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Discuss the different camps and roads of the Kruger National Park
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Unread post by MarkWildDog » Mon Sep 18, 2006 2:12 pm

Berg-En-Dal: Vervet Monkey.
Skukuza: Vervet Monkey, Bushbaby, Warthog.
Phabeni Gate: Wildebeest, Impala.
Afsaal Picnic Spot: Wildebeest.
Tshokwane Picnic Spot: Vervet Monkey, Chamca Baboon.
Nkuhlu Picnic Spot: Vervet Monkey

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Unread post by zeedoc » Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:08 pm

Vervet, impala - pretoriuskop
rhino , bushbuck , croc , waterbuck , tree squirrel - berg en dal (outside fence)
hyena on table - afsaal
lion just outside afsaal
warthog - skukuza
hyena in garden of house we were staying in ( skukuza - staff village - 5 minutes after finishing braai )
leopard in camp - hwange
spitting cobra in camp - pilanesberg

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Unread post by DuQues » Wed Sep 20, 2006 5:00 pm

Letaba: Bushbucks, Lesser Bushbaby.
Satara: Fighting bushbabies. (Eyes only.)
Olifants: Squirrels and Vervets galore.
Lower Sabie: Only a kill.
Punda: Rain spider, unidentified crickets.
And in all camps plenty birds.
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Unread post by niknak » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:17 pm

My son and I had been on a late game drive from Satara. We walked back to the camp sites from the reception. As we walked I noticed three hyaena appearing to be tracking us in the hutted area C I think. As we walked I could see them, then a hut would block the view. You should have heard the sigh of relief when I saw them stop to clean out a braai and dustbin outside one of the huts.

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Unread post by madach » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:23 pm

Talking to yourself Gwen?

I've seen:

Cape Fox, Bat-eared fox and African Wildcat in Twee Rivieren
Jackals in Nossob
Bushbuck in Letaba (but then again who hasn't)
Ververts and baboons in most KNP camps


Animals inside camps

Unread post by Richprins » Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:22 pm

My family and I (and Other Animals) were staying in Letaba, camping near the fence around 1996.

Very late one night I was awoken by a little scuffling amongst the coolers outside. Peering through the tent flap I saw a HUGE hyena investigating. It ran off in surprise.

Minutes later it was back, going about its business. This time I charged out (If one can do that from a zipped tent in the dark), and addressed the culprit in no uncertain terms, using the best Queen's English.

The bitch, (if that is the right term) had backed into a lala palm thicket and was not particularly impressed by my sermon. We could clearly see each other in the very bright moonlight.

My mother told me to shut up so I put the coolers on a table and retired, thinking this would solve the problem.

What followed was a truly amazing example of the strength of these animals:

The hyena returned much later, and I was once again awoken by a relatively quiet sound. She had somehow gently picked up the cooler from the metre-high table, grabbing the lid using only ONE upper and ONE lower canine! (We saw this from the puncture marks the next day.)

The cooler was one of the biggest Colemans, filled to the brim with frozen meat. It must have weighed at least 20 kg's, and I struggled to lift it with my arms, never mind my teeth!

It is still performing sterling service to this day.

This time I put everything into the tent, even the beer cooler, and that was that.

Following numerous complaints, the hyena was ambushed the following evening by camp staff at the hole she had made in the fence, and killed. Just became too used to humans, I guess.


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Unread post by Penny » Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:23 pm

Croc Bridge Camp - Baboon, Vervet, Genet

Skukuza - Honey Badger, banded mongoose, Hyaena, Baboon and Vervets, Bushbabies, Leguwaan

Biyamiti - Leopard, Genet, Squirrels

B & D - Baboon, Vervets

Lower Sabie - Elephant, Lion, Baboon, Vervets

Nkhulu - Lion, Elephant, baboons, vervets and leguwaan

Tshokwane - Leopard, vervets, baboons

Satara - Honey badger, mongoose, baboon, Vervets, Warthog, Impala

Olifants - Squirrels, Baboons, Impala

Letaba - Bushbuck and Impala

Balule - Hyaena

Mopane - Impala, Leguwaan

Twee Rivieren - Yellow Mongoose, Squirrels

Nossob - Yellow Mongoose, Squirrels, Jackal
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:50 am

Just a gentle warning... About two weeks ago a Hyaena roamed around in Lower Sabie camp... If it is still at large, make sure all the stuff you don't want chewed up in to unusuable pieces are being put away.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Nov 27, 2006 11:19 am

Wild about cats wrote:Which brings us to the question,
Is it safe to wander around in the camps with animals like hyaena, with the strongest jaws in all of Africa, doing the same?
There have also been cases of leopard wandering around, which makes it worse....

Chances are extremely slim that you will end up as cat or dog chow and to be honest... one will never be able to keep animals out of camps. No matter what.

