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Jaxi Deans encounter with a hyena

Unread post by jaxidean » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:58 pm

Well I don't write often as you all know I am married to the famous Porridge :)

Since my last individual story ,Kruger National Park has a lot of Fears and scary moments for all of us it may be a Lion or ELEPHANTS or a Leopard my biggest fear has always been a snake it really does not matter what snake ... Jaxi has a phobia...

Since 2009 my first time going into KNP I have had many moments Honey badgers in Tamboti...Elephants in Punda and Shingwedzi.. But what happened to me on the 3rd March 2017 I will never ever forget and I do not have photos to prove unfortunately..

So it was 2017 Cricket Weekend - Porridge and I arrived on 2nd March 2017 put our tent up, relaxed and then waited for our great friend Heksie to arrive ... she eventually arrived and put her tent up and then we all went to the wonderful meet and greet at the Golf Course. We all had a wonderful time and then got back to camp and started relaxing again with Amarulas...Our neighbour who was in a Caravan next to us came and warned us that there was a Hyena in camp... We all thanked him so much for the warning but went to sleep soundly as you do on your first night in the Kruger :)

Next morning Heksie and I did a wonderful morning drive then spent the day relaxing at the cricket (That TR to follow)... After the cricket that day we all went back to camp lit the fire and were all relaxing ... it was about 7h00pm and I said to both Porridge and Heks going to the loo.. and I must say the distance was not far...Grabbed the torch like I usually do and turned the corner and all I saw was this Hyena running straight towards me it was the most frightening experience in my life I just saw and ran back to Porridge and was shaking terribly.. Needless to say both Porridge and Heksie saw the Hyena..

A moment I will never forget my face to face with a Hyena...

In the Kruger I am sure we all have these encounters but for me that is an experience I will never ever forget and I unfortunately do not have any pictures but I do remember now that one has to be aware about more than snakes and spiders etc ;)
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Re: Jaxi Deans encounter with a hyena

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:04 am

I can just imagine how frightening that must have been!
Glad it was just a big scare and nothing more serious!


The camp fences are not impenetrable, and something bigger than a snake can sneak in.
I remeber wanting to walk to the game drive departure point in Skukuza once, and a park official suggesting Indrive because "there may or may not be a leopard in camp" :big_eyes:

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:06 am

:big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

Wow, Jaxie, I can just imagine the moment. What a skrik.

Now, you really have me waiting....

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Unread post by Cape of Storms » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:48 am

Hyena face to face must have been incredibly scary!


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Unread post by manicwalker » Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:45 am

Jaxi,
My biggest fear when in the park????.... meeting a Hyena :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:
I can well imagine just how you felt :big_eyes:

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Unread post by jaxidean » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:27 am

Thanks for the comments :) It was indeed a "Hair Raising" experience that I will never forget :)
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Unread post by Mischief » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:36 am

Jaxi...... :shock: :shock: :shock: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: hair raising indeed.I love spotting game but I have an incredible respect all wildlife at try at all times to give them the right of way in their home.But a head on collision course with a hyena,definitely NOT on my bucket list.

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Unread post by barryels » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:30 am

Must have been quite a shocking experience :big_eyes: :big_eyes: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .
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Unread post by George_Brits » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:38 am

Yikes Jax, I would've flung that torch so far that it will still be traveling. I once had a close encounter many years ago at Punda Maria restcamp, and I was walking to the ablutions with my torch, but without my glasses, and, the beam of my torch caught two eyes about 20m from me. As the lions were roaring close by, my initial thought was LION... and I screamed the scream of screams my scream did start with a F and ended with a F... and I span around and locked myself in the car thinking there were lions in the camp. The next morning I saw the tracks and realised my "Lion" was in fact a bushbuck. :lol: :lol:

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Unread post by hilda » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:45 am

Very scary indeed Jaxidean! Thanks for sharing! :big_eyes:
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Unread post by Cape of Storms » Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:44 pm

George brits that is so funny.


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Unread post by manicwalker » Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:35 am

George_Brits
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Unread post by Nkulu » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:14 am

:big_eyes: :big_eyes: not sure how I would have reacted
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Unread post by Hippotragus » Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:27 pm

Oh Jax! I heard the story "straight from the horse's mouth" at the Cricket - but thanks for re-telling it here. Scary indeed. Something you don't really expect in a fenced camp. I do hope they can get him/her out before there is an accident.

I don't want to outdo you, but I had a similar experience in Savuti, Botswana many moons ago. We were on an overland camping trip and had camped beside the dry Savuti Channel (no official camping site, no fence etc.). After our braai and evening chat round the fire, I took my torch and wandered off to the nearest bush to do you know what. There I was with my shorts and knickers round my ankles, when I saw eyes bobbing and coming towards me. Well, shorts and knickers still round my ankles, I ran back to the fire!!! We think it was most probably a hyena but the next morning, after we had all had our "behind a bush visits", we did see an ancient almost toothless lion in the area!
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Unread post by lion queen » Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:15 am

Shame Jaxi not an experience I would like to have on my way to the loo!! I might just not need to go after that experience! :wink:

We've seen Hyena spoor many moons ago at the 4 bed chalets in Skukuza, but thankfully not the owner.
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