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Hi folks,

We just got back from Kruger and I am in the process of compiling the obligatory trip report and sorting out pix etc.

However, I remember seeing Matjulu waterhole as a topic under 'Roads and Camps' and felt I needed to share the following with you.

We were staying at Malelane camp and were on our way back at the end of our first day (before moving on) and decided to use the Matjulu loop. Now, we were running out of time and I don't usually bother with the Matjulu waterhole as I have NEVER :D seen anything there - nothing whatsoever - not even one solitary, single impala.

But, on this particular trip, I had my children with me, so we thought we might as well give it a shot - nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say. So we made the right turn at the T-junction and almost immediately saw a pair of rhino (mother and calf) on their way to the waterhole! Major bonus..... game at Matjulu. So we ventured on and were confronted with a herd of approximately 120 buffalo at the waterhole itself.

Wildest dreams almost exceeded! :) We turned off and entered the little turning circle at the waterhole to watch the buffalo (plus the rhino who had now arrived at the waterhole) and were immediately accosted by a kindly gentleman in a bakkie, frantically gesticulating at us. We pulled up alongside him. "There's a leopard sitting over there!", he told us. Cue pandemonium inside our vehicle as there was indeed a female leopard sitting in the grass, probably trying to figure out a way to either get a drink of water or her evening meal amidst all this traffic.

The rhino moved away, and the buffalo dispersed, so the leopard ventured out for a drink..... only to be chased off by the herd of about 12 or so elephant who had arrived unseen by the rest of us.

So, on our first evening at Kruger we had seen 4 of the big 5 in the same place at the same time, in a spot where I'd never seen anything before. Pressure off and four days to find a lion :lol:

Still wondering if that poor leopard managed to get something to drink though.

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Eish Freda, methinks I saw the very same lion myself :shock:
and in the same spot.

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we saw Hyenas there , twice , pretty end of the day . one inside the water , seemed to be pregnant. wonderful sighting :D


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Sounds awesome pucelou, welcome to the forum.

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Hi daver and Welcome!

What an amazing first (late) afternoon! 8) Look forward to hearing the rest of your adventures! And seeing your pix!


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I have seen an elephant, wild dogs (drinking) and a leopard at this waterhole (not together). The leopard sighting was excellent. I was there by myself at +/- 4.45 pm and about to leave when I spotted the leopard. It walked slowly to the waterhole and started drinking for a while.


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2 great male lions next to the road in march this year
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Has anyone had good sightings at this waterhole recently – is it worth the while to sit at this waterhole and wait for a period of time :cam: ?

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Hey Grantmissy :D

In Feb, I had Buffs in the water on both visits to the waterhole :D And both time the unmentionables on the forum.
The grass was rather long and I didn't have a great view of the waterhole. I suspect it is a great spot in winter! But none the less I have always seen animals there :D

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Hi and thanks Cheetah :D – some say that they find this waterhole as one of the most productive in the entire park and just as you said they also have seen animals there every time they visit it. We will be visiting that area in May :thumbs_up:.

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