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Re: Predator sightings at Shingwedzi?

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:47 pm

Eddie Lubbe wrote:I am planning my KNP trip for next year - have done the South and central regions extensively but have little knowledge of the North. What is your experience with predator sightings in the Shingwedzi region?


We've had good lion and leopard sightings in the Shingwedzi area. As always it is a story of right place right time, but in my opinion, if predators are important to you, Shingwedzi is the camp in the North you should consider.
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by rodgerh » Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:26 pm

Between Punda Maria and Shingwedzi camp
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:10 pm

Nice sighting Rodger! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by rodgerh » Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:50 pm

Thanks EIsa
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by hilda » Sat Aug 13, 2016 1:05 pm

Stunning images of the Southern Ground Hornbill with its catch rodgerh! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by rodgerh » Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:53 pm

I saw more done 20 lions between Shingwedzi and Panda Maria
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Mischief » Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:14 pm

Lovely sighting Rodger :thumbs_up: !great photos :cam: Those Cubs are too precious.Thank you for sharing :thumbs_up:
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by hilda » Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:30 pm

What a lovely sighting rodgerh! Hope we will also be able to see them in October! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Stickman360 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:49 am

Hey everyone, so I have found the perfect forum to discuss a few points for an upcoming trip in November.

Firstly I apologize if this post becomes long how ever if you take the time to read it I would appreciate any feedback.

I have two nights camping in Punda maria and two nights in Shingwedzi from which I am making my way south to letaba for a further 2 nights and then heading south.

The first leg:

arriving at Punda maria after driving from JHB it is my intention to erect camp and relax (Braai) during the midday/afternoon heat, after which I believe a short drive on the S99 loop will be the best course of action.

The full day I have there I am going to make a day trip up to crooks corner as I have never seen it before, I am looking at taking on the S60 then main road up to pafuri.

The morning we head for Shingwedzi we are taking the S56 dirt road down.

QUESTION:

What are some of you preferred stops and spots that we should look out for in order to get the most out of our time in the North?
Water holes?
Dams?
Must do Routes? (Best time of day)


The second leg:

Arriving at Shingwedzi we would have enjoyed a morning drive down S56. The afternoon would include the kanniedood drive

the following day would be a combination of the kanniedood / red rocks and S56

QUESTION:

What are some of you preferred stops and spots that we should look out for in order to get the most out of our time in the North?
Water holes?
Dams?
Must do Routes? (Best time of day)



Thanks for any response look forward to reading it. :thumbs_up:




Also is it worth it to drive down to letaba on the dirt road S50 or should we do go on the tar road?

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:03 pm

Stickman, I think what you have described sounds good to me and I think you have planned on covering a nice selection of areas and roads.
Certainly the Mahonie Loop, a must and of course Crooks corner/Pafuri goes without saying! 8)
Do allow a stop off at Klopperfontein dam which can often be very productive.
I love the S56 so fully agree with that and before starting it you can have a stop off at Babalala picnic site.
Of course it does also depend on whether the rains have begun or not which can make a difference to some roads/waterholes.
in particular the S50 down to Letaba a case in point, if still very dry it can be almost void of any sign of life.
but if there is/has been rain a stop off at the Grootvlei dam is wonderful and can give some amazing sightings.
Hope that has helped somewhat.

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:14 pm

Hi Stickman. I think you have planned your trip very well. You mention all the roads I would drive. I agree with Elsa, you must stop at Klopperfontein - we stop there and have coffee and rusks after leaving Punda Maria early. A skottle brunch at Pafuri picnic site is always nice - Frank, the attendant there, is a bird fundi and will happily show you any special birds he has seen around the picnic site.

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Stickman360 » Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:05 am

Thanks for the response guys and gals,

Another question I have regarding the Mahonie loop. Is it better to do the loop during the morning or evening? And is it better to complete the loop clockwise or anti clock wise?

What has been your most successful combination? photography wise, sightings wise or traffic wise

1) morning CW
2) morning Anti CW
3) evening CW
4) evening Anti CW


Thanks for the response again, Also is there a water hole at the Punda Maria camp?

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:34 am

There is a waterhole at Punda with a hide overlooking it! 8)

As for when and in which direction to drive the Mahonie loop, I am not sure there is any definite answer to that, as with any road really, its all about right time and place.
Our most recent trip which was in late Feb which I think we did clock wise at around 6am and found a male Leopard and then 2 cubs within the first 2 or 3 three kms but that's not to say that would necessarily happen again!
When we found our infamous 2 Caracal kittens a few years back on the same loop it was much later in the day.

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by bushguy » Wed Sep 07, 2016 3:01 pm

SM360

I have tried going both ways, and always seem to get the sun in my eyes !

The loop going anti-clockwise heads east for a short while , then turns n-west for about 7 km , then south for 4-5km , then east for 10 km.

So early morning , if going anticlockwise , in theory you will have sun in your eyes for a short while , then behind you , then on your left and then in your eyes again (depending on how slow you go , the sun should get high enough to not be a problem on the last stretch heading east) Evening is obviously the other way round as is going clockwise .

That is the theory anyway ! I'm afraid I am not that into photography to remember the best way round to get the best lighting.

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Roger the Dodger » Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:47 pm

Hi all, Shingwedzi is my favourite camp. Always had exceptional experiences here. The best was, we left by the back gate, as it opened, traveling east. It was still dark, just a hint of light on the horizon. There was a little mist hanging in the air when suddenly we were surrounded by a big slumbering herd of buffalo, blocking the road and littering the veld. We had our car lights on which we switched them off as well as the car. In the very pale light with the thin mist, this sleeping herd was at utmost peace. The low mooing and other sounds, breathes steaming in the cool morning air. Absolutely ethereal. One other car arrived but soon turned around and went back to camp. We were all alone. Slowly with the rising sun the herd started to stand up and come to life. It must have been an hour later when the herd started moving off. The most emotive and moving experience I have ever had in KNP. Ethereal. After they left we found a " sack " lying on the ground and wondered if there had not been a birth during the night.
I have seen lions, cheetah, several leopards, grysbok, njala, tssessebe, roan, hyena's, did I say elephants and many huge herds of buffalos. Magical and few other vehicles.

So we are booked into Shingwedzi September 2017 - can't wait.
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