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 Post subject: Re: Big 5 of the North
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:02 pm 
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Hi!

The north is a great place...I love to get my predator fix in the south for a few days and then head up north to enjoy the relax and calm of the park...also the birding and rare antelope make it very special!

I have had a mix bag of rare antelope up north and in the late 80's and early 90's had my best viewing of them!

Eland: Seen 3 times. Small herd close to Masorini on the Phalaborwa road; 2 Bulls close to Phalaborwa gate. 4 Eland seen near turnoff to Punda Maria on Tar road

Tsessebe: Common in the north and seen mostly north of Letaba; around SHingwedzi and many along the tar towards Pafuri. One year we must have counted close on 20 in a small area.

Roan: 2 bulls near Babalala (2006); close to Shingwedzi too

Lichtenstein's Hartebeest: only seen 1 just to the West of Pretoriuskop

Sable: seen in the north around Punda Maria in the 90's. Also close to Transport Dam and other locations. 3x herds of 14.
Used to be many of them! I believe no more of very few close to Punda these days!


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 Post subject: Re: Big 5 of the North
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Have seen eland and tsessebe north of Mopani. Best sighting of roan antelope was a herd near Phalaborwa gate (many years ago). Have only ever seen sable in the south...


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 Post subject: Re: Big 5 of the North
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Great one Piet Skiet a very rare Big Five indeed.
Have yet to see Bvkenyas Eland at Elandskuil or anywherein Kruger for that matter.
Roan has also eluded me as I search very hard for them.
I have been lucky with Basterhartbees and see them regularly in the Trpic of Capricorn area.
Sable only one bull on the S36 North.
Once I have seen Lichtensteins on the Voortrekker road, a group of 5, I was so extatic.

Hoping to see the Northern big 5 on our December visit. :pray:

PS: I would also like to know what the numbers are of these majestic antelope :pray:


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 Post subject: Re: Big 5 of the North
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:37 pm 
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Stories of some great encounters here :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

The only info I could find on the numbers is an estimation of around 300 Sable and 70 Roan subsequent to the anthrax tragedy last year.

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 Post subject: Re: Rare antelope sightings
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In recent years I have seen Roan near Grootvlei dam - group of 3 . Also a breeding herd of about 10 near Mooiplaas picnic spot , and a single male at Tihongonyeni on several occasions . I have also seen a herd near Babalala .

Sable are fairly reliably seen on the S36 , and especially in winter as they are drawn to the Talamati camp waterhole and the 2 dams on the northern end of the S36 . Have also seen them further south near Jones dam . Used to see them around Muntshe and Leuupan area but have not seen them for many years in those areas . Pretoriuskop and Voortrekker road area is also a good area for sable . Used to see them in Mopani area and further north between Shingwedzi and Punda . Haven't seen them there for more than 10 years but understand there are groups west of Mopani and north west of Shingwedzi .

Have seen a lone Lichtensteins at Tihongonyeni on several occasions , several near Pretoriuskop , and a single male about 10km south of Punda .

Tsessebe are common around Tihongonyeni , and Makhadzi picnic area .

Have seen eland at Bowkerskop and Tihongonyeni on numerous occasions . There are several small groups in the Mopani area and a herd of around a dozen that I know of . Used to see eland on the S39 but not in the last 10 years .

Would be interested to hear specifics of any sable , eland and roan sightings that anyone has .


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 Post subject: Re: Rare antelope sightings
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Wow! Great sightings all :popcorn: Can't wait to get to the Kruger in December, especially the Northern part. Hope to see the big herd of Roan, and maybe perhaps the elusive Suni (wishful thinking)...

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 Post subject: Re: Rare antelope sightings
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I've seen Eland a few times near Babalala, also north of Punda Maria, and once on the Phalaborwa Gate road.
Tsessebe is quite common north of Mopani and is regularly seen at Tihongonyeni; I've also seen them around Pretoriuskop.
Sable has been less common in recent years; most of my sightings have been in the Pretoriuskop area, a couple of times on the S36, and once on the S41.
Lichtenstein's I've only seen twice - both in the Shingwedzi area.
Roan I came across several times in the late 80s and 90s, but haven't seen them for years; so actively seeking sightings of this now rare antelope in Kruger.
Reedbuck is regularly seen on the H10, and I've also seen a trio around Satara for a few years, and also near Mopani.
Mountain reedbuck I've seen three times, all around Pretoriuskop.
Suni I have been privileged to see once, on the Mahonie Loop.
Oribi I have also seen once, on the Fayi Loop.
And an almost perfect albino impala on the Kanniedood Dam road.
Yet to see the elusive Natal Duiker and Grey Rhebok (although it seems that the latter may no longer exist in Kruger).

Kruger rocks ...
(and there you often see the less-rare Klipspringer :wink: )

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 Post subject: Re: Rare antelope sightings
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Almost time for the Kruger again... Let the search begin!

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 Post subject: Re: Rare antelope sightings
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In the Makuleke CNP between the Luvuvhu and Limpopo rivers there is a sizeable eland population. When the Ana Trees drop their seed pods the eland tend to spread out, at other times they gather in herds, sometimes big ones. Largest number I've seen together was 76, if I remember correctly. On several occasions I've seen this large herd resting in the middle of the dry Limpopo, in the heat of day.

Roan and sable are extremely rare in the MCNP, but both species have been recorded. Tsessebe and Lichtenstein's have not, on the other hand. I suspect the former two species cross over from Zimbabwe.

Farther south in the north:

- eland at or between either set of powerlines on the H1-8, epecially Elandskuil, and at the H13-1 T-junction. Usually herds, sometimes really big ones.

- Klopperfontein can be good for anything and everything, the dryer the veld is the better.

- Thihongonyeni (means "at the blue wildebeest, by the way) for Lichtenstein's and Tsessebe especially.

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 Post subject: Re: Rare antelope sightings
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I saw this beautiful sable bull just south of Shimangwaneni last month.
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 Post subject: Re: Rare antelope sightings
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 Post subject: Re: Rare antelope sightings
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What a beaut granjan, we are hoping to catch a glimpse of them on the S36 during our March visit

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 Post subject: Re: Rare antelope sightings
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Stunning Sable granjan!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Rare antelope sightings
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That is a real beauty!

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 Post subject: Re: Rare antelope sightings
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I have been going through old pictures and came across this.

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any idea?

I thought bush buck, but are the markings strong enough?

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