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Re: Karoo NP to introduce lions to mark 30th anniversary

Unread post by OomDaan » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:57 pm

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Hallo GlynB!
We stayed over @ Karoo Nat Park 3 weeks ago.
What a wonderful reception! All the staff were very friendly and helpful
As soon as we entered the Park, we saw lots of antelopes.
We decided to go to the picnic area for some coffee.(Doornhoek)
We were still in the picnic area when we heard a loud ROAR!
We were very lucky to hear and then saw a big Lion.
He walk in front of our car for about 3 km. Towards Afsaal turnoff.
That night , rather early the next morning , we were surprised to hear two lions close to camp.
Maybe it was the first time.
A truly wonderful stay.
Hope you find it as exiting and rewarding as we did. :D

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Re: Two new male lions introduced to Karoo National Park

Unread post by FrontierPR » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:57 am

The two were released just over a month ago and both are doing fine. The one was spotted yesterday along the Lammertjiesleegte loop, while the other one moved into the western section of the Park and linked up with one of the older lionesses.

The one male made a kill a few weeks ago next to the rest camp, opposite chalet no 23 and did not attempt to challenge the electric fence line around the rest camp. It seems as if they are settling down after their first “escape”. We will never know what triggered their previous escape but it may have something to do with the presence of the two dominant males that forced them into the eastern section of the Park and they tried to escape from the two older males.

It seems now as if each one of them chose an unoccupied section of the Park with fewer pressure from the other two dominant males.

I'm struggling to upload pics here, hence the unavailability thereof. My apologies. As soon as I've found the problem, you'll have some.

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Re: Two new male lions introduced to Karoo National Park

Unread post by GlynB » Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:36 pm

Thanks for the feedback FrontierPR :thumbs_up:

After reading the latest news broadcast about the snow in the park, and the fact that we will be there in the next 3 weeks, how are the lions coping with the snowy conditions? :hmz:
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Re: Two new male lions introduced to Karoo National Park

Unread post by FrontierPR » Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:51 pm

The Park only had very light snow on the upper mountains and the winter so far is not as extreme as the previous winter. It doesn’t look as if the cold weather is bothering them at all. They are definitely more active in winter than in summer and are also catching more prey.
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Re: Two new male lions introduced to Karoo National Park

Unread post by Leaping Lizards » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:27 pm

Wow! A lion on Lammertjiesleegte Loop. Now that is worth seeing. Also good spot for food, with large numbers of zebras, haartebest, rhebok and springbok.
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Re: Two new male lions introduced to Karoo National Park

Unread post by Dreamer » Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:57 pm

OMW..... :dance: :dance: :dance:
We feel so privileged to have seem him!!!! We were in the park for one night on the 8th and saw him on Lammertjiesleegte Loop :D
We watched him for ages while a Red Hartebeest watched him too, until he was so "spooked' and ran off at high speed. It appears he had killed a Hartebeest which we could not see in the long grass , perhaps that's why the Hartebeest was so stressed? He seemed to be dragging it to a better position before starting to feed on it.
Went to look for him on the morning of the 9th before leaving the park but with no success.

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Heavily cropped so you can see his beauty :D You too can see blood on the side of his mane.

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Re: Karoo NP to introduce lions to mark 30th anniversary

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:02 am

I was at Karoo NP yesterday, and did not see a lion, but the guys at the gate said one young Kgalagadi male is spending most of his time close to the entrance gate on the first loop around Bulhoek? picnic site. He was seen there on Thursday am, but we missed him in the pm.
The rest of the lions were apparantly near Sandrivier, but I was pressed for time, so missed them too. At least there are now 2 separate "groups" of lions, which doubles the chances of seeing them!
Where are the cheetahs?

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Karoo Nat. Park Lions

Unread post by JohanBarnard » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:35 pm

On a recent trip to the Karoo Nat. Park we saw 7 diffrent lions in the Park.

1 male alone,
2 males together
2 females and 2 young lions with the 2 females.

