, scorpions, bush buck, a very strange creature when I was young (didn't have torch) could have been a pangolin, lots of different bat and owl species, frogs (by the pond at the circle)
Lowe Sabie:
Barn owl, pearl spotted owl, snakes, scorpions and spiders (Too many to name) impala, elephant, baboons, vervet monkeys, genets, bush babies
Crocodile bridge:
Puff adder, baboon spiders, warthog, impala, buffalo, bush buck, genets, lots of squirrels, tortoises, elephants

Some of the sightings have been in the camps others on the fence of the camps, cant wait to add to the list! Hope more people pick up a torch and take a stroll through the camps at night!

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:26 pm

Have seen Genet and Bushbaby at Punda, with the help of my torch. :dance: :dance:

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread post by Grantmissy » Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:55 am

In December last year in Skukuza we saw an African Wild Cat next to the fence with a torch.
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread post by Moira de Swardt » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:25 pm

In Addo last year I had a little genet come and share my fire for a while until he/she realised I wasn't a rule breaker who was going to share my meal.

In December in Letaba I found two bushbabies in a tree near the river. By the time I summoned my friend they were gone, but it was a excellent sighting for me.

And bats.

During the day we had some excellent in-camp sightings. I wasn't sorry to spend time in camp under the trees at all.
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Wildlife in the camps

Unread post by holmesneg » Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:02 pm

Hi, Heading to Kruger from UK in April for the 3rd time. We're staying in Biyamiti, Lower Sabie, Skukuza, Satara, Oliphants and Letaba. I was wondering if there were any recognised spots in these camps where wildlife can be seen reliably....maybe on the way back to the cottage after a night drive? Last year we were inundated with mongoose in Satara around dusk and had a very tame genet visit us after dark in Biyamiti...but what else is there?...I am hoping for honey badger! :-)
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Re: Wildlife in Camps

Unread post by bondm » Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:13 pm

Hi, Saw the Honey Badger at Satara a couple of years ago when it ran past us about 5 o'clock in the morning. Best camp for them is Orpen. Was told a Wild Cat had been seen in the car park at Satara. You should be able to find the resident Skops Owls in the trees by the car park. Last trip in November Large Spotted Genets visited our lodge in Punda Maria and Mopani. Bush Babies are around in most camps after dark. All camps have mongooses and watch out for the snakes. You should see hyenas patrolling most camp fences in the early evening.

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Re: Wildlife in Camps

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:29 pm

We have often seen African Wild Cats at Satara. Last time, in November 2014, we saw an adult and a juvenile near our braai - they were very relaxed and spent quite some time there.

We have also seen Honey Badgers at Satara and Orpen. One time at Orpen a Honey Badger climbed up on the surface next to the sink and tried to open our car fridge which was plugged in there - it bore the paw marks for some time!

There is usually a lot of interesting bird life in all the camps. I love to just walk around the camps with my binoculars and see what I can spot.
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Re: Wildlife in Camps

Unread post by holmesneg » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:29 pm

Thank you to whoever merged my question with this really interesting existing thread....much appreciated.

So, with a lot of luck it seems like there are all sorts of possibilities in camps, so we'll make sure that we're putting in the hours after dark and prowling each camp with a decent flashlight :) Is it just down to luck, or are there any recognised places (such as the trees around the car park in Satara for scops owl) where sightings are more likely than others? Or do I just need to sit around the braai giving off the smell of food and see what turns up? :) I'm really hoping for honey badger, bush baby and porcupine, with the odd owl thrown in for good measure (is pangolin too much to hope for?? :lol:)! Thanks all.

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Re: Wildlife in Camps

Unread post by Luren » Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:14 am

Hi. We have seen plenty of lesser bushbabies in Croc bridge. Also honey badger and genet at Satara. in 2009 while braaing at Satara a Black stray cat came around. not WILD life but don't know where that came from
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Re: Wildlife in Camps

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Mar 04, 2015 3:00 pm

The only camp we have ever seen H/Badger at was Open camp and only just recently.
Lots of the camps have Genet's and African wild cats at Satara frequently seen.
Busbabies are prolific in Skukuza.

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Re: Wildlife in Camps

Unread post by cheetahlady » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:59 pm

HB at Orpen and Satara.
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Bush babies Skukuza, croc bridge and Punda Maria.
Genet - berg en dal, Punda maria
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread post by picnic » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:03 pm

Honey badger and African wildcat at a Satara, this past weekend. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Wildlife in Camps

Unread post by Maurice D » Wed May 27, 2015 5:28 pm

Just spent time at Satara and was surprised to see an African Wild Cat walking around the camp in broad day light. At Shingwedsi there is a hole in the fence that could very easily accommodate a leopard.

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Unread post by judik » Fri May 29, 2015 12:36 am

I saw a wild cat making the rounds in circle A at Satara
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Re: Wildlife in Camps

Unread post by Toddelelfe » Sun Jun 28, 2015 2:40 pm

Last year i had a Hyena close to me in Skukuza. :big_eyes: It was around 22:00.
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