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Tar roads - avoid or embrace

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Tar roads - avoid or embrace

Unread postby wachinda » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:32 am

Always amazed at some of the amazing sightings seen on the main tar roads. Would think that with all the traffic the animals would avoid the tar roads.

What have you seen close to or on the main tar roads
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Re: Tar roads - avoid or embrace

Unread postby saraf » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:05 am

Quite often seen lions lying on the tar roads. Seen civet, serval and porcupines. Ellies, obviously. Buffalos, hyenas seem to like denning under the roads in culverts. Had some decent raptor sightings as well - a couple of martial eagles and a yellow-billed kite showing off over the Olifants Bridge.
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Re: Tar roads - avoid or embrace

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:06 pm

One reason why you often see animals on tar roads instead of dirt roads wachinda, is because when cars ride the dirt roads, they kick up dust that settles on the leaves of the bushes, and you wouldn't like to eat dusty food either. :wink:

To answer the title. You will find both sides of the argument (as usual).

In days when I decide just to ride the tar roads, I like to cover as much ground as possible, within the speed limit and visibility constraints. We could easily do 250 km in a day in summer, and I did this when my dad was alive, because our eyesight is/was not great, so there was not much point in looking deep into the bush, especially as the old guy liked his lions on the road. There were not many days when we 'failed'. Sooner or later one comes across a great sighting, and if not on Eloff Street or south of it, there were not a lot of cars.

But doing the dirt road driving, we have probably not had the volume of sightings, but you often get them with fewer spectators - except the S100.
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Re: Tar roads - avoid or embrace

Unread postby yoda » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:19 am

I actually prefer tar.
A number of factors.

For one, I don't like the dust.
And neither do the animals. As BB says, the bush gets covered in dust so animals avoid it.

Another issue I find, is that if the sand road isn't in brilliant condition I find myself having to concentrate more on the road trying to avoid the worst of the pot holes and ridges etc, so I am not looking in the bush for animals.
Whereas on a tar road you can just cruise along scanning the sides as you drive.

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Re: Tar roads - avoid or embrace

Unread postby Philip1 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:26 am

Bush Baptist wrote:But doing the dirt road driving, we have probably not had the volume of sightings, but you often get them with fewer spectators - except the S100.

Bush Baptist, i agree with you re the above.....but if people do not drive like linatic's, you get less dust on plants etc. :)

Just look how slow people drive on the S100!
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Re: Tar roads - avoid or embrace

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:03 pm

Philip1 wrote:Just look how slow people drive on the S100!



You can't speed on the S100, there is too much traffic :roll:
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Re: Tar roads - avoid or embrace

Unread postby JeanniR » Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:45 pm

Agreed BB :|
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Re: Tar roads - avoid or embrace

Unread postby tent dweller » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:29 pm

We have seen leopard twice, 2 cheetah brothers, a pride of lions and a mating pair of lions all on tar roads, obviously not at the same time :doh: :doh: but all on main tar roads
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Re: Tar roads - avoid or embrace

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:39 am

When I am not in a hurry I prefer gravel. I like to stop and listen. That is not possible on tar. It attracts too much attention.

I must admit that I have had many fantastic sightings on tar though.
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Re: Tar roads - avoid or embrace

Unread postby yoda » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:09 am

Meandering Mouse wrote:I must admit that I have had many fantastic sightings on tar though.


MM, that's just it.
As with most sightings on any road (tar or sand) in Kruger, it is a matter of being there at the right time.


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