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Unread postPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 8:51 am 
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In July 07, we decided (Read as I decided) to have a short trip to Nkhulu from Skuks. Being around 3pm, there was nothing much happening at Nkhulu and one can only watch the vervets each bubblegum for so long, we left to go back to Skuks and Lake Panic.

A little north of the bridge, we came across GRIDLOCK. I have seen less cars in a used car lot. There were loons all over and the normal two lane N1, was now 5 lanes. Some were in the road, three abreast and the others were on the verges. Then some of the turkeys were even hanging out of windows, standing up on seats and I mean way up there. To cap it all, there were even others trying to find a way into or past this madness and mayhem.

There was a LIT and only a few could see it. With all the hooting and shouting, eventually the LIT moved on and in about ten seconds, everyone else had gone. Another almost in the BH household and I desperately wanted to see a leopard. Not that desperate though, that we were willing to break every rule and reg to do it.

Yip, the N1 is bad. IMNAAHO there are far too many cars allowed in the park and this hampers the efforts of officialdom to enforce and cotrol the rules.

This is one reason I am planning a revisit. Aug for 4 nights way out of school holidays, probably Satara. Nice quiet time of year and a relatively quiet camp right in the heart of cat country.

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Dont know about the sand road but i know the main tar road has delivered some good sights


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Bush Andy asked about the S131 between Letaba and Phalaborwa, a road I have driven many times. I recall seeing lions mating just off the road a few kms from Letaba (4 or 5 years ago). On Fri 24th Dec, 2004, we bumped into a pack of wild dogs lying beside the road at the Sable Dam turn off and spent several minutes photographing them. We saw a number of African wild cats during a night drive on 1st Feb 2005. Other spots on the road include elephant, buffalo and, for birders, a very pretty courtship display from a pintailed whydah ! Sadly, this road is regularly abused by fast drivers and so the yellowbilled kites and bataleurs have a feast of roadkill.


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Hey bushwalker! Thanks!

Are you not talking about the H9 tar road to Phalaborwa though? It's just that the Sable dam turnoff is on the H9:)

The H9 is a very good road and have had many sightings on that road... LIT with baboon carcass and lions underneath, hyena's, 15 wild dogs about 10km from Letaba on Bridge over Nhlanganini... :mrgreen: !

This is why I am curious as to why the S131 seems to be devoid of animals... I'm sure they're there though :wink: ... Have only managed to see a Kori Bustard on the S131, which was amazing but we are very keen spotters and to only see one bird on about three trips along this road is interesting... hehe!

If all your sightings were on the S131 gravel road parallel to H9 then I will have to go and investigate it again!:)

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Stays a bad road for me though..... :|

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I haven't done the N1 between LS an Skuk's in a while, has it become so bad BB?


Maybe I have not been lucky recently. Come to think a bit more, I did see a LIT in the distance about 3 trips ago, but the traffic is heavy.

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Sorry Bush Andy - you are right. I was talking about the H9. I have some video of drives around Letaba so I'll check them next week and get back to you. From memory, I recall it as being a bit of a barren road, as you said.


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BH when you go in August, do you need a co pilot?

I really want to do some sort of documentation on some of these roads, could be interesting...


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If we go in August, I will have three people who can be co-pilots.

In fact, I plan to have a first experience of being a passenger for more than 80% of the time we spend drving arround.

I will be delgating drving duties to others and will be chief cook and bottle wash for the entire trip.

I will also be the camp site manager and organiser.

That leaves very little scope for additional people as I will also act as chief camera operator and documentary commentator.

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:lol: @ BH

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BH I have to try again. I can drive real slow, and I can read a map and road signs :wink:

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Christopher Columbus found the west indies without a map.

I'm sure I can manage Satara.

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Comments on some roads mentioned,
S21, it's where I saw my first Rhino
S90, 14 Lion on my last visit and Kori Bustard and Ostrich and Ellies before that
S39, once stopped in a Buffalo traffic jam. There were hundreds of them. Also enough Steenbok to suggest a culling operation.
S100, I'm convinced has been taken over by Disney as a new setting for "The Lion King"

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S100, I'm convinced has been taken over by Disney as a new setting for "The Lion King"


Accepted, then we call WTM 'Scar' hehehe :twisted: :twisted:

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