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Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 7:15 pm 
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We drove this road two years ago, in July. Stopped next to some zebras to let a car pass us( I hate having another vehicle in my rear view mirror constantly), but the car stopped behind us. A bit confused, we looked on the other side of the road and there were 2 cheetahs walking by!

Further on we found an injured lioness next to the road, and a young leopard trying to catch monitor lizards (little ones) at the weir-watched him for nearly an hour.

Needles to say, I'm quite fond of this road...


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Am sure you're fond of this road Roller :D

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So would I, if this is wat i saw....

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:shock: Never had that much luck on this road, mainly antelope... :mrgreen:

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Stayed at Balule in February 2000 (floods, remember?). Had to check-in at Olifants, and then drive the long way round to Balule as the low bridge was under water. At the Olifants gate I was flagged down by one of the Balule room ladies, who wanted a lift back to camp. I was happy to oblige. En route she told me that she had been working in the KNP for 16 years.

As we were driving along that long straight stretch of the Ngotso Weir Road I say a lion stepping out into the road in the far distance. I casually made a remark about this to the lady next to me. Out of the corner of my eye I suddenly saw how she frantically started to wind up window, here eyes wide with fear! I asked what was wrong, and she answered that she was very afraid of lions. I tried to reassure her that she was perfectly safe in the vehicle, but as we approached the sighting the number of lions just kept on increasing. By the time we got there they numbered 17 in the road, with an eighteenth roaring next to the road just for good measure. I think the poor lady almost wet her pants, while I almost did the same thing trying not to laugh my head off.

I found it a bit puzzling that somebody who had spent 16 years of her working life in the KNP, many of them at Balule (which is a small camp where all sorts of predators walk along the fence) could be so deathly afraid of lions.

A memorable sighting on memorable visit to the KNP (which included 243 lions, amongst others).

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Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:00 pm 
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Hi Johan,

I dont have much time, but to this one I have to respond...

Are you sure they were employees of SANParks? First thing popping into my head was 'maybe illegal immigrants' ! Just a suggestion you know..

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Yeah, absolutely sure.

It was only one lady, and she worked cleaning the accommodation at Balule, where I was staying.

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 Post subject: Re: S89 Ngotso Weir Road (near Balule.)
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I have always found this road a bit quiet. In terms of general game and birdlife. Admittedly, I have never hit the road at the absolute best times. But still not the heat of day. One day when I stay at Balule I will give it the best time of day 8) 8) Never seen Ellies, Buffs, Rhino or Lion on this road. But one lucky morning after coming from Satara on the S90 I caught this Beaut in the act of sharpening its nails!
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