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 Post subject: Re: Roan Herds in Kruger (ID thread)
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:56 pm 
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We only saw one Roan during our visit at Tsendze in March.

Date : 31/03/2011
Time: 7:38
Road: S50 1-2 km east of Mooiplaas waterhole
Area: Mopani

A single Roan ran into the road and then disappeared off into the bush south towards Nshawu river.
Not sure what scared it, but there was not much time to get a good shot.
We saw a hyaena about an hour earlier on the same road, so maybe it smelled it and wanted to get away.

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Roan
Unread postPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:47 am 
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One does not have to go to KNP to see the Roan antelope. For those people near Kimberley (like me), Roan antelope can also be found in the Mokala park (the "youngest" of SANPARK's parks.

This one walked in front of us for about 1km in the road and every 100m he was leaving his mark. What an experience.

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Roan
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:17 pm 
Saw this bunch a few k's north of Shingwedzi last week!

A herd of 15 or so..skittish and perhaps a new squad?

Near Southern part of Nkulumbeni loop on the tar road

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Poor quality, but they were skittish!

Will send originals to mgoddard! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Roan
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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Roan
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:41 pm 
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I met these ROAN Antelopes in the Mopani area.
Close to Nshawu junction S50 and Capricorn Loop
The lone male was near Mooiplaas waterhole and Tihongonyeni

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Many other pictures of last en other trips:
My Wildlife Photography Site
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Pictures are available for mgoddard if you like.

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Roan
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:41 am 
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Nice question about the number.
4 in Nshawu
1 male Mooiplaas / Tihongonyeni (same one)
10 in a group
total 15 this year

Last year oct/nov 2 males together
group of 8 in the tsendze loop area

So I guess what we have seen 25 in total



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Fantastic as always Aat :clap:
...great pics of such rare antelope...that Mopani area is quite rewarding!!
How many different Roan do you think you have seen in the Mopani area?
Seems they are on the up in terms of number!

@RP great stuff....I do see that that location isnt too far from Babalala but as the Babalala ones always seem to be quite resident every time they are seen it does seem that this could be another group...that would be fantastic!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Roan
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:18 pm 
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Thanx Aat!! :thumbs_up:

Its amazing how just one person's experiences can give a good idea of how their numbers are doing...basically there is a relatively healthy poulation in the area and from yours and other forumites records, KNP Roan population seems to be well in excess of the 47 animals that was the 'official' number back in the 90's at one stage.

2 populations strongholds seem to be Mopani area and Babalala area. Personally I have only seen them around Babalala and no breeding herds yet.

I will keep an eye on the 2 Roan threads...I wonder if the forumites can ID over a 100 Roan in the park based on territory, markings and group dynamics :hmz: :P :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Roan
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Hi All, Here are some pics of a pair of Roan I saw along the northern dirt road of the Capricorn Loop last December. I read that someone was going to keep a record of sitings. I am not sure whether they were 2 males or a couple. Is there any way of identifying if it's male or female from a head view. I was the only car present and unfortunately they both stayed in the same position whilst I was there.
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The Capricorn Loop is an excellent route for seeing wildlife. I made one circuit clockwise in the evening and then the other way the following morning. Apart from the Roan and the usual elephants, zebra and wildebeest, we saw a Side-striped Jackal(At the time I thought that it was a large dog but ID'd it later), 2 Black-backed Jackal pups, 2 Honey Badgers, Large herd of Tsessebe, Spotted Hyena, 4 Kori Bustards and had to pass through an enormous herd of buffalo. I have been round many times before and it never dis-appoints for sitings. Bond M U.K.


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 Post subject: Re: Roan Antelope
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OW , seen them around Babalala picnic site . Also south of Shinwedzi on the S50 around Shawu waterholes , where we saw one last week . He ran off when he became aware of us , and " wowee " , he was followed by two Eland :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Roan Antelope
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Stoffel - seen last week , grazing in quite deep shade ,near Shawu :) And as mentioned , when he bolted and ran , he was accompanied by two Eland .
Good luck :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Roan Antelope
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Tropic of capricorn loop.
The waterhole towards the southern end of that loop is the best spot for Roan, Tsessebe and Eland.

We saw all three there on an afternoon drive three weeks ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Roan Antelope
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I'll keep my eyes open Okie. I have seen Eland on 3 occasions in Kruger. Many years ago (early 80's) I saw a small group of Eland in the vicinity of Mestel Dam. I could not believe my eyes as I was under the impression that Eland is only way up north. When I mentioned it tp the official at Numbi Gate, I was told that a small group of Eland (captured in the north) was released in the south as an experiment to see whether they would settle in the south or move north again. I don't know what the outcome of this experiment was.

In 1994 I saw 2 Eland on the H9 between the S131 and H14 junctions. And a year later I saw 3 Eland on the H1-4 between the S90 and S127 junctions. That was the last Eland I saw in the park.

Tsessebe was seen on 5 occasions between 1987 and 2010. The furthest south I have ever seen Tsessebe was on the H10 near the turn-off to Mlondozi Dam

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 Post subject: Re: Roan Antelope
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Yes its Tropic of Capricorn loop. We also came across a herd of Roan there, including 2 calfs with their magnificent alsmost dumbo like ears.

But if Roan antelope are a priority , one day when you get the chance go to Nyika national Park in malawi. It will remind you of Yorkshire, ecept intead of sheep Roan antelop roam the hills and bathe in the streams. Our best roan shots come from there. Have a peep at our mammal portfolio at www.africaraw.com.

But its a long way to go and it cannot match the Kruger in any other way.


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 Post subject: Re: Roan Antelope
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Delene D wrote:
We saw plenty roan antelope on the S145 around Fairfield waterhole a few years back.

I am amazed. I never thought they wander as far south as that. Lucky you!!

If I have to put a value to every animal, my personal value of scarce species, like roan and sable, will be much higher than any of the predators or other so-called "Big 5" animals. Since keeping detailed record of all sightings in Kruger (since 1987) I have not seen a single roan - previous three sightings were before '87.

And a total of 23 roan was seen (all during the same visit in 1993) on three different sightings - between Nkuhlu and the N'watimhiri Causeway, on the H1-2 (just north of the H12 junction) and on the S90 near Mavumbye.

I'd love to find any (if not both) of the mentioned species during my coming trip.

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Roan
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In Feb this year on the H1-7 below Boyela, we saw a group of 3 Roan keeping company with a biggish herd of Zebra, but they were extremely skittish for some or other reason and as soon as we stopped they bolted across the road and off into the bush at a gallop only stopping some distance away.
Then 3 days later when we came back down again, there were the same 3 almost exactly in the same place and still with their striped friends, but this time on the other side of the road and still just as skittish.
We know they were the same 3 as one of them had a deformed horn.
Will post some pics asap.

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