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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:44 pm 
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See the debris level from the recent flooding along S56 - taken & days ago .

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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Great pics, thanks Ndloti! :thumbs_up:
seeing the debris levels is always a sense of shock and almost disbelief.

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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Worst road ever. :tongue: Driving the road from Shingwedzi we didn't see a ellie on the first part of the road before the first "get out point" to the main road. Must have seen close to 200 elephants on the second part of the road and didn't dare take the third part. Scared the living heck out of me and felt like they were just there to annoy me... :lol:

We also saw plenty of other game including baby impala and buffalo.

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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:lol: It certainly isn't a road for the faint-hearted.



I had two thoughts in my mind, the best way to tackle a fear is to face it head on and what better way than to drive the elephant road? Also, surely it couldn't be like everyone has written and said? There cannot be that many elephants on that road...right? I was wrong on both occasions...I am still spooked around elephants and the road did have as many elephants as I read all those years ago! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:51 pm 
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Hi Rose! :yaya:

The first time I read about this road was in high school, when reading a wonderful book about the Kruger, big coffee table book with lots of information and roads of interest. There was the first mention I had of the elephant road. Since I realized I seem a little nervous around elephants with my father driving, and recently even with me at the wheel, more out of a lack of confidence on what would irritate them for me and my father trying to tickle them when he sees one, I never even thought about this road. But I am glad we took it this year.

I would suggest to anyone to try this road. It has some beautiful views of the river and the massive herds, or many small herds all together across the river was wonderful to see. The amount of elephant we saw was incredible. I will post what I have in the trip report...and some pictures on here as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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Hi People.

I see people are talking about the Elephant Loop, although my personal name is the Babalala Loop, and have called it that since I was a 3 year old kid who is 20 now, yet use the same name. My first ever Lion Sighting was on this loop as well, which I just found out going through my dad's old pics of Kruger.

As far as the Nelli population is concerned, it never decreases in this loop, below is a pic to prove my theory, and it was taken on this very loop.

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I have a weird feeling that the Lions in this area may be praying on Elephants as well, because I saw a failed attempt once from the main tar road.

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