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H1-4 Satara - Olifants Road

Unread post by Richprins » Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:01 pm

This must be one of the "best" roads in the Park, and as there is no thread according to DQ's index, I would like to begin one!

All I can start with, is that this stretch is the only time I have ever seen Lion, Cheetah and Leopard on one morning! :shock:

We were coming down from Balule around Summer 2004.

The lion were pretty well lazing around near Ngotso stream.

The leopard and then the cheetah were strolling about the bush on the eastern side, sort of like clockwork, between Ntombeni and Witpens, about 1000m apart!

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Unread post by p@m » Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:01 pm

Found two hyaena dens along this road in April -- both with small ones.

Always a lot of plains game around too.

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Unread post by oddesy » Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:20 am

This is a very, very good road, in april saw lion many times along this stretch as well as three cubs just as you stop before the small bridge that passes over the ntomeni, saw them on about five different occasions, very special. one of the other special sightings we had this last trip which i enjoyed was watching an african wild cat for about an hour, a new experience for me in daylight. :D :D
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:45 am

I agree that it must be one of the most productive game roads.

There are many Hyaena dens near the Ngotso weir road. It's also a superb road for some of the bigger birds, such as Kori Bustard.
Freda and I saw a Secretary bird tenderising it's prey one year.
It's also a great road for the little Steenbok, one of my favourites.
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Unread post by Bush Andy » Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:57 am

Hey... Good thread Richprins!

This has to be one of the most rewarding drives, looks like the serengeti in parts :D !

Have seen all the big five on this road many times over.

The hyeana dens along this road, especially at Ngotso weir road intersection, have been used for ever... saw a leopard in the one at that intersection about 2 years ago!

This last December also coming from Balule we had a dramatic time of it as the rain was the heaviest I have ever experienced!
The cars had to drive with hazard lights on and Ngotso dam back up was within about 25m of the road :shock: !

Nevertheless we found a mating pair of lions on the road as the sides had turned into millions of pans of water and they didn't want to sit in water, could hear the frogs forever :mrgreen: The couple stayed on the road for an hour due to rain... amazing experience!

Have seen African wild cat on this road during the day too! Have also seen common reedbuck at the small bridge over the Ntomeni and 4 male cheetah's stalking a baboon, they never ended up with one of our cousins though :lol:.

Bird species include: Kori bustard, Ground Hornbill, Secretary Bird, hundreds of Marabou storks all around road in 2006 (literally +400 individuals), we drove for 5km with them all over the place! Do they migrate to different areas of the park?... because I have only ever seen them in Flocks of about 30. Incidentally saw the huge 'migration' last year on Ngotso weir road :D
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Unread post by davegrohl » Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:37 am

Agreed... this road is a gem!

Never seen leopard or wild dog on this road (my memory is somewhat questionable though), but seen pretty much most other big ticks.

Besides the consistently good lion and cheetah sightings, as well as large heards of buff, elephant and great general game,
Most memorable sightings on this road (over the years), include:
Serval twice, early morning,
Honey badger,
Tawny Eagle tackle a puffadder for over an hour (result: Tawny 1, puffie 0),
Wild cat,
White-tailed mongoose (early morning),
Saw 5 lions and around 10 hyeanas fighting over a dead kudu bull - lasted most of the morning.
Great raptor sightings
Common reedbuck (most of the time)
Jackal puppies (last year, 6/7 kms north of Satara). Den near the road. First jackal pups ive seen.

For birders, this road is always a good bet for ticking off Secretary birds and Marshall eagle.

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Unread post by oddesy » Sat Jun 14, 2008 9:15 am

wow really great sightings!!

I have also seen reedbuck on this road many times. my only sightings of reedbuck have been on this road and once at renosterpan.
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Unread post by Mgoddard » Sat Jun 14, 2008 12:04 pm

Great road, have see cheetah on a kill in 2007 :redface: (unfortunately we arrive about 10 minutes after it happened. :mrgreen: ...this year lion, secretary birds, juvenile martial eagle, side stripped jackal :D (the first for me) and the general game of zebra, a big herd of buffs etc...


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Unread post by Richprins » Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:27 pm

Ooh, that reminds me, mgoddard! Saw a cheetah kill (two males on an impala), about 2km north of Ngotso-North windmill in 2004! :redface:

Remember, this stretch goes all the way to the tar turnoff to Olifants Camp, therefore including the high-level bridge and a reasonable piece of Olifants River frontage...

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Unread post by Katja » Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:00 pm

I saw two honeybadgers on the H1-4 in May 2005. :)
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sun Jun 22, 2008 4:30 pm

This road has been a mixed bag for us. Often we have seen nowt, but on other occasions, mating lions just north of Satara, lions on a hippo carcass near the Balule turn off, and we were chased by a big bull ele one day, and saw my only Montague's harrier on this road.
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Unread post by Faunavista » Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:38 pm

yep - great road; we saw two baby (and i mean real small) porcupines cross the road last year!

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:48 am

Oh wow@porcupines!

This is a good road for buffalo and Kori Bustard. Ngotso dam also seems to produce the goods.

Had lion and cheetah sightings in that area in the past.
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Re: HI-4 Satara - Olifants Road

Unread post by Zeeman » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:23 pm

Great road , nice and open and can see alot of grazers .

Just recently saw 2 lions take on a family of warthogs and killed the baby in front of the car

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Re: HI-4 Satara - Olifants Road

Unread post by goafrica » Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:09 pm

Have seen hyena and jackal tussling over a left over lion kill on this road......quite amazing. It played out before our eyes. East, West, and South of Satara never fail for us, but not much luck between Satara and Letaba ever.
Just a whole year to wait till August 2011! I cant bear it.

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