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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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Bert, I promise you, as unbelievable as it may sound, I did not see one croc @ Lake Panic on my last two trips and neither @ Nkulu. I think they smelled me coming from a mile away.


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We have seen at lot from the Sweni Hide looking down at the waterhole. But you need a good camera to take pictures from that distance. But it is really impressing watching them from above gliding through the water or lying at the shore.

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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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hi gwendolen,
hah I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder!


:lol: Hey ugly, can be cool. :lol: (checks mirror)
I think crocs are fascinating. I learnt a lot about them during my travels in Oz.


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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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Wow, Wildtuinman, that sounds so breathtaking and you had the best position to watch it.

We spent there quite some time, just sitting and watching them with the binoculars and the camera. Suddenly we heard some noise and a hord of buffalos accompanied by some really noise making baboons approached and the crocs just stayed where they are, watching them coming. But the buffalos were really careful and did not stay long.

These are the moments when you can sit the whole day, just watching and enjoying.

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When we were at Matambeni Hide in May 2005 one afternoon we saw 58 crocs outside the water. Certainly there have been some more below the surface.

Unfortunelly the distance was to far to get good photographs but with the cam I got some nice video scenes.

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Go to:
www.naturfoto-wildlifefoto.com/galerie-,Krokodil-1.htm

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Saw this Croc swiming around with dinner in Sunset dam,a good spot to see them.
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Nice sighting they are massive at sunset dam


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The Nile crocodile is one of the 3 species of crocodiles found in Africa, and the second largest species of crocodile. Its range covers most of Africa south of the Sahara, and the island of Madagascar. Known as a man-eater, it has been hated, revered (especially in Ancient Egypt where crocodiles were mummified), and worshipped. The Nile crocodile can, and sometimes will, easily snatch and devour a human. While it is no longer threatened with extinction as a species, the population in many countries is in danger of vanishing.


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Taken at Sunset Dam on Saturday:

These Impalas went right around the dam to go and drink next to the Crocodiles that were lying on the edge….quite strange, don’t you think? Might it be that they feel safer when they can see the crocs? Some of them however got very close to the crocodiles. :shock:
(photos were taken by my husband, I forgot my camera at home :cry: )

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