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S25 Crocodile River Road

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Re: S25 and S26 Croc Bridge region in winter?

Unread postby Stoffel » Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:35 am

Personally I never had particularly good sightings on the S25, but I still love driving that road.
Although the S26 can be very quite (most of the time) I have had some good sightings on that road.
I saw my first honey badger (one of only two that I saw in the park) on the S26, two southern reedbuck (of only 8 that I have seen in the park) and wild dogs.
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Re: S25 and S26 Croc Bridge region in winter?

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:42 pm

The S25 is far better for game viewing than the S26.
The S25 has become good for lions over the last year or so. Wild dogs are seen there too.
And sometimes leopard luck is on your side :wink:
I have seen Black Rhino there twice
and I even have an old photo of a pangolin we saw there when I was tiny! It is a scenic road viewing the Croc River.
Did you perchance read my TR 'Lazy horses and other delights'?
I have scenery photos and sightings on this road in the first part of the report :thumbs_up:
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Tue May 01, 2012 7:08 pm

I finally found the old pic my dad took in 1995 on this road. I was only 6 years old at the time. I remember my dad making a big fuss about the sighting and I didn't understand why :lol:
I took a photo of his photo in the album :thumbs_up:
Not long onto the S25 from the B&D side :thumbs_up:
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread postby johanrebel » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:39 pm

I once drove east along the S25 and saw spotted hyaena, black-backed jackal, lion, wild dogs, cheetah and leopard, in that order. All of them right on the road.

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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:28 pm

Missing this road today!
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S25

Unread postby yoda » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:59 pm

One of the drives I am planning on doing next week is the S25 along the Crocodile River.
I have heard that the view is spoilt by views across outside of the reserve with farming etc.
Is this true for the entire drive?
Or just small sections?

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Re: S25

Unread postby kallis1786 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:34 pm

It is just small parts of the road, but there are some really great sightings you can see there, and there have been people who has spotted the entire Big 5 on one drive on the s25, so do not miss out.
It is fab road, but there are points when the outside world spoils it a bit.

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Re: S25

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:44 pm

Have seen eles cross it yoda, but eles can be seen all over.

Just because the S25 runs near the boundary doesn't mean it is not a good road, but like all roads, you could drive it and see squat.

But it runs parallel to the permanent river (as opposed to seasonal rivers) and animals must drink.
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Re: S25

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:11 pm

I saw the hippo pools pride of Lion at the hippo pools turn off on the S25 earlier this month :thumbs_up:
The Malalane wild dogs have been spotted most days of the last week on the Eastern section of the S25 near the H4-2. :thumbs_up:
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread postby Son godin » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:59 pm

This road can change in terms of most animals.
Since 2011 my luck was out with elephant, but lions were in as well as leopard.
Basically good for all the Big 5, but not always guaranteed.
The Biyamiti crossing was opened end Sept and makes it now easier to take a drive further than this river.

On our last visit in Sept we saw a lioness at the Biyamiti bridge and leopard close to the Lukimbi turn-off.
The other side can have the effect that you feel you are not in the real wild, but whose going to complain if you spot wild dogs or leopard along the road.

it also good for baboon and impala :twisted:

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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:19 am

Graham_5000 wrote:How often do you get a glimpse of civilization?

Just on a few sections Graham, it doesn't particularly worry me,
I think the road is good enough not to miss out on because of that! :thumbs_up:
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread postby Pjw » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:32 pm

Hi All
Does anyone know if the S25 is now open all the way from Crocodile Bridge to Malelane? Last time I was in that area the bridge over the Byamiti had been washed away
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:02 pm

Yes, it is open all the way!
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:26 pm

Very little luck for me in 10 trips on this road -- mostly at sunrise en route back to Cape Town... 1 lion sighting near Gardenia hide, 1 cheetah sighting at hippo pools turnoff...
Will try again in December!

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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread postby Pjw » Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:51 pm

We use this road frequently and have had a lot of good sightings, especially on the section between Byamiti and Crocodile Bridge
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