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S99 - Mahonie Loop

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Unread post by Nico » Sun Dec 04, 2005 9:49 pm

The S99 Mahonie loop is one of the most beautiful loops there is in KNP and the sightings are very good.
Lots of Nyala and Kudu and lots more.
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Unread post by bert » Sun Dec 04, 2005 11:01 pm

Nico, best place to see Sharpes Grijsbok :D

And lots of Kudu real close
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And a beautifull drive with nice waterhole

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Unread post by bucky » Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:09 am

Yes its a worthwile loop , lots of interesting things on it .
Theres a type of tree that grows along there that is very rare elswhere in the park , cant remember the name anymore .

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Unread post by Jakkalsbessie » Mon Dec 05, 2005 7:30 am

The pod mahogany tree (peulmahonie in Afrikaans) which gave the drive its distinctive name.
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Unread post by Guinea Pig » Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:18 pm

One of my fav roads in the Park. 8) Kudu, Nyala, and everything else. Lots of small antelope like the Sharpe's around. There's a resident leopard, I've never seen it but it's been reported by too many people to ignore.

Make sure you have enough time. We've been fooled time and again on this road. Ag, it's short let's leave later then had to rush back in the end after having wonderful sightings. Ok, I am a Nyala fan so it's maybe not a surprise we're almost late every time! :lol:
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Re: Mahonie Loop (S-99)

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:05 am

leopardspotter wrote:Hi Guys, I'm entering Punda Maria Gate in 30 days :D :D and heading down to Shingwedzi.
Is the S-99 (Mahonie Loop) a nice ride, any good sightings along it?


Hi leopardspotter, according to your name I think you'll love this specific road. Yes! There is a resident leopard on "Da Loop". Only one loop in the Park and its this one.

Saw this leopard last year taking out some small mammal right infront of our eyes. My uncle and I witnessed it all by ourselves with the video cam safely at the tent in camp.

The leopard is very often seen on the loop in the 1st 7kms when you enter it from the right as you come from Punda. In other words the second entry into the loop.

Other than the leopard, this is the best place to view sharpe's grysbok. In summer the birdlife is prolific! Specials like Grey-headed parrots and Crested Guinefowl(which I yet have to tick) are seen on "Da Loop".

Elephants, Huge Buffalo herds and Nyala are almost as common as a royal flush at a drin kas much as you can card game.

Nightdrives produces Buff, steenbok, sharpe's, nightjars and if you're really lucky wood owl. I always drive to Pafuri in the mornings and then tackle this road in the afternoon. Late afternoon is best. I did quite a number of early morning drives on it too and saw some awesome sunrises!

You are very fortunate to drive this loop! Enjoy it and do take your time!
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Unread post by Toddelelfe » Mon Dec 26, 2005 1:57 pm

A very nice road, seen a lion, many Kudus and Birds. Lovely!
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Unread post by christo » Mon Dec 26, 2005 2:23 pm

Even if you see no animals, the scenery makes this loop a rewarding drive.
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Unread post by Ollie » Wed Dec 28, 2005 12:58 am

I have taken this loop on a number of occasions, Christo you are spot on, regardless of wild life the scenery is amazing :D

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S99 Mahonie Loop

Unread post by arks » Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:34 am

S99 Mahonie Loop

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Mahonie Loop (S99) [Arks Quizz #18]

Unread post by arks » Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:41 pm

Mahonie loop where it crosses the stream that eventually runs into Matukwale dam (thus after the dam the crossing closer to Witsand).

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Unread post by francoisd » Thu Sep 28, 2006 4:11 pm

A favourite road for us and sat at that specific spot in January looking at 5 Grey-headed parrots in the tree in the right front of your photo and a couple of Blake Crakes running around in the stream across the road.

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Unread post by arks » Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:36 pm

A favourite road for me, too 8) tho I didn't see any parrots :( — are they seasonal? I'm planning on a different time of year next trip, so I can catch some of the summer visitors, as it's been a long time since I've seen any of those.
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Unread post by francoisd » Fri Sep 29, 2006 8:07 am

They are not seasonal but also not always seen. First trip we saw them and we got a number of them in the Punda area. A friend told me that when he still stayed in Louis Triechaardt and regularly visited Kruger that he usually found them drinking at Coetzer dam late afternoon. We were there end of January for the birding weekend and it is VERY hot then.

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Unread post by amanzi » Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:28 am

This loop came as suprise to me :shock: But a good suprise :dance: :dance:

I gave my parents the good advice of trying the loop, whilst they stayed over at Punda last week. They were fortunate enough to see a Leopard with 2 cubs, YES 2 CUBS!! Dad told me that if he had opened his window, he would be able to pat the mom on the head!

2 Days later SO and me decided to go have brunch a Punda, and tried the loop. Unfortunatly no leopard, BUT: in less than a 5Km strech we saw
- Sharpe's greysbok ( 4 of the critters)
- Grey headed parrot (lots)
- 4 oooooold dagga boys
- heard of Ellies with the cutest babies
- Lioness walking casually in the road.

Now it just comes to show how productive this loop is: in less than 1 hour we saw 3 of the big 5, with 2 sightings of rare species. If you include my parent's leopard luck, it means 4 of the big 5 on 1 road. :clap: :clap:
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