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Re: Roan Antelope

Unread postby okie » Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:07 pm

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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Re: Roan Antelope

Unread postby okie » Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:14 pm

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 .
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Re: Roan Antelope

Unread postby bucky » Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:28 pm

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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Re: Roan Antelope

Unread postby Stoffel » Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:04 pm

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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Re: Roan Antelope

Unread postby Exbrakpanite » Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:19 pm

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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Re: Roan Antelope

Unread postby Stoffel » Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:49 pm

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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Re: Antelope: Roan

Unread postby Elsa » Sat May 05, 2012 9:47 am

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.
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Re: Antelope: Roan

Unread postby adw » Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:25 pm

During my June trip I saw this Roan antelope on the Tropic of Capricorn loop. When I first spotted him he was in the middle of the road but he disappeared into the thick Mopane bush and this was my best effort. My first digital image of a Roan.

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Re: Antelope: Roan

Unread postby saraf » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:37 am

An interesting article on the study of the roan numbers in Kruger and the possible reasons for their decline can be found in our new Science & Research in SANParks forum.

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Re: Antelope: Roan

Unread postby wildtuinman » Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:23 pm

Saw this beaut at Tihongonyeni.

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And another two in the Shingwedzi river bed.

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Re: Antelope: Roan

Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:10 am

wildtuinman wrote:We found one along the Tropic of Capricorn loop last week and two more in the Shingwedzi river bed a day later. Apparently there was a herd of 10 a little further down stream in the Shingwedzi.

I will post some photos over the weekend.


Wildtuinman, where exactly in the Shingwedzi riverbed did you see them? Always a very special sighting to see a Roan.
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Re: Antelope: Roan

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:38 am

SamoesaWoestyn, we saw them very close to the low water bridge at the back gate, they were walking downstream towards Kannidood, perhaps 500m away from camp.
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Re: Antelope: Roan

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:53 pm

Roan seen in Feb this year below the Boyela WH.

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With the deformed or broken horn.

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Roan.

Unread postby 100ponder » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:03 am

Bad news this morning !

30 Roan dead in KNP !

Any more info ?

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Re: Roan.

Unread postby saraf » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:47 am

There's a discussion over in the main Kruger forum here
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