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H1-9 Pafuri Gate Road

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Terri-Lee
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Re: H1-9 Pafuri Gate Road

Unread postby Terri-Lee » Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:21 am

Hi
Please can someone who frenquents the H1-9 road PLEASE help.... when is the best time of day to travel this road especially for more unusual/rare species.... ? Is it much better early morning?
(I am visiting in late October this year.Original plan was to stay a night in Phalaborwa gate to enter park there, and staying at Shing.... now i am thinking of entering Punda or Pafuri gate and adding a night at Punda Maria too :hmz: :hmz: :hmz: . If so, is there an very economical accom within 2hrs drive of either gate to stay in the night before and therefoe be at entrance gate at 5.30am opening? Have gooled mussina and louis trichadt accom and not being very successful...)

Thanks in advance.

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Re: H1-9 Pafuri Gate Road

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:07 am

Terri-Lee we usually drive that quiet stretch of road very slowly early mornings. It may not be the most exciting sightings wise any time of day, but it has a very special atmosphere that “talks” to those who love northern Kruger such as me. Wishing you a great October trip and that you will find suitable accommodation in that area.
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Re: H1-9 Pafuri Gate Road

Unread postby johanrebel » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:53 pm

firefinch wrote:Some notable sightings I had included:

aardwolf
wild dog
racket tailed roller
arnots chat
honey badger
porcupine
leopard
lion
elephant, buffalo, sharpes grysbok, nyala, zebra, kudu (more common)


I can add Jameson's red rock rabbit to that. Twice, right on the tar road. Weird!

I agree that this road has very limited appeal from a game viewing perspective, once you leave the Luvuvhu floodplain, i.e. after the first couple of kilometers. From there onwards you can see anything and everything, just don't count on it. Sightings are generally few and far between. Game distribution is also subject to strong seasonal fluctuations. The hillsides at the 8 km marker are excellent for Arnot's chat in summer.

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Re: H1-9 Pafuri Gate Road

Unread postby johanrebel » Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:45 pm

Forgot to mention the following H1-9 species in my previous post

Cheetah
Spotted hyaena
Aardvark
Bushpig
and Blue Wildebeest, a very rare species up there.

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Re: H1-9 Pafuri Gate Road

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:00 am

Johanrebel and Firefinch you had some very nice sightings on one of our favorite Kruger roads. We always feel energized approaching the Pafuri picnic spot. We love the tranquility of the road regardless the sightings we may have :D .
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