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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby Rooster » Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:11 pm

We saw a lonely Lichtenstein’s hartebeest on the voortrekker road from Pretoriuskop, grazing with impalas.
This was in April 2013.

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby Amedeus » Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:27 pm

Saw this photo shy Sable antelope close to bateleur in Dec 2012.

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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread postby MKoch » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:38 am

We have seen some of these Antelope a couple of times as we mainly visit the north of Kruger.

Eland - S143 and at Nshawu waterhole.
Tsessebe - S143, Dzomu West water hole, Babalala, Lamont waterhole.
Roan - Boyela, Xitangeni and Mandadzidzi water holes.
Reedbuck - Boyela waterhole. Mtomeni and on the H10 just past the Mlondozi turn off.
Lichtenstein Hartbees - S143 at Tihongonyeni waterhole.
Oribi - Nshawu waterhole.
Sable - 5km South of Muzandzeni picnic spot.
Sharps Greybok - All around Shingwedzi, Kanniedooddam, Redrock road and Mahoni loop at punda Maria.
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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread postby VicRob » Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:23 pm

Hi everyone

Excitedly planning our return trip and have an antelope question please.

Last year we had a few sightings of Tsessebe as well as a single lucky sighting of Eland, both on the Tropic of Capricorn Loop.

This trip we may not make it that far north. I would just love to have a sighting of Sable or Roan but know the chances are slim. Any opinions on where we can increase the chances of a sighting in the south??

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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread postby gmlsmit » Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:34 pm

I am aware of a largish herd of Sable in the Jones' dam area.

Roan now are extremely rare, used to see them on the Capricorn loop and the Nshawu area , and the same herd roaming between Boyela, Babalala and the Vlakteplaas area, haven't any seen them for more than 2 years.

Eland also on the Capricorn loop, Elandskuil and Grysbok waterhole, mostly at the crack of dawn.
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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread postby Spaniel » Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:58 pm

My cousin saw eland on the tar road between Shingwidzi and Babalala mid July 2013 and we saw eland now on the H13-1 Punda Maria area on the 20th July 2013 :dance: . First time ever for me! Tsessebe we saw three times now in July :clap: . Once at Babalala; then at Tihongonyeni near Mopani and then on the H1-6 from Mopani to Letaba at Middelvlei about 15 of them. Sable and roan antelope very scarce!

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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread postby bshepardson03 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:53 pm

We've been fairly lucky over the years, about two years ago we were able to photograph sable just off the H1-2 where it crosses the Silolweni river. This river bed was also the sight of one of our best dog photos. The Leeupan being the best. Took over 2500 dog photos that day. In any case here is one of the sable photos we were able to obtain.


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Re: Location of Rarer Sightings (Antelope)

Unread postby VicRob » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:48 pm

Wow bshepardson03 :clap:

What a fantastic shot :mrgreen:

You have given me a little hope, we might get lucky one day

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Big 5 of the North

Unread postby PietSkiet » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:04 am

Northern Kruger is a fascinating place due to a number of reasons.
One of them and the one I want to focus on is that it gives you the opportunity to spot some rare antelope species which I refer to as the Northern Big 5. In no specific order and my encounters with them

1.) Eland - One of my first Kruger memories as a very small boy was a big Eland bull jumping in front of the car near Shingwedzi. I have never seen one again and is big on my have to see list
2.) Sable - The Harley Davidson of antelope. We have been fairly lucky with them but I have actually never seen them in the North. 90% of our sightings has been on the S36 and I remember a couple on the H10 when I was still in primary school.
3.) Roan - These guys evaded me my entire life until August 2012. We came up from Letaba on the gravel road to the east and just as we passed Kanniedood dam a bull was lying in the river bed. This was the most exited I have ever been in Kruger.
4.) Tsessebe - We have been extremely unlucky with this species. They are properly the most common of the big 5 but I can only recall two sightings in Kruger (we see them often in Marakele). One was also in August 2012 near Babalala and the other one once again as a young boy also on the H10.
5.) Lichtenstein Hartbees - Never seen one anywhere and properly on top of my have to see list.

Now my knowledge is not nearly as good as you fellow mites and I will enjoy any interesting facts on these antelope that you would like to share. I would also like to hear about your experiences with these animals.

I also have a question for you clever people. I can never find numbers of these species on any of the Kruger census and I was wondering if any one knows what the numbers of these animals are as I am really interested to know how privileged one really is to see one of them.
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Re: Big 5 of the North

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:52 am

PietSkiet northen Kruger is also our favourite Kruger area :D. Nothing wrong further down, provided a person can tolerate human stampedes, especially at a cat sighting :| to a certain degree. We have seen Eland near the power lines and in that vicinity coming from Punda Maria camp on more than one occasion 8) , never seen Sable in the north, Roan twice at Thongonyeni water hole 8) , Tssebe many times approaching Letaba Camp from the northern regions at that turn-off to the border post at that dam or water hole on the right :thumbs_up: and this July Lichtenstein also at Thongonyeni but they were very far in and then they moved into the bushes, soooo not 100% sure if it was Lichtenstein indeed :hmz:.

I do like your big 5 of the north – may they prosper :thumbs_up:
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Re: Big 5 of the North

Unread postby yoda » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:22 pm


Good list. I would love to see those antelope. Some I have never seen, and some not in many many years.

Seen Roan, Sable & Tessebe in the 80's on a trip up north.
Seen Eland, but in a non-SA park
Never seen Lichtensteins.

I would add Big Tuskers.
The north is where most of them are.

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Re: Big 5 of the North

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:33 pm

Another Topic Rare Antelope Sightings where there is loads of info on where these wonderful antelope have been seen and when, with some great pics as well.
Will be merging shortly.
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Re: Big 5 of the North

Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:42 pm

That area is our old stamping ground, and favourite part of Kruger. :dance:

Have seen Roan near Babalala picnic site, and Tsessebe near Thongonyeni and north of Mopani Camp.

Eland and Liechtensteins are very near the top of my wish list!!!!! :pray: :pray:

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Re: Big 5 of the North

Unread postby bondm » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:27 pm

Love the northern part of the Kruger and have seen all five on recent trips.

I have found the best places are Tropic of Capricorn loop - Roan, Tsessebe, Eland and last trip a first in the north - 2 male Sable, Babalala - Roan, Tsessebe and Hartbeest and Klopperfontein - Eland.

Quite often if you see a group of Tsessbe there may be 1 or 2 Hartebeest mixed with them - they seem to like each others company.

It is just being in the right place at the right time and I will be there in 2 weeks time - yippee!

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Re: Big 5 of the North

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:55 am

I saw Lichtenstein on our last trip while driving the Capricorn route. It was a first for me. I have seen Sable in the south, close to Pretorius Kop. I have yet to see Eland in Kruger, but I have had many sightings in Mapungubwe.

Tsessebe and Roan I have seen on a number of occasions.

Yet another reason for another visit. :hmz:
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