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S99 - Mahonie Loop

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Mahonie Loop (S99) [Arks Quizz #18]

Unread postby arks » Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:41 pm

Mahonie loop where it crosses the stream that eventually runs into Matukwale dam (thus after the dam the crossing closer to Witsand).

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Unread postby francoisd » Thu Sep 28, 2006 4:11 pm

A favourite road for us and sat at that specific spot in January looking at 5 Grey-headed parrots in the tree in the right front of your photo and a couple of Blake Crakes running around in the stream across the road.

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Unread postby arks » Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:36 pm

A favourite road for me, too 8) tho I didn't see any parrots :( — are they seasonal? I'm planning on a different time of year next trip, so I can catch some of the summer visitors, as it's been a long time since I've seen any of those.
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Unread postby francoisd » Fri Sep 29, 2006 8:07 am

They are not seasonal but also not always seen. First trip we saw them and we got a number of them in the Punda area. A friend told me that when he still stayed in Louis Triechaardt and regularly visited Kruger that he usually found them drinking at Coetzer dam late afternoon. We were there end of January for the birding weekend and it is VERY hot then.

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Unread postby amanzi » Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:28 am

This loop came as suprise to me :shock: But a good suprise :dance: :dance:

I gave my parents the good advice of trying the loop, whilst they stayed over at Punda last week. They were fortunate enough to see a Leopard with 2 cubs, YES 2 CUBS!! Dad told me that if he had opened his window, he would be able to pat the mom on the head!

2 Days later SO and me decided to go have brunch a Punda, and tried the loop. Unfortunatly no leopard, BUT: in less than a 5Km strech we saw
- Sharpe's greysbok ( 4 of the critters)
- Grey headed parrot (lots)
- 4 oooooold dagga boys
- heard of Ellies with the cutest babies
- Lioness walking casually in the road.

Now it just comes to show how productive this loop is: in less than 1 hour we saw 3 of the big 5, with 2 sightings of rare species. If you include my parent's leopard luck, it means 4 of the big 5 on 1 road. :clap: :clap:
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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:08 pm

I am going to awaken the topic of the road since its last post in 2007 :whistle:
What are your experiences of this road? 8)
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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread postby lettuceleaf711 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:09 pm

If you drive the Mahonie Loop extremely slowly and look extremely carefully, you might spot a blue kid's size 5 flip-flop of my brother's that I flung from the car during a tantrum as a 3 year old.

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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:13 pm

lettuceleaf711 wrote:If you drive the Mahonie Loop extremely slowly and look extremely carefully, you might spot a blue kid's size 5 flip-flop of my brother's that I flung from the car during a tantrum as a 3 year old.

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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread postby Stoffel » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:10 pm

The last time I drove this road (late afternoon - 18 May 2012) we saw lots of impala, 25 kudu, 6 nyala, 3 duiker,more than 120 buffalo, squirrels, dwarf mongoose, 3 Sharpe's Grysbok, few zebra, warthog, giraffe and 1 ellie.

It is a very scenic route.
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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread postby ruud » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:40 am

Stoffel wrote:The last time I drove this road (late afternoon - 18 May 2012) we saw lots of impala, 25 kudu, 6 nyala, 3 duiker,more than 120 buffalo, squirrels, dwarf mongoose, 3 Sharpe's Grysbok, few zebra, warthog, giraffe and 1 ellie.

It is a very scenic route.



You're right. One the best loops in the park. :thumbs_up:

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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread postby Bushbarmy » Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:00 am

Travelled this road in December 2011.

Dagga boys 4 of them in a mud pool, lots of impies, zebra, kudu, warthog, and lioness with cub. Lots of birdlife.

Very nice drive, unfortunately we had to turn around, it was almost gate closing time and would never have been able to complete the loop and make it back to camp.

Very worth it, scenery is stunning also
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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread postby kallis1786 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:21 am

The Mahonie Loop is my 2nd best loop after Mphongolo Loop because everytime I entered Punda at gate opening time, this loop has shown me Lions.

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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread postby ILove Africa » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:27 pm

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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:43 pm

We saw a Suni on the Mahonie Loop March 2009.
Travelled there again Nov 2011........very quiet drive, seemed to be the only car for miles!! magic!! :thumbs_up:
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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:11 am

Crested Val wrote:We saw a Suni on the Mahonie Loop March 2009.


That is a very special sighting Crested Val :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: The Mahonie Loop is also a firm favourite with us. We regularly see Grysbok, apart from other game that we have seen on this loop, but have never seen a Suni. Would love to see one :cam: :D.
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