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Re: The Cheetahs of Rooiputs area KTP

Post by Peter Betts » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:54 pm

Yes Make a booking at Gabs and arrive with your COMPLETE camping equipment ..There are NO facilities so you have to be self sufficient ..You dont need a passport as long as you leave through Twee Rivieren again ..If you are booked in at Twee Rivieren you are NOT allowed to go and gawk at Rooiputs ..Do the right thing and book and stay ..Thats what makes it special just like Tsendze in Kruger ,,'RESERVED FOR BOOKED GUESTS ONLY '

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Re: The Cheetahs of Rooiputs area KTP

Post by Peter Betts » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:09 pm

There was also a lone Male and he kept trailing the female with 2 sub adult cubs who are about to leave the nest and this guy wants Mom to produce HIS next offspring
Male Cheetah Approach.jpg

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Re: The Cheetahs of Rooiputs area KTP

Post by Peter Betts » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:33 am

The Male Coalition always hunted in very late afternoon and often targeted the small herd of about 50 Springbok that had the completely unfenced area of the camp as their home and so it was no surprise that we often picked these 2 fine males up as we drove up the hill to our Skipper Trailer. Here one of the Cheetah watching his coalition partner getting close to the now alert Springbok
Concentrating Male Cheetah.jpg

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Re: The Cheetahs of Rooiputs area KTP

Post by Richprins » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:40 am

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Re: The Cheetahs of Rooiputs area KTP

Post by Flutterby » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:05 am

Nice! \O

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Re: The Cheetahs of Rooiputs area KTP

Post by Peter Betts » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:26 pm

Another Group in the area and very active was a mother and her 2 sub Adult female cheetah who she was teaching how to hunt so we witnessed a few sad and gory scenes where mother caught say a Steenbok and let the cubs try and kill it ..Those screams will haunt me forever but thats how nature works

Here is one of the 2 youngsters at full speed chasing its sibling in a game of tag and figure of 8's around my stationary Bakkie at sunrise ..They can RUN!!!!
Galloping Cub.jpg
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Re: The Cheetahs of Rooiputs area KTP

Post by Peter Betts » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:53 pm

We had a few big storms at night late in April which resulted in quite a bit of rare surface water in this arid part of the country..Lovely light after the rain taken at sunrise ..Mother and her 2 youngsters ..quite a handful
Family Cheetah Drinking.jpg

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Re: The Cheetahs of Rooiputs area KTP

Post by Richprins » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:11 pm

So where are the kill sequences, Peter! :-0

Lovely shots indeed! ^Q^
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Re: The Cheetahs of Rooiputs area KTP

Post by RogerFraser » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:25 pm

\O Wow what lovely shots Peter . Enjoying the story behind each of them explaining the sightings and the area ^Q^

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Re: The Cheetahs of Rooiputs area KTP

Post by Flutterby » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:05 pm

Lovely pics!! \O Have never seen a cheetah in full sprint...must be amazing to watch! :yes:

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