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S1 Doispane Road

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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread postby ossendryver » Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:24 pm

one day when me and my family went to knp me and my dad by ourself one afternoon because the rest of my family didnt feel like it so we went. me and my dad saw the big 5 in one drive .
it was my favorite drive in my whole life
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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread postby ColWD » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:23 pm

The S1 has never failed to disappoint. Touch wood!
Have had some amazing sightings, over the years, including both wild dog and leopard. Spotties often have their dens in the storm water drains just off the road.
Always travel the S1 when I'm in the South, it has almost become routine :)

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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread postby ossendryver » Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:49 am

This is one of my favorite roads. I've seen the big five a few times on this road including a lion kill.
My favorite experience on this road was when it was just me and my dad on this road because it had rained that morning so no one else wanted to come on the drive with us. So we went and we saw buffalo swimming in the river by kruger gate. Then when we got in there was a hyena den that we had seen hyena everyday there that trip and we saw them again. Then we turned off to do the doispan road and I spotted a lion running and it was so fast. Then I see a fight between a zebra and a pride of lions it was AMAZING. Then we war he'd them killing and eating it. After an hour we left and we saw a herd of elephant and rhinos in the road with a calf. Then we got lost and there was only ten minutes left and so we got the gps out and set it to the gate. We were driving right on the speed limit when my dad suddenly pushed on brakes and reversed I looked and there was a leopard right next to the road. We could only watch it for 1 minute and then we had to leave. But this is my favorite experience in the park. We saw the big five in one drive.

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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread postby Flop » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:36 pm

i've seen lion and cheetah there.

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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread postby Stoffel » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:12 am

I'm planning to enter the park at Phabeni on 11 March - on my way to Skukuza for 3 nights. I will probably also exit that way. But I will take the S3 (Sabie River Road at the first crossing with the S3) and the onto the S4 before I join up with the S1 again.

I had one of only two sightings ever of side-striped jackal on the S1 between the Albasini Ruins and the S3 crossing.
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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread postby WELSH_ASH » Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:05 pm

I have been lucky with Leopard and White Rhino when I did this road 2 years ago. Probably biggest Male Leopard I have ever seen crossed the road right in front of me when driving on a very misty morning out of Skukuza

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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread postby bambazonke » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:53 pm

hi all

giving my age away again (damm) :redface: but I can remember many trips along the road before it was tarred, always good sightings and then it was not quite as busy


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S1 sightings

Unread postby Massimo » Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:00 pm

Hey guys,

What has been your best sightings on this road? Iv been lucky enough to have seen the 5 big on this road :)
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Re: S1 sightings

Unread postby Blouaap » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:55 pm

I love this road! Saw my first wilddogs in 9 trips to the park on this road on Moday! Still looking for the elusive leopard on this road

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Re: S1 sightings

Unread postby Massimo » Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:34 pm

iv been lucky saw cheetah on this road as well as a leopard 1km from the turn on from heading towards the gate!! hope to see lots more next week :)
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Re: S1 sightings

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:54 am

We'll be going to Pretoriuskop for the first time in January this year. So the S1 is definitely on the list to be viewed. Any recent sightings there?

And an extra question - if you could choose - the drive between Pkop and Skukuza - S1 or H1-1?
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Re: S1 sightings

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:03 am

Bushbuddies, I like both drives. If I had limited time I would probably take the S3 and join up with the Phabeni road. It is worth stopping for a moment at the Albesini ruins as well.
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Re: S1 sightings

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:39 am

The S1 was exceptionally quiet the other day :whistle:
But the terrain looks fit to host teeming wildlife! If I try it again I'll probably get a different result :D
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Re: S1 sightings

Unread postby ColWD » Sun Dec 25, 2011 6:55 pm

Whisper it quietly, the S1 might just be one of the best roads in the whole Park :wink:

Earlier this year we entered at Phabeni and within an hour had seen hyaena, wild dog, lion and leopard!

There was another occassion, where the big five were all down before the H11 intersection.

Personally I prefer it to the H1-1, the grazing tends to be better, as the area around Pretoriuskop is sourveld.

If staying at Skukuza, I like heading out in the afternoon towards the S1, then heading up the S4 and along the S3 towards the Albasini ruins and then making a left turn down the S1 back to camp. That way the sun is at your back; ok you do get some traffic with people leaving, but the sightings have more than compensated for this :D It takes about 3 and half hours and gets away from the busier H4-1.

Be interesting to hear any other thoughts? :wink:

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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread postby NJVermaak » Thu May 09, 2013 2:00 pm

about two years... the first sighting of many for that trip!truly unforgettable!

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