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    One our very recent trip it was noted that of the 4 kills we saw by Lion, it was all Eland that they had killed, anyone else saw same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaptein Jack View Post
    One our very recent trip it was noted that of the 4 kills we saw by Lion, it was all Eland that they had killed, anyone else saw same?
    You have me thinking now. The biggest herd of Eland we ever saw was in the Jack's pan region, Just East of Mabua. We have seen in many other parts of the Kgalagadi.

    It is possible that some prides may have turned to specialising in hunting Eland in that area and are passing it down via generations to the cubs. It makes sense for a large pride to take down a bigger animal. The Leso pride (if we can call them that) had two large males and three females, all looked adult to me. Three lioness to take down the prey animal and two large males in at the kill and the Eland will stand no chance.

    After the kill at Leso they came to our camp looking for water, but there was none which is why I think they moved on, otherwise they may have hung around a little longer. As you can see from the pics, the lions are well fed, our suspicion is that this was not the first kill in the area.
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    Look at the tawny spots on her
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    On a recent trip we saw a lot more Eland than usual. Maybe due to the drought have migrated from Botswana to Sanparks waterholes.

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    Eland are very high on the menu for Kalahari lions.

    Reason being that they are not nearly running as fast as the other large antelope found in the Kgalagadi. Theyr running style are very similar to that of domestic cattle, which is relatively slow compared to game. Heavy animals and are slow in soft sand and in dunes. Lots of quality meet as they are relatively large which means a lot of meat per kill.

    Red Hartbeest are counted amongst the fastest antelope in the world. Gemsbuck are fast and very dangerous with those horns. Blue Wildebeest are some of the toughest animals I know. Kudu are relatively low in numbers. Giraffe are difficult to kill because of their size and also very dangerous with their hooves.

    In June 2015 I counted 89 head of Eland in one heard in the visinity of Urikaruus, Aub River. A large heard like that also makes it easier for lion to confuse, increasing their success at making a successful kill.
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    Morning

    We are off to Nossop next week for 10 days

    Did they received any rain yet and how is the game viewing??

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    Returned yesterday after 2 weeks in the Kgalagadi.
    Stayed Nossop, Gharagap, MataMata and did the Nossop 4x4 Trail. Saw lions every day.
    Had a wonderful time with lots of game. MataMata area had less game compared to Nossop.
    Had a few drops of rain while on the Nossop trail.
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    thanks for the reply

    cant wait,to get away from Gauteng and breath in the fresh Kalahari air


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    Default Eland are dying in Kgalagadi due to drought

    It is due to water intoxication!!!


    Some of the animals drink too much water too quickly, resulting in water intoxication.

    Many young eland are now without parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermang View Post
    Returned yesterday after 2 weeks in the Kgalagadi.
    Stayed Nossop, Gharagap, MataMata and did the Nossop 4x4 Trail. Saw lions every day.
    Had a wonderful time with lots of game. MataMata area had less game compared to Nossop.
    Had a few drops of rain while on the Nossop trail.
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    Returned 10 days ago. Lots of dead elend. As mentioned water intoxication and their sodium levels go mad and they die. As a result lion at a lot of waterholes.

    Saw plenty, Mata Mata side lion, lots of giraffe, honey badger.

    Just a magic place, no rain but its coming.

    On the way home Swambo got us bookings for end may next year. Our favourite park. tw0 days to get there, stay over in Britstown, great hotel.

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    morning, me again

    the road condition to Van zyls rus and to the gate at the park??

    On Voetspore it is a dirt road??

    AM I CORRECT

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    from krugersdorp to van zyls rus all tar but last few kilometers

    van zyls to askam dirt/corugated

    askam to gate tar again.

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    From Van Zyls Rus hotel went towards Askham approx 9 km then right turn into Botswana and good tar road. At Askham did not cross back into RSA but right at T junction up a good dirt road which runs next to tar road on SA side and into park
    At park at end of trip exited Botswana and entered RSA same building then down tar to Askham and dirt to Van zylsrus. Road had just been graded so other than some patches of deep soft sand was good
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    tar road on botswana side is good,just remember to check for meat and/or vegetable restrictions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadranko View Post
    tar road on botswana side is good,just remember to check for meat and/or vegetable restrictions.
    And gate times. Last time I used that road the gate times were 08h00 - 16h00
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    Veld fire conditions warning

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    Headline: Veld Fire Conditions
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    Description: expected over the eastern parts of the Northern Cape today (12/11/2019), and over the extreme northern and north-eastern parts tomorrow (13/11/2019).

    • Temperatures up to 36C on Saturday

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    We just returned from KTP. Two weeks, stayed Mata Mata, Nossob and Grootkolk. Park is very dry, but every day was a surprise. This park never fails to deliver, despite the drought. For the first time in 15 years we saw eland. Unfortunately they seems to be on the number one hit list of lion, because they are slow. Lions kept us awake at Nossob and Grootkolk. Nossob were a pride of ten with two big males, roaring in stereo for three night, wow. Roads are the normal teeth rattling, but the sand was much thicker. Some places had detours around the nice sandy play parts. Saw plenty animals, in smaller groups. Birds were less than normal.

    The dune road at Dikbaardskolk however is HORRIBLE and in my opinion no longer road worthy. My advise, rather take the lower dune road. Despite the badly corrugated status, parts of the top soil is gone, leaving large patches of sand pits. So you will summit one of the crests and there will be nothing underneath, leaving you airborne for a couple of meters.

    I will post some photo's, in no cat pictures thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevan View Post
    We just returned from KTP. Two weeks, stayed Mata Mata, Nossob and Grootkolk. Park is very dry, but every day was a surprise. This park never fails to deliver, despite the drought. For the first time in 15 years we saw eland. Unfortunately they seems to be on the number one hit list of lion, because they are slow. Lions kept us awake at Nossob and Grootkolk. Nossob were a pride of ten with two big males, roaring in stereo for three night, wow. Roads are the normal teeth rattling, but the sand was much thicker. Some places had detours around the nice sandy play parts. Saw plenty animals, in smaller groups. Birds were less than normal.

    The dune road at Dikbaardskolk however is HORRIBLE and in my opinion no longer road worthy. My advise, rather take the lower dune road. Despite the badly corrugated status, parts of the top soil is gone, leaving large patches of sand pits. So you will summit one of the crests and there will be nothing underneath, leaving you airborne for a couple of meters.

    I will post some photo's, in no cat pictures thread.
    Agree the top dune road is shocking. Hardly driveable, they really need to do something about it.

    The roads in Tankwa are also undriveable, we will not be going back there soon.
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    Looking forward to the photo's

    The lower dune road was horrible in April, if the upper dune road is worse then it must be really really bad.

    I have long since said that the piece from TR to Samevloeing should be tarred as well as the dune roads. Fact is the park sees more traffic now that 5 or 8 years ago and adjustments needs to be made. The type of soil and all the dunes on the dune roads just does not lean itself to handling that much traffic. So tar them and put up a few unmanned speed traps and FINE the bloody speedsters.

    The only other solution is to reduce the accommodation (and visitors) to the park with 50%. I know which one most us will prefer, but it is obviously not viable.
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