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Re: Cats inside camps???

Unread postby okie » Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:50 am

When we were at Punda Maria last October , just outside the camp , a badly wounded buffalo got away from hunting lions , and ran right into the camp . The buffalo had to be shot by the rangers . It cause quite a lot of excitement inside the camp ( the gate guard ran away ) , but just imagine what could have happened if the lions had persued and then caught the buffalo inside the camp!
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Re: Cats inside camps???

Unread postby Malealea » Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:19 pm

I heard some stories of Leopards entering Shingwedzi Camp. but this Story is years back.
But even so the Camp is fenced, there is always animals around.
I have seen in various camps, Hyenas, Jackals, AWC, Genets,Snakes, BFC (But I'm not sure.... . It was to quick(not in KNP)). You can always can see mammals from the camp like Monkeys, Baboons, Antelopes. the probability is always there!
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Re: Cats inside camps???

Unread postby onewithnature » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:57 am

Anyone know whether it is okay to walk around at night in camps?
I would suppose it is recommended that people stay in their huts and tents as much as possible, especially as wild animals do get in.
However, sometimes one has to attend ablutions at night, and camps like Tamboti require one to walk through close bush to reach them.
At night, I have found it both hectically exciting, and a tad nerve-racking!
However, I must admit that I love walking around camps in the night if I cannot sleep, a good torch in one hand, a camera around my neck, socks and shoes on my feet, and a slow tread to make sure I don't stand on anything.
Nothing better for me than finding a bench and listening to the sounds around.
Cannot compare, in my opinion, with anything else in this world!
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Re: Cats inside camps???

Unread postby Malealea » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:15 am

If a Camp is fenced, you can walk around at night as far as I know.
But you have to be aware that game will enter.
You have to be aware at all the time, otherwise the fence is useless!
If you stay in an unfenced Camp, that will be another Story! you shouldn't go out at night, because predators will come in the Camp at night.
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Unread postby onewithnature » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:18 am

I know we must always be wary when walking around camps at night ... keep your eyes and ears peeled, wear socks and shoes, and have a good torch. But, I still know that the chance of dangerous predators wandering around in fenced camps is rare ... so, hey, I still love to find a bench near a river or dam and just silently appreciate the magnificence of the bush! I have done it for years and have never seen anything untoward. Of course, I'm aware there are snakes and small mammals around, but I don't go gallavanting around unnecessarily - just prefer to sit quietly and enjoy. Nothing wrong with that IMHO.
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Re: Cats inside camps???

Unread postby bert » Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:16 pm

Very happy to see a civet at Satara and Lower Sabie
Not the dangerous cats but they are almost always around in all camps

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Re: Cats inside camps???

Unread postby jacks » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:54 pm

We were lucky enough to have a genet come past our braai in Berg-en- Dal in July and it sat and watched us for a while.

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Unread postby Ernest J » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:09 pm

Had a Spotted Genet jion us for a braai in Mopani in December it was great
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Re: Cats inside camps???

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:05 pm

We had the large-spotted Genet visit in Mopani, B & D and on the latest trip, Punda Maria, plus the Bush baby. :D
Unfortunately, they are all after the food they are clearly being fed by some visitors. :(
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Re: Cats inside camps???

Unread postby Malealea » Sun Apr 04, 2010 12:19 pm

The difference between a small spotted Genet and a Large spotted Genet is NOT the size.
The best point to Identify is by looking at the tail. If the cat have a black tip then it will be a Large spotted Genet, if they have a white tip it will be a Small spotted Genet.
A LSG has a yellow fur with black Dots, a SSG have a greyish fur with black Dots.

Ok back to Topic, of course can it be, that Predators entering the camp, but still the probability is low.
There were Stories no doubt, but very often it is the fault of stupid tourists.
Because they gonna feed them.
Have a close look at Letaba, the Bushbuck will not survive in wilderness any more, because they beg for food, lost fear of humans and Predators..... .I think that is the biggest Problem!
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Re: Cats inside camps???

Unread postby Porridge » Thu May 20, 2010 6:34 pm

No cats in camps for me over the many years I've been to the park, but ummm one of the most terrifying moments I had was in 2004.
We were in LS in a hut, and of course, my bladder makes itself known in the worst way at 3.30am.
Very inconsiderate is my bladder really.
So, off I go to the communal loo. Do what I need to do, and, most relieved, turn away from the urinal.
Let me tell you, that seeing a 2 metre black mamba 3 metres away, and watching you, made no difference to the fact that I've already emptied the source of my previous discomfort.
Fortunately, the ledge that the sinks are in was close to me, so being the brave Seffrican male that I am, I found myself on top of one of the toilet walls within about half a second.
Fortunately, mr or mrs mamba wasn't particularly interested, and wandered off out the door rather sluggishly (it wasn't particularly warm), and I used the opportunity to make use of the facility below me, and scarpered out of the opposite door.
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Re: Cats inside camps???

Unread postby Kate Howells » Fri May 21, 2010 4:34 pm

We spent a couple of night at Shimuwini in October 08. We were staying in one of the huts which overlook the river. We were sitting enjoying the peace and quite after our braai on our last night, when we noticed fireflies near the boundary fence, so we went to have a closer look.
After being out there for about 10 min we were approached by an armed ranger and were asked to go back into our hut because a bull elephant had broken through the fence and was browzing on the vegetation about 2 doors down.

The situation was handled very well by the park officials and the elephant was removed without any problems. :clap: :clap:

Mizzbee, balule is great the hyenas patrol the boundary fence regularly. It is my most favourite camp in Kruger.
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Re: Cats and animals inside camps???

Unread postby bert » Sun May 23, 2010 11:07 am

Only because i have to add my large spotted genet at Punda :wink:
While playing cards on the deck of Tent no2 my SO looked behind me and only a few feet away on a beam a genet was wondering who was winning this time
The genet stayed with us for half an hour
The next day was SOs birthday and again, only for a few minues the Genet appeared again to celebrate :thumbs_up:
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Re: Cats and animals inside camps???

Unread postby Anne D » Thu May 27, 2010 6:20 pm

About ten years ago was on the metsi-metsi trail.
The accommodation was a wooden tent like structure on stilts.
I woke up in the middle of the night to a low rumbling sound.
As I opened my eyes to look outside, all I could see was an eyeball looking back at me.
There was an elephant eating on a tree right next to me, the rumbling was it's stomach.
I couldn't move. Only when it eventually moved away did I have the courage to call my husband.
The elephant had just walked over the fence, the electric fence was not switched on.
Apparently it regularly came into the camp at night, anyone else seen it on the trail?

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Re: Cats and animals inside camps???

Unread postby BushFairy » Sat May 29, 2010 7:41 pm

A few years ago we were staying in Biyamiti for a week and every night this civet would come and curl up next to one of our chairs when we were braaing - it was obviously used to people feeding it (and no, we didn't feed it)!

It was so relaxed!

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