Member's Tips on do's and dont's of spotting

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Re: Member's Tips on do's and dont's of spotting

Post by Richprins » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:30 pm

Interesting, Stefan!

Nandzana - Caracal...never new that! \O
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Re: Member's Tips on do's and dont's of spotting

Post by Lisbeth » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:38 pm

I'll never be able to remember more than two or three 0*\ but thank you all the same, Stefan \O
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Re: Member's Tips on do's and dont's of spotting

Post by Flutterby » Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:40 am

Interesting Stefan. \O

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Re: Member's Tips on do's and dont's of spotting

Post by leachy » Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:27 am

:-) :-) :-) :-)

yes, thanks for that info...

i only knew "nyala" and "dam" and "black mamba"

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Re: Member's Tips on do's and dont's of spotting

Post by Richprins » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:46 am

Planning a drive:


There are many practical factors that may influence your choices. Are you moving from camp to camp? Do you have young kids with you? Will you need to buy/cook food at some stage, or do you carry a packed lunch? Are you entering/exiting the Park? Camping or chalet? (It takes quite a bit longer to set up/strike camp then it does to pop into or out of a chalet). Are some roads closed due to localised flooding? Obviously a map is essential, and all of them are absolutely fine and sufficiently accurate. Check at reception in summer, as the roads that are closed will be indicated there.

Then there are environmental factors such as the time of year. In summer the days are long but terribly hot and often wet. It is much less rewarding to sit at a water point, for example, as animals disperse to take advantage of temporary pools and new feeding areas. Then it is often better to take a very early morning drive, brunch and sleep/relax at camp, and take an evening drive again.
In winter the days are much shorter and cooler and there is far more action along rivers and at water points, meaning one can take a different approach and drive out early and spot a busy oasis, returning there for the drinking peak times from about 09h00 to 15h00, then meander back to camp. While this is a long day, it saves fuel and can offer a totally different experience.

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Then there are aesthetic factors. If one is blessed to have regular opportunities to experience the Park, one may expand one's expectations and concentrate on "escaping" the crowds and heading straight for roads that are rarely traveled, or particularly scenic areas. Often this would mean fewer mammal sightings, but there is always something to see, big or small, and it is often amazing just to stop in the shade on a remote road and drink in the sounds and smells!

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