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Shibavatsengele

Unread postby Wild@Heart » Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:05 am

Shibavatsengele
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Unread postby Shidzidzii » Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:08 pm

May I add :-
S50 to Kanniedood dam a couple of times (afternoon drives) and the bird hide .

Instead of using the H1-6 tar road coming and returning take the S50 all the way - highlights are fantastic pools in the lower reaches of Shingwedzi river (I have a Pel's fishing owl tick here)
-Nyawatsi bird hide , Grootvlei dam and Shibavantsengele view point all remote and close to the Lebombo's
- all the N'shawu waterholes (possibility for Roan antelope)

Generally the gravel roads around Shingwedzi are less rough and have an atmoshere second to none .

The biggest pride of lions I have seen was on the Mphongolo and there were also two males with a female on heat - they would charge if you drove to close .

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S50 near Shingwedzi

Unread postby Katja » Mon Jun 26, 2006 9:27 pm

Where was I when I took this photo?

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Shibavantsengele lookout [Arks Quizz #9]

Unread postby arks » Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:12 am

Shibavantsengele lookout:
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Re: S50

Unread postby bert » Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:42 pm

Going to be in the area next may for a few days
But cant find a sighting report on this road
Is it good and has anyone visited the Nyawutsi Hide.
I know the Kanniedood hide

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Re: S50

Unread postby Scipio » Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:47 pm

A bit more open due to Ellies now, but still a great place. :thumbs_up:

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S50

Unread postby pamelajane » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:19 pm

We have never tried the S50 (Mopani - Shingwedzi)is it worth doing instead of the H1-6? I see there is the Nyawutsi Bird hide and the Grootvlei dam. :roll:

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Re: S50

Unread postby arks » Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:01 pm

This is one of my favourite roads! Definitely prefer it to the H1-6, much more "atmospheric" amongst other things. Grootvlei Dam can be amazing, especially if a group of ellies is bathing. I rarely drive the H1-6, far prefer the S50. :dance:
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Re: S50

Unread postby saraf » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:08 pm

I would drive it over the tar road any day. However, apart from Grootvlei, I find it can be sparse gamewise and very dry and dusty. Until you hit the Shingwedzi river and then it comes alive. At the southern end you have the Nshawu marshes which can rival Letaba for elephant bull sightings.
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Re: S50

Unread postby pamelajane » Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:19 am

Thanks Arks and Saraf -will definitely give it a go next month and let you know how we find it. :thumbs_up:

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Re: S50

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:08 pm

We drove it this past trip in Feb and altho we didn't see anything much over the usual game I also really enjoy it.
Very quiet traffic wise, think we only saw 1 or 2 other cars all the way until we got near Shingwedzi.
Love the area around there and it was amazing to see the effects of the floods earlier this year very much in evidence. :shock:
Also have had great sightings of ellies from the dam wall at Grootvlei!
This year the water level was way down from the previous time we were there.
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Re: S50

Unread postby Elmar » Sun May 11, 2014 12:17 pm

How good are buffalo sightings on this road and at Grootvlei?

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Re: S50

Unread postby Elsa » Sun May 11, 2014 2:35 pm

I don't recall seeing any Buffalo herds but there is no reason why there shouldn't be any! :thumbs_up:
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Re: S50

Unread postby Albert » Mon May 12, 2014 11:52 am

Elsa wrote:I don't recall seeing any Buffalo herds but there is no reason why there shouldn't be any! :thumbs_up:


Absolutely no reason! We drove through the aftermath of a very large herd of buffalo on this road about 4 years ago.... :redface: It was about 2 km of weaving through buffalo dung...and not missing most of it! Made for an interesting car wash when we got home.
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Re: S50

Unread postby winnydpu » Thu May 15, 2014 7:44 pm

Elmar wrote:How good are buffalo sightings on this road and at Grootvlei?


The last time I was on this road I saw an immense herd walking parallel to the road, about 10-15km from the southern end. They raised a visible cloud of dust, and there were some hyena sulking around the tail end of the herd!


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