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S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

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Re: The Tropic Of Capricorn Loop - S143

Unread postby DrPhil » Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:05 pm

I have seen Roan, Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, Tsessebe, Eland and loads of grumpy elephants on this road over the years.
You wont be disappointed. :thumbs_up:

For wild dog you have to drive the Tsendze loop, or follow Scipio's lead and drive the high rise vehicle only road closest to Phalaborwa gate.
There is a den on that route.
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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:23 am

Has any one driven this road recently? Is there any noticeable effect regarding the animal populations/patterns following the closure of some of the artificial waterholes? We will be there later in July and it would be interesting to see if the density of animal species in the area has changed.
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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:46 pm

We'll be there in a weeks time.......will let you know once we're back.... :dance: :dance:
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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:32 am

Thank you LQ :D I wish you many :cam: sightings. Enjoy!
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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Hawk » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:20 am

We stayed at Tsendse for a week about six weeks ago and did the Capricorn loop 3 or 4 times. It was one of the most rewarding areas of our 7 week trip which covered KNP from bottom to top and back again.

On each visit we spent hours at the water hole. We were lucky enough to have perfect weather, blue skies, white clouds and just a gentle breeze on and off. With ideal lighting and everything still lush from all the recent rains, conditions were great for photography. There were plenty of Zebra, Wilderbees, Elephant, Eland and Jackal visiting constantly. Birds included large numbers of Plovers, also Kori Bustards, Secretary birds and all the little guys as well.

The highlight for me was the huge flocks, maybe swarms is a better word, of Quelea. I never tire of watching these birds, they are absolutely amazing. (I have some pics and video clips that I must include in our trip report when we get back to it.)

Facing the water hole from the parking area the sun rises behind the water hole, so we found viewing best from about 11 in the morning until late afternoon.

But as we all know, nothng is guaranteed when it comes to what you will see at any given spot in the Kruger.
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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:08 pm

Hawk, we also loved watching the huge flocks of Quelas, when we were there in Feb, with Elsa and Klystron. :thumbs_up:

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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:34 pm

That's interesting, I also have spent many many hours at this waterhole but never saw these flocks of Queleas.
Maybe they don't occur there in November (my favourite month), but I have also been there in May :hmz:
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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:26 am

When we were last there in June this year there was also lots of activity but strangely no ellies the whole time we were there?
Smallish flocks of Queleas, and what we found interesting, quite a few Chestnut-backed Sparrowlarks together with the Grey-backed ones who are not indicated to be in the area according to my bird guides!
Will be posting pics in my TR.
Plenty of Tsessebe and other mixed herds plus some Black-backed Jackals.
Also the few remaining bones of the ellie who was struck by lightning in Jan this year.
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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Chip » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:40 pm

Can I gather then that this waterhole hasn't been closed yet? We will be going to Shingwedzi next month and plan to go on the Tropic of Capricorn loop a few times.
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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby lion queen » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:43 pm

We stayed at Mopanie a month ago and had great sightings on the S143...... :thumbs_up:
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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Rooies » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:57 pm

lion queen wrote:We'll be there in a weeks time.......will let you know once we're back.... :dance: :dance:


Now where is the trip report :rtm:
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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby lion queen » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:59 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Working on it............ :hmz: :whistle: :wink:

Will you :clap: :clap: :dance: :dance: :popcorn: :popcorn: ???
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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:38 am

Has anyone travelled this road recently? How is/was the atmosphere/sightings? I find that sightings can change a lot during different times of the year in this favourite Kruger area. In beginning December 2014 we have found this road very quiet animals wise but the atmosphere is/was always great :thumbs_up: There were Sanparks rangers working on the waterhole facilities so I guess the animals moved away during that time.
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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:14 am

Great sparrowlark road. :thumbs_up:
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