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Otter in the KNP

Unread post by Awake » Thu May 19, 2016 3:56 pm

During the long weekend at the end of April, my wife and I had our first ever sighting of a Cape Clawless Otter in the KNP after more than 30 years of visiting the park regularly. We were at the Sweni Bird Hide at around 09h30 and noticed the otter on the far bank. It made its way all the way down to the S37 causeway and then disappeared.

I wonder if others would like to share their experience of encountering this beautiful animal in the Kruger :)
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March: Olifants
April: Satara, Olifants, Lower Sabie
May: Lower Sabie
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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by Hugh » Thu May 19, 2016 4:06 pm

Wealso saw these cute little creature a few years back in a pond just up from Satara I do hope you managed to take a few photos .... Lovely day in CT today after the rain last night though your part of the woods always seems to stay green
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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by yoda » Thu May 19, 2016 4:30 pm

Never seen one myself.
But I believe the Sabie is one of the best places to see them.
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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by lion queen » Thu May 19, 2016 4:52 pm

A wonderful sighting Awake!!! And something to treasure!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

We saw one from the low water bridge at Lower Sabie.
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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by lion queen » Thu May 19, 2016 4:53 pm

Have a look at this topic

Cape Clawless Otter

Some wonderful photos and stories!!

Please share your photos there!! :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by saraf » Thu May 19, 2016 5:14 pm

We always check out all the causeways, stop where we can and have a good nosy.

But what a fantastic sighting Awake.
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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by ultimatebraaimaster » Thu May 19, 2016 5:25 pm

Awake wrote:During the long weekend at the end of April, my wife and I had our first ever sighting of a Cape Clawless Otter in the KNP after more than 30 years of visiting the park regularly. We were at the Sweni Bird Hide at around 09h30 and noticed the otter on the far bank. It made its way all the way down to the S37 causeway and then disappeared.

I wonder if others would like to share their experience of encountering this beautiful animal in the Kruger :)


I was at Skukuza late last year and enjoyed a morning with about 6 clawless otters playing in the water below the camp and even chasing off a crocodile. Beautiful animals

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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by Jesscan1 » Thu May 19, 2016 5:36 pm

We have seen the Otters on two occasions at the Lower Sabie River Low Water Bridge.

The last sighting we had was May 2015.

I took a video of them and have posted the link to the video on the link you sent lion queen. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_AK-UyF388)

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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by Awake » Fri May 20, 2016 9:45 am

Thanks to all for your responses. It does seem that the Sabie river is the most likely place to see them. Thanks lion queen for the link to the otter page and Jesscan1 for the wonderful video :D
Kruger 2016: :D
January: Lower Sabie
March: Olifants
April: Satara, Olifants, Lower Sabie
May: Lower Sabie
June: Talamati
July: Lower Sabie
August: Lower Sabie

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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by lion queen » Fri May 20, 2016 9:51 am

Awake wrote:Thanks to all for your responses. It does seem that the Sabie river is the most likely place to see them. Thanks lion queen for the link to the otter page and Jesscan1 for the wonderful video :D


I see in your signature May 2016 you'll be in Lower Sabie..............may you be blessed with some stunning Otter sightings! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by Awake » Fri May 20, 2016 10:01 am

Shall certainly be looking out for them :thumbs_up:
Kruger 2016: :D
January: Lower Sabie
March: Olifants
April: Satara, Olifants, Lower Sabie
May: Lower Sabie
June: Talamati
July: Lower Sabie
August: Lower Sabie

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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by lion queen » Fri May 20, 2016 10:02 am

This was our sighting..........

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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by lion queen » Fri May 20, 2016 10:03 am

On one of the small islands................you need to be Awake (excuse the pun!) :dance: :dance:

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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by Awake » Fri May 20, 2016 10:06 am

Great pictures :thumbs_up:
Kruger 2016: :D
January: Lower Sabie
March: Olifants
April: Satara, Olifants, Lower Sabie
May: Lower Sabie
June: Talamati
July: Lower Sabie
August: Lower Sabie

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Re: Otter in the KNP

Unread post by Jesscan1 » Fri May 20, 2016 10:44 am

Wonderful Otter pics lion queen.


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