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Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby Zeeman » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:12 am

I have had good sightings on both the gravel and tar roads .

I find that the gravel roads are much more quieter but produce alot of dust not to mention damage to your tyres and car

The tar road is nice and smooth but can get very busy when a lion or leopard sighting is found . I also found the big cats on the tar road in the early mornings as the road is warm

I would like to hear your opinions on which type road you prefer

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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby Rooies » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:17 am

Definitely the dirt roads up north, away from the hordes and the delivery vehicles.
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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby Sprocky » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:19 am

On a tar road you don't feel like you are in the bush.

Dirt roads rule! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby Zeeman » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:01 am

They call those very long gravel roads the ones that are over 20km/h "suicide roads "

Once you on it and you go far enough you just have to carry on till the end

The Voortrekker Road in the south is an example :wink:

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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby michel367 » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:19 am

woodlin wrote::wink: And as much as I love the gravel road between Malelane and Croc Bridge (which is where I saw Duke in 2005), that road can also often produce nothing - apart from Duke that fine morning, I dont think we saw more than 10 impala in total - nothing else!!


2 Years ago we got ourselfs caught smack dab in the middle of a breeding herd of Ellies. Never have seen so many together. Seemd like all kinds of animals wanted to present themselfs that day on the same road. :lol:
Last year not even so much as an Impi. :?

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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby bert » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:28 am

Gravel roads :thumbs_up:
And driving a rental dont get bothered to much :whistle:

Seen all my cats (close) while driving gravel
All my white rhino (close) while driving on tar

Gravel give a more "wild" feeling

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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby Rooies » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:51 am

And what about the excitement of driving through a small stream on a dirt road after some good rain, before the rangers closed the road.
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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:19 pm

Difficult one for me :hmz:

I don't really care. I have had awesome sightings on both and my major kills are equal at 2-2.
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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby GlenD » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:33 pm

Either road for me, although I do get a bit peeved when the dirt road is so bad that the car's dashboard wants to jump into my lap. :tongue:
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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby ndloti » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:45 pm

Gravel is just about all I travel .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:03 pm

I am happy with both. My car prefers tar :wink: .

I often travel alone, so if there is a sighting by others on tar, I am very grateful.

I also enjoy gravel though. Not for the sightings, but for the "peace"... although in saying that, the sound of gravel is rather loud. :hmz:
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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby nightjar » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:02 pm

Both types of road are good, especially when you find them quiet (so in KNP, the north rules).

Although gravel is less travelled, I often find sightings are better on tar as the wider road gives more visible area in dense bush. The noise of the tyres on gravel can be a bit distracting when you are trying to listen for sounds in the bush and may alert animals to your approach earlier.

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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby yoda » Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:20 pm

How much damage (if any) does a sand road do to the tyres and suspension of a car??

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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby michel367 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:22 pm

That depends on how you drive Yoda. :lol:
But it can be heavy on both.
We never had any problems with it.

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Re: Gravel Road vs Tar Road

Unread postby yoda » Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:40 pm

Surely all that rattling can't be too good for the innards of a car? :hmz:

Good think I will be in a hire car in March.........


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