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Re: S39 - Timbavati Road

Unread postby oddesy » Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:36 am

Very nice sighting!! :mrgreen: 8) :clap: I love this road too, always produces something special and the scenery is special too!
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Re: S39 - Timbavati Road

Unread postby Elsa » Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:51 am

Fantastic sightings and pics Cheetah! :clap:

How is the road surface now? also love this road but last time we drove it, it was terribly corrugated.
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Re: S39 - Timbavati Road

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:51 am

@Elsa -
I didn't notice the road surface being terribly corrugated in December :)
The S36 is still a rattle your teeth out surface :roll: The rest of the dirt roads around satara seemed fine surfaces :D

On the S39 near Roodewal, always give the hills a good inspection for these beauties!
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Re: Winter Rivers

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:15 pm

Thanks MM - I might not drive the S39 this Aug then as there won't be water in the Timbaviti attracting animals.

Thanks saraf and stoffel for the other water supply tips!
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Re: Winter Rivers

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:19 pm

That would be a grave mistake Graham!
The S39 North of Timbavati does not dry up in the winter! I was there in June last year :D
There will be dams and river :dance:

Give the S39 a miss at your own peril. It is the best road between Satara and Olifants in dry months!
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Re: Winter Rivers

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:17 am

I totaly agree with Cheetah. Even if the Timbavati is dry, you cannot miss the S39. Last year had reasonable rainfalls, so many rivers remained fairly robust. The S39 covers many ecozones, so the changing trees and shrubs alone make it a treat. The Timbavati picnic site also sits dear to my heart.

Timbavati from Tambotie following a wet season.

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Timbavati picnic site residents.

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I love the S39 and have driven that route regardless of the river.

Even in dry season, there might be pools of water. The ellies also detect and dig for water. I once witnessed a stand off between Lion and ellie in a very dry Sand river.
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Re: Winter Rivers

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:45 pm

It is one of my favorite roads in the park the S39 :dance:
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And the Doggies on the S39 to the West of Timbavati!
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Re: Winter Rivers

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:17 pm

My first set of pics are from June :thumbs_up:
The very green batch with the dogs is December last year :thumbs_up:

The area is indeed good for leopard! :D If luck is on your side that is :lol:
The stretch around Roodewal in the North is very dry. Lots of Mopani. Then it transforms into open veld! I have seen Lion twice in the open regions! Image

Then it is the dams and the Timbaati river where the terrain transforms into riverine bush will towering tall trees! There is bound to be plenty of game around there in June :D

If I were you, I would take the H1-4 first thing in the morning! The open grasslands making it a good road for Lion and Cheetah :D Then came back up to Olifants on the S39 when the animals will be coming to the river to drink :D
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Re: S39 - Timbavati Road

Unread postby gjorgi » Thu May 15, 2014 7:25 pm

Anyone been on the S39 south of Timbivati picnic spot lately? Seen anything? :)

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Re: S39 - Timbavati Road

Unread postby Nkulu » Thu May 22, 2014 7:43 pm

Only a pride of lions last week :lol: :lol:
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Re: S39 - Timbavati Road

Unread postby gjorgi » Sun May 25, 2014 3:20 pm

Lucky you Nkulu! I drove this road 3 days ago and nada, niks, nothing! I think 1 elephant over the entire stretch! Didn't help that sanparks' burn programme happen to start on that day as well!


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