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 Post subject: Re: S37 Trichardt Road
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:44 pm 
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This is a lovely remote gravel road, which is not travelled a lot. I simply love driving these "unpopular" roads - even if this means that you will have less good sightings.

But every once in a while these roads deliver spectacular sightings - without the traffic jams experienced on some of the other roads.

On 10 August this year I had this nice sighting in the road.

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He had a bit of fun with a giraffe herd, chasing them around (must be an enormous ego boost!)


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 Post subject: Re: S37 Trichardt Road
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:23 pm 
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Great sighting and great photo Adansonia :clap: :cam: . I totally agree with all your comments on this and other 'quiet' roads.
I have never seen cheetah on this road :mrgreen: but it is ideal cheetah territory. Well done!
I know someone who spotted a black rhino on this road in Sept this year!

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 Post subject: Re: S37 Trichardt Road
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Will certainly add this one to my list next year :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: S37 Trichardt Road
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There isn't a way to travel this road in the best hours of the day :hmz:
Perhaps the fastest way is via the H6 :hmz:
I'm thinking of taking this road in December to escape the crowds :whistle:

So far havn't seen much on this road, but that is because the best time of day was spent on the H1-3 to Tsokwane

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 Post subject: Re: S37 Trichardt Road
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:45 am 
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Did this road in Dec 09...

It was one big obstacle course (sooo muddy) for my little car I had...I worried that if I stopped I wouldnt be able to start again in many places so couldnt look to well but we saw BB Jackals and some good general game. At the end of the road about 2 km from Nwanetsi we were rewarded with a beautiful mating pair of lions.

So its been a good road for me!! Will do it again for sure!

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 Post subject: Re: S37 Trichardt Road
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:00 pm 
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Thanks for the info O-dog :thumbs_up:
Casper the friendly Corsa Lite would have struggled in the mud you speak of :lol:

The landscape is quite boring mostly ... open grassland. But it looks so ideal for cheetah :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: S37 Trichardt Road
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:24 pm 
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Yes took my little Chico from cape town up to the park...there was so much rain...but I tell you this car did things most of the 4x4s where scared of, I guess its how you drive :wink:
So with your 'Enthusiasm' you will make your Corsa go where it wants but it wont be the same afterwards :D

Mind you it was a big SA trip I did then and the car broke down on Prince Albert's pass, managed to get it to Graaf Rienet in almost 40 degree heat to be fixed. After all the mud in KNP my steering wheel was shaking from the worst wheel alignment imaginable so got it fixed in Phalaborwa and then to round off a succesful trip of breakdowns I had a front left blow out just outside Joburg and limped at about 70km/h on a poor spare wheel to Bloem...what we endure to see our beloved Kruger :thumbs_up:

Anyway, with very few or almost no water points on this long road, I reckon it will be at its best after the first rains as the herds come back to new grass and the predators follow. ie more of a early summer road...there's my 5c worth :wink: ...and btw as you say I think a good cheetah road!!

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 Post subject: Re: S37 Trichardt Road
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Ah I'm glad you think so! I was also suspecting that :D
I was thinking the same applies to the s90 to Balule :hmz: I havn't driven the whole length of the s90 yet :hmz:
Neither road of great reputation - which is a bonus when the December crowds are there! :roll:
Also both dry roads that should be best in after rain :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: S37 Trichardt Road
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(S90 is great after rain too and seen your name sake as well as other good sightings on the section north of Bangu)...agree though, very similar in nature these to roads!!

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 Post subject: Re: S37 Trichardt Road
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:08 am 
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Hi everyone, please help me out here.

What condition are the s37 & s35 roads like at the moment? I may be driving them tomorrow. I am not too worried about the scenery and potential game viewing, just the condition of the road?

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 Post subject: Re: s37 Road condition (Please don't place in Roads Board ye
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Hi RobbieB83

I drove that road in the beginning of October (8th) and it wasn't bad at all. saw loads of game and birds no big 5 animals though. If you have the time, do it and take your time. not sure if the rains there have damaged the road.

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 Post subject: Re: s37 Road condition (Please don't place in Roads Board ye
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Hi Robbie,

We did the road late September and it was in good condition. Didn't see much, but it was a miserable day.
You are almost guaranteed jackals on this road. Have never done the road without seeing at least one. In prior years we have had good lion sightings and apparently Cheetah is seen there every now and then, although I haven't came across one yet.

The best part of the road is that you will be on your own, we try and do this road at least once every year and our average car sightings on this road is 1 per trip.

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 Post subject: Re: S37 Trichardt Road
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Hi RobbieB83. I drove this road (S37) about 2 weeks back (one of my favourite roads as it is so remote) and the condition was hundreds. Some of the vegetation was a little overgrown, as in onto the road, however, no real issue.

From a sightings point of view it was fantastic. Saw a lot of Giraffe, Elephant, Kudu, Rhino etc.
No predators unfortunately but still definitely worth the drive. The bird life was also fantastic.

I would give it a go if I were you!


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 Post subject: Re: S37 Trichardt Road
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This is one of my favourite roads from now on. Such a great bush feel.

Followed Wild dog on a hunt for 3km. Great condition and generally the most underrated road in the park.


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 Post subject: Re: S37 Trichardt Road
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RobbieB83 wrote:
...Such a great bush feel.
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Couldn't agree more. It really gives one the feeling of being out in the middle of nowhere. One of my top 5 roads, without a doubt.

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