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Re: The Tropic Of Capricorn

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:53 pm

Have only recently (last 3 years) found out about this road.

Had a big herd of tsessebe while searching unsuccessfully for the roan.
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Re: The Tropic Of Capricorn

Unread postby Manovo-Gounda » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:51 pm

The Tropic of Capricorn loop (S143) is one of my favourite roads in the KNP.
Especially the eastern half (from the S50 turnoff to Tihongonyeni waterhole is stunning.
This is the part of KNP that reminds me most of the Serengeti - open grassland with very few trees and bushes. In this open habitat large birds like ostrich and Kori bustard are often seen.
For the mammals:
Zebra and Wildebeest are regularly seen and the area around Tihongonyeni is a hotspot for Tsessebe.
Rare antelopes like Eland and Roan can sometimes also be seen there.
It may not be the best predator road but lion and cheetah are to be found on this road as well.
In summary:
Beautiful scenery, very little traffic and a good chance to see some less common animals :dance: .
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Re: The Tropic Of Capricorn

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:15 pm

We just discovered this road and kicked ourselves for never using it before. :wall:

Up to 6 Kori Bustards in one go, there may have been more. 2 Secretary Birds.
A huge elephant bull with tusks to match that is being watched and may be named an upcoming tusker soon. Roan, Tsessebe.
A ton of general game.

Talked to others that go there regularly from Phalaborwa and they agree that's where you go if you want to up your chance of finding big antelope, lion and cheetah. 8)

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S143 - Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby cicboy » Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:38 pm

One of my favourite roads in the park with some of the best viewing of rarer antelope at the waterholes. We have seen Eland, Roan, Tsessebe and a lone Hartebeest on the loop!

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Re: S143 - Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:38 pm

cheetah2111 wrote:Brilliant :dance: :dance:
definately one of the most raved about roads in the north 8)
Its def THE rare antelope road of Kruger :D


That's for sure..and cheetah....but watch out for the grumpy ellies by the dozen!! :tongue: :tongue:
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Re: S143 - Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Weltenman » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:37 pm

What is the best time to drive this road? I see most of the wonderful pics of the rare antelope looks to have been taken around midday or so, or would a morning drive from Letaba be good as well?
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Re: S143 - Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Pumbaa » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:49 pm

I would highly recommend a morning drive from Letaba as you will then reach Tihongonyeni at the best time to normally see a lot :thumbs_up:

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Re: S143 - Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby sarah_judge » Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:52 pm

I did the S143 twice a couple of weeks ago - afternoon is best.
Saw roan, Tsessebe, Lichtenstein's Hartebeest as well as all the usual.
Head to the waterhole - it's never failed me.
Some scrub before that is a bit dire at times but I could sit at the waterhole for hours!

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Re: S143 - Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Aquilla » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:39 am

One of THE roads in the Park......a must for anyone in the area. Rare antelope, grassland bird species a plenty, huge Buff herds and the biggest and best male Jumbo's around......

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Re: S143 - Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Rookie2009 » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:28 am

Here is a short clip of what we saw 2010 on the road - the tsessebes were so close to the car :D Tne S143 is a road i would always do again...

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Re: S143 - Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Joao » Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:13 pm

I agree that this is a great road but I can not help to wonder how the closure of the Tihongonyeni waterhole will affect sightings in the area.

This is one of the waterholes that will be closed according to the water management plan of KNP.

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Re: S143 - Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:24 am

They have found the man made waterholes to have a negative effect on some rare antelope and other struggling species.
So they want to close them down. I could be wrong?
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Re: S143 - Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:45 pm

saw that in April :shock:

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Re: S143 - Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby Joao » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:11 am

Unfortunately I don't know when they will be closed but it forms part of a process so not all the identified waterholes would be closed off at once.

If you have a new visitors guide you will see that some waterholes are indicated with a red giraffe and others with blue ones.
All those in red will be closed.

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Re: S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:23 pm

bucky wrote:Yet another good waterhole for photography that is on the chopping block, it seems that SANparks is hell bent on closing up all the dams, waterholes etc that offer decent close, and unobstructed viewing.
Closing this waterhole would render the area useless to visit I'm afraid to say.
Saw roan, Tsessebe (loads) and eland around here two weeks back,
I am not sure how closing it will help these rare antelope species that I have not seen elsewhere in the park for many years ???
That said the closure of waterholes in the north does seem to have helped, perhaps they don't all need to be shut down though for the system to to work.


I believe, that the man made waterholes have caused lots of ecological damage.
The elephants love them.
And that is why their numbers are critically high.
Breeding conditions are made more than ideal by having water on tap everywhere.
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