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Mphongolo loop S56

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Re: Mphongolo loop s56

Unread post by okie » Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:51 pm

Do not drive this route if you are in a hurry :naughty: Ellies tend to react if you come onto them suddenly , and with all the little twists and turns on this route , it can happen quite easily that you suddenly find yourself right in the middle of a herd with mothers and babies .
In May this year , near Mavatsani WH , we sat waiting for more than 45 minutes for a herd to cross the road and move away so that we could pass :huh:
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Re: Mphongolo loop s56

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:50 pm

okie wrote:o not drive this route if you are in a hurry

Exactly :thumbs_up: Not only because of the elephants, but also because it is thick riverine bush and big trees. You have to take time to inspect between every bush and in every tree :D Often I heard the animals before I saw them! Which meant I could slowly approach and see them :D The animals are slittish up there are run away from cars so doing this loop slowly is the only way :thumbs_up:

kallis1786 wrote:I have seen Lions on numorous occasion and have seen Lions trying to hunt a baby ellie on this loop, I have also seen Lions fiesting on a buff, so it is one of my lucky routes and I have sightings on this loop which are unforgettable and my first Leopard was on this route as well. So it's really special for me.

That sounds very special :D Strange because I wouldn't have assumed it to be lion country :hmz: Although I guess where there is prey lions are there also 8)
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Re: Mphongolo loop s56

Unread post by oddesy » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:34 pm

Loove this road 8) my favourite in the park :dance: The scenery just does it for me.

Agree with the ellies up here, have also been chased down the road by a stubborn young guy on more than one occasion. Also had a buffalo road block that took almost an hour to get round. Leopard sightings, lion as well :thumbs_up:
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Re: Mphongolo loop s56

Unread post by G@mespotter » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:06 pm

As you have noticed, I have a deep hidden love for this road, this environment along this road. The peacefulness, the majestic trees along the exceptionally beautiful drainage line of the Mphongolo river.... The sense of remoteness along this road. The dust. The potential. The sphere 8)

Now seeing is believing, so let's share the usual of this road, opposed to all awe-inspiring sighting you formites can post.... :whistle:

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This ICONIC tree felt down when I was there end April/May this year.... a real pity!
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There are PLENTY of these guys around, you just have to scan the trees very very careful!
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But it's not the Njala bulls, the Giant Eagle Owls or the stunning leopards along this road. It's the scenery that will return to your memory...... 8)

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Then there is just the general beauty :thumbs_up:
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Re: Mphongolo loop s56

Unread post by Pumbaa » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:05 pm

That's exactly why I love that road so much :thumbs_up:

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Re: Mphongolo loop s56

Unread post by Joao » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:41 am

Even though I have not seen a lot of wildlife on this route the beautiful scenery will always bring me back. There is not a lot of roads like that in KNP.

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Re: Mphongolo loop s56

Unread post by Crested Val » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:02 pm

I posted earlier that if there were ellies at close quarters I would give it a miss........and then I realised that we had actually travelled this road in March!! :redface:

I can only reiterate what most of you are saying........it is stunning, and luckily for me, the day we travelled there were no ellies in sight. :dance: :dance:

We did however see a huge herd of buffs near Shingwedzi. :big_eyes:

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Unread post by ndloti » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:44 pm

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See the debris level from the recent flooding along S56 - taken & days ago .
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Re: Mphongolo loop s56

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:04 pm

Great pics, thanks Ndloti! :thumbs_up:
seeing the debris levels is always a sense of shock and almost disbelief.

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Re: Mphongolo loop s56

Unread post by Weltenman » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:27 pm

Worst road ever. :tongue: Driving the road from Shingwedzi we didn't see a ellie on the first part of the road before the first "get out point" to the main road. Must have seen close to 200 elephants on the second part of the road and didn't dare take the third part. Scared the living heck out of me and felt like they were just there to annoy me... :lol:

We also saw plenty of other game including baby impala and buffalo.
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Re: Mphongolo loop s56

Unread post by Weltenman » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:21 pm

saraf wrote::lol: It certainly isn't a road for the faint-hearted.



I had two thoughts in my mind, the best way to tackle a fear is to face it head on and what better way than to drive the elephant road? Also, surely it couldn't be like everyone has written and said? There cannot be that many elephants on that road...right? I was wrong on both occasions...I am still spooked around elephants and the road did have as many elephants as I read all those years ago! :D
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Re: Mphongolo loop s56

Unread post by Weltenman » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:51 pm

Hi Rose! :yaya:

The first time I read about this road was in high school, when reading a wonderful book about the Kruger, big coffee table book with lots of information and roads of interest. There was the first mention I had of the elephant road. Since I realized I seem a little nervous around elephants with my father driving, and recently even with me at the wheel, more out of a lack of confidence on what would irritate them for me and my father trying to tickle them when he sees one, I never even thought about this road. But I am glad we took it this year.

I would suggest to anyone to try this road. It has some beautiful views of the river and the massive herds, or many small herds all together across the river was wonderful to see. The amount of elephant we saw was incredible. I will post what I have in the trip report...and some pictures on here as well.
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Re: Mphongolo loop s56

Unread post by kallis1786 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:31 pm

Hi People.

I see people are talking about the Elephant Loop, although my personal name is the Babalala Loop, and have called it that since I was a 3 year old kid who is 20 now, yet use the same name. My first ever Lion Sighting was on this loop as well, which I just found out going through my dad's old pics of Kruger.

As far as the Nelli population is concerned, it never decreases in this loop, below is a pic to prove my theory, and it was taken on this very loop.

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I have a weird feeling that the Lions in this area may be praying on Elephants as well, because I saw a failed attempt once from the main tar road.


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