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 Post subject: Re: Newbie at Pretoriuskop
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:42 pm 
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I was also a newbie to the Pretoriuskop area last year, and I was amazed at how many dirt roads there are.
Have a good look at the map, and you can plan some routes.
It is an area well worth visiting, though like anywhwere in any park, sightings cannot be guaranteed!! :thumbs_up:

You may be lucky enough to see Sable which are in that area. :thumbs_up:

Hope you have a wonderful trip. :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:44 am 
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I very recently heard pearl spotted & barn owls in the quieter area arond the Doherty Bryant guesthouse .
Impalas that stayed in camp in January are now absent , Leopard called in the early hours of darkness .

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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JR_CPT, we have visited Pretoriuskop lots (at different times of the year), the scenery is always good, we love the Fayi Loop, we love the Mestel Dam (especially very early mornings and just before gate closing time) and also the road from the Numbi gate to Phabeni gate (don't know the road number). There are lots of loops around Pretoriuskop. The last time we were in Pretoriuskop was December 2012.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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tent dweller wrote:
Can anybody help? :hmz: :hmz: We have booked a hut (sleeps 3,with a fan and a fridge,no bathroom), is the fridge inside the hut or outside? :doh: :doh:


Dear Tent Dweller

Please note that the fridge is inside.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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Hi JR_CPT

We stayed at Pretoriuskop on Thursday (18 July) and found that the area was quite lush and not burnt as it has been in previous years. The only thing that alarmed us was the absence of the resident impala herd. On previous stays at this camp we always came across the herd wandering freely inside the camp but this time we saw none and only 3 impalas on the outside of the perimeter fence which appeared to be very tame. Also, on previous visits we saw warthogs in the camp but none this time.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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Well I've just looked at our photos and we have pics of a group of 20 or so adults and babies on the grass between the pool and the rondawels taken 5th January this year.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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When I was there a month ago there were a few females roaming about :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:30 pm 
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Hi Fruitbat,

One of Pretoriuskop's biggest attractions was the herd of impalas in camp. I have spent hours lying on my stomach about 5m from them in camp, watching interaction between ewes and lambs in December...

Went again last September, but they were erecting a grid at the gate, most likely to keep the impalas out! On our previous visit one of the workers told me (I heard shots in the night on the previous visit to that) that the resident leopards had become too keen on the impalas, and were becoming a threat to staff, so 4 had been captured and removed elsewhere; the shot had been to scare a leopard off that was at the staff housing quarters... who knows?
I suspect the grid is keeping most impalas out, especially the babies.

What a pity!

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop easy to visit spots
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We have not been there in the last 7 days but have stayed often at P/kop on many previous trips including last Nov-Dec. We have always been very lucky in the area although less so at Mestel Dam..others I know have been lucky here. However, our favourite drive out from this camp is take the H1-1, sit for a while at Shitlhave, continue on and spend time at Transport, continue on the tar for a comfort/food break at Skukuza, onward to Lake Panic (could stay here all day but try to limit it to a few hours as it is usually busy), then back via the S65 and check out Transport and Shitlhave again before back to camp for gate closing. I am currently racing to complete our TR for this trip and will soon reach the P/kop section so you will get an idea of what we found. Have a wonderful trip and travel safely.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop easy to visit spots
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We were in the area in December 2012,we visited Mestel Dam twice a day, very early in the mornings and the last thing just before gate closing time. We once saw a herd of breeding elephants swimming and playing in the water, just park at the dam and wind down your windows and absorb the smells and the sounds :D :D , the day visitors picnic area is also a very good place to stop and make breakfast. It is well run, very clean and just a lovely place to sit and relax, the Fayi loop is a must. Drive it early in the morning and also late in the afternoon, wonderful scenery, We will be in Pretoriuskop in December, just can't wait.................

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop easy to visit spots
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Hi Yoda,

No better place in Kruger than the pool at Pretoriuskop -- your kids will spend hours there in the heat of the day. Go for an early morning breakfast drive to
* Afsaal... and return via transport dam.
* Mathekenyani granite hill to stretch legs and run around a bit.
* Lake Panic/Skukuza Nursery (kids can move around there a bit + lovely picnic table in the shade)
* Albasini ruins --perfect way to start the day.
Loaf in camp till 3:30 pm and enjoy an evening drive when its cooler...
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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop easy to visit spots
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The parking area at Mestel is a bit far from the water. I have not seen much there, but that does not mean the birdies are absent.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop easy to visit spots
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Tnx agn all,
We were in the North 2 mths ago but have spent some wonderful times in Pkop.
By the way, speaking of productive, my son was in Pretoriuskop in August, on their way one morning to Lake Panic, he picked up the big 5 within 15 km.
Remember Pretoriuskop is part of the South :twisted:
This by the way, was his first visit to Pretorius and in that distance also a cheetah.
All his photos were posted on SAN Parks facebook page.
Bye4now, hoping to do some postings from the camp. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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Hi, Shebeni loop has a resident leopard. Wilddogs between Numbi Gate and Pretorius just abt every morning the last week. Cheetah doing its rounds from Pretoriuskop all the way to Transportdam and then moved into the brush. Everyday as from last Sunday. Hope to post TR soon under Travel Tales..Lake Panic as usual. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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lemonbalm wrote:
I see that a cattle grid has been put in at the entrance and was wondering if the resident Impala have sadly been 'hoofed' out? They were not around the night we stayed there :(

Last November I sa wild dogs getting as close as 10 meters towards the camp gate. They were definetely looking for prey. I have no idea what would have happened if they had seen some Impies insight the camp :big_eyes: I think it makes absolute sense to keep the Impalas outside the camp!

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