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 Post subject: Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:44 am 
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We saw a Grysbok there last November. :dance:

Yes, the Suni was a special sighting, though at the time we didn't realise they were so rare. It was in the days before we joined the forums, so were still bigfive chasers. :redface:

We were returning to camp after an evening (self)drive, and came across a couple of parked cars.
We thought maybe it was a cat, and approached with great excitement.

An old gentleman in the next car said very quietly to us "You're in for a treat...........it's a Suni!!
We knew they weren't common, but it was over a year later that we realised how rare they actually are!! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop
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That is a brilliant surprise for a roadblock Aunty Val :D

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 Post subject: Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop
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Hello,

We are planning a visit to Punda in late April. I am trying to figure out if we might have time to do this loop after arriving to Punda from JNB in the late afternoon. What is the latest time we could leave Punda camp to do this ?
Anyone done this since the floods earlier, any problems ?

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Kelly


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 Post subject: Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop
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Hi Kelly,
The loop is around 22 kms long so it would really determine how fast you wanted to drive as to how much time you needed.
When we do it we usually drive very slowly as its quite thick bush with lots of twists and turns in the road.
Of course its also dependent on what you see.
If you come across a very interesting sighting, then have to leave it due to time constraints, its a pity.
Its one of those loops that doesn't appear on paper to be very long but such an interesting route that it can take a good few hours to complete.
Honestly I would allow at least 1 and a half to 2 hours to enjoy it.
I am sure the road will be fine after the floods, it has been opened for a while now.

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 Post subject: Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop
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Thanks Elsa, that gives me a good reference. If we can't start until 16h or later; or we are too tired from the drive up we will save it for the next morning. I was hoping to spend that day driving up to Pafuri but it looks from the reports it will probably still be closed at the end of April. Thanks again !


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 Post subject: Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop
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Elsa wrote:
I am sure the road will be fine after the floods, it has been opened for a while now.
I drove it the other week, and it was fine. The veld was sopping wet though, and I noted with interest that the the road runs for quite some distance along a seep line. Don't think this road would pass a modern EIA!

Johan


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 Post subject: Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop
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We did this lovely loop last December, and were surprised how long it took us, it seemed to be endless....we almost missed gate closing, so give yourselves plenty of time, but the sightings can be well worth it. :thumbs_up:

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