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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by lion queen » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:34 pm

We were there last week and had an Aardwolf sighting at 15H00..............awesome ...............it was a bit far from the road, but I still got some nice photos and it gave me enough time too............. :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by LarissaVW » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:21 pm

Arrived in MZNP for our very first visit today. What a pleasant surprise! Eland, gemsbok, zebra, ostrich,springbok and jackal came too say welcome! And that was just from the gate to the restcamp! So looking forward to our 5 nights here!
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by LarissaVW » Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:35 pm

Hi dellac.
Internet coverage in the park is not so great, so I will try my hand at a TR once back in Cape Town.
But in short, MZNP has been a pleasant surprise to us.
We, as a family, loved the stay here. We went on a nightdrive with Michael (MPaxton) which I will say is a must for anyone visiting MZNP.

My eldest son, Liam, is dictating to me as I write... :think:
he says that i must tell you that we will come here again... For sure!
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by Morkel777 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:42 pm

Good to see the sightings in this special Park. I try to return every year or 2 as it's a real treat for photography.

For those interested - here's my latest TR which includes Golden Gate and MZNP!
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Unread post by M.Paxton » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:09 am

Greetings All

Summer is here, but not much rain yet.

Sightings have been good on warm windless nights.

Here are some pics from some of the drives and walks and cheetah tracking activities.

Aarvark, more of a evidence shot but still a Aardvark
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On one of the cheetah tracking activities we came across Juba looking into the distant plains, checking what is on the menu.
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A malachite sunbird that flew into my house and would not leave.
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Thorny Poppy (Papaever aculeatum) one of the flowers after the rain.
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Brown Hyena spoor compared to a .375 round
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Will post some more later. Will aslo start a topic on some of the photos we have got from our camera traps so be on the look out for that soon.

Cheers for now.

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:22 pm

I must thank Micheal Paxton for the most amazing Cheetah experience. It was certainly one of my most memorable Sanparks experiences... and I have had a few of those.

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Unread post by M.Paxton » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:52 pm

Greetings All

The rains have arrived and so have two hail storms. In on place on the Ubejane loop it looked as if it had snowed the hail was lying so thick. Here is a pic of the second hail storm that fell over the camp.
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The activities have been bust as one can expect this time of year. I have gone out a many cheetah tracking activities. On one we saw Nixi almost catch a Steenbok, the Steenbok was way to agile for her. Yesterday whilst looking for Angela I almost stood on this very large yellowish Puff adder.
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Have also been doing a couple of morning walks. Came across a small group of buffalo on the morning walk.
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On a morning drive/birding drive we came across a Yellow-bellied Eremomela pair making there nest. it was low to the ground, made of spider webs. Not sure if the pic is of good enough quality to see the bird on the nest. It is in the center of the pic.
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Last night i saw a small spotter cat on the night drive. That was my first sighting of a small spotted cat ever, so in 11 years of working there are still things to see and learn.

Have a look out for the camera trap report. Secret Cameras of MZNP

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Unread post by Kay123 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:48 pm

I am so exited - we will be spending a few nights at MZNP from 28 Dec, and I cannot wait! It will be my first visit, and I am hoping to see all the animals mentioned in the previous post. But I know that no matter what we see or don't see, it will be amazing.

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Unread post by saraf » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:36 pm

M.Paxton wrote:
Last night i saw a small spotter cat on the night drive. That was my first sighting of a small spotted cat ever, so in 11 years of working there are still things to see and learn.

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Is that also known as the black-footed cat? Would love to see one. In fact I think that is the first recorded sighting of one by a formuite. What special sighting.
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:13 am

Looking for Angela,

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a distraction on the way.. a very large earth worm :big_eyes:

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Angela

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Sorry, I have forgotten this beauties name :redface: :redface:

a tense moment

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the rest is in my trip report.

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:30 am

Anne Marie, it was an unforgettable experience. The only warning that I would give is to have a fair level of fitness if you really want to enjoy it. We had to walk fairly fast to keep up with a hungry Cheetah. Even though we did not have to walk far, it was a bit of a trot. I was very grateful not to be a smoker.
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by GregM-W » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:41 pm

I have done a few visits to this Park, the last one stayed in one of the mountain cabins for a few nights. A question that always comes to mind is why no mention of leopard? I can not believe that in an area like this there are none if one considers the amount of leopard that still are to be found close to towns in the Western Cape (according to work done by the Cape Leopard Trust). Any comments as to why this may be?

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Unread post by anne-marie » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:02 pm

welcome GregM-W :D

we speak about the tracking of the collared Cheetah :dance:
I don't know, but there is certainly some Leopards :hmz:

we will have a reply... soon I think :whistle:
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by Kay123 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:25 pm

Game drive last night. Saw about 24 species of animals and birds. It was spectacular, because I saw what I really wanted to see - aardwolf. And we saw FIVE of them!

And to end the night we saw porcupine and aardvark - a truly special evening.

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by mh_baer » Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:27 pm

Wow, then you've been really lucky, Kay123.
We've been with Michael on a nightdrive two weeks ago and only saw 2 aardwolf, porcupine and a caracal. :wink: Not to mention lots of antelope including a new born. Plus a cheetah... :dance:
One of the best drives ever! Michael was great explaining everything.
That was only fair regarding the boring nightdrive we had in Karoo NP some days later.
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