The odd oke will get a chomp on the head or backside, but no tourist have ever been killed by an animal in a camp. So don;t stress too much.
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:13 am

Wild about cats wrote:
Bush Baptist wrote:An old female leopard was shot inside Letaba within the year, and it was going for the bushbuck not humans.

Last year, friends saw a leopard take down a bushbuck at the Timbavati picnic site, not a small child.

As long as you stand tall, a hyena will keep its distance - which is about 4 metres.

What if there are no bushbuck? :lol:

There are still a few and they appear to be breeding.

I have always walked around camps with the feeling of safety, although I respect the fact that I am in a wild place. The incidents Wtm has listed do not mean it is dangerous in camps, but one should be alert to the possibilities, and maybe be prepared.

I walked the Matjulu dam fence last August at sunset, about 18h00 - 18h30, and it looked secure, in fact some infortunate found out that the electric fence is very effective, although I heard noises coming from bush in a 'valley' in front of some chalets inside the camp.
What is the danger, WTM?
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Nov 29, 2006 7:12 am

Wild about cats wrote:The whole page makes me feel uneasy,
and WTM, You gotta stop oversharing... :roll:

:lol: :lol: See what happens if you swear @ me in Wilderness? :twisted: :twisted:

Im not trying to make anyone feel uncomfy. I just think that these stories should be known. It is no secret anyways as I have read about it on numerous occasions.

But just think that with the amount of folks visiting Kruger, no visitor ever succumbed to a wild animal, except to the malaria mozzie and in dozens.

Just don't do anything stupid. I've seen many people dissapearing into the dark for some "extra-murial" activities. Exciting and romantic, yes, but it might be the night you get your fun cut short. Yes, I do stoopid things too, but I like for instance to sleep outside the tent for the shear adventure and adrenaline rush of it. I like walking around the camp @ night looking for owls and snakes. I know the risks but I am still willing to take it.

I once stumbled into a dagha boy @ Lower Sabie, he was on the outside of the fence but nevertheless... I don't know which one of us 2 left behind the biggest compos heap. Animals have a natural fear for humans... It is when they lose that fear, often caused by numbnuts feeding animals that they associate humans with food and start getting "dangeroos". It is then when they get their permanent departure papers stamped by the ranger.

Enjoy the camp life... enjoy the animal life in it. Its very seldom that you will encounter something capable of making your stomach turn. Know the rules and read the signs. As long as you do that you have very little to fear. Pity... cause I love the adventure associated with something big and hairy walking past your nose. I would love an unfenced camp in Kruger, thats also why I am tempted to go on the Olifants backpack trail. :wink:
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Unread post by leachy » Tue Dec 05, 2006 8:56 pm

The resident Hyena in the Lower Sabie Rest Camp is still there.

I had an extended night time viewing of him/her on 27th & 28th November and was told that it is there almost every night. This according to Jan, the Sanparks man who does the night drives.

This Hyena was not fazed at all by my "million candle powered" spotlight. He merely went about his trash can rounds as I am sure he does every night.

I feel that he has the right of way BUT management should warn guests of the dangers. Not everyone actually signs the guest registration forms indemnifying Sanparks.

Regardless of the indemnities, it is merely a matter of informing the guests so that they do not end up phoning the Duty Manager at 23:00 to tell him something he already knows.
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Unread post by amanzi » Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:08 pm

Spoke to my brother last night...

They had stayed in Skukuza about a week ago in a Safari tent, and he enjoyed it extremely. Mainly because his SO is from Denmark, and REALLY scared of those cuties that patroll the fences at night :wink: Seeing that the camp was very quiet, they had the fortune of getting a tent close to the fence, and therefore he would shout at her constantly: "passop, die Hiena is agter jou!", with histerical effects :roll: :roll:

But little did he know that later during the evening, when he had to go and answer nature's call......... :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

He came back from the ablution, only to find one Hiena busy emptying the dustbin NEXT to their tent! :lol: :lol:

Fortunatly he is a experienced field guide, and just spoke in some "real" afrikaanse french to the oke, and he left unceremoniously :wink:

Just goes to show you, never mock your SO, it will always come back to you :lol: :lol:
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Unread post by donegr » Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:56 am

We camped in Lower Sabie in December, and the Hyena's come into the camp at night and turn the dustbind upside down looking for food. You can hear them start at the ons side of the camp, they first take the lid of, and then the dustbin. :shock:

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Unread post by seapit1 » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:12 pm

Have seen a boomslang @ Letaba in the Camp!!!!! :|
When I reported it to reception they didn't do anything about it!!!!

Have also experienced the pestilential Honey Badgers @ Orpen.
They came every evening and raided our cuboards and (BELIEVE IT OR NOT ) OUR FRIDGE :twisted:
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