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 Post subject: Your drives around Skukuza
Unread postPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 1:02 pm 
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We are going to be in Skukuza camp for 5 days.
We would like to hear from those of you who have stayed a few days in Skuks what drives you did during your stay.
Do you go out early morning then come back to camp during the midday with an afternoon drive out again?
Or do you go out early morning and only return at gate closing time?
What routes do you take and how far do you drive/how long does it take?

We have a few drives in mind but don't know whether they are practical from a distance and time point of view.

Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Your drives around Skukuza
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I have no hard and fast rules about my drives around the Skukuza area. There are some awesome places to drive around this area.

My favourite place has to be Lake Panic. Take an early morning stop there and another in the late afternoon.

Last time we were at Skukza, we travelled the S21 (I think) and saw Rhino and Leopard as well as a lot of general game. Most interesting to me was seeing many birds for the first time (Well, maybe I seen them before, but never identified them.)

This drive was after a fair stop at Renosterkoppies dam, and then on to Nkhulu for Brekkie. From there we went around the Maroela loop and then back to camp for some R&R and to experiment with a camera.

From Skukuza, you an reach Matsekenyan and Nkumbe with ease and both are well worth a stop.

Have also seen wild dogs on the Nappi road towrds PK.

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 Post subject: Re: Your drives around Skukuza
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Sanpfan, we always enjoy staying in Skukuza and will be there during July this year for 4 nights.

Usually we drive out early and return round about lunch time. In the afternoon we have some siesta time and go out for another drive round about 16:00 till gate closing time to return for a lekker braai! :thumbs_up:

The area is good for sightseeing and we tend to do many routes like:

Skukuza to Lower Sabie (H4-1), from there to Tshokwane (H10) and back to Skukuza (H1-2). Sometimes we do the same route the next day but doing it Skukuza - Tshokwane - Lower Sabie - Skukuza.

The H3 all the way to Malelane gate and back is also a favourite. Sometimes we go from Malelane Gate to Lower Sabie driving the S25 and H4-2 and back to Skukuza.

In the afternoons we tend not to go that far and will usually go to Transport dam or having a lazy drive on the H4-1.

There are many other routes to take like the S30 (Salitje) road.

Enjoy your trip! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Your drives around Skukuza
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BH and Theuns.......thank you for your reply.

Anyone else brave enough to admit staying at or driving around the Skuks area?? :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Your drives around Skukuza
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I've only stayed once in Skukuza, usually go to other camp, but...
The Skukuza area is extremely good for sightings, and even for the size it is, it's quite a quiet camp. The perfect camp for the first-timer.
All you need to 'ignore' is that the Skuks area is rather busy. But Lake Panic more than makes up for that!

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 Post subject: Re: Your drives around Skukuza
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Do both types Sanpfan.

Most people staying at Skuk, do the LS road (aptly nicknamed Eloff Street).

We have done the day drive to Afsaal, then to Croc Bridge and back via LS.

Also nice is the drive to Tshok, then the H10 to LS and back.

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 Post subject: Re: Your drives around Skukuza
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I spent about 3 days in the Skukuza area in March.
The H4-1 was fantastic for Ellies. Parts of the bush were very thick in places though.

Also did the S30 (Salitjie Road) and had some good sightings there.

Did the H1-2 as far as the H12 junction a few times too. This was mixed.
One one drive we had some good sightings (Impala, Bush Buck, Kudu, Elephant, Giraffe, Baboon, Vervet).
But on 2 other drives we hardly saw a thing. Right place.....

The H3 towards Malelane is also usually quite productive, especially in the Afsaal area.

Didn't do it on this last trip, but in the past, have found the S1 towards Phabeni quite productive too.


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 Post subject: Re: Your drives around Skukuza
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We try to avoid spending too much time on the main drags (Eloff Street) but will travel on them if time is short. We are looking at doing routes to the south, west and east of Skuks on different days and were wandering if we would have time to drive down from Skuks and do S114-S26-H4-2-S82-H4-1-S83 in one day for example (including time to view game and rest at picnic spot)?

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 Post subject: Re: Your drives around Skukuza
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We were there for 4 days end of April. The area had lots of rain and the bush is very thick at places. In our 4 days we didn't see even 1 elephant. For me that was very weird. We did the maroela loop a few times which had lots of general game. We also did the H1-2 - H12 - H4-1 loop every day where we were lucky to see a leopard. You can also drive down to Nkuhlu where your can either make your own breakfast or order it there. We were also lucky to see wild dogs on the H11 - S1 junction. So many options around skukuza. We found lake panic very busy at times but i'm sure it depends on what time you go there.



:lol: :lol: We had that in 2006.
4 days of Kruger and we saw only 1 rhino in the distance and no elephant. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Your drives around Skukuza
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I also enjoy staying at Skukuza and have always been lucky.
As the others have said, you have many choices of roads to choose from.
I returned on the 12th May after a week and saw lots on the Doispan road - that road leads to Phabeni Gate. Saw wild dogs three times, herd buffalo, pride of lions twice, elephants and rhinos,eagles. (just on that road).
The grass is rather thick, but drive slowly!!!
Lake Panic is another favourite spot of mine, especially early in the morning or late afternoon.
I enjoy going out early and returning before the gates close.
Don't want to miss out on anything.
Some people find it too tiring.


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 Post subject: Re: Your drives around Skukuza
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Are there any resident Leopards spotted around the Skukuza area? :hmz: As far as i know, there's a large male at the low water bridge near the camp.


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 Post subject: Re: Your drives around Skukuza
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A female leopard seemed to be resident around the Lake Panic road area.

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There are lots of Leopard resident around Skukuza, the trick is to spot them. :doh:

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 Post subject: Skukuza driving routes
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Hi there!

We were wondering.. What routes near Skukuza can you recommend to drive? And what kind of animals can be encountered there?

We've read about the hyena den on the H11 and near Lake Panic. The H4-1 should be great, but when we drove that road 4 years ago, we didn't even see an impala.. :roll:

We would like to hear your advice!

Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza driving routes
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I'm assuming you mean drives that will take most or all of the day, so here goes:

up the S83 to Mantimahle dam, then up the S36 to Nhlanguleni and on. Take a left onto the S145 and really start looking for sable. It becomes the S140, and connects to the H7. Have coffee at Orpen and drive the H7 to Satara. There you can have drinks while checking the webcam.
Then pop down the H1-3, and do a right onto Sweni road (S126). At Muzandzeni you can have a drink again, then further and onto N'waswitsonto road (S125).
Down the tar to Tshokwane (drinks again :lol: ), Olifantsdrinkgat and Skuks.

That however is a hell of a drive, so you may want to leave out the Sweni - N'waswitsonto loop. Which is a pity as those roads are gorgeous.
Actually, you may want to skip or keep short the stopping for drinks. And leave as the gates open.... ;)

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