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My recent trip, we came upon our elusive friend along the s106 close to Orpen. Spend 20 min with him :thumbs_up:

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G@mespotter, I am :mrgreen: with envy. Great shots of a fantastic sighting :clap: :clap:
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20 minutes :shock: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I would give 20 lion sightings for 20 seconds :D
Marvellous sighting and fantastic pics :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Thanks guys, it's all about the right time @ the right place. This was our second caracal sighting of the holiday, as we had seen one earlier close to Mopanie. I was over the moon then, untill we came across this one... :lol: Amazingly enough, initially we found him in the morning, and just before we headed to camp that afternoon we found him again at the exact same spot. And that with 2 other cars around.

Only afterwards when I looked at the 40 pics taken of this special cat, did I see he gave us 'the yawn'. So privileged to have experienced it. According to the new Kruger map by Andi and Lorainne Tinker, Caracal are frequently seen near Orpen.
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yes... in Kgalagadi :dance: ... with a Bat Eared Fox in the jaw... :(
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Spotted yesterday on the S8 just outside of Pretoriuskop
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:thumbs_up: ossendryver and :clap: to Jean
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during my last travel, I had 2 Caracal's sightings :dance: :dance: :dance:

the first one for few minutes

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"only" a :wink:
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the second... for several hours :dance: :dance: :dance:

what a chance, what a sighting and nearly alone, too much rain for other people :lol:

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what sharpened claws :shock:

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she has put down a Steenbok :clap: :clap: :clap: little cat
and thank you to stay with me, this day :dance:
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Wow anne-marie! That is one amazing sighting!!! :clap:

Bushbuddies wrote:Currently at the top of my wishlist for ANY park! Never seen one in the wild before... :pray:


Finally did get to see my caracal in Madikwe in March this year. We were on a drive with a 9-year old girl from the USA on her first ever trip to SA. During her time here - she saw almost all that one can wish to see, but she still wanted to see a cheetah. I was sitting and explaining to her that the bush always keeps a little something from you - as to lure you back to come and try and find it another time. I told her that even though I've been in the African bush many times I've never seen a Caracal - and I'll have to keep on coming back untill I find one!

It was dark on the sunset drive back to camp, and the guide went off-road to get closer to a brilliant sighting of two White-faced Scop's Owls (lifers for us), and as we approached - he saw movement deeper in the grass - we had to move close passed the owls who then flew away :| , but then we saw it - a Caracal! It was great! You should've seen the American girl's expression - "she just said it then we saw it!!!" After that she told me that I now don't need to come back anymore... I saw my caracal! :lol:

But I will be back... Still need to see one in KNP and KTP and Addo.... :wink:
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In Kgalagadi, near Houmoed, for the second :wink:

It was :dance: it was :dance: :dance: :dance:

and the first one, on the road to Mata Mata, maybe 5/10 km after Samevloeiing :dance:
here where everybody run (drive) much more than 50 km... thinking there is nothing :lol:
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Anne-Marie the best ever Caracla sighting girl :mrgreen: :clap: :dance:

I've had 3 sightings in 18 months in KNP. Different spots though...
1 on H3 about 10km N of Afsaal
1 just outside Olifants on S92
and 1 on the same trip on the H14
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flying cheetah wrote:I'm still dreaming of my first encounter with this cat...
Do you have any pics Heksie?

ann-marie, you definetely hit the Jackpot :dance: :dance: :dance:


Yes FC :D
Will post one this weekend
I only have pics for one sighting (with the other sightings the moments were too BIG hahaha)
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Saw my 5th Kruger caracal on 11 July this year at around 6:30. Sighting was on the S100. It killed a guineafowl right in front of our car. This was the second time I've witnessed a caracal kill in Kruger!

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Sorry for the poor quality. The images are snap shots from my camcorder. (My wife decided to sleep in, and I had to choose between my camera and camcorder.) Needless to say she was green with envy when I showed her the shots!

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