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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by anne-marie » Tue May 21, 2013 5:26 pm

sorry NetEk if I can't understood your question :redface:
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by NetEk » Wed May 22, 2013 4:00 pm

anne-marie wrote:sorry NetEk if I can't understood your question :redface:


No problem :redface: I didn't ask it clearly either, I'll forgive you :k

I still don't know how do Bats get Rabies to give it to humans in SA?

Any Batty experts around?
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by tusk » Wed May 22, 2013 11:21 pm

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You said bats were not a problem in the winter months. Is May still a problem?

Any info on the river front units in MM? How bad is Nossob and 2R for bats? Any particular units that are better. Have nothing against them, my husband is partial to them and has picked up a few in KNP but not something I particularly to have in our chalet. Last visit to Olifants one pooped on my daughter in law's head. That did not go down too well.

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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by Jonkers » Thu May 23, 2013 10:47 am

I visited the park end May, June, July, August and early September the last years and bat and I did not meet ;)

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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by NetEk » Wed May 29, 2013 3:05 pm

The promised pic of a Fruit bat we saw at Mapungubwe.

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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:15 pm

NetEk wrote:I still don't know how do Bats get Rabies to give it to humans in SA?

Any Batty experts around?


The main vectors for rabies in SA remain domestic dogs. The yellow mongoose and bat-eared fox - also found in KTP are also vectors in SA (and bat-eared foxes are also insect-eaters...). Bats are not common vectors in SA - that is true. Their counterparts in the Americas are much more famous for that. The problem is more that bats are extremely "contagious" if one can put it that way. Minor exposure may lead to rabies. Even though it is not common here - I will still treat all bats with caution. They could carry other viruses too. I'm no bat-expert. More of a medical point of view... :wink:
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Re: Bats "problem" (or not) in KTP accomodation ?

Unread post by NetEk » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:12 am

Thanks. Didn't know about the bat ears... thats sad I think they are adorable..

Might be due to the agresion when infected with rabies that the infected animal bytes/fights with the non infected animal....
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Current bat situation at Urikaruus? Nossob?

Unread post by kimanjome » Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:36 pm

Does anyone know the current bat situation at Urikaruus? I was reading some older 2012/2013 posts and it seems there was a problem there, also--not quite like 2R but as bat (bad) as Nossob.

Mind you, I've stayed in the Amazon where the primitive cabins had wide open eaves, specially designed to allow the bats and parrots free reign throughout the place. Because the eaves were so open--a good .5 meter gap!--there was plenty of ventilation and no bat urine odor. [I wonder why KTP doesn't design their buildings that way?]. Also, we slept under very fine mesh mossie nets which "caught" most of the bat droppings, not a big problem. Also had a bat or two in KNP at LS and Satara but it was just that, one or two, I was able to swoop them out the open door with a broom, then go to bed and sleep in peace.

I have bought pop-up mossie tents to put on the beds, that way we can keep windows open if the bat situation is severe. Image Will this work, do you think?

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Re: Current bat situation at Urikaruus? Nossob?

Unread post by kimanjome » Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:24 pm

Maybe is the best way to allow bats to exit, then close doors and windows? :-?

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Re: Current bat situation at Urikaruus? Nossob?

Unread post by anne-marie » Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:57 pm

kimanjome wrote:Maybe is the best way to allow bats to exit, then close doors and windows? :-?
:thumbs_up: I put outside a lot of Bats... last time... then close the windows in the evening
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Re: Current bat situation at Urikaruus? Nossob?

Unread post by hollydog » Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:07 pm

On a three night stay in Feb, we saw one leopard at the watering hole just after we returned at the end of the day, at dusk. We had one bat in our unit, that did not seem to cause many problems. It really is a great camp.


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