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Night Camera Questions

My day is African night. So a lot of my viewing is of the night animals.

Questions:

Is there a light on top the tree or does the camera have a light on it? It seems that there is a light and it does not pan with the camera.

If there is no light, is it true that the animals are totally in the dark at the pan during the night?

Do you need to post a "guard" during the night due to the animals and the lodge?

I never hear dogs barking - do you have pets at the lodge? Do any of the wild animals practically become pets because of the lodge?

and last but not least....

Do you "zoomies" know how much we appreciate you?

rymada

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Very nice info Peny, thank you. Tells us a little about what it's really like there. Interesting.

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Good questions - My day is african night also and I was wondering very similiar things. Looking forward to the answers for an "old time camer" It is another beautiful day here in California - and looks to be a good night at the pond.

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"Penny in SA" wrote:

Hope that this answers some of your questions

Yours in Parking
Penny

It does indeed. Thanks Penny.

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Bottlenose the dogs belonged to the owners who have now built a home at Nelspruit! Most of the lodge owners try and keep their lives as normal as possible so keeping pets is quite common!

The sleeping accommodation in these lodges is extremely luxurious and one has a huge bedroom usually with a lounge area, a private deck and an en suite bathroom, not uncommon to have both an indoor and an outdoor shower which is totally private. There is absolutely no reason to leave your accommodation at night. When you return from the evening drive and need to freshen up you are escorted to your suite by porters who are trained. Only if there is a problem in the area with a large predators presence do they go to armed escorts and might even have to serve guests their dinner in their suites!

Most of the Lodges within Private game reserves work off Escom electricity (our national grid system) and have generators only for emergencies. Lodge areas are lit at night but if one travelled a short distance into the bush then it is inky black if there is no moon.

Some of the animals adopt the lodge gardens as a safe haven and certainly do not skirt them or give them a wide berth - to the contrary they actually hang out in the gardens where there is lovely grass and plants to eat. We have had bush buck who are resident, wart hogs, nyala and impala!

Hope that this answers some of your questions

Yours in Parking
Penny

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Penny,

Thanks for the info about pets and escorts. I'm surprised dogs were once kept there. I would think that if one wandered just a tad, it could quickly become dinner. Do you know why the dogs were once at Nkorho, and why they aren't there any longer?

I've seen Impala and Wildebeeste near the lodge, but most of the animals seem to give it wide berth. I'll bet all sorts of critters pass through those buildings at night. I kind of thought the guests would always be behind some kind of protective fencing. If it's after dark and a guest needs to leave the cabin for some reason, what do they do, telephone to request a guard? Are guests ever allowed to walk without a guard, and where can they go?

You mentioned there is no artificial lighting, but I've seen lights on over at the lodge. I presume you mean no lights other than a few scattered lodges. Do you know how those lodges (Nkorho in particular) get electricity and water? As remote as they are, I wouldn't be surprised if each lodge doesn't have a large diesel generator in one of the outbuildings. I'm also guessing they're on well water.

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You have no idea how dark - we have been on night drives where they have switched off the vehicle lights and the spotlights out and when you held your hand in front of your face you could not see it! Very scary!

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Thank you Penny for your first hand knowledge - I would imagine that safety is always everyone's first concern which is why I inquired about the dogs as a first alert to any large predators roaming too close.

I've lived in/near cities for most of my life so I can only vaguely imagine how dark it can really get. I bet the night sky is AMAZING.

rymada

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Indeed there were pets at the lodge - we met the two dogs a couple of weeks ago in Nelspruit where they have now gone to live. We often used to hear them barking through the waterhole cam.

Most private lodges in SA are unfenced and occasionally they do have visitors to the confines of the lodges. Most lodges escort guests to and from the area where they eat at night and are fully aware of the movement of large and/or dangerous animals within the parameters of the Reserve. If a large predator should venture near a lodge then guests are warned and armed rangers escort them at all times!

There is absolutely no cause for concern though. No animals are ever made pets of - they are completely wild and come and go as they please. The waterhole would be in pitch darkness at night and this is not a problem for animals as in the large game reserves there is absolutely no artificial lighting.

Hope this answers some of your questions.

Yours in Parking
Penny

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rymada,

If you take a look at the MAP page in my signature, it might answer some of your questions. It is an infrared light that is visible by the camera, but not the animals.

I imagine the folks in the lodge are perfectly safe without guards, and I can't imagine pets being welcome. The animals you might see have more than 8000 square miles to roam in without encountering fences, and are completely wild.

They have become accustom to seeing the Land Rovers and ignore them, provided the occupants remain seated in the vehicle. They consider them "just part of the environment" like a bush or a tree.

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Is that a Giraffe? Lower right of Pan drinking?
Nope. It's my imagination. Wildees back for a drink?

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