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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby neilo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:28 pm

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby neilo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:44 pm

If can can give one piece of advice to photographers.... It's be READY !!!!

You need to have your camera's on-hand, and have them ready to shoot it the light you are travelling in. Know your settings for early morning, and late afternoon. It's the trickiest time to take pics. The Kruger Park is full of suprises , and things are unpredictable. Animals will not wait !!!



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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby neilo » Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:49 pm

Hi all,

ANY wild dog sightings in the Pretoriouskop region in the last few days ?

We are on our way there Saturday morning .... :wall: :wall: :wall:


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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby ossendryver » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:11 pm

There was one or two near Pkop on the H1-1 and S8

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby Philip1 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:10 am

) Just had an SMS from a family member :D

Entering Phalaborwa gate and plus minus 4Km further, 12 Wild Dogs in road :mrgreen:
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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby bondm » Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:31 pm

Hi, I've been making an annual trip to the park for 20 years in Nov./Dec. and never saw any Wilddogs for many years, then about 7 or 8 years ago I started seeing them in most years. Of course it is often a matter of luck of being in the right place at the right time but you can reduce the odds by visiting certain areas. I have seen Wilddogs once north of the Sabi river near Olifants but I have found that the best area to find them is on the roads between Skukuza and Berg-en-Dal, and near the dams - Transport, etc.

Visit Phalabora each year but never seen the 'resident' pack - maybe this year.......

Strangely enough, most times I have seen them moving along a main road is when it is raining - perhaps they don't like walking through wet grass. Also if you see lions go look somewhere else for Wilddogs.

Leopards you can find in most areas but one of the best are the main roads each side of the Sabie river, particularly the south side, between Skukuza and Lower Sabie. However the best area I have found is around the turn off from the Malelane Gate road for Berg-en-Dal. Rarely miss seeing several in that area each year. With leopards you can sometimes see them in mid morning, but by then most will be sleeping off the nights meal either under a bush or in a tree. Early evening, just as the light is beginning to fade, is also a good time for them to be on the move.

Next trip starts in just over 3 weeks time and really looking forward to getting away from this english weather!!!

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby Hitman » Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:06 pm

:think: Since 2005 we have had the dogs 4 times on the Phalaborwa road. (sept/oct). :rtm:

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:56 pm

@bondm. Perhaps the way to find wild dogs is to wait by these dams and let the animals come to you? I have still never seen leopards or wild dogs, but a stay in Berg en Dal in August will hopefully put an end to that!

I scoured the road from Skukuza to LS for leopards last time as those trees by the river look nice and homely for leopards! No luck despite doing 10kms and hour and stopping on most mini loops on the way. A policeman stopped me to see my driving license and he hadn't seen any either!
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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby Sky » Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:13 pm

Found these around BergenDal I think around BergenDal is one of the best places to see leopard
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And this was one of many on the s100 (but then I have travelled the s100 a lot

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This was between ls and Skukuza stayed in BergenDal

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And the same morning near BergenDal
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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby t-bal » Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:26 pm

I have experienced that the best road to see leopards is the H4-1 between Skukuza and Lower Sabie. It can be leopard crazy there. We even saw 3 diferent leopards on 1 nightdrive on this road. We also saw leopard cubs on this road.

Wild dogs...? Never seen them, maybe next time :pray:
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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Nov 03, 2012 1:42 pm

The H4-1 (Eloff Street) is not a good doggie road then?

Keep going down to Croc Bridge, that's where they usually are.
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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby Sky » Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:06 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:The H4-1 (Eloff Street) is not a good doggie road then?

Keep going down to Croc Bridge, that's where they usually are.


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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:44 pm

For Wild Dogs I would say the main Orpen – Satara road and the Phabeni Gate to Skukuza road. In our personal experience the Skukuza- Malelane Gate road is most productive for leopard sightings. And the Kanniedood Dam route at Shingwedzi.

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:51 pm

Hi Graham_5000,

The simplest way to find wild dogs for me in the Pretoriuskop/Phabeni/Skukuza/Lower Sabe/Bergendal area the last few visits ...
*check movements and activities of dogs in July holidays (dens make for recurring viewing around P/Kop and south of Skukuza)...
*In December, check on wlsightings.blogspot.com or such forums on a DAILY basis to see patterns of movement.
* On arrival in camp, check the SIGHTINGS BOARD daily for wild dog sightings.
* Dogs travel enormous distances ON ROADS, so if you hear of a sighting near Afsaal on day 1, then Voortrekker road on day 2, then make sure you are on Voortrekker road on day 3!
* They do a lot of moving around early morning, but sleep a lot in the same spot all day until close to sunset, when they become active again. So if you hear of a sighting at about 8 am, and they are stationery, make sure you get there by about 3-4pm!

Enjoy!

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:16 pm

Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:Hi Graham_5000,

The simplest way to find wild dogs for me in the Pretoriuskop/Phabeni/Skukuza/Lower Sabe/Bergendal area the last few visits ...
*check movements and activities of dogs in July holidays (dens make for recurring viewing around P/Kop and south of Skukuza)...
*In December, check on wlsightings.blogspot.com or such forums on a DAILY basis to see patterns of movement.
* On arrival in camp, check the SIGHTINGS BOARD daily for wild dog sightings.
* Dogs travel enormous distances ON ROADS, so if you hear of a sighting near Afsaal on day 1, then Voortrekker road on day 2, then make sure you are on Voortrekker road on day 3!
* They do a lot of moving around early morning, but sleep a lot in the same spot all day until close to sunset, when they become active again. So if you hear of a sighting at about 8 am, and they are stationery, make sure you get there by about 3-4pm!

Enjoy!

Friedrich von Hörsten


Thanks so much for the tips - really appreciated. I wrote that post a couple of years ago, but the tips are still valid as I have still not seen any doggies yet! I will be in Berg en Dal for 2 nights in August, Satara for 3 and Croc Bridge for 1, so I will drive those areas around the south-west of the park.
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