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 Post subject: Re: S36 South of Muzandzeni
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:32 pm 
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I also found the S36 rather quiet but my last 2 trips were more successful on this road.
This female Leopard was seen just south of the Muzandzeni Picnic spot. After this single photo was taken she did a uturn and with unbelievable speed jumped into the undergrowth and disappeared.
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This Lioness was part of a pride of 8 lions seen at about 15h00 acouple of kilometres north of the Talamati turnoff.
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 Post subject: Re: S36 South of Muzandzeni
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We last drove the road in Feb this year and it was definitely an improvement from previous times, there were just small patches of corrugations.

I would say the H5 is in much worse condition currently.

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 Post subject: Re: S36 South of Muzandzeni
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I agree with Elsa, the S36 does have some bad patches notably from the Shimangaweni Dam to the S125 turnoff approx 17 kms. The rest of the road in my experience is okay. I would definitely give it a try.

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 Post subject: Re: S36 South of Muzandzeni
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We have done the S36 twice in the last 2 years and here's some pics of some of the sightings. We have also had ellies swimming in Lugmag Dam and Shimangaweni Dam.

The road does have a few bad patches though.

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 Post subject: Re: S36 South of Muzandzeni
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The S36 south of Muzandzeni leads to some even better roads running East/Westwards ...

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 Post subject: Re: S36 South of Muzandzeni
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Personally prefer the s36 to the tar road! Best road for sable in my view, and the traffic is MUCH better. Jones dam always has something special, and the 2 picnic spots make the journey less challenging! I LOVE Mudzandzeni picnic spot when it's quiet, so too the s126 and s125 loops are wonderful, especially in summer.

You need to have patience, and a way of getting rid of the boring parts of the road (i.e an impala an hour) When with 2 cars, try a general Kruger quiz via walkie-talkies, or jokes or somethin. It works :thumbs_up: Don't think you will enjoy the s36 when you want to rumble down it.

Think of your landie as an ox-wagon :D

My last drive along the s36 from top to bottom (3 hours) December 2009:
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 Post subject: Re: S36 South of Muzandzeni
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Lanzerac, Great pic of a sable. :clap: I presume this photo was taken at the Shimangaweni dam? The log looks familiar!

This photo of the rainbow was taken on the S36 near the S125 intersection whilst I was on my way back to Satara during my January trip.

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 Post subject: S36 LUGMAG DAM TO OLIFANTSSEDRINKGAT
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has anybody recently done this road,and what is the condition of the road as to the corrugation,
planning to do this drive on my visit to the park,but need my vehicle to arrive in one piece,so please update recent visit.


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 Post subject: Re: S36 LUGMAG DAM TO OLIFANTSSEDRINKGAT
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We did this road in Feb and apart from patches of corrugations the road is in not too bad a condition, its far worse higher up, basically the section from the S145 Talamati road to the S125 we found to be the worst piece.

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 Post subject: Re: S36 LUGMAG DAM TO OLIFANTSSEDRINKGAT
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Very good idea, that road is always a worth drive. Even if you don't see many animals (only happened once to me) the landscape is beautiful and there is not much traffic :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: S36 LUGMAG DAM TO OLIFANTSSEDRINKGAT
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In Dec '10, did a drive from SKukuza to the S126 Sweni road along the tar then took this road to the S36. We saw a nice pride of 10 lions and a leopard casually milling about on the Sweni road. We then stopped at Muzandzeni then after a few buffs and ellies later stopped and admired an Ostrich at the Nhlanguleni picnic site.

It was get getting hot and there wasnt that much game around in the huge burnt areas and keeping a half eye open we spotted this beautiful youngster right at the dam on the LHS of the road...he was some 10 metres off some impala which ran off and he then gave us a great pose!!
Amazingly this was one of 9 leopards we saw in KnP in a week!



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 Post subject: Re: S36 LUGMAG DAM TO OLIFANTSSEDRINKGAT
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I agree, what an incredible sighting and pic o-dog! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: S36 LUGMAG DAM TO OLIFANTSSEDRINKGAT
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O-dog, fantastic shot of the Leopard. :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: S36 South of Muzandzeni
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Love this road drove the road yesterday and saw a young leopard missed a lion kill with 5 minutes we got elephant and on the turn off to Tsokwane we found big herd of buffelo

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 Post subject: Re: S36 South of Muzandzeni
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We have been on this road in April on two different days and we didn´t see a single animal there.

We have been on the part between the S125 and S126 and then on the part from the S33 to the H1-2. We missed the part between the S125 and the S33. Maybe this is usually the most productive part of the S36?

But it´s all about right place and right time, isn´t it? :wink:

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