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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby Ian Grant » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:19 am

The S56 Mphongolo Loop - best road in my opinion. The scenery and tranquillity is indescribable.
The S126 Sweni River Road - not far behind. Great scenery too and produces some incredible big 5 sightings.
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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby gwgrant » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:36 am

Definitely the S126 and the H7. I also enjoy doing the S90 onto the S41 then onto the S100 - great drive.

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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:40 am

For me, scenery wise one can't beat the S63 Nyala Road from the Pafuri picnic site to Crooks Corner, the lushness, tranquility and tropical feel as you wind your way slowly along the twisting track and down to the little pull offs with views of the meandering Luvuvhu River.
The constant twittering of bird calls and shy little antelope of the same name peeping out from behind the vegetation is just the best.
Other than that one I honestly couldn't say which is for me the best road, I enjoy them all.
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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:37 am

Nice road that one!!
Spargs is talking about the S122 Muntshe Loop :D
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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby Ifubesi » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:20 am

Here's my choice for one of the best round-trips in the Park which will take you a large portion of the day to complete.
I choose this route for the combination of wonderful scenery, large variety of landscapes and opportunities to see animals.

In summary the route is as follows: H10/H1-2/H12/S30/S29(continuing over the tar-road past Mlondozi)/H10.

Scenery: Great viewpoints at Nkumbe and Mlondozi-picnic spot.

Variety in landscapes: Umbrella-Thorn thickets along Sabie-river; Beautiful wide open plains from just north of Sabie-river all the way to Nkumbe; Mountain-bushveld on Nkumbe; Delagoa-Thorn thickets south of Tshokwane; Mixed Bushwillow woodlands from Kruger tablets southwards; Riverine Woodland and viewpoints on S30; Lovely large Marulas and Knob-thorns on Gabbro and Dolerite intrusions on S30.

Game-viewing opportunities: Elephant herds near Sabie-river; Large buffalo herds near Muntshe; Cheetah on S29 surrounding Muntshe; Leopard on S30; Lion anywhere on this route.

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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:21 pm

Top route Ifubesi :clap: Great diversity :clap:
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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby Sleepyowl21 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:23 pm

For me it used to be the s100 because it never failed to produce a cat for us in all our years of going to the park, but ever since visiting lake panic I've converted. :mrgreen: I think it's the S42 because lake panic is the most peaceful, gorgeous place ever :mrgreen:
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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:49 am

Right now the shongololo is closed from the flooding :shock:
For a low traffic road, that is high in animal life, and richly scenic I say the S56 Mphongolo Loop 8)
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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby MattAxel » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:13 pm

Tough topic. For birding it would be between the Mohanie Loop (S99) and the S63, but if I had to choose one I would probably go for the Mahonie Loop.

If I had to choose one road for mammals I rate I would go with the S28. It produces cats every time!

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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby t-bal » Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:00 pm

For me it has to be the S30. A very quiet road for the south which has given us some great sightings, where we were the only car. Especially in the late afternoon.
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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby Canis Lupus » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:22 am

I agree with the s30 Salitje road. I once saw 2 lionesses, a cheetah with 5 cubs and another cheetah towards the end of the road but I was exceptionally lucky that time. Nontheless, even without sightings it remains a peaceful road that winds through various landscapes and botanical zones.
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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby STORMA » Tue May 28, 2013 8:15 am

Give me the S65 and the roads around Mlondozi any day! I will be there on Saturday again :lol: :thumbs_up:

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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Tue May 28, 2013 9:15 am

I would say the S65 Watergat road should be listed as one of the best roads in Kruger :D
The first 6kms from the S1 Phabeni road to the watergat is a game rich area where you have a chance of seeing anything and everything! One of the few roads in Kruger where you have a chance to see lion, leopard, cheetah or wild dog. Often a road will give a fair chance of two or maybe three of them ... But the H7, S65 and H4-2 are some of the few that give a fair chance of all four :D
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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby spargish » Thu May 30, 2013 1:16 pm

brogan wrote:For me it would have to be the H4-2, or the s28. in the mornings these two roads are prime. Hence the reason why Corocodile gate is so jam packed at 4:30 in the morning!!


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Re: best road in the park

Unread postby NJVermaak » Fri May 31, 2013 10:00 am

we enjoy driving the S1 - the scenery is excellent and this road has been very rewarding to us in the past, also the S28, we've had lion and cheetah within a km of each other. my two favourites! :dance:
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