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 Post subject: Re: S 100
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:19 am 
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Bush Baptist wrote:
Sharky74, you need counseling ....
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Dismissing a honey badger as a final thought while watching grass where comatose lions are sleeping invisibly? And a cursory mention of 2 civits? You need serious treatment or you are beyond hope. :wall:

We drove the eventless S100 3 weeks ago as well.


Years ago,the S100,was a great road for cats but I think it is living on it's reputation a bit.
I like the Orpen road better,especially with the detour past Girivana dam. All the cats possible,with a fair chance of dogs,which are rarely seen on the S100.
I bet that if you had taken any of the other roads out of Satara,for your 5 drives,then they would have been more productive.
As is often said,it is right place,right time,but for me,like you,the S100 is wrong place,wrong time!!!


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 Post subject: Re: S 100
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:28 pm 
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onewithnature wrote:
Sharky Perhaps you're driving it a little too fast, for often you may drive past a sighting that is under your nose, but the dust and speed mean that you miss it. I always drive that road slowly, and it seldom disappoints.


No dust from my car, think millipedes could have overtaken me, lol. Although this trip I was by myself for a lot of the time, so one set of eyes is a downgrade on the usual 3-4.

Bush Baptist wrote:
Sharky74, you need counseling ....

Dismissing a honey badger as a final thought while watching grass where comatose lions are sleeping invisibly? And a cursory mention of 2 civits? You need serious treatment or you are beyond hope. :wall:

We drove the eventless S100 3 weeks ago as well.


Bush Bapist LOVED the honey badger and civets, although they were a bit too quick for a good photo. I just love the big predators so frustration was setting in. Not really complaining mate :wink: Always have an awesome time in the park, and by the end of the trip had seen 5 leopards and two prides of lions on kills so my patience was rewarded in the end :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: S 100
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On many drive of the S100, we have only seen big cats a few times, once Lion at a distance, and in October a cheetah at least a hundred meters from the road, who would only show itself every few minutes. Then a small pride crossed the road in front of us on the same drive. We have though had great sightings of Serval, African Wild Cat, Civet, Genet, Large herds of Ellies, Magnificent Kudu bulls, Lots of birds, including many raptors, and of course Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Impala, Waterbuck, steenbok, Buffalo, and even a couple of hippo.

While the S100 has never been a spectacular drive for us, you never know what you will spot around the next corner, or over the next rise. It is magical in its own way. While I prefer other roads in the area, we never pass it up when at Satara.

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 Post subject: Re: S 100
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the last 2 times we had no luck on the s100 regarding big cats...


but this december we spotted lions on several occasions while driving the s100
once it it was 4 big males together!

and we also saw a lioness hunting although we couldn`t see the actual hunt.
only the stalking and her speeding up. we couldn`t see wht she was chasing and if she caught it or not.

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30 November: Pretoriuskop
1-2 December: Lower Sabie
3-4 December: Satara
5-6 December: Balule
7-8 December: Letaba
9-10 December: Tamboti

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 Post subject: Re: S 100
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:07 am 
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In Sept 2014 (first time in KNP) we drove our VW Polo sedan on the S100. It was a teeth rattling experience that lasted about 100 yards before we turned around. I was driving as slow as the car could go, but that didn't lessen the rough ride :shock:.
In the southern section, we drove on many dirt/sand roads and totally enjoyed the experience.

I am going back to KNP in May 2015 and was considering renting an SUV just for the 3 days in Satara, then return it to Sku for a sedan for the remaining 7 days (LS/CB/Sku).

Is the S100 usually so rough? Is an SUV necessary?
An automatic SUV for 3 days costs the same as an automatic VW Polo for the entire 10 days :big_eyes:


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 Post subject: Re: S 100
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ctm7943 wrote:

Is the S100 usually so rough? Is an SUV necessary?
An automatic SUV for 3 days costs the same as an automatic VW Polo for the entire 10 days :big_eyes:


We did the S100 a few times this past December.
There were as many SUV as ordinary sedans.

The S100 can be quite bumpy in places. I guess it depends on when the road gets graded.

A SUV is more expensive than an ordinary sedan.
But I find it's well worth the extra cost. The extra height and more space in the vehicle make it worth while imo.


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 Post subject: Re: S 100
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Thanks Yoda,
When I go back in May 2015, I will be solo, so dont need much space.
I have been told this year has been a dry summer.
We found the VW Polo a good choice for the low grass in Sept 2014, will the grass probably still be high at Mid-May this year?
If it wont be very high, then I will likely stick with the Polo, as the SUV is very expensive and Im not sure it will significantly improve the experience.

The S100 did appear to be freshly graded last Sept 2014, when we attempted to drive on it. Hopefully it wont be so rough this year :pray:


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