Things that go “bump” in the night…

Mpila Camp in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is not fenced, and any animals, dangerous kinds included, can and do roam between the accommodation units at night (and often during the day too!). I have a basic little camera-trap that I sometimes set up overnight when we visit South Africa’s wild places to see what happens when we’re soundly sleeping, and here’s a few images it captured of Spotted Hyenas roaming outside our cottage at Mpila when we visited in December 2018.

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41 thoughts on “Things that go “bump” in the night…

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    You surely realize, as do I, how lucky ‘we’ are that we can immerse ourselves in nature and are privy to witnessing so many amazing moments…. To strap us into a desk in an office with no windows – where there is no winter/spring/summer/autum – no season/no weather/ only existing —- it would destroy what little of our souls were left….. We are so lucky!

    One day I’ll take a mini vacation, check into a little hotel and do nothing but catch up on the posts \I’ve missed!!! Soon I hope!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Every time we’re able to escape our little booths at work and school and head into our country’s wild places, the feeling of total bliss and being close to heaven is hard to describe in words! We really are blessed to have the means and the regular opportunity to visit these places. I can’t imagine my life without it.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Die groot wyfies staan amper n meter hoog by die skouer, Una, en kan meer as 80kg weeg. Persoonlik dink ek mense onderskat gevlekte hienas geweldig – as hulle kans sien vir n sebra hoef hulle nie te skroom om n mens, veral kinders, te skraap nie.

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      1. travel460

        Ek onthou die hienas van Moremi in Botswana goed. Ons het besluit om die nag maar liewer weereens in ons Landie te slaap, eerder as ons tent. Een het in die nag gekom, die tent onderste bo geruk op soek na iets, en elke ding wat rondgestaan het verniel. Intussen sit ek en manlief met groot oë deur die vensters na die petalje en staar. Jong, ek is ongelooflik versigtig vir hulle, de Wet.

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  2. scrapydo2.wordpress.com

    UItgevang jou stouter!
    Ek het een jaar met skoolkinders in Pretoriuskop gebly. Die rondawels was aan die grens van die kamp gewees. Die een nag het n hiëna daar by ons rondawels gedwaal. Gelukki was al die kinders in hul slaap deel. Daar is nogal gespot oor n skoen wat die hiëna glo wegedra het.(tong in die kies verkondig deur die werkers in die kamp)

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Kon dink dat dit die kindertjies nogal senuweeagtig gehad het na hulle uitgevind het – veral as die hienas so paar gille deur die nag gegee het daar by hul slaapplek!

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      1. scrapydo2.wordpress.com

        Gelukkig darem geen geluid gemaak nie. Een outjie wat naaste aan deur geslaap het was maar skrikkerig om weer daar te slaap. Ons het hul mooi verduidelik dis hoekom ons nie wou hê dat hul in donker rondloop nie. Jy weet mos hoe waaghalsig so n groep kinders kan wees.

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        1. de Wets Wild Post author

          Dis maar n fyn lyn om te loop om die jongspan “wakker” te maak vir die moontlike gevare van die veld sonder om hul ingebore nuuskierigheid en leergierigheid in te perk, en mens wil hulle ook nie so oorversigtig maak dat hulle paniekerig raak by die geringste geritsel in die gras nie.

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        1. de Wets Wild Post author

          Here the same Tracy – often the “budget” category of accommodation in our national parks share ablution blocks and camp kitchens. But such camps usually then have an electric fence around them if they are in parks or reserves with dangerous predators.

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