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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger game viewing
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:55 pm 
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The quiet , peace and tranquility of places in the north makes it special for me . This is a place where I am not ashamed to look up at a huge tree , and say a prayer , or to shed a tear . Animals such as nyalas quietly accepting your nearby presence in the shade of a huge tree . Huge golden orb webs glistening in the morning sun , and crocs basking on the sandbanks beside the river .

Paradise indeed :)

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger game viewing
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:40 pm 
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I will agree with DuQues, You will mostly have to look for special sightings yourself and not rely on anyone else because so far we have had to search for all our sightings ourselves. Keep your windows open and ears wide open, I remember once I heard a Lion roar and just stopped the car and waited, and the King appeard out of the bush.

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger game viewing
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Make sure you go to Crooks Corner. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Game in north of Kruger.
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In our experience Northern Kruger does not provide as many sightings as in central and/or Southern Kruger but we had some good sightings in the North such as a Caracal near Pafari picnic spot and a lion right next to our car on the Mahoni Loop, Punda Maria. I guess in winter it might be a bit easier to spot the animals up North but in our experience we have had some good sightings both in winter and summer.

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 Post subject: Re: Game in north of Kruger.
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:53 am 
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Good Morning everyone.

I personally have had awesome sightings throughout the year in the North no matter what season or time of day, I just believe its being at the right place at the right time, and once you find a favorite spot of a particular pride of Lions, and you visit it in the near future, you might just find them there.

I wont lie sightings are not as frequent as in the South but are more enjoyable when you do get one because traffic flow is less, sometimes yours is the only car at a Lion Sighting even if you spend about an hour with them.

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 Post subject: Re: Game in north of Kruger.
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:29 am 
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Hi everyone,

We were in Shing for 4 nights in June. Was wonderful as always. Have nearly forgotten how many ele's there are. Especially in the late afternoons if you drive the river roads. Had the usual amount of "incidents", but this time was the closest ever to being killed. And I don't say that lightly - had we been in a smaller car, or maybe someone less experienced driving it would have been tickets. But that's a story for another day....

Sightings were good as always. Wild dogs twice in one morning, cheetah with 4 cubs eating breakfast, caracal, big pride of lions being chased by ele's, eland, tsesebe etc. Never more than 3 cars at any sighting. No leopards though :evil: Maybe next time.

So in a nutshell: the north is always worth a visit!!! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Game in north of Kruger.
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Agree with everything previously said. :thumbs_up:

There is definitely less game in the North, but still plenty to see, and all the more special because it is rarer!!! Also, you may well have these sightings all to yourself, or with only the odd other car.............virtually no JJs either!!!! :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Game in north of Kruger.
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We had 2 nights in Shingwedzi just last week, we travelled north expecting to see little game as that was the impression we'd been given by others and this forum. Well I can only say that we saw as much if not more game than we did in the south of the park, certainly in terms of numbers, bigger herds and sometimes more frequently. We also had some amazing Lion sightings and as has been said, with just us and maybe one other car.
If anything we found that there were some days in the south that we saw very little for hours on end, especially on the western side, it was never like that north of Shingwedzi, we saw game on a regular basis every day.


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 Post subject: Re: Game in north of Kruger.
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Mmmmmm......I feel a Shingwedzi booking coming up.....


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 Post subject: Re: Game in north of Kruger.
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We had a fabulous 7 days in the north of Kruger in September 2014 and were delighted with the numbers and variety of wildlife we encountered. We stayed at Letaba, Shingwedzi and Punda. We stopped counting elephant after 200 and saw loads of buffalo, hippo. crocs, baboons, vervet monkeys, zebra, nyala, giraffe, warthog, mongoose (dwarf and banded), impala, busbuck, waterbuck, wildebeest, sable and kudu. Saw a civet cat, large and small genet cats, fruit bats, bush baby, steenbok, duiker, grysbok, grey rehebok, scrub hare and tree squirrels. We heard hyenas and a lion. We also spotted a snout nose cobra in a tree hollow and confirmed at Khamai Reptile Center, Hoedspruit. One highlight was meeting a croc walkng along the road some distance from the river on a night game drive from Shingwedzi. I identified 70 bird species -saw loads more but unable to confirm unless they were on the ground or sitting in a tree! Can't wait to return next year. McAfrica


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 Post subject: Re: Game in north of Kruger.
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Glad you had an enjoyable trip up north!
Nice variety of sightings! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Game in north of Kruger.
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We spent time at Punda and Shingwedzi last month and had lovely sightings. TR starting shortly so you will get more info then!

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