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 Post subject: Re: S39 - Timbavati Road
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:04 pm 
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In August this year we had agreat drive along it. We saw 2 male lions not far from the Roodewal camp turnoff & less the 400 meters further on a mating pair of lions. Got some beautiful photos of them. Also there was a stack of general game. Last year in the huge open spot just before Roodewal turnoff at the watering point was a Giraffe kill with many lions feeding. Two days later the hyhena's, & all the othe scavengers had a frenzy.


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 Post subject: Re: S39 - Timbavati Road
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:33 am 
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I took this road last Sunday in the afternoon.
The top right part of the road (near the Timbavati picnic spot) was prolific with wildlife.
Saw plenty of raptors and consistant sightings of waterbuck, kudu, zebra, wildebeest giraffand impala. Also a herd of 30 or so buffalo. Also saw a dead buffalo being devoured by a huge flock of vultures!
The stretch towards orpen road was very quiet though. three out of 5 in the car fell asleep :lol: :lol: :lol:

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The following series of photos highlight the drama I experienced on the Timbavati Road very close to the Ratelpan Bird Hide. It was during the early afternoon (my Nov 2010 trip) and just before the bird hide there is a river view just off the road. As I turned into this river view I saw a herd of Buffalo chewing the cud and lying down in the riverbed. As I was stopping the herd suddenly got up and ran into the reeds. At first glance I thought I had frightened them with my 4x4 which I thought unusual as Buffalo just dont scatter for a vehicle. I picked up my camera to see if I could get a picture of the herd when I suddenly saw what had caused the commotion. A charging Lioness came out of the reeds towards the Buffalo. The photos are not the best because of the reeds and distance involved.

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This photo shows the Lioness streaking towards the herd of Buffalo.

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This photo shows the Lioness targetting a bull separated from the herd

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This photo shows the rest of the herd fleeing for their lives
I will post the remaining photos shortly

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 Post subject: Re: S39 - Timbavati Road
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After these photos were taken the buffalo and lioness ran out of sight (further up the river).
I could however hear the buffalo snorting and the next two photos show that the herd had obviously regathered and turned on the Lioness who decided that discretion was the better part of valour.

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This photo shows two of the bulls which had regrouped and chased the lioness off empty mouthed.

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This photo shows the Lioness walking back towards the riverbank after abandoning the hunt. No doubt the tables will be turned and she will victorious but for now the Buffalo won.

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Superb shots of the sequence of events :clap: :clap:
Your lioness is in lovely condition.

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:

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Hi adw,

Thanks for sharing these series of photos taken on the Timbavati Road - good stuff :clap:.

I've had some good cheetah and lion sightings on this road too.

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 Post subject: Re: S39 - Timbavati Road
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Born Free and Manovo-Gounda thank you for your kind words.
M-G where did you see cheetah on this road - North of the picnic spot or south of the picnic spot?

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I drove this road one during a heatwave a few years ago. The temp was 43.5 degC!!!
we saw nothing on the road except a lone female leopard walked right in front of us carrying a young cub in her mouth..... fantastic!

And back in 1978 whilst still at school, we had a dead wildebeest lying on the east side of the road. There was no sign of any predators. Amazingly, 2 leopards appeared and began feeding on the fresh carcass. All of a sudden, 2 lionesses appeared from the west side of the roads and headed straight for the leopards in attack mode. One leopard got away and the other one went up a tree and was cornered there by one of the lions......it eventually went on to feed and the second leopard got away. Probably my best and most unusual sighting of all time....


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Hi adw,

I've seen lions on different locations on the S39 including a pride just at the entrance of ratelpan birdhide :huh:. I saw a cheetah 2-3 km north of Piet Grobbler dam walking on the gravel road. With cheetah I've actually had more luck on the closeby H7 tar road so far.

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Nice scenery on this road :thumbs_up:
And quieter than other roads around Satara :thumbs_up:
And sightings are not a let down :thumbs_up:
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We loooove this road :lol: . We often find this road to be quiet-ish to dead from the H7 to about halfway to the Timbivati picnic spot. There after this road is a gem, all the way past roodewal. We see Lion, Leopard and cheetah (Often close to the intersection with the baobab) on this road, not to mention the leopard in the river bed at Timbivati Picnic spot this last december.

Lovely and scenic, one of the best in the park IMOA. Its constantly changing which adds to its character!

My suggestion would be to drive this road early in the morning, as we have seen the majority of our big sightings on this road before breakfast.


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Zorilla wrote:
all the way past roodewal


Zorilla I was under the impression that the s39 stretch North of Timbavati is only open to people staying in Roodewal :? Is this true? :huh:

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Cheetah, the road is open to all, from timbavati up to just below olifants :thumbs_up:

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Thank you very much!! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
I will be exploring there at the end of March for the first time :D :D

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