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Leopard spotted

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Greetings All

About a month ago friend of mine had the awesome experience of seeing a Leopard while cycling between SaasVeld and Wilderness on the Old passes road. It was about 5am and as She approached one of the bridges the Leopard was crossing the road on the other side of the Bridge. It stopped, stared at her for a second or two and then crossed the road and headed down towards the river.
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Hi BDM CAPE TOWN. I lived in George as a child and the Wilderness area has a special place in my memories. I can't remember ever having heard mention of a leopard seen in that area. It must be a sight to see! :shock:

As much as I like hearing of leopard outside Parks and Reserves, I am always worried when I hear this. Isn't it just a question of time until it's found and killed because of threats to livestock, etc? :?
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I grew up in the area myself & given 1/4 of a chance I would move back. I share your concerns however there is an increasing awareness of the value of wildlife & thankfully where this Leopard was spotted has been recently declared a conservancy. So here's hoping we spot one sometime......
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Hi, any advice on accomodation for 4 people and 1 child in Wilderness Park? Are the forest cabins the ones facing the river on the wooden stilts?

Where are the family cottage and log cottages situated? They look like real good options for accomodation? Any further advice will be great.
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If i remember correctly (it was 2002) are the forest cabins near to the Serpentine River and the other accommodations between the railway and the N2 along the Touw River.

If you like, i could post in the evening some pics, taken from the hill over the camp.
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Hi everyone,

no I did not find the elusive NT, but like Cois said, I did find another bird I have been searching for for a very long time. The Half-collared kingfisher. Wilderness was great as usual. Spend 4 hours walking.

Plenty of birds around. Knysna Turacoes are abundant. Saw little and greater-crested grebes too.

The fisheagles were just amazing.
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tips for Wilderness NP?

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Hi,

I will be in wilderness park in April this year.
Already figured out, the north camp is better :D
What hikes would you recommend? I saw on map, there are about 5 of them.
Is there chance for short trip/rent of canoe? like for half day only ride.. Isaw the Eden company. do you know the prices for Canoing?

thanks for any tips,
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Re: tips for Wilderness NP?

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Pavlik88 wrote:Hi,

I will be in wilderness park in April this year.
Already figured out, the north camp is better :D
What hikes would you recommend? I saw on map, there are about 5 of them.
Is there chance for short trip/rent of canoe? like for half day only ride.. Isaw the Eden company. do you know the prices for Canoing?

thanks for any tips,
Pavel


Hi Pavel,

I also prefer Ebb and Flow North... All the hikes present something different. I really enjoy the two hikes on the opposite sides of the river. The riverine bush has always been a definite favourite of mine and I hunt those areas relentlessly for Narina Trogons :lol: . I would say that if you had time that you should do all the trails, but most definitely the two river ones... The half-collared kingfisher trail is stunning. Its a great place if you love birding.

You can hire canoes @ Eden Adventures... you will find them close to the Parks's main entrance from the N2 highway. I do not know the prices as I have always just threathened to do a trip on a cnoe but never got that far. You can always contact them if you'd like. https://www.eden.co.za/ . It seems that the trips up to the waterfall is most popular and I promise you the view leading up to there is breathtaking.

Enjoy! I myself will be there again early May. I can't wait!
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Friends booked for a group to go away for the long weekend at the end of the month. I found out last night it was to be WNP WOOHOO!

Can anyone tell me what birds to find and where. I will seek the NT WTM!

I also haven't yet seen the Knysna Turaco :redface:
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Bush Baptist wrote:Friends booked for a group to go away for the long weekend at the end of the month. I found out last night it was to be WNP WOOHOO!

Can anyone tell me what birds to find and where. I will seek the NT WTM!

I also haven't yet seen the Knysna Turaco :redface:


Well, you will battle to miss Knysna Turaco this time around. :lol:

Seek BB, seek... I will be there the weekend after you. So if you find it tie that sucker down!!

"tie that trogon down, sport
tie that trogon down!"

The estuaries is a good place to find your water species.

I dig the half-collored kingfisher trail as well as the giant kingfisher trail on the other side of the Touw river. But beware the giant has some serious climbs... So taking water is a must.

Some specials I have found there was:

Half-collared kingfisher, actually seen from the giant kingfisher trail towards the half-collared kf trail. :lol:

Sombre Greenbul, near the reception area.

Robins are good on the half-collared kf trail as well as flycatchers.

I am a lil rushed for time here, but if you want more info email me: [email protected].

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Bush Baptist wrote:Anyone seen a honeybadger or summat special to look out for?


BTW, don't forget to go check this place out. Magical can't really describe it. :wink:

Saw some small antelope in here once.
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Activities

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see below my question from the "people with disabilities" - thread

Zypresse wrote:Can someone help me finding out if / which of the activities, e. g. canoeing, at Wilderness and Tsitsikamma are fit for people in a wheelchair (tetraplegic / high paraplegic)?
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Zypresse wrote:see below my question from the "people with disabilities" - thread

Zypresse wrote:Can someone help me finding out if / which of the activities, e. g. canoeing, at Wilderness and Tsitsikamma are fit for people in a wheelchair (tetraplegic / high paraplegic)?


I suggest you contact these okes.

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Narina sightings Wilderness

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There are several places where one can see the Narina.
Unfortunately they are not so vocal right now.
Try walking upriver past the old eb and flow restcamp in the direction of the waterfall.
There is a little glen on the trail where the forest opens up somewhat. Just sit there, keep quiet and watch.I have seen them there on a few mornings.
The big tree on the way to Karatara, just above the Park is also a good place to try.
In fact I find them in the same densely forested kloofs where I hear the Knysna warbler and the Buff spotted flufftail.
They like to be near water in bush where hiding is good.
I also saw the in the rest camp in Natures Valley, near the lapa.

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First snow pics up on the home page: Snow at Wilderness
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