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S130 (Between Lower Sabie & Crocodile Bridge.)

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S130 (Between Lower Sabie & Crocodile Bridge.)

Unread post by MarkWildDog » Thu Nov 23, 2006 10:18 am

Hey Everyone,

We travelled this road, vegetation is very different compared to the rest of Crocodile Bridge area, it's not busy at all, we never saw one car! :dance: I've heard that there is a natural pan on this road where 4-5 White Rhino come drink every late afternoon.

How has sightings been for you on this road?

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Unread post by agraham » Thu Nov 23, 2006 10:56 am

i have seen leopard twice on this road, there is an area where i go around a corner with a pan of water if it has rained.

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Unread post by acekam » Sat Nov 25, 2006 2:11 pm

Not mad about this road, to be honest. The gravel itself is one of the worst in the park for a normal sedan car and the bush is generally quite thick. Although I did once see an impala carcass that had been freshly killed by 2 cheetah, but could barely make out the cats themselves, I generally try to avoid this road. The "rhino pan" is a good spot as it is very close to the road, but I haven't had the good fortune to see any rhinos here.
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Unread post by christo » Sat Nov 25, 2006 3:28 pm

I've seen lion at the pan on two separate occasions.
Overall besides a python, nothing really spectacular the last time I drive it, but early summer mornings I've found it to be quite productive.
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Unread post by Boulder » Sat Nov 25, 2006 7:55 pm

Its a great road and if i ever make it to the South it is the one road I try and do at least once, huge herds of Buff, Cheetah, wild Dog, Lion, great Sunrise photo opportunities and a good Cuckoo Road in summer and not crowded like S100...To me one of the top 5 roads in Kruger. What more could one ask for
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Unread post by Stoffel » Mon Nov 27, 2006 9:38 pm

My personal experience makes me classify the S130 as a good road (not exceptionally good). Although I have seen 2 lionesses stalking some warthog (without success while we were watching) my actual motivation for classifying it as a "good" road is the number of smaller game I have seen here.
I reckon it to be above average for vervet monkeys, dwarf mongoose, tree squirrels and duiker.
It hosts a "far above average" number of steenbok and warthog. But probably most people are not intested in the mentioned type of game.
Fortunately for me and the wife it is just as pleasing (if not more) to watch the natural behaviour of tree squirrels (as example) than looking at some big game just staring at you or just lying in the shade of a tree (like most lions do during daytime). I'll recommend the S130 for those who take pleasure in enjoying the smaller things in nature.

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Nov 28, 2006 7:50 am

I have never found it to be productive, except we saw a red chested Korhaan there and it came alive a bit on a night ride with white rhino, and our first side striped jackal.
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Unread post by adw » Fri Dec 29, 2006 12:35 pm

I enjoy this road as well. For a start the road is narrow and you really feel you are in the Bundu. I have spotted leopard, elephant, a large herd of buffalo (approx 300), hyena as well as the usual buck and zebra.
Definitely a road to explore in the summer months. Winter sightings have been sparse for me. regards

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Unread post by arks » Fri Dec 29, 2006 2:53 pm

adw wrote:Definitely a road to explore in the summer months. Winter sightings have been sparse for me.

Hi adw and welcome! The difference in your seasonal sightings on this road is very interesting. I drove it in early May and saw very little, but I agree with you that the narrowness of the road gives it a very special bush feeling, so I remember it with pleasure even tho the sightings along it were not memorable :D
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Re: S130 (Between Lower Sabie & Crocodile Bridge.)

Unread post by leelee » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:13 am

I saw on the Facebook-page that there is a huge lion pride (20+) on this road. Anyone seen them recently?
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Re: S130 (Between Lower Sabie & Crocodile Bridge.)

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:26 pm

We drove this road a few times just recently and unfortunately didn't find any Lions never mind such a large pride Leelee! :(
but I still enjoy it as it has all the general game and the feeling that something great could appear at any minute.

The girl we drove with knows the area well and she maintains that she regularly sees one of the biggest male Leopards she has ever seen there.

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Re: S130 (Between Lower Sabie & Crocodile Bridge.)

Unread post by gabihotz » Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:01 am

I managed to see the pride of 22 in march 2011 as well as spent nearly everyday with them over the Easter weekend 2011.

i was also lucky enough to find a cheetah on that road as well in April 2011.

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Re: S130 (Between Lower Sabie & Crocodile Bridge.)

Unread post by Bundi » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:39 pm

Gomondwane Loop!!

One of our favourite drives in the Park. As far as 20 years back my grandmother told me that this was one of the best and I believe it still is.

We saw about ten lion cubs by themselves on this road in February this year and it was awesome. The next day we saw the same cubs with the rest of the pride and it took them about 20 minutes to cross the road one by one.



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Re: S130 (Between Lower Sabie & Crocodile Bridge.)

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:54 am

I can't believe I neglected this road in Feb this year :wall:
From earlier posts I can gather that the road is best driven in Summer. And in Feb the S130 could only have been better than the H4-2 :wink: It is on my list to try next time!!
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Re: S130 (Between Lower Sabie & Crocodile Bridge.)

Unread post by wildchild » Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:16 pm

We have seen the big five cheetah and wild dog on this stretch.
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