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Melkvlei picnic site lions

Unread post by forestgump » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:15 pm

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On the 23rd December 2012, stopped for a picnic, and scanned the area for predators. Sure enough a lioness was watching up on the dune, a male lion was also lying nearby.
She moved behind the dune when she saw me looking up at her.She would peep over now and again to check on us.

On the 31st, on returning I had got out of the car not knowing that the car adjacent was busy taking photos of lions at their table !!
When the car moved my wife shouted that there are lions. :lol:
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Warned arriving people to be aware, when the lions moved out of sight nearby.
Funny how people stare in disbelief when you tell them there are lions near you.
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Re: Melkvlei picnic site lions

Unread post by Joubie » Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:02 pm

On our visit to the park in the first week of December, there were 2 lioness sleeping in the picnic area on two occasions when we stopped there.

The female in the picture below was also very pregnant and did not move even with all the traffic stopping at the picnic area.

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Polentswa waterhole

Unread post by forestgump » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:43 pm

Visited this waterhole a couple of times , for the first time last month.
This waterhole is a hive of activity, worth the drive.

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Lioness in Kamqua toilet

Unread post by Red Dune » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:09 am

In a Cape Town news paper this morning there is a big cover-page photograph of a injured lioness that has apparently broken into the womens toilets at Kamqua (a picnic spot halfway between Twee Riveren and Mata Mata) to seek refuge of some sort, either to nurse her injury, or against the cruel sun at this time of the year.

I am however very sceptical that she would have been able to " break into " the facility . . . even more-so being injured, and I am just about 100% sure that the very effective sliding gate was simply left open by a tourist. Its a known fact that lions crave the cool concrete floor inside the toilets to hide from the heat.

Let it also be said that these toilets are very sturdy well build to protect the public against scenarios like these . . . and there is simply no way that this lion could have got inside . . . unless that was a factor of structural neglect or negligence on the part of tourist to have left the door open.

I do remeber the story of a couple of years ago when a a lioness left her two young cubs under the hand basin in the men's toilet at Dikbaardskolk . . . and the how the poor guy also got the shock of his life while he was 'busy' against the far wall . . . and the hearing the cubs behind him ! The door was also left open.


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Re: Lioness in Kamqua toilet

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:14 am

:wall: :wall: 11 months too early.
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Kgalagadi - Animals and birds staying and/or living in camps

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:51 am

Twee Riviere - Yellow Mongooses

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Re: Birds and critters seen in camps in Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:09 pm

Thinking about lunch..........

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Re: Birds and critters seen in camps in Kgalagadi

Unread post by Robbert » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:44 pm

Hi Lion Queen, Son Godin lovely pictures, impressive Lion! Scary to have such a big boy around your accommodation ( luckily not a small tent like we most of the time use...... :redface:

This spotted eagle owl was sitting at dusk next to the swimming pool at TR.
(Picture shot, October 2006)

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Re: Kgalagadi - Animals and birds staying and/or living in c

Unread post by judik » Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:42 am

One morning last Feb at TR i was watching the mongooses and squirrels doing their entertaining thing from my patio. Suddenly out of nowhere a small cat swept in, pounced on a squirrel and carried it off. It happened so fast I couldn't get a pic. It had tufted ears but was the size if an AWC. Could it gave been a juvenile caracal? I'll never know but what I do know is I will never forget that sighting
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Re: Kgalagadi - Animals and birds staying and/or living in c

Unread post by Robbert » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:47 pm

This bat was hanging on the wall near the swimming pool of TR, 19th of March 2012.

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Re: Kgalagadi - Animals and birds staying and/or living in c

Unread post by Goronta » Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:07 am

A control in Nossob


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Re: Kgalagadi - Animals and birds staying and/or living in c

Unread post by CliveK » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:47 am

I agree with Lion Queen. Nice shots all :clap: :clap:

These two, after admiring themselves in the glass, ended up chewing off the windscreen wiper rubber :sniper:

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Re: Kgalagadi - Animals and birds staying and/or living in c

Unread post by gatita » Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:19 pm

TR

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Re: Kgalagadi - Animals and birds staying and/or living in c

Unread post by GavinW » Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:23 pm

Seen in the Nossob campsite, May 2012


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Re: Kgalagadi - Animals and birds staying and/or living in c

Unread post by Robbert » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:33 pm

Cape Fox at night looking for food inside TR camp site.

Shot September 2003

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