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 Post subject: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:00 pm 
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We will be arriving at Skukuza airport (picking up a car) at around 11AM on a Thursday in mid-Sept (winter?) 2014, after spending 2 days in JNB, so we should be acclimated/rested.

Question: Since it will be mid-day, what would you recommend for a game drive as we head to our 1st camp (Lower Sabie)?
1) H4-1 (Tar) all the way & stop by Sunset Dam

2) H1-2 (Tar), H12 (Tar), S30 Salitje Rd (Gravel), S128 (gravel), stop by Sunset Dam.

3) H1-2 (Tar), H12 (Tar), H4-1 (Tar), stop by Sunset Dam

Our only restraint, is that we need to be at LS for a Sunset Drive (4pm show time?) that we have already pre-purchased.

Note:The next day, we will be heading south from LS toward Croc Bridge on H4-2, stop by Hippo Pool, head back North toward LS on S28 (stop by Duke's waterhole), stop by Sunset Dam.

Thanks for your assistance.


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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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Dear CTM, my motto in Kruger is, ''less is more''.

Enjoy your drive to Sunset Dam, expect nothing and enjoy everything. Don't do anything else on your first day. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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Nothing wrong with any of that ctm7943.

Timing is everything!

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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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All good options.

But if it was me, it would be the H4-1 all the way to LS


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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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Meandering Mouse wrote:
Dear CTM, my motto in Kruger is, ''less is more''.

Enjoy your drive to Sunset Dam, expect nothing and enjoy everything. Don't do anything else on your first day. :wink:


Oops, the main tar road. You will be tired and it is an easy road to drive.

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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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Thanks for the replies.
We should hopefully be refreshed after spending the first 2 nights in Jo'burg to rest.
Then, a short flight 50 minute flight from JNB to Skukuza.

So, really was wondering if the gravel road or tar road "might possibly" be more a more rewarding game drive at mid-day on our way from Sku to Lower Sabie?
Are gravel roads better in the morning versus mid-day?

Also, where/what time of day could we possibly see elephant herds crossing roads to go to water holes?
We will be in the LS/Sku area for 3 nights.

Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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Try to be at the right place at the right time. Enjoy whatever happens. :naughty: :naughty:

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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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Hi ctm7943,

Have a look at this Travel Tale...........KNP April 14-Beautiful birds and best Wild Dogs sigting ever

Jan van Wyk wrote:
We decided to take the Salitje gravel road


But it is exactly as dhellas says.........
dhellas wrote:
Try to be at the right place at the right time. Enjoy whatever happens


We've seen great things on the gravel road and we've driven it and seen only impalas!

Enjoy the trip and please report back! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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September and October in Kruger can be two of the hotter months. We have sometimes found it hotter in October than on our January trip - it is certainly not mid- Winter. Last year we went from 3 fleeces on at Pretoriouskop 10 days before the end of September to 42 degrees and rain. There was also a lot of burning in the Park so it would be worth your while to find out which areas are scheduled for burning as we found that with the natural fires vast areas offered very little game viewing. I do know that last year was the high intensity burn in the block from Afsaal - across to the 112 and almost up to the crossroads but do not know what is planned for this year!

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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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ctm7943 wrote:
So, really was wondering if the gravel road or tar road "might possibly" be more a more rewarding game drive at mid-day on our way from Sku to Lower Sabie?
Are gravel roads better in the morning versus mid-day?

Also, where/what time of day could we possibly see elephant herds crossing roads to go to water holes?
We will be in the LS/Sku area for 3 nights.



I have done the tar road and the gravel roads in the morning, mid-day and evening, and have had wonderful sightings at any time.
As with most roads in Kruger, it is more "right place at the right time".

Whith one or two exceptions, I prefer driving on tar roads.
The main reason I don't like gravel, is, especially if it is heavily corregated, or has potholes, I find that I tend to concentrate more on avoiding those, than scanning the bush.
So although a tar road may have more traffic, I find it more pleasant to drive on.

The first few km of the H4-2 (LS-CB road) along the Sabie is one of the best roads for elephants in the South imo.


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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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Thanks all for the helpful info.
Lion Queen - Wow, thanks for the link the wild dog pics were amazing!

Penny - I didn't know about scheduled burns, thanks for the heads up. Maybe someone on this forum will chime in. It would be very helpful to know these locatons, so I don't waste valuable daylight.

Yoda - Thanks for the Ellie tip, they are our favorites. I am assuming you mean the northern part of the H4-2.


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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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THe CB - LS road is also good fow wild dog, lion, leopard and other big & hairy.

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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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ctm7943 wrote:
Yoda - Thanks for the Ellie tip, they are our favorites. I am assuming you mean the northern part of the H4-2.


Yup, the northern bit of the H4-2 runs along the Sabie after you turn left out of LS gates.
I have found those first few km to be great.
The road then heads south towards CB, and I then head for the S28 down to CB. Also seen some fantastic ele sightings along there.


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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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Thanks Yoda,
I was planning to drive the S28, with a stop @ Duke's warehole down to CB, then H4-2 back up to LS. Good to know I may have some sightings shortly after exiting the LS gate.

Thanks Bush Baptist for the tip


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 Post subject: Re: Self Drive Game Drive to Lower Sabie
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Hi ctm,

we were in the same area and did not see any wild dog or leopard, although there were sightings by other travelers. We did see alot of bird predators that we did not see before.

As mentioned, timing is everything. We were travelling from LS to Mdlondozi Dam and a cheetah walked across the road. At the LS bridge, we stopped briefly to look at a Fish Eagle. If we did not make that stop, we would have missed the cheetah.

Of course there are animals that you would like to see. For me, it was the Leopard, Wild dog and Cheetah on my last trip. Covered 1 of the 3, but saw alot of other interesting sightings.

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