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H1-4 Satara - Olifants Road

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Re: HI-4 Satara - Olifants Road

Unread post by t-bal » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:08 am

Seen Lion, Cheetah, Hyena and loads of general game on this road, and have to confess that I have only driven this road a couple of times… :hmz: Looking at it now I should do so more often.
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Re: HI-4 Satara - Olifants Road

Unread post by Sparrow » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:38 am

Will be there 18/12 to 23/12 and we will travel this very productive road at least 5 or 6 times.

Seen the Big Five on many occasions including Wild Dog Hyena BBJ. SSJ Badger and the bird life is also great.

Also lovey Sunrise`s and Sunset`s
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Re: H1-4 Satara - Olifants Road

Unread post by Stoffel » Fri Jan 15, 2016 12:42 pm

I have had some extraordinary sightings on the H1-4. I recall seeing 3 eland (1995), numerous lion sightings and plenty of general game. But the one that stands out is a leopard "kill" in 1989 between Nyamarhi and Ngotso North.

My wife was driving - we were on our way to Olifants, after leaving Berg & Dal that morning. She noticed a movement under a cluster of reeds next to the Ngotso Creek, but was not sure what it was - although relatively sure it was a leopard. We stopped. We could see that there must be water as the ground was moist, but we could not see the water itself. 5 Impala rams were standing on the opposite bank of the creek, watching in the direction of the water. We decided to wait as we expected they want to come and drink. Several cars stopped, asking if we are seeing something. Our answer to all of them was that we are not sure whether there is a leopard in the reed cluster. After looking at the spot for 2 or more minutes, everyone left again.

The next moment a warthog mother with to young piglets appeared as from nowhere and approach the water in quite a hurry. As they all bent down to drink (a piglet on each side of the mother), the reed bush burst open and the leopard took the young one nearest to him/her. The mother ran away in the direction they came from and the other young ran towards us and crossed the road in front of us (now the only vehicle watching this spectacle). The mother disappeared out of our sight, but only seconds later she came into picture again at full speed towards the leopard and bumped him/her in the side. The leopard obviously was so surprised and let go of his prey - sitting there as if thinking "what the hell has happened now". The mother and the young then also ran in our direction, crossing the road in front of us with the young one bleeding quite badly on the shoulder where the leopard caught it.

My children, then still very young, experienced the whole episode quite traumatically, was very concerned whether the piglet will survive. My daughter found it to be such an upsetting incident that we then had to rush to Olifants at maximum allowable speed to get her to a toilet in time.
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Re: H1-4 Satara - Olifants Road

Unread post by RayK » Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:37 pm

Hi Stoffel,
That was quite an experience especially for your children. Amazing that the adult Warthog was able to rescue its young.

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