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The 2 males on the Potjielekker road

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Re: Karoo Nat. Park Lions

Unread post by Leaping Lizards » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:01 pm

Wow! That is very lucky.

You said that you saw 1 male on his own and 2 females with 2 young lions. In what area did you see the 2 young males?

For anyone in the know, am I right in saying that Johan saw all but 3 animals? Should there not also be another male and 2 more females?
I recall a lion was killed by a puff adder some time back.

Thanks and great sightings Johan.
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Re: Karoo Nat. Park Lions

Unread post by JohanBarnard » Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:10 am

Hi

The group of 4 comprised of 2 adult females and 1 young male and 1 young female.
We saw them in the close to the "WZN 1" = Waterhole Zonder Naam 1 :D


I still cannot understand why its such a big sin to name the waterholes, but let me not start.

Its in the area where the Afsaal cottage is, Hope this help.
The other adult male(picture) we also saw there.

The 2 other males on the big road towards another waterhole, wow this was a joke of a waterhole, , a dam and we could not see them drink at all, so tourist friendly :redface:

Will post pics later of the other lions we saw.

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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:31 am

Spent the long weekend in Beaufort West to relax in the Karoo... found 2 beautiful lionesses (they looked young) right at the electric gate to the camp, but they walked up the hill along the electric fence.
In camp, we decided to see what had happened to them, so we drove up to the swimming pool area, parked, and slowly, carefully walked to the pool.
They were close to the fence, about 50m from us, staring at hartebeest in front of the restaurant.
I sat down quietly inside the pool area, making sure that the pool was between us and them...
They both stared very intently at us, but seemed quite relaxed. I made very sure we stayed close to the toilet doors for just in case...

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Long ago somebody wrote:
And for those of you who would like to see the fence , well , here it is . All of 1 meter high , and about 1,5 meters wide .
When I asked a staff member at the reception about what she thinks about the fence being so low , she said :" They say a lion does not jump , but we will just have to see ".
I must say , I would also have some doubts about my safety if I was to see a full-grown , 1 meter high lion , glaring at me from the other side of that fence !


And that is exactly how I felt: very vulnerable! But they stayed relaxed, and after about 10 minutes started walking down the valley...

What a special moment, but I will NOT go walking along that fence in the dark...! :lol: :lol: :lol:

God bless,

Friedrich von Hörsten

Ps. The next morning before sunrise I found many people walking around inside the fence, on the fossil trail, jogging from the camp ground to reception, a husband and wife standing looking out the main electric gate on the tar road... and I wondered... what would happen if the lionesses appeared right on the other side of that gate... and a car drove through that gate at that moment....!!!
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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread post by lion queen » Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:39 am

Oh wow!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

And I agree, I'm not walking along the fence at night!! :)

I'm so glad you got to see the lions during your visit!!
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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread post by GlynB » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:57 pm

At the Karoo SANPark our scary moment was walking along the raised boardwalk to the Culture Centre and the lion was down below us in the drift! Then into the open to get into the car in the car park.

Driving through the drift the lion appeared and chased a Gemsbok straight at the car! Was not quick enough with the camera for the action, but got a nice shot after he missed the Gemsbok and stood on the bank gazing back at us.

Thinking back, I won't visit that centre again. :shock:
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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread post by lion queen » Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:57 pm

Oh my goodness Glynb, what an amazing experience!!
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New lions for the Karoo?

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:55 pm

A few minutes ago I phoned Karoo National Park to ask where their lions are roaming at the moment...
The friendly operator told me the 4x4 route, as usual...
Then he told me 2 new lions were being released in the park this afternoon...! :D :D
He did not know where they came from, but they were a male and a female, "to keep Sylvester company, so he won't be so lonely"!
I am not sure if they are still in the holding paddock near Potlekkertjie loop, but it sounded as if they were being released right now...
Sounds so exciting. :dance:
PLEASE -- if anybody knows more about this, do let us know.
Two more lions in the Western Cape is always good news for me.
Maybe, just maybe, I will have better luck next time I visit Karoo again!

Thanks and God bless,

Friedrich von Hörsten
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