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"Hot Spots" for sightings in Kruger

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Unread postby DotDan » Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:06 am

In winter, the best place to be is by a water source...

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Unread postby Boorgatspook » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:43 pm

wildtuinman wrote:Other good leopard spots are:
The H4-1 10km south and 10km north of Lower Sabie.
The Marula loop.
The Mahonie loop, within 5km's as you get onto it from your right as you exit Punda.

There used to be one living in the drainage pipe under the H6, exactly to the dot 6km's from the turnoff from the H1-3.


Myself, Scipio, Scorpion and Ralph will agree with WTM on Maroela loop.... we found leopard there during the cricket weekend this year :wink:

Another 'hot spot' for me is on the first few km dirt road (can't remember now the number) between Olifants and Letaba from Olifants. I have found a leopard there 2 visits in a row after staying at Olifants.

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Unread postby DotDan » Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:35 am

Nsemani dam is a real winner rusky, this last weekend we saw so much game there...and not just at a certain time of the day...all day long animals were coming and going...(obviously winter helps) :wink:

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Unread postby G@mespotter » Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:04 am

Leopard hotspot: first 5 km of the southern part of the s114, and byamity weir.
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Re: "Hot Spots" for sightings in Kruger

Unread postby gazbat » Fri Aug 29, 2008 4:22 am

Richprins - there is a long, flat (and slightly elevated) rock about 50m from the intersection of your S1 / S7 hotspot on which there always seems to be an animal when I've driven passed over the years. Got photos of sable, buffalo and rhino all on the same rock (in different years obviously)!

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Re: "Hot Spots" for sightings in Kruger

Unread postby G@mespotter » Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:57 am

BH...not sure about I gave you this info....

But anyway, I would advice to stick to the s44-s93-s46, Engelhard dam road and the river part of the s47..... :lol:

Seriously, I really stick to the 'river rule' when it comes to Leopard searching, I see that as the only part where I can increase my chances of seeing these elusive cats......I have say about a 80% of all Leopard sightings close to a river..

The rest is just @ the right time @ the right place. But....I do make a distinction between the 'rain season and dry season' The abudance of water definately influences my anticipated routes :whistle:
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Re: "Hot Spots" for sightings in Kruger

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:41 am

One of the “hotspots” for us in Kruger is the Orpen-Satara road and the waterholes and gravel roads running adjacent and close to the tar road along the way. That has always been a productive area, in the sense of spotting animals, for us. But I think the Kruger “hotspots” change during the different seasons and over time.
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Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:54 am

Going to Skukuza tomorrow :dance: :dance:
Our hotspots around Skuks in the past:
Transport dam to the SW, (general game hotspot)
Klipspringerkoppies junction of H3 and H1-1 (general game hotspot)
Renosterkoppies junction of S114, S21 and S112 (general game hotspot)
The junction of S1 Phabeni road and H11 Paul Kruger road (leopard hotspot)
Causeway of S65 watergat road (lion and leopard hotspot)
Kwaggaspan on H3 (cheetah and general game hotspot)
there is my skukuza list :wink:
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Re: "Hot Spots" for sightings in Kruger

Unread postby tent dweller » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:36 pm

Our "hot spots" are: Mestel Dam early mornings and late afternoons,the Fayi Loop and the Tsendze river loop, always have amazing sightings but we are venturing into unknown territory in December so maybe will establish a few more hot spots. It is going to be a first for us at Letaba and Lower Sabie
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Re: "Hot Spots" for sightings in Kruger

Unread postby Heksie » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:41 pm

One of my hotspots is on the S1 if you drive from Phabeni Gate there is this little stream just past Nyamundwa dam, we had a leopard there and cape clawless otter. ellies, beautiful fish eagle next to the road... Jsut a special spot where I always stop and wait a bit for magic to happen :thumbs_up:

Another hotspot for me is Lubye-Lubye bridge on the H4-1 where I've seen buff, leopard, bushbuck, badger and some fish eagles. Will sit for a while very time when I stay at LS :thumbs_up:

My fave place is the causeway on the S65, 4.8km from S1. I've had ellies, numerous lion sightings, bobby, bushbuck and leopard in this causeway. 2 out of 3 mornings I drive this road to find the elusive special sightings this causeway have to offer :thumbs_up:
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Re: "Hot Spots" for sightings in Kruger

Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:55 pm

I agree with Tent Dweller's 2012 comment, that everywhere in Kruger is a "Hotspot", but I also agree with Cheetah 2111 that the junction of the Phabeni and Paul Kruger roads is brilliant for Leppie sightings!!!
Also junction of H14 and H9 for the same reason!!! :thumbs_up:

Thyongeni Waterhole is good for rare antelope, and Lake Panic is a must when we are in the area!!!!


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