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 Post subject: Most memorable road block! (involving animals...)
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:03 am 
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Suffering from terrible Kruger fever! Can't wait to get back there in a couple of days! :clap: :dance:
Usually helps to scan my archives. Saw this pics and it brought back so much memories...Now I want to know, what is your most memorable/interesting roadblock?

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Road block! by twigga2011, on Flickr

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2 off a kind... by twigga2011, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Most memorable road block! (involving animals...)
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:20 pm 
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Hi Twigga, we are also suffering from serious kruger fever! And we're only going in March again :( In August we were travelling down to Mopani and came upon hundreds and hundreds of buffalo crossing the road - awesome sighting :dance: But when we got to camp, we were told there was a leopard in one of the trees at that specific spot :doh:
And there always seems to be a difficult ellie not allowing you to pass through just before a camp and when you're desperate for the loo after dirving for hours...


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Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:52 pm 
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My last trip to the Kruger Park my girlfriend and I were in a small sedan and there was a herd (?) of elephants (since Kruger now known as wollypants - she is English (as in the nation)).

Anyway, these wollypants were slowly moving down the road towards us. Cars pulled up behind us and of course stopped to watch the proceedings.

The elephants continued heading towards us and one flapped it's ears at us. These creatures kept on coming and I swear they only detoured around the car a meter or so away.

As they were approaching I put the car in reverse hoping the car behind me would see this and give me a space to back away but to no avail. I was bricking myself!!

Anyway, once the herd had left the chap behind us pulled up in his big 4x4 and said 'Man - you guys are brave'.

Hah - I would have backed away if I had a space. frikken heck! No bravery there at all!!

Thinking about it now, it was probably the best thing to simply stay put. ??


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How lovely to be going to Kruger in a few days. Have a great trip!
Here are a few of my memorable road blocks. The lionesses were so close that keeping my window open to take pics kept my heart in my mouth and I had these beauties entirely to myself.Image
day23 kruger feb2110 075 by jansp, on Flickr
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 Post subject: Re: Most memorable road block! (involving animals...)
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And there always seems to be a difficult ellie not allowing you to pass through just before a camp and when you're desperate for the loo after dirving for hours...

Why does that always happen? :slap:

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Anyway, once the herd had left the chap behind us pulled up in his big 4x4 and said 'Man - you guys are brave'.

Hah - I would have backed away if I had a space. frikken heck! No bravery there at all!!

Thinking about it now, it was probably the best thing to simply stay put. ??

:lol: :lol: :lol: Just smile & wave!

@granjan - Great pics :thumbs_up: of doggies!
But boy, those lions are too close for comfort... :big_eyes:

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Most memorable roadblock was what I called 'The Biyamiti Standoff', in 2001, and the article is still on this site somewhere.

Briefly, what happened was a giraffe died on a game trail just east of Biyamiti, and was being fed upon by a pride of about 13. We were trying to get back to camp in time and found the road blocked by a herd of buffs trying to go up the trail. They were agitated and the lions tried to isolate and bring one down, but the herd kept charging and the lions fled. For an hour, the road was occupied by either lions of buffs, depending on who was on the offensive. Eventually the buffs gave up and wandered off into the riverbed.

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On the way back to Shingwedzi from Pafuri this gentleman walked very very slowly in front of us for more than 4km. I kept my distance after I ventured slightly too close and he stopped dead, didn't even turn around but the message was clear - do not disturb - this is MY road and I will walk down the middle for as long as I want to. I got the message and enjoyed the sighting from a reasonable distance. BTW: in one shot it looks close - this is the wonder of a telephoto lens at work and not my getting too close.

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@BB - That must have been a awesome sighting! Alot of action... :thumbs_up:
@pnm - R.E.S.P.E.C.T! That's the way to go... :thumbs_up:

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My most memorable roadblock happened some years ago when we were in the park as day visitors and on route to exit at Croc Bridge gate.

We had left Nkhulu picnic spot and had given one of the staff from Lower Sabie a lift when some 10 kms or so from LS we came across a huge Buff herd milling about in the road, who absolutely refused to move off, then from behind us came this large Ellie Bull in musth so we were kind of sandwiched between them! :shock:

As the minutes became half an hour and then 40 minutes with quite a lot of cars all stuck there, some of them eventually drifted off the road just enough to let us squeeze past but by then we knew we were not going to make it to CB in time, so decided, like good folk to go into LS to ask advice and if they could possibly radio CB and we could be excused due to the circumstances.

Well the answer was a decided NO!
you will have to stay here for the night! :shock: What!

But we don't have a change of clothes, toiletries, food!
After much haggling, begging and pleading all they could offer was a special rate in a family bungalow.
So there we were, they even kept the shop open for a bit later so we could buy some food and toothbrushes etc.

In hindsight I would definitely do things a bit differently now! :wink:

Our forced and first stay in Lower Sabie camp and a roadblock we won't forget too easily.

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Thank you everyone - interesting thread :thumbs_up:


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Our forced and first stay in Lower Sabie camp and a roadblock we won't forget too easily.


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That's a shocker, I wish someone can force me to stay in Kruger......... :twisted: :wink:
But I hear you, sleeping in Kruger unprepared, just unimaginable....

@Ndloti - Aaaaaaaaaaa, too cute! I wonder what was going through that chaps mind?
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Our trip a few years back had all the ingredients for a disaster:

1. Long weekend
2. Kruger South
3. Lions
4. Tar road
5. Bridge
6. Ignorant people

We were coming from Malelane towards Afsaal when, 200m or so before Afsaal we came upon a few cars on the bridge (not a big river there but a significant ditch and drop off both sides of the road). We were trying to see what was going on and before we knew it we were boxed in from every side and nowhere to go. People at Afsaal had heard there were lions in the ditch and now they were parking across the bridge in all which way directions. Soon no-one could go anywhere, coz everyone was boxing everyone else. Long story short - it took us almost 3 hours to make the last 200m to Afsaal - and the worst part.... we didn't even see any lions :wall: :wall:

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On the H10 earlier this year, we were blocked by a huge bull elephant in the middle of the road and eventually spent about 20 mins waiting for it to move. After the first five mins we switched off the engine and just parked off.

Next thing a beautifull serval crossed the road between us and the elephant! That was quite amazing.


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How's this for a roadblock :shock:
I'm glad we were in the back of the que, note the white vehicle's reverse lights :P
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