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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by bambazonke » Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:54 am

Hi question for gmlsmit.

The Lichtensteins that were re-introduced, were they a species that occurred in the area naturally and did they die of disease i.e. anthrax to which I know both roan and sable are prone, or were they shot out??

Have seen all of the above
northern areas often around Boyela/Babalala/ S106 leading to Tropic of Capricorn, but you have to be patient .

Mounbtain reedbuck seen on the Ship moutain road many years ago, never have seen again but I don't usually stay in the south of the park.

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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by Bundi » Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:29 pm

Decent sized herd of Sable 500m from the big Kruger rock tablet (dont exactly know what its called) between Skukuza and Tshokwane in December.

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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by Lowveldboy » Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:08 pm

flying cheetah wrote:
Lowveldboy wrote:I did see suni in Punda during October :whistle:

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: do you have a pic??


:lol: Yip not very good, but a pic. Happened at night, and my camera gear is not for night time photography. We were about 10 people and a guide and it was confirmed by Guides and a ranger. Now to try and find the link to my trip report

HERE IT IS, about half way down.

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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by gmlsmit » Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:26 pm

Bundi thanks, I am pleased to read that the herd is still roaming the area where we spotted them in Sept 2009, as mentioned in my previous post near the Kruger Tablets.

concerning the Lichtenstein's, Dr Tol Pienaar compiled a memorandum indicating sufficient evidence that the species in the recent history roamed the far northern part of the KNP. What caused their disappearance cannot be established, maybe anthrax or other disease, maybe habitat destruction or hunting.

The Board agreed in 1984 to reintroduce animals from the Kasungu National Park in Malawi.

26 were captured; unfortunately 17 died of stress and 9 were released in the N'wasitshumbe enclosure, 17 km north of Vlakteplaas, on 19 July 1985.

a further 3 died and eventually 2♂ and 4♀ adapted successfully in their new environment.

The National parks Board agreed to purchase 10 animals from a Dr Kriek who had privately imported animals from Malawi. Dr Kriek then donated a further 5 Lichtenstein's to the Park.

The 15 were released in the N'wasitshumbe enclosure and the Nhlangwini enclosure near Pretoriuskop.

I have never seen an Oribi in the Kruger National Park, only in the Eastern Shores area of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park. However should you see a Steenbok with a black tail - regard yourself extremely fortunate as you have just sighted an Oribi.
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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by flying cheetah » Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:33 pm

Thank you Lowveldboy :thumbs_up: What a special sighting, not many have seen a Suni in Kruger :dance: :dance:
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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by Shi » Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:03 am

Seen Sable near Pretoriuskop on two occassions, near Talamati on two occassions and opposite Kruger tablets once

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Had a magnificent sighting of about 30 Roan at Babalala

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Tssesebe have seen in the Pretoriuskop surrounds several times, also on the S50 between Mopani and Shingwedzi, and at Boyela

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Reedbuck have seen a few times on the main stretch between Satara and Olifants, on the S29 near Lower Sabie and once on the Doispane rd

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Eland a very special sighting on the Pafuri private concession

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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by Sjambokpod » Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:51 am

Southern Mountain Reedbuck can be regularly seen in the long grass around Shawu No 3 windmill on S50. Ptretorius Kop is a good area as well.

Suni were quite plentiful around Punda Maria but in the last 10 years I have only seen a couple on the Nyalaland Trail and at a couple of spots near Crooks Corner

Tssessebe is most common around Mopani Camp especially at Mooiplaas Windmill. There is a herd East of Tshokwane ans apparently around P Kop as well

Sable like the Granite Soils on the Western side of Kruger especially around P Kop Hlangulene Picnic Spot, Talamati, Muzandzeni Picnic Spot, Shimuwini and Babalala

Roan near Nwambu Pan S144, Mooiplaas Windmill, Northern Plains 4x4 route and Klopperfontein Dam

Eland around the Powerlines N of Punda Maria and the Tihongenyeni Windmill on the S143 are probably bestfor this nomadic species

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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:18 pm

This is a very interesting thread. Even though not antelope shortcourse I also find hedgehog, thick-tailed bush baby and hare sightings rare. We saw thick-tailed bush baby at our safari tent at Punda Maria last year during May but it was the first sighting. We saw either the Cape or Scrub Hare at Talamati and once at Sirheni, but I am not sure which one of the two Hare’s it was. We never saw a rabbit although it is said that one specie does occur in Kruger but I am also not sure which one. Maybe some will be spotted over the Easter week-end by lucky forum members and we will see and hear about them next week!
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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by spargish » Tue May 03, 2011 1:39 pm

It seems like renosterpan can be quite a lucky spot for rarer antelopes
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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by johanrebel » Thu May 05, 2011 9:52 pm

Sjambokpod wrote:Southern Mountain Reedbuck can be regularly seen in the long grass around Shawu No 3 windmill on S50.
Saw a male there on a 42°C afternoon last November, right in the open. No long grass anywhere around. I assume, by the way, that you mean Southern Reedbuck. Mountain Reedbuck I have seen walking in the southern Lebombo Mountains, east of Mpanamana Dam.

Sjambokpod wrote:Ptretorius Kop is a good area as well.
Indeed, I can recall night drives with reedbuck on every corner.

chas wrote:If you want to see Reedbuck you travel between Satara and Olifants on the H1-4 . There are 2 ewes and 1 ram always in the same spot. They hang around the Ngotso river when you cross the bridge. Seen them for the last 3 years.
I can recall seeing reedbuck there (together with lion, by the way) as far back as the early 90s

There is also plenty of reedbuck along the H10, but only easily seen after veld fires.

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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by johanrebel » Thu May 05, 2011 10:03 pm

Shi wrote:Eland a very special sighting on the Pafuri private concession
When the Ana Trees (Faidherbia albida) start dropping their pods, the local eland spread out, especially along the Luvuvhu where these trees are common. Can, with a bit of luck, been seen from Luvuvhu bridge at such times.

At other times, they hang out in one or two big herds. Largest number I've seen together, on the Limpopo floodplain, was either 58 or 64 (don't have the checklist to hand at the moment).

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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by johanrebel » Thu May 05, 2011 10:15 pm

shortcourse wrote:Let's state what animal and where sighted so people can have an idea as to where they need to look for these hard to find animals!!

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Only one ever, on Napi Pad near PK. It was hanging out with a herd of Impala.

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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by Richprins » Fri May 06, 2011 12:11 pm

Hello, Lowveldboy!

I think your suni was a young Grysbok!

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Suni are really tiny and have much smaller ears and more white underneath! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by Andreas_79 » Sat May 07, 2011 7:12 pm

I am not sure if this is an Oribi (seen along the S50):

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The horns are not ridged at the base as mentioned in my guidebook (Carruther´s "The Wildlife of Southern Africa") and unfortunately we couldn´t see the tail.
Can anyone confirm?


Thick-tailed bushbaby:
- we saw two of them in front of the shop at Skukuza before sunset three weeks ago
- we also had two of them sitting on our dish rack at the Safari tents at Punda Maria
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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread post by Richprins » Sun May 08, 2011 11:21 am

Hello, Andreas!

That is a beautiful specimen of a steenbuck male. :thumbs_up:


Below is an oribi! (NOT in Kruger! :) )



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