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 Post subject: North of Kruger game viewing
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:40 pm 
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Hey :D
Can anyone tell me what the game viewing is like around punda Maria and shingdwedzi ,I've only ever been in the south and really would like to know what the north is like?

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger game viewing
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:57 pm 
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Punda and further north wonderful for birding, especially the rarer ones.
Punda and Shing the rarer antelope..........roan, tsessebe, eland, lichtenstein's hartebeest.
Not as many cats as the central and south, but still there if you look hard enough!!
Loads of general game....giraffe, buffs (large herds), zebbies, impala, kudu, nyala. Ellies.
Rarer buck, Sharpes Grysbok, Suni (yes we sawe one near Punda in 2009!!)

Never seen Dogs or Rhino.

We love it, as it is quieter than the south.......less traffic, and less disobedient guests!! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger game viewing
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:03 pm 
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Expect to have about a quarter of the number of sightings you would have in central and South :thumbs_up:
There are LOTS of elephant though! And Shingwedzi and Punda produce great bird life 8)
Less animals. And less cars.

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger game viewing
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:59 pm 
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The sightings are less certainly. But that means the sightings you do get feel that much more special.

The scenery is fantastic. We love the Mahonie Loop around Punda Maria camp and further north you have Nyala Drive (S64) and the Luvuvhu River drive (S63) that takes you past Pafuri picnic sight and on to Crooks Corner.

The north is well worth a visit.

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger game viewing
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:34 pm 
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The NORTH is a wonderful place. I have only been to the South once just for a short period of time and therefore I dont really know what the South is like but the NORTH has given me many special sightings to remember and I have Lion sightings in 95% of my trips. You do get Leopard sightings if you are lucky, and look out for the Cheetah brothers around the Mphongolo Loop.

The Mahooni Loop is Prime Lion area and if you are the first one out of the gate, there is a huge possiblity of seeing them around in the road. I am not much of a birder so really cant say much about that.

Be sure to be the first out of gate at Shingwedzi as well and exit the main road gate and more often than not you will be rewarded, I have seen Lions in all my stays at Shingwedzi.

I have never seen Wild Dogs but besides that I have seen all the animals in the North over the many years.

Crested Val has summed it up nicely.

You will ENJOY every bit of it.

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger game viewing
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:36 pm 
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We just love the north of the park and apart from the amazing scenery, huge Baobabs, have had some incredible sightings.
Lions every single time around the Punda Maria area, Caracal, and Leopard once.
Sightings in the Shingwedzi area in Feb this year were a bit slow, even the ellies believe it or not.
Have always seen Roan and Eland twice.
Sharpes Grybok another special to see plus the Crested Guinea Fowl which we had a first sighting of this year in Kruger.
Mopani is just incredible and we always get something special around there. :D

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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 7:21 pm 
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Guys, guys, guys..... :slap:

Juanita, there is nothing at all to be seen in the north. Just rocks, grass, trees, and skies. That is why it is so nice and quiet, passing only a few cars per day.
Don't go there! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

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Okay, there is more to the north. ;) Less sightings, maybe.... That totally depends on your luck. And your spotting capabilities! You will rarely have the easy spotting "Oh, stopped car(s)! Lets see what they found!".
Mammalwise there are less of them than in the south, but the sightings are usually better. No trafficjams, so you can often manouvre your car for a better view. Or even follow the animal.

Birdwise there is no better place in the whole of Kruger, or of the entire South Africa really.

I much prefer the north of Kruger, say above the Talamati height, but especially the far north. One day when we have enough money we are going to Pafuri camp and explore the Makuleke consession to the max.

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

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger game viewing
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Thanks so much to all of you for all your replies I really appreciate it!! I think I'm gonna try the north lets see what it brings :D :shock:


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I'm sure you'll love it. Perhaps come back and tell us how you find it?

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger game viewing
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:48 am 
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I will do:) I'm first going to Satara next week then I'm going to do the north in August:)
Very excited:)


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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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