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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:06 am

HBurger wrote:7 times is an unbelievable strike rate. Could you share details such as time of day and area?



As per the rules we do not give the locations of rhino sightings. I am sure you can understand why.

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by FrontierPR » Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:50 pm

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

These pics were sent in by Senior Field Guide, Charl Lyell, from the cheetah tracking activity earlier today. Two male lions were seen feasting on an ostrich after getting "lucky" with some girls.

Unfortunately the ostrich's date will be alone this evening...
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Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:04 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Stunning catch!!!

Sorry about ostrich being alone tonight, but I'm sure he'll find a new mate soon!!!
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Unread post by FrontierPR » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:37 pm

Great sighting on cheetah tracking on Saturday of female with three large cubs. All playing and tree climbing! Thank you to senior field guide Charl Lyell, for the lovely pics.
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Unread post by lion queen » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:07 pm

:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

What a lovely sighting!!!! Just love the playful cubs!!!

Thank you so much for sharing! :gflower:
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by FrontierPR » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:26 am

Why did the cheetah cross the road, asks Senior Field Guide, Charl Lyell?
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Unread post by FrontierPR » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:40 am

The three 11-month-old cheetahs are becoming quite confident, says our Senior Field Guide, Charl Lyell. They are regularly found during the cheetah tracking activities, and can often be seen playfully practicing their hunting skills on each other.
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by RayK » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:20 pm

Hi FrontierPR,
Great sighting. But I have to ask...why are the two people outside a vehicle so close to a Cheetah?

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Unread post by FrontierPR » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:28 pm

The activity starts out on a game drive vehicle, with the guide tracking them via their collars and a telemetry device. Once he thinks he's gone as far as he can with the vehicle, the rest of the activity is done on foot. The guides are armed and well-versed in the different animals' temperaments and what they will allow and what not, and how close they can go on any given day. The distance between the guests and animals in the pic may be misleading. I trust this answers your question.
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by arks » Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:19 am

RayK wrote:Hi FrontierPR,
Great sighting. But I have to ask...why are the two people outside a vehicle so close to a Cheetah?

MZNP has a unique cheetah tracking activity, one of the best -- and most unforgettable -- activities that I've done. On the day that I went, the cheetah that we found was so relaxed that we were able to approach to roughly 15 feet or less from her. She was fully aware of us, but also totally unbothered by our close proximity. Our guide knew that she was very tolerant of having visitors come so close, quite unusual but very very special.
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:37 am

RayK wrote:Hi FrontierPR,
Yes it does answer my question. It seems like a fantastic activity to participate in. Thank you. :)


It is a fantastic activity. I did it for the first time this past December, and I will do it every time when I go back. As was the case with Arks, we were also able to get very close to 2 male cheetahs, and they were very relaxed. If you ever come to SA, and have an opportunity to visit MZNP, this activity is a must do.


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