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S142 (Shongololo loop) and S136 (Boulders Rd) near Mopani

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S142 (Shongololo loop) and S136 (Boulders Rd) near Mopani

Unread post by cheetahlady » Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:04 am

We will be staying at Mopani for 5 nights in June next year. We usually focus on the. Tropic of Capricorn loop. We have never done the Shongololo loop (past the hide that is) and the S136 that goes past Boulders. We would appreciate any feedback on these roads.

Given our slightly longer stay in the area we are keen to try roads we have not travelled before.

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Re: S142 (Shongololo loop) and S136 (Boulders Rd) near Mopan

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Aug 31, 2014 4:47 am

Hi Cheetahlady.

When we stayed at Tzendze we had very uneventful drives on the Shongololo loop. We eventually gave it up. It was very, very dry and it is the first time that I can honestly say, we saw nothing. Perhaps it was just that it was the end of the dry season and others had better luck.

The tropic of Capricorn route on the other hand kept delivering.

I would be interested to hear other peoples experience.
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Re: S142 (Shongololo loop) and S136 (Boulders Rd) near Mopan

Unread post by RhymeZA » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:19 am

Hi Cheetahlady,

we recently stayed at Boulders and while the camp is stunning the roads to it aren't great. They are bumpy and lined by thick Mopani. You'll be very lucky to see anything except Elephant and maybe Kudu or Impala.

We did not drive the s142 (spent most of the time in camp at the waterhole) but I've read positive things about it.

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Re: S142 (Shongololo loop) and S136 (Boulders Rd) near Mopan

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:10 am

Cheetahlady there is also the S146 Stapelkop road which has some comments and something you might like to consider.
Of course like any road in Kruger its all about right time and place!
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Re: S142 (Shongololo loop) and S136 (Boulders Rd) near Mopan

Unread post by yoda » Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:16 am

I have done the Tsende Loop (S48)
Aside from an elephant or two, and some giraffe, it was quiet.

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Re: S142 (Shongololo loop) and S136 (Boulders Rd) near Mopan

Unread post by Porridge » Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:26 am

Hi Cheetahlady :yaya:

I've done the Shongolo loop quite a few times, and while it can be very quiet with the usual ellies and zebras, I have also seen sable, huge herds of buffalo, roan, ground hornbills, meerkat and a few other things there. Right place, right time as always :)

"Very quiet" is not necessarily the case with ellies there though, as the road is narrow and they can be far too close for comfort on occasion. It also doesn't help that really big ellies tend to be there, and they employ stealth ninja tactics. I swear they can hide behind a single blade of grass and all of a sudden there they are!! Scary ...

I agree with MM though, Tropic of Capricorn loop is generally more productive sighting-wise.
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Re: S142 (Shongololo loop) and S136 (Boulders Rd) near Mopan

Unread post by Merlin11 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:56 am

Hi Porridge, sorry this may seem a really silly question but what roads constitute the Tropic of Capricorn loop? :hmz:

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Re: S142 (Shongololo loop) and S136 (Boulders Rd) near Mopan

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:59 pm

Capricorn loop is the S143 which is reached via the S50 or the S144. :thumbs_up:
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Re: S142 (Shongololo loop) and S136 (Boulders Rd) near Mopan

Unread post by Merlin11 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:47 pm

Thank you Elsa :gflower: seems like we will be staying at Mopani in a few weeks, never had much luck with sightings there so thought this would be our first try then :thumbs_up:

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Re: S142 (Shongololo loop) and S136 (Boulders Rd) near Mopan

Unread post by cheetahlady » Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:36 am

Thank you MM, Elsa, Yoda, rhymeZA and Porridge for you responses. We will give the Shongololo loop a try since we will be in the area for a longer period. Like any road, right place, right time. Will probably not do. Boulders road.

Merlin11, at different times we have seen roan, eland, tsessebe, lion, cheetah, leopard on the Tropic of Capricorn loop (over and above the usual suspects). We have had some wonderful ellie sightings, particularly at Thongonyeni and Mooiplaas waterholes.
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Re: S142 (Shongololo loop) and S136 (Boulders Rd) near Mopan

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:41 am

Merlin11 wrote:Thank you Elsa :gflower: seems like we will be staying at Mopani in a few weeks, never had much luck with sightings there so thought this would be our first try then :thumbs_up:


It is a lovely road for unusual sightings. I saw my first Lichtensteins Hartebeest on the road. The main waterhole (difficult name with impossible spelling) starts with Th, is one of the most productive waterholes in the Park in the dry season. It has unobstructed views. Some people park there for hours watching animals come to drink.

We witnessed a very funny interaction between lions and ellies at the waterhole. There was also a lot of scavenger activity after a lion kill.

Enjoy Merlin :thumbs_up:
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Re: S142 (Shongololo loop) and S136 (Boulders Rd) near Mopan

Unread post by yoda » Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:55 am

Porridge wrote:"Very quiet" is not necessarily the case with ellies there though, as the road is narrow and they can be far too close for comfort on occasion. It also doesn't help that really big ellies tend to be there, and they employ stealth ninja tactics. I swear they can hide behind a single blade of grass and all of a sudden there they are!! Scary ...



Porridge :lol: :lol: :lol:

Typical elephant ninja tactics - never thought of it this way.
Better than the "plodders" - the ones that amble down the road forcing you to reverse for kms. Never fun on a winding sand road.


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