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 Post subject: Mphongolo loop S56
Unread postPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 8:42 pm 
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Hi everyone :D

I have searched through the topics and cannot find a thread on this road! :?
I have heard good things about this road! Going to drive it for the first time in June when I stay at Shingwedzi for the first time 8)

Please share your experiences and sightings on this road here! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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I forgot to describe where it is :slap:

Its the dirt road north of Shigwedzi that follows the Mphongolo river up to Babalala picnic spot 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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Hi Cheetah2111,

Best drive I know in the park. Scenary, proud tall trees, ellies to be scared of and leopards. Lots of places to enjoy your coffee on an early morning drive and just relax.
You will enjoy it. For me I wish many happy returns to Sirheni and the S 56.

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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SO calls it the Elephant Road.

We've had a few encounters along the road. Once we had driven all along the road until the first turning back to the tar road. An elephant had brought down a small tree. It blocked the road and he was still munching away on the leaves so no way past. We had to turn around and drive all the way back.

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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This is my out and out favorite road!! Exceptionally beautiful scenery, extremely great views and a wide diversity of animals on it!

I have done it many many times, including 8 times this April, and have seen lots and lots of animals, excepts cats, which are a bit shy lately....

Look out of the beautiful Njala bulls, giant eagle owls, sharpe's grysbok etc etc....

I will upload some pics tonight! (BTW I think there is a topic on this road somewhere...... the 'famous' fever tree at one of the viewpoints fell down when I was there a few weeks ago....

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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Cheetah, I just love the road and am never disappointed. It is really beautiful with lots of little byways to just sit.

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I was hoping to post pictures of a Roan and Zebra rogether, but I see that I did not save it in photobucket. My pictures disappeared with my computer. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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Cheetah2111 this one is a great Kruger road and one of our favorites in the Northern Kruger. Plenty of elephant and other animals sometimes a little bit too close up, the elephants that is. Highly recommended but budget sufficient time to enjoy yourself as nature provides generously on this loop.

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saraf wrote:
SO calls it the Elephant Road.


Ditto! :D Also seen African Wild Cat on it during daytime on 2 different trips.


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I have also seen lots of elephant along this road .

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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Wow MM those are some impressive tusks over there :shock: :clap:
And Ndloti that is a massive herd of Ellies :D :clap:

how does the s56 compare to the main road to Babalala?

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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cheetah2111 wrote:
how does the s56 compare to the main road to Babalala?

Very different but both have their attractions.

The S56 is a beautiful, picturesque road. With the water from the river it stays greener for longer than the surrounding area. I suppose that's what attracts the elephants.

The main road tends to be a mixture of mopane and open grass. At various times over the years we've seen cheetah, serval, civet, hyena, jackal, buffalo, elephants and even eland along it. Being in the north it isn't busy, despite it being a tar road.

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Thanks Saraf :D

wow you seen some amazing sightings there! And good to know its not a busy road :thumbs_up: I'll put my money on going down the main road to Babalala early in the morning, juuust in case there is a big cat warming themself on the tar :wink: Then back along the s56.

really hoping to see Eland or roan :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
Unread postPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 10:41 am 
Definitely one of my favorite roads!! :D
We have seen so much on this road …in total 3 leopard sightings….this was the last one, December 2010

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@ cheetah2111….some of our best sightings on this road was early in the morning :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
Unread postPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 8:49 pm 
Be warned, it is a very long road, hence the linking road/s back to the tar! :thumbs_up:

I would seperate the Northern and Southern halves, they are a bit different!

I agree with ndloti...a must for the scenery and solitude...never know what's round the next corner, and obviously prime leopard country!

Have seen sable and tsessebe there too....no predators...


There was a major photo-op there in CUSTOS in the 90's, leopard catching warthog!


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This is certainly one of our favourite roads . Never seen any predators , but plenty other animals . The little twists and turns can bring a surprise around any bend - especially if you suddenly find yourself in the middle of an ellie herd - even scary :big_eyes:
And the trees , wow , I just love , love them :D

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