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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:42 pm 
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Spoke to a patient of mine today who's been visiting KNP for years - he reckons it is a road to avoid - apparently the ellies can get you in a corner there... :shock: But I'm willing to still give it a try - I'll just give the ellies their space... :thumbs_up:


So we went to the area, and we drove this road... and guess who got bullied and stormed by ellies on this road...? :shock: Just to let you know - it's true: some very nasty ellies on this road! :tongue: Otherwise lovely! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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Ah Bushbuddies you made the elephant at mphongolo angry before I came! :twisted: :wink:
I see how it is :wink: :lol:
Its all true folks! The Elephant on the s56 were grumpy with life!

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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In Dec 2009 I was the last in a group of 3 cars that had to reverse with a cheeky bull elephant upfront setting the pace .
About a km further I was able to take the first escape route .

I have on many other occasions seen elephant displaying flippant attitudes along this road .

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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Do not drive this route if you are in a hurry :naughty: Ellies tend to react if you come onto them suddenly , and with all the little twists and turns on this route , it can happen quite easily that you suddenly find yourself right in the middle of a herd with mothers and babies .
In May this year , near Mavatsani WH , we sat waiting for more than 45 minutes for a herd to cross the road and move away so that we could pass :huh:

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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Hi people, I love this route, it is my favourite loop in Kruger. I have encounterd lots of ellies in this loop but it's just one of the wonders of the loop, I have seen Lions on numorous occasion and have seen Lions trying to hunt a baby ellie on this loop, I have also seen Lions fiesting on a buff, so it is one of my lucky routes and I have sightings on this loop which are unforgettable and my first Leopard was on this route as well. So it's really special for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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okie wrote:
o not drive this route if you are in a hurry

Exactly :thumbs_up: Not only because of the elephants, but also because it is thick riverine bush and big trees. You have to take time to inspect between every bush and in every tree :D Often I heard the animals before I saw them! Which meant I could slowly approach and see them :D The animals are slittish up there are run away from cars so doing this loop slowly is the only way :thumbs_up:

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I have seen Lions on numorous occasion and have seen Lions trying to hunt a baby ellie on this loop, I have also seen Lions fiesting on a buff, so it is one of my lucky routes and I have sightings on this loop which are unforgettable and my first Leopard was on this route as well. So it's really special for me.

That sounds very special :D Strange because I wouldn't have assumed it to be lion country :hmz: Although I guess where there is prey lions are there also 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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Loove this road 8) my favourite in the park :dance: The scenery just does it for me.

Agree with the ellies up here, have also been chased down the road by a stubborn young guy on more than one occasion. Also had a buffalo road block that took almost an hour to get round. Leopard sightings, lion as well :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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Cheetah. It's difficult to spot them in that area but there is a pride of Lions which stays near Sirheni Camp. But they are mostly seen early morning

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As you have noticed, I have a deep hidden love for this road, this environment along this road. The peacefulness, the majestic trees along the exceptionally beautiful drainage line of the Mphongolo river.... The sense of remoteness along this road. The dust. The potential. The sphere 8)

Now seeing is believing, so let's share the usual of this road, opposed to all awe-inspiring sighting you formites can post.... :whistle:

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This ICONIC tree felt down when I was there end April/May this year.... a real pity!
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There are PLENTY of these guys around, you just have to scan the trees very very careful!
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But it's not the Njala bulls, the Giant Eagle Owls or the stunning leopards along this road. It's the scenery that will return to your memory...... 8)

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Then there is just the general beauty :thumbs_up:
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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo loop s56
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Game Spotter. I agree it's one of the best loops in Kruger but I have hardly seen the centrel and south Kruger. Well am sure all if you are the experts to decide on that

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That's exactly why I love that road so much :thumbs_up:

Thanks G@mespotter :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Wow Gamespotter :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
You have hit the nail on the head there!!
Its enjoyable without 'special' sightings! So beautiful and the animals are there :D
I REALLY need to go there in summer it looks like 8) 8)
Beatiful in winter too! But even more so in summer judging from those pics!

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Thanks :thumbs_up: Actually all these pics were taken in April 2010 and April 2011 :dance: See why I LOVE the month April in Kruger??

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Magnificent !

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There are plenty of similar size trees along the road (admittedly this was taken on the nearby S52)

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GS and Ndloti :thumbs_up: Absolutely fantastic :clap: There's allways something new on this route , even if you do not see any animals , and sometimes it can indeed be very quiet , but hey , who cares :huh:

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