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Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 9:40 am 
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Id say my most sightings are in 3 spots .

The orpen to satara road , on the side closer to orpen .
On the tar road from lower sabie to tshokwane , on the side closer to lower sabie .
But lately areas around mopani seem to have been kind to me , and I have had a few good sightings on the tar road north and south of the camp .


the first two spots you mentioned are imho cheetah hotspots! While in the park last november I met A&C and he had 3 cheetah sightings (1 lasted about an hour) on the Orpen-Satara road close to Orpen. He also saw Cheetah a little bit north of Lower Sabie. On that last spot Katyfromdownunder also saw cheetah a few days earlier and the H10 north of LS was extremely kind to myself as well :lol:

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To me Satara and south have been my best spots for Cheetah.
Many years ago I was friend with a Kruger ranger (David Zeller).
He was based at Skukuza and he told us that when there are Cheetah close to the road as much as 70% of people drive right past them without seeing them. Just like leopards these guys blend in so well it is very hard to se them.


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Saw these 3 cheetahs last August on an early morning drive from Lower Sabie. I believe we were on the S29 (the "Muntshe Detour"--sound familiar? I can't find my more detailed map). These cheetahs were probably the #1 highlight of my trip.

Freda--I love the picture you took of the cheetah on the sign. I saw that before I visited KNP, and drove by each sign very slowly, hoping to see a cheetah on or around one of them.


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 Post subject: Re: Best camps to see Cheetah and Wild dog?
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Hi the best camps for wilddog sightings are skukuza and berg en dal, stay arounf afsaal and you'll have a great chance of seeing them. Satara an orpen and the best camps to stay for viewing cheetha. Been in kruger 10 times now, and it is still facinating!!

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 Post subject: Best places/roads to spot predators
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The following results are based on the number of sightings posted under public sightings, therefore it will only give a good indication as to where best to view the predators.

I have made sure that no double sightings are present ( looked at time and date of photo etc ).

Lions - S100 or Crocodile Bridge
Leopard - Lower Sabie or Biyamiti or Timbavati
Cheetah - H3 or Transport Dam
Wild Dog - H3 or Crocodile Bridge

There are definately more places that they have been spotted, but these are the only posted sightings.

One strange thing I noticed is how little predators are sighted upward of Olifants. Are they just rare or are those people not posting or is there not much visitors as down south.

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Predators in the North are a bit more difficult to spot, due to the vegetation. The bulk of the lion population is however more central & Southwards. Leopard are everywhere, but is always elusive.

Much fewer tourists visit the North, making sightings less frequent as well.

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Sightings of the Big 5, Big 6 (=birds) as well as cheetah, Hyena, Nyala and wild dog. These sightings are a subset of the daily ranger patrol information collected using the CyberTracker (CT) System. And thus should be a little more accurate than sightings by visitors.

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This should do nicely, Donn1nger_69. Mine is about 4 cms wide, and approx. 80 cms long:
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Hi all,

I also certainly agree that it is all about right time right place, aswell as the season, (rainfall), the vegetation and the time of travelling

My modest opinion is the folowing

Elephant: Do we really need to dicuss it?? Simply Everywhere, (huge groups north)

Buffalo: Everywhere, but less around Olifants and Mopanie (again huge groups [300-400] north)

Rhino: The s110, around Pretoriuskop, and the whole length of the s3

Lion: s100,actually all roads in a 10km radius of Satara, s112-s114 up to Renosterkoppies

Leopard: all riverine areas, but my experience is that they occur in large numbers round Skukuza, and the H4-1 to Lower Sabie

Cheetah: Definitely the H7 from Orpen to Bobbejaankrans, especially EARLY in the moring, and sometimes Transport dam.

Wild Dog: Only saw them a few times [and heared and read others' opinions] , so difficult to say, but I would say the H4-2 from Crocodile Bridge up to Gomondwane waterhole, aswell as the S1 and the H3, especially around Afsaal picnic spot.

I think that when you are going for the predators, you should consentrate south, up to Balule. But if you are out for a overall bush experience, dont skip the north, its less trafficed, and more private.

Again this is my experience and modest opinion

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For cheetah the H10, especially the mlondozi dam area, should be added!

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Another factor to consider is the type of soil and grass.
Most grazers love the "soetveld", the sweetveld, which ends at about Olifants.

The lions love grazers and will follow this prey.
If you get an eco map when at Kruger, it is easy to pick up on the sweet veld areas.
Satara area, known for lions, is sweetveld.

Leopard and Wilddog are happy with Impies and smaller prey. These are both browsers and grazers and are found in sweetveld and bushveld.

I think it does correspond very closely to the sighting trends.

Naturally, then there is the exeption :wink:

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Matambeni hide near Letaba is stunning for waterbirds, crocs hippos, elephant and often buffs. Keep your eyes peeled on the roads there too. My dad saw his first leopard in nearly 50 years of going to Kruger there. He has now seen a few more.

Tip, Jaco. If you are not into birds, buy a book (recommend SASOL) and swat them up before you go. It will double your enjoyment.

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Nobody's mentioned the best road in the North. The S56 from just north of Shingwedzi along the Mpholongo River to Babalala


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