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Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 4:40 pm 
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G'day all,
Heading over to Kruger in late June, and coming from the north of Australia I'm really keen to see some nile crocs to compare to our very own mud geckoes (aussie slang for crocs!)
Where are the best places to see them? Were spending 6 days in the park, from the south up to Olifants. Are some rivers better than others? Any info would be greatly appreciated. While we can't wait to see lions, ellies, rhinos, wild dogs etc, crocs are very underated! Their a true survivor from the dinosaur age and a big one will always give you goose bumps. :shock:
Can't wait to get there, the waiting for the next three months is going to kill me!
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Sunset dam just outside Lower-Sabie is a good place to start. Always some sunning themselves around the dam.
Have seen some from the hide at Lake Panic (Skukuza) as well. They are a bit shy though.
Olifants camp and anywhere you can get a look down onto the river in that area is good.

Some other places which I can't remember right at the moment. Sure somebody else will also come up with a few places.

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You´ll find them all over the place, well, where there is water that is. Lowwater bridges are great for them, like this one at Balule (Just under Olifants):
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Its sadly been overlooked in Africa before - but the smallest of puddles can have a croc in it.

Seriously though, the highest concentration of crocs is on the Olifants near the confluence with the Letaba - its one of their breeding areas. You can see several hundred there! They used to do a 'confluence walk' from Olifants which was fabulous for the scenery alone - but they stopped doing this regularly for some reason. It might be worth asking if you are staying there.

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Hi and welcome, sharky74 :D
Biyamiti Wier is also a good place to see crocs, this one crossed the bridge and had no problem climbing up into the river :shock:
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Wow Freda, great pic, when we were there 2 weeks ago had 2 nice sized crocs eyeballing us from the weir/river side, first time I ever was on eye level with a croc before. :shock:
We had some great interaction with water monitors and a trapped barbel tho. :D
@ sharky74, welcome and do try the sandbanks, seen from the L Sabie restaurant deck, usually some pretty big specimens sunning themselves there as well. Enjoy.

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Like this, Elsa, also at Biyamiti Wier:
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That is close enough for me :wink: always something good to see at the Wier :D


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Eish! That is a monster, Freda! 8)

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<...> eyeballing us from the weir/river side <...>

Sort of like this...?
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Every river and dam has them , you will without a doubt see some big ones .

Olifants river low water bridge next to balule , lake panic , sunset dam outside lower sabie are all good places to see them nice and close .

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I must be honest and say that I haven't seen many crocs over the cricket weekend.

But if you were to go look for some real humdingers your best bet would be the Olifants river, Levuvu river, Limpopo river and Hippo pools, close to croc bridge.

Undoubtedly the Levuvu river and Limpopo river(Crooks corner) sports the most crocs visible by tourists. Many of these crocs are man-eaters if you want to go into further detail. The Olifants Gorge(accessible from the Olifants trail) has the highest croc density in Africa!

The biggest monster I have ever seen was @ Hippo Pools. It looked like the sunken K-141 Kursk Russian nuclear cruise missile submarine that beached on a sandbank there.

Even the guide there said to me that it was the biggest croc he has seen in his life. And he sees crocs everyday of his life!!! I remember the true story of a man-eater croc in a tributary of the Croc river a good few years ago. People disspeared in that area, the croc was shot and when sliced open human remains were found in it, including a wrist watch and some bangles. the croc was so large that half of it hung of the back of the bakkie it was transported in.

I have read that the biggest croc in Kruger was 4.8m(if I remember correctly) and weighed close to a ton. I think the Hippo Pools monster tops that!


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You will certainly see them at Lake Panic bird hide
I saw them floating 10 mtr in front of me and basking in the sun
next to the bird hide.
Nkuhlu picnic spot is also a good place to see them .

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We saw a couple of good ones at Lake Panic on the Friday of the Cricket weekend, on the bank just across from the hide. Also saw a couple in the water at Sunset dam on Sunday, although as the water was higher than at New Year so could not see any on the banks as you usually can. I also believe there were a lot of crocks seen at Skukuza Golf club on the Saturday evening.

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G'day Bruce,

We saw some monsters at Sunset dam, almost opposite the gate to Lower Sabie, sunning themselves in December.
Matambeni hide just north of Letaba also had the usual suspects swimming around or lazing in the sun.

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Can you imagine that the whole water was full of them ....

you cannot see them on the picture, but we made a recording with the camcorder ... and you really see a lot of them in the water.

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Can you imagine that the whole water was full of them ....


This is the spot where I have watched a monster eye-balling a waterbuck and her calf. As we watched in anticipation as the croc edge closer, the opportunistic leopard grabbed hold of the calf.


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