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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:42 pm 
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Because of the size of the park, and the roads that cover only a fraction of the area, you can call yourself lucky if you happen to find carnivores in Kruger. They roam far and wide, and unlike in private game reserves with fencing and smaller properties, a sighting is not guaranteed. We have been going to Kruger for 35 years, and sometimes we spend a week without seeing any cats. Fortunately we are birders, so the lack of cats is not a problem at all. There's always something else to look at, and the cats are a bonus if/when we find them.

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:50 pm 
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Lonehill, that is exactly what I would have said. :thumbs_up:

We only discovered birds a few years ago, but now our visits to the parks have taken a completely different turn.

We still love to see the cats and dogs, and because they are difficult to find, it is all the more special when we do!!

However we now also look for the birds and smaller animals with just as much anticipation. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
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A warm welcome Wild :D

I agree with Lonhill Birders and Val. I have, however, had more sightings in the Lower Sabie, Croc Bridge area than anywhere else.

The S28, S35 and the H1-4 have been the kindest to me. My best Lion sighting has however been on the Voortrekker road and it was completely unexpected. My closest Leopard sighting was also on this road.

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
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Drive slowly, windows open, stop often, engine off and just listen, you may be surprised what walks/flys past. Works for me.
What's the rush?
Have seen plenty krugerparking this way.
Relax and Enjoy

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
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For cats, just drive the tar roads in the south and look for traffic jams......

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
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For wild dogs, the area around Croc Bridge has been kindest to me, but recently Skukuza seems to be a hot spot, otherwise BnD has been good. The H7 also delivers sometimes.

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
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I have probably not been to Kruger as much as some of the other forumites, but I will put in my 2cents worth! :D
Kruger has been very kind to us over the years with cats, although I have never seen a Kruger cheetah and only saw wild dogs once many years ago at Letaba...
Skukuza, Lower Sabie and Satara have always given us beautiful sightings of the cats...
In my experience the best road in the park for leopards is the road between Skukuza and Lower Sabie, especially early in the mornings!
On our last trip to Kruger in 2009 we were unbelievably lucky and saw 12 different leopard sightings in 14 days, all at Skukuza, Lower Sabie and Satara!!!
For lions, the area around Satara, especially the s100 and Timbavati road has always been productive.
My best advice is drive slowly and listen to the bush... it usually tells you when there's a cat around!
Let's hope the Kruger cats (and dogs) are kind to us this year!


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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
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The Letaba to Phalaborwa road (forgot the number) is good for lions and cheetah.

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 Post subject: Re: Tips on where/how to spot wildlife.
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Linger a bit at Klopperfontein, Leeupan and Matjula water holes.

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 Post subject: Re: Tips on where/how to spot wildlife.
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From my expierence I have to say, that I had good Spottings around Letaba, Shingwedzi and Satara. Maybe I´m an exception, but from the South I was pretty disappointet. In Letaba we saw once to Leopards on a Night Drive. That was an great experience.

If you want to see Cats have look in the trees. After the rain, they prefer the tarred roads. Normaly they dry out quicker then the mud.

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 Post subject: Re: Tips on where/how to spot wildlife.
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The photo showing the Nahpe loop on the H1-1 is good for cheetah, the s28 from croc bridge to lower sabie, the h10 from lower sabie to Tshokwane.

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Wild dog can be found around the Skukuza area, Pretoriuskop area, Malelane area, Crocodile bridge area, the s1 phabeni tar road, between the sabie and sand river bridges on the H1-2 and in the vicinity of renosterkoppies dam.


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 Post subject: Re: Tips on where/how to spot wildlife.
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My tip would be to avoid driving faster than 30 km per hour on the tar roads or 20 to 25 km per hour on the gravel roads. The allowed 50 km and 40 km are much too fast - a person misses plenty at those speeds.

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 Post subject: Re: Tips on where/how to spot wildlife.
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We've seen Wild Dog along the S1 Tar Road between Phabeni and Skukuza at the S4 junction.

Leopard & Lion between Lower Sabie and Skukuza on the tar road.

S28 - very nice Lion and Cheetah sightings.

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