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S145/140 Talamati Road

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S145/140 Talamati Road

Unread postby DuQues » Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:41 pm

The road is open to the Public, just the turn-offs to Talamati, Hoyo Hoyo and Imbali.
It's a great road to do, in fact I saw Sable on it last year. :dance:
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Unread postby Obelix » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:00 pm

Just confirming DuQues' comment - the road is definitely open.
Condition wise I guess it will depend on the time of year and how long ago they worked on it.
When we travelled on it in Sept. 2006, it was not in a very good condition, but in December 2007 the condition was excellent.

As far as game sightings go, I rate this as one of my favourite roads in the whole of the park from a big five perspective.
We have only travelled it during two previous visits, but it gave is four different lion sightings, one special leopard sighting, lots of rhino, ellie and buffalo and I know for a fact that lots of people have been fortunate to see sable on it.

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S140

Unread postby henche » Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:09 pm

Anybody travelled on the S140 recently ie: the road from Talamati to Rabelais dam/ Orpen ? This road is a continuation of the S145 and previously was rather dull. Would appreciate some feedback.

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Unread postby Obelix » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:41 pm

Henche, IMHO also a rather dull road animal wise, although I've been told that Sable could be found on this road as well. We have however had the most wonderful sighting of Southern Carmine Bee-eaters on this road.

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:15 pm

Like all roads, this can be productive, but my party has seen rarer sightings on this road, like sable & honey badger. Your chances of white rhino & serval are also better than average.
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Unread postby BunnyHugger » Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:56 am

It seems to be established fact that the road is either not well utilised or, there is not very much to see from a game perspective. (Maybe I have the wrong perception here).

What is the road like from a scenic perspective?

Is it better to do this one, or carry on straight and go past Nhlanguleni to the H7 to Orpen / Tamboti?
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Unread postby henche » Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:16 am

Hi BH

The S140 certainly has no scenic value at all. I would therefore recommend you continue on the S36, have a snack at Muzandzeni and then join the H7 which is very scenic as it follows the Timbavati River. No doubt, when you get to Tambotie - you will hear about the Wild Dogs you missed on the S140!

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Unread postby Bush Andy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 2:14 pm

We have had many times where we have travelled along the s145 and seen hardly anything but I must admit that the difference between the summer and winter months is drastic in terms of game viewing!

Have stayed at Talamati about 10 times in all (roughly 5 times in Summer and 5 times in Winter) and have found the road to be very productive in Winter, especially in the early morning!
However Summer trips have yielded very little, except for a memorable sighting of a common reedbuck :D !

Traveled along s145 in July 2007 and encountered 3 lionesses and the biggest herd of buffalo I have ever seen with +350 individuals all around :mrgreen: ... we were told by the Talamati game drive guide that this was the second biggest herd of Buff's in Kruger :D !

So all in all a great road and was in a reasonably good condition in July last year!
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Unread postby Martial Eagle » Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:04 pm

Is it correct that the the S145 & S140 is OK for general public as long as we stay out of Talamati?

We drove it in Aug.06 not knowing whether we were breaking a rule or not.
We had seen 11 Sable at Mondzeni :clap: watering point & then saw very big herd of Ellies at Fairfield chasing away big herd of Impala. Nothing to report on the S140 to Orpen though.

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:16 am

The Talamati bit is only about 1km after a turnoff, and the rest is open to the public, unlike the Biyamiti road.
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S140 road toward Orpen

Unread postby impyim » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:05 pm

Has anyone used the S140 and the S36 roads to get to Orpen from Skukuza. We will be shifting from Skukuza camp to Orpen in about 10 days and I believe th S106 is terribly corrogated - due to it being used by everyone to detour around the flood damage on the road from Satara to Orpen.
I'm hoping the S140 & S36 will be a better alternative.
Hoping someone can help with this. :hmz: :hmz:

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Re: S140 road toward Orpen

Unread postby wbevents » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:45 am

impyim

drove the s36, s 140 twice from orpen to skukz last week, GREAT road, great sightings, great picnic spots, were busy grading it also.
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