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 Post subject: Sonop
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:42 am 
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Sonop

Sonop is near an army base, and close to a trails camp and a picnic spot. The army camp is/was between Shishangani and Sonop. Also called Shishangani. I worked in Satara about 8 years ago, and we used to have fun evenings out to the base. It is the only reason I know there used to be a camp there. Unfortunately nothing more interesting I can tell you

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 Post subject: The best waterholes + dams
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I'm going up to kruger next janary(at letaba) and realy want to know were to go spot some realy nice wildlife.Please tell me a few of your secret spots. :pray:


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Hi and welcome, leopardspotter

Secret spot huh? If I told you it wouldn't be a secret anymore, now would it? :wink: Kidding!! But seriously, the best secret spot is the right spot at the right time. Waterholes and dams are usually nice though, especially in the dry season. But roads that are superb for one person can prove to be very disappointing for someone else. Take the famous (infamous) S100 for example. Some people swear by it and spend their entire stay in the park driving up and down that road (and see lots), while at the same time others have sworn to never again waste time on it. So basically what it all comes down too is luck, pure luck. Keep your eyes and ears open... the sighting of a lifetime can be around the next bend.
Like I said, it's all a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

Enjoy your trip and hope you will see lots! :D


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I reckon the Ngotso dam to be quite special. S100? I closed it down remember? :twisted:

Lower Sabie just north of sunset dam.

Pkop area around Shi'tlhave dam.

Punda Maria bird hide and waterhole. I would love to see some of the best sightings from this hide.


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Strictly speaking Waterholes, dams and rivers are best during the dry season for game concentrations (mammals). During summer they are still worthwhile for birdwatching and scenic beauty. In summer most game is spotted from the roads especialy open terrain which was burnt recently.
I always go December/January and are never dissapointed with the total experience as compared to dryer season trips. The burn reports the past 6 months virtualy guarantee above average viewing .


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Depends which camps you are going to stay at Leopardspotter,
My fav waterhole is Ngrivane near Satara :D Also the Nsemani dam near Satara.
Then the S100 -I opened the road again :evil: Have seen LIT in June :wink: and lots of game on that road :!:
If you go to Skakuza the Renosterkoppies dam also a fav of mine also seen LIT at the dam and wilddogs make a kill. Another fav water hole is the N'waswitshaka water hole on the S65, seen LOG and Lions lazing around the waterhole.

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Goedgegun is indeed a very nice waterhole, plenty of general game is always present.

That special place that you mention, I have been there it is really nice, would love to see it with water in it. Nigel Dennis's book Where to watch game in Kruger, mentions it as well and has taken a photo of it...

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Sunset Dam at Lower Sabie and Kanniedood Dam at Shingwedzi are always good spots. Engelhardt Dam at Letaba has a very nice birdhide and driving up to the lookout point overlooking Engelhardt is quite an experience. It's beautiful up there.


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 Post subject: Mantimahle Dam
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 Post subject: Mestel Dam
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 Post subject: Ngotso hippos
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 Post subject: Ampie-se-Boorgat on S118
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It's the waterhole where I photographed these rhinos. :wink:

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