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Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:32 am

Hi all. I tried to find a forum on this road, but i discovered there isn't one!
So I think this road deserves it's own thread!!

The s40 runs from East of the Nsemani dam (on the H7 between Orpen and Satara) up towards the Timbavati Picnic spot. The game viewing around the area is very good!

I want to know what you guys think of this road? What have you seen on it?
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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:25 am

I do enjoy the road. I find that it is not "well travelled" and you can find yourself alone, even at peak season.

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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby adw » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:58 am

I have not seen much on this road and therefore do not travel on it as much as the other roads in the Satara area. Just north of the S12 intersection there is a rocky outcrop and you can usually see the resident klipspringers.
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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:28 am

adw wrote:Just north of the S12 intersection there is a rocky outcrop and you can usually see the resident klipspringers.


I saw them there :D but then they jumped off out of sight before I could take a photo :(

In November I saw Buffalo and elephant every time on this road. But raptor sightings and general game was a bit lower than other surrounding roads. However every day lion was pinned up on this road near the Nsemani dam. Maybe people caught the pride just as they came for a morning drink :)
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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby okie » Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:26 am

Seen lion , rhino , buff , ellie , so not a bad road for animal viewing , but we tend to avoid because it is quite corrugated and shaky to ride :x
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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby Zorilla » Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:12 am

Personally not a favourite, and possibly due to the lack of consistent sightings and monotonous vegetaion! We have however seen Cheetah nomerous times on this road, on the extreme ends of this road (close to the Timbivati picnic spot and Nsemani Dam)....but really, thats about all. For us there are far better options in this area.

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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:32 pm

We like this road as it is not so busy and we enjoy driving it very slowly. We nearly always see buffalo and elephant (more of the latter) on this road and once a very big (to us) puff adder. We also saw the klipspringers as mentioned and it was a nice treat.
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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby michel367 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:41 pm

That road has always been good too me.
Lion, Elephant, Zebra, Buffalo, Wildebees, Impala, Cheetah etc. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:47 pm

Zorilla wrote:We have however seen Cheetah nomerous times on this road


:shock: :shock: :shock:
Well then it sounds just fine for me :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I have heard that cheetah sightings have been noted to be sighted North of Satara. So I'm hoping cheetah do live in the region of this road :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby michel367 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:51 pm

Eish Cheetah 2111
I have seen my first Cheetahs on the Nsemani (5 in total and all at once)
On the S39 near Musanzeni (3 in total)
4 on the S50 just under Kanniedood dam in the thickets
2 On the H9 on a termite mount

Etc. etc. etc

You can find them anywhere. You just have to be lucky. :lol: :lol: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby Zorilla » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:08 pm

Cheetah 2111 - I guess when you put it like that there are most certainly things to see on this road :wink: Always keep your eyes open early morning as you get close to the junctions between the S39, S40 and S127, as we have seen the same cheetah there 3 times in the last 2 trips :dance: we have seen him on the first 3 or so kilometers (from the big baobab tree at the intersection)of each of these roads in the past while.

Good luck with this road in the future!!! :D

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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby bert » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:19 pm

done this road a few times
except for the usual nothing special
but its a nice drive

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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby Dirk.V.E. Neethling » Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:11 pm

Excellent road. Have seen Lion on giraffe kill :big_eyes: , lion op buffalo kill :big_eyes: , cheetah numerous times and also elephant and leopard. On my recent trip in beginning of Feb(follow my TR ) we have seen 12 lions there next to the road in the middle of the day with max 3 cars on the sighting and at one point 15min with no other vehicle.

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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:43 pm

heard reports recently that lion and leopard have been seen daily on this road :thumbs_up:
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Re: Nsemani road (S40)

Unread postby norms » Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:58 pm

Cheetah2111 - I have had some good sightings on this road -

Lions on many occasions
Plenty Elephant
Plenty Buffalo
Rhino

.... and lots of sightings of general game.

If I am in the area I usually take a look and see whats going on here.
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