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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:41 am 
Even though I have not seen a lot of wildlife on this route the beautiful scenery will always bring me back. There is not a lot of roads like that in KNP.


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Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:39 pm 
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and sometimes it can indeed be very quiet , but hey , who cares :huh:


Totally true, the more you say that, the more interesting Kruger gets!

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Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:51 am 
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Im looking forward to this road in October when we are in Shingwedzi. The last time i travelled
this road was in 1986. I remember one occasion we were busy watching elephants when we suddenly realised we were surounded by the herd :big_eyes:


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Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:00 pm 
GlenD that is something that can easily happen on this lovely road.


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Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:05 pm 
ndloti wrote:
The views of the river bed along the part to the north of the Sirheni turn off are not as spectacular as those along the southern part as the road no longer follows the Mphongolo river , but a tributary of it .


Thanks for answering on my behalf there, ndloti! :redface:

Great pics G@mespotter! :clap:


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I posted earlier that if there were ellies at close quarters I would give it a miss........and then I realised that we had actually travelled this road in March!! :redface:

I can only reiterate what most of you are saying........it is stunning, and luckily for me, the day we travelled there were no ellies in sight. :dance: :dance:

We did however see a huge herd of buffs near Shingwedzi. :big_eyes:

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Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:11 pm 
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hi rufie,
just got back from 15 nights in kruger travelled this road several times while staying at sirheni saw pride of lions with cubs lots of grumpy ellies and plenty of general game saw the lions 3 out of the 4 days we were there :lol: :lol: :dance: :dance:


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That's nice Stu!

I've seen 2 Female lions with 2 cubs close to Baballala before. Also impala,elephants,steenbuck,sharpe graysbuck,buffalo,kudu,giraffe and vultures


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See the debris level from the recent flooding along S56 - taken & days ago .

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Great pics, thanks Ndloti! :thumbs_up:
seeing the debris levels is always a sense of shock and almost disbelief.

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Worst road ever. :tongue: Driving the road from Shingwedzi we didn't see a ellie on the first part of the road before the first "get out point" to the main road. Must have seen close to 200 elephants on the second part of the road and didn't dare take the third part. Scared the living heck out of me and felt like they were just there to annoy me... :lol:

We also saw plenty of other game including baby impala and buffalo.

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:lol: It certainly isn't a road for the faint-hearted.

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:lol: It certainly isn't a road for the faint-hearted.



I had two thoughts in my mind, the best way to tackle a fear is to face it head on and what better way than to drive the elephant road? Also, surely it couldn't be like everyone has written and said? There cannot be that many elephants on that road...right? I was wrong on both occasions...I am still spooked around elephants and the road did have as many elephants as I read all those years ago! :D

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Weltenman :yaya: Really that many?
Come on drive it again tomorrow :lol: :lol: Any pic's?
I know the feeling I had an unforgettable ellie experience at Babalala once!!
Hope you have a great time!

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