Leopard spotted in St Lucia

5 05 2014

St Lucia resident photographs a leopard in Beach Road.

THE streets of St Lucia are abuzz with excitement following numerous sightings of a resident leopard.

A large male cat has offered townsfolk and visitors alike some fantastic sightings.

Andre Verster was one such resident. Returning from Empangeni at midnight on Thursday Andre and her husband caught sight of something on Beach Road at the Pelikaan Street junction.

Closer inspection revealed a leopard and as they drove slowly behind it, they realised it was stalking a bushbuck, an exercise they watched for 10 minutes.

Earlier the same evening, a large male leopard had been seen chasing a young hippo on the estuary bridge and was spotted again on the road to the Crocodile Centre the next morning.

Many long-time St Lucia residents have stories of tell of leopard sighting in town, but the best to date was when Ski Boat Club Bar Manager Jabu Msezane, whilst closing up, went to switch off the TV in the bar.

Glancing out the louvred window, Jabu met the gaze of a leopard casually lying on a table at which, only hours before, patrons had been enjoying dinner.


Leopard at night


St Lucia 2014

22 04 2014

Well to sum it up, what flipping good weather for the easter weekend. That being said, the next question is how was the fishing? Fishing wasn’t has good as as hoped but by no means was it bad either. From what I experienced fishing from estuary beach for the 4 days that I was there was plenty of wave garrick to keep adult and kid entertained, they were mainly around the 30cm mark but some rather big ones came out here and there. There was the odd shad here and there, mainly small but the odd size one would come out. I did see some nice skates and some smaller sharks also being landed. The last day I was there a few nice stumpnose came out, both the ones I saw were on chokka baits. That about somes up the fish I caught and saw being caught, but I was told there were some good size pompanoe begin taken by the umfolizi mouth, also was reported that some grunter were also caught there. I never got a chance to fish the Estuary this time, but am hearing some stories that some grunter of size are being caught there too. Camped at Eden park due to crowds at Sugar Loaf, and let me tell you, what a pleasure that Eden park is, nice and quiet. Oh yeah a little tip for the people going for the wave garrik, they are really close inshore, even a small kid can make the cast to where they are biting…just thought I would add that too. Guys the weather was awesome, the seas were clean, winds ver y low, what more could one ask for on an Easter Weekend break hey….

St Lucia – Jan 2013

8 01 2013

An unbelievable trip to St Lucia this year, the weather was good but the sea was not playing the game with the local rivers down in full flood pouring the muddy water into the sea which resulted in poor fishing conditions, however I did manage a new species to my list – The Sea Barble – as per images in slideshow. This is a beautiful part of the world with amazing wildlife and breath taking scenery.

Golden Gates & Kiara Lodge

20 11 2012

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Got on the road early on the morning of the 16th of November, an overcast and cool day was soon left behind to a sunny and warm afternoon as we climbed Oliphants Pass into the Freestate, passing Sterkfontein Dam and into the Golden Gates Reserve. The road snakes its way through the valley with the beautiful rock formations on each side, as the sun was was setting in the west the eastern rock face looked like molten gold. Shortly after passing through the reserve we arrived at our destination called Kiara Lodge. Booked in and made a quick braai and a few beers and then it was bed time.

Woke up early with the most amazing view on the mountains. Had a hearty breakfast had headed off to the nearest town called Clarens. Most of the day was spent on the road driving around the beautiful freestate towns and roads. Got back to the lodge at about 3pm and didn’t waste any time to head down to the bass dam located on the property. The first cast yielded a bass and then the second cast a second bass, granted they were small but even the small ones put up a decent fight. The rest of the afternoon was spent fishing surrounded by the beautiful surroundings.

Sunday arrived all too soon and after another hearty breakfast we packed our bags and climbed back into the car and headed back to Durban. All in all a beautiful weekend away in the Eastern Freestate. I can recommend that if you get a chance you visit this area.

Golden Gates – A place of beauty

19 11 2012

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Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north-eastern Free State lies the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park’s sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock, keeping vigil over the main rest camp.

This 11 600 hectares of unique environment is true highland habitat, providing home to a variety of mammals including black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell’s zebra – and birds, including the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the equally rare bald ibis, which breed on the ledges in the sandstone cliffs. Ribbokkop, the highest point in the park, reveals a breathtaking tapestry of red, yellow and purple hues as its warm shades merge with the cool mountain shadows towards evening.

Cool highveld summers with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon and cold winters with occasional snow transform the Golden Gate National Park into a white wonderland.

Activities include Short nature trails varying from 1 hour to 5 hours (no bookings required), Game viewing at leisure in own vehicles, Guided excursions, night drives, video shows and lectures during school holiday periods. Environmental education courses (varying from 1 to 5 days), Bowls, tennis, table tennis and snooker. Horse-riding during peak periods. Swimming in the natural pool at Glen Reenen


Spearfishing In Cape Vidal

15 11 2012

Another beautiful place in South Africa – Cape Vidal….

Good Day Fishing….

9 11 2012

A good day fishing – St Lucia second beach “ngwe” beach…The shad were thick in the water…

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