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Re: Pretoriuskop Sightings

Unread postby Robyn Brown » Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:56 pm

We stay at Pretoriuskop regularly and have found it very rewarding.

Have seen wild dog 400m from the gate twice in one day, 3 cheetahs as you turn onto the Skukuza Road, Lion also on that road, Lichtenstein Hartebeest. On the sand road to Phabeni gate have seen plenty rhino and a leopard in the tree.

There was a kill in the tree on the sand road, so leopard is also present.

The wildlife is not nearly as prolific as on the road between Lower Sabie and Skukuza, but the huge rocks with the klipspringers is just as beautiful.

Give Pretoriuskop a chance and you will see many unusual sightings.
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Re: Pretoriuskop Sightings

Unread postby lion queen » Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:56 pm

Was also one of those people who thought there was nothing at P/kop.
This June we drove via Voortrekker road to Skukuza.
A few km before P/kop I saw something in the bushes.
There was a big herd of buffalo in the road further on.
We drove back and there was 7 lions under the trees next to the road!!!
The buffalo came toward the lions.
When they were about 10 meters from the lions they got up and run off.

This was the most wonderful sighting.
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Re: Pretoriuskop sightings

Unread postby macktheknife » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:27 pm

Love the pic with the chameleon and snake, would love to have witnessed the outcome!

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Re: Pretoriuskop sightings

Unread postby mattib » Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:53 pm

Hi spots,
Pretoriuskop is known for it's rare antelope. Which are usually found on the quiet roads, so like ossendryver said remember to take many loops :thumbs_up:
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Re: Pretoriuskop sightings

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:27 am

Have a wonderful Xmas in Pretoriuskop -- we love it and spent 8 nights there 2 weeks ago.
Look for a huge male leopard and female leopard at the turnoff to Voortrekker road, both were seen in that area a few times and about 2 km further down the Fayi loop.
Saw a pride of 2 lionesses with 3 medium sized cubs on the Shabeni loop 3 days in a row and later again, on rocks at Shabeni, in trees next to the road.
Also 4 lionesses on that road, plus a huge male climbing the koppie.
Pack of 8 wild dogs on same road closer to the junction with the Mestel dam road, and hyenas with pups 1 km before the Doispan/Phabeni road intersection -- they sleep in a pipe under the road, and play around early and late in the day.

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Re: Pretoriuskop sightings

Unread postby SPOTS! » Sat Dec 25, 2010 6:18 am

Wow! What an awesome sighting. Just saw five lions , 1 male 4 female , this morning at about 5:15 on the dirt road from Pretoriuskop to Phabeni. My hearts still racing.

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Re: Pretoriuskop sightings

Unread postby twigga » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:02 am

Hi All!

Congrats to all the wonderfull sightings.My first time to Pkop in 8 years! 14&15 December lots of rain, and the dirt roads will be the evidence! Sable on Voortrekker road, LIT about 5km to the Afsaal road turnoff. Last day, LOG on the Circle Loop, not even 1 km from camp! Will definitly be visiting this area again, keep it coming! :popcorn:
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Re: Pretoriuskop sightings

Unread postby twigga » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:45 am

That's exactly what it is, right place right time! We aren't fans of Kruger in December, because of the heat and dense bush but I must say we were really blessed with great sightings and even better weather. I forgot to mention that we saw wilddogs twice on this trip, firstly on Lower-Skukuza road and 2 about 10km after Afsaal. Also must add that all the burnt areas are looking lovely after the much needed rain and it's ideal for game viewing.
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Pretoriuskop sightings - 2013

Unread postby Len Loader » Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:21 pm

Any interesting news from someone in this area recently ?

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Re: Pretoriuskop sightings - 2013

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:10 pm

I'd also be interested to know, although I am visiting in winter when things will be different.
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Re: Pretoriuskop sightings - 2013

Unread postby Goronta » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:18 pm

So am I
I'll be there at end of july and then Napi trail :D
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Re: Pretoriuskop sightings - 2013

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:32 pm

Haha Goronta - I'm also wishing time away!
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Re: Pretoriuskop Sightings

Unread postby Len Loader » Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:12 pm

Come on guys, this was a fantastic thread 3 years ago ! Let's bring it back to life, please share your recent phodies and experiences in the Pretoriuskop region.

We wil be camping there soon in May 2013 and need some warming up to this visit.

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Re: Pretoriuskop Sightings

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:39 am

Arriving at P Kop after a long drive.

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Sighting close to Mestel

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Reflecting on New years day.

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Drive on new year's eve.

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Re: Pretoriuskop Sightings

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:50 am

My daughter and I spent a few days in the Park in about Jan, 2007. We spent our last night at Pretorius Kop. We decided to do a quick drive on Voortrekker road before checking out to go home.

We saw nothing. :( Not even LBJ's. We were about to turn around when this happened.

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There were hardly any cars and at one stage we were alone.

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Just like my cat at home.

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