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

Post by Peter Betts » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:24 pm

I plan my early morning drive based on the following

- Why am I staying at this camp? Wild lions for example
- What did I observe yesterday ? Large Buffalo herds near the only reliable water in a 70 km radius for example
- Listen to the night sounds around a Quiet camp fire ..Lion communication carries kms ..Trangulate your findings ..Plan your route like I did this trip at Tsendze and at Rooiputs Kalahari where I was also concentrating on Lions Doing something ..Not sleeping at Midday lions but rather going straight to my preplanned venue for guaranteed action before they sleep..Remarkble accurate success in the majority of cases ..ie cut out all the peripheral non relevant stuff like the kids will get bored ..well then they stay in camp ..but they always knew dad would produce so they came and knew how to be still and quiet at the sighting or Hide ..pic here of lions in Lovely dappled shade walking with me as the only vehicle for 6 kms from Rooiputs to Kij Kij ..all planned the night before by listening around the fire cant upload this 228 kb File !!..Check it out on Flickr !!

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