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Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by Kremetart » Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:50 pm

OK Apart from the obvious animals such as pangolin and aardvark which animal do you have the worst luck in spotting in Kruger?

My animal is definitely leopard.

I have been going to Kruger for 20 years; have had at least 10 cheetah sightings, countless lion sightings, many wild dog sightings but only 2 leopard sightings. The one sighting was a glimpse as a leopard sprinted across the road and the other was a LIT far away. It was basically a swollen Marula branch with a tail.

Another animal I have never spotted is Black Rhino but then again maybe it should belong to the Pangolin, Aardvark category?

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Re: Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by saraf » Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:59 pm

Wild Dog.

Not a one in 7 visits.

Still gives me a reason to keep going back.
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Re: Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by Bennievis » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:00 pm

Definitely serval :wall:
Have seen one near Nottingham Road in the Natal midlands once.. :big_eyes:
But never in Kruger

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Re: Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by Albert » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:12 pm

Cheetah and Wild dog (am I allowed more than one? :hmz: )

I have seen Pangolin on more occasions over the last 10 years than those two....
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Unread post by NJVermaak » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:19 pm

definitely black rhino! I would really love to see one!
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Re: Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by PietSkiet » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:20 pm

Must say, have been fairly lucky with leopard (hope this doesn't influence future trips).
Have to go with Cheetah and Wild dog. Both of these have been very elusive, were lucky with two Cheetahs previous trip, but usualy they are few and far between. In 30 years going to KNP only 5 Wild Dog sightings.
In last 9 years and 10 trips since introducing SO to KNP only 3 sightings each.
Only 2 Black Rhino as well, both with SO.
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Re: Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by AndreaB » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:39 pm

In our many visits we have only seen cheetah once but then one did climb on our roof so it was a fairly memorable occasion...

I am obsessed with leopard but havent had that many sightings until this Feb when on the day that we entered the park we saw 3 and then another 3 over the next few days.

Wild dogs - also this Feb we saw 3 different packs on 1 day... :redface:

I would love to see an otter or the fabled black leopard around Biyamiti :D

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Re: Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by pnm » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:15 pm

Definitely Wild dog. In the last 20 years I have had good sightings of Serval, of Black Rhino, of leopards of cheetah, but in all the years only once have we sighted Wild Dogs - two of them for about 2 seconds (I mean two seconds) near Pretoriuskop.

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Re: Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:44 pm

Nice thread Kremetart :thumbs_up:

for me, the African Wildcat.
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Re: Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by Carol g » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:59 pm

For me it's a Caracal
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Re: Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by RogerFraser » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:23 pm

Wild-dogs top my list and Porcupine my wife's list .
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Re: Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by skywalker2251 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:24 pm

Black Rhino has eluded me thus far. I've been close a few times, but each time someone has told me about it by the time i get there it's gone.

I've done well with cheetah, ony missing them on 2/7 trips. I've seen at least one leopard every trip, though i've had a couple where sightings were sparse right to the very end of our stay. I've done pretty good with wild dogs too, seen them on most trips.

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Re: Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by Porridge » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:27 pm

Wild dog - 2 sightings in 27 years (although the last one 5 weeks ago was a doozy - see here)
Caracal - 1 sighting in the same time frame
Serval - 1 again, but a brilliant one
Pangolin - Only 1, but more would be well received.
Civet - Nada, zilch, eizikolo in Oom Paul se plaas (please please please :doh: )
HB - can never get enough of them, Probably seen 20 over the years, but SO got her first one 5 weeks ago.

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Re: Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by Carol g » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:48 pm

Seen plenty of serval on the road between LS and tshokwane, only seen civet once, saw it between Satara and Olifants crossing the tar road
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Re: Which animal eludes you most in KNP?

Unread post by Gemma T » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:01 pm

The 2 animals that are highest on my elusive want to see list are the cape clawless otter and the caracal. I have been really lucky with my other sightings over the years - but I have not seen either of these.
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