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Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

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Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by matimba » Sat May 06, 2017 7:59 pm

I will be visiting the park in June, can't wait to drive on the S100 albeit I'm not sure if if my corolla will handle the road well. Please help me Mites

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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by johanrebel » Sat May 06, 2017 9:23 pm

Probably because they all want to see lions and leopards.

Your Corolla will do just fine. In the highly unlikely event that it does not, pushing is always an option.

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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by Elsa » Sat May 06, 2017 9:55 pm

Warm welcome to the forum Matimba!

The S100 is one of those roads that seems to be either loved or hated, its certainly in a very productive part of the park and has a couple of different prides of Lions who call that area home, including one with a pure white lion in it which can also often be found on the S41. 8)

You can have a read through S100 pride of 30+ Lions and the S100 itself.
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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun May 07, 2017 5:40 am

Hi matimba and welcome. :gflower:

As Elsa stated, it is a road that is rich in predators.

I like the road for other reasons though. It runs parallel to the Nwanetzi river and has lovely places to pull off into the slip roads to look for animals. The Nwanetzi picnic site is also a wonderful place to stop and have a break.

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I am not one who has had lots of predator sightings. I do however find it an extremely interesting road and in the dry winter months, the river keeps it a very pretty road.

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I have often done it in a sedan. Just go slowly.
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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by matimba » Sun May 07, 2017 6:21 am

Thanks Johan, Elsa & MM for your eye-opening explanations, I am definitely going to be driving on that road as soon as I get to Satara and I hope it produces the best sightings I've been dreaming about, and once again thanks for welcoming me to the Mites family. :lol:

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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by Hippotragus » Sun May 07, 2017 12:33 pm

Good luck matimba! I hope you get the sightings you are dreaming about!

The S100 has produced many wonderful sightings but can also produce almost nothing!! A case of "right time, right place". In early-December 2014 I was lucky enough to see a pride of 16 lion cubs (one of which was the white lion) of different ages, 4 lionesses and 1 lion early in the morning. I have also seen cheetah on the road and other lion sightings over the years. I have also had drives where I have seen almost nothing, including general game.

It would be a good plan to drive the S100, turn left at the end and almost immediately right and go down the very short road to Gudzani Dam - a lovely spot to see hippos and water birds. Then go back to the S100 turning, but keep straight on the S41 to N'wanetsi picnic site. The S41 has produced good sightings in the past. Stop at N'wanetsi for a let-stretch and a snack (take your own - no catering there). Then take the H6 back to the main H 1-3 road - nice open grassland and a chance of seeing zebras, wildebeeste and even buffalo.

I suggest you buy a Kruger Park map book at the shop at the gate when you enter the park. There is a lot of useful information in the map book and you can plan your drive. Remember to allow plenty of time for your drive - most drives average at 25 km per hour, allowing for sightings etc. You don't want to be rushing back to the gate to make gate closing time!!
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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by matimba » Sun May 07, 2017 3:23 pm

Thanks Hippotragus :thumbs_up:I'll definitely follow your route map and hopefully be as lucky as you were.

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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by Mischief » Mon May 08, 2017 7:45 am

Matimba ....the advice and comments made by Hippotragus are excellent.The S100 is a favorite road for us as well. We have been richly rewarded and deeply disappointed on many occasions.Again the principle of in the right place at the right time applies!
Only 1 comment I would like to add if you travel the S100 in the late afternoon particularly in the dry season,be aware that you will be travelling into the setting sun and will battle to see through dust clouds.
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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by Grantmissy » Mon May 08, 2017 7:46 am

Matimba may your upcoming trip to the Kruger National Park be 8) and may you have many :cam: opportunities :thumbs_up: The S100 is one of the great roads around Satara :D . Safe travels.
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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon May 08, 2017 7:52 am

Good point, Mischief, regarding the setting sun. That is why we always drive the S100 in the early morning (usually as soon as the Satara gates open) - the only problem then is the rising sun, but it soon rises enough not to be troublesome! Early morning is one's best chance of seeing predators, before they find some shade to sleep in during the heat of the day.
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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by matimba » Mon May 08, 2017 3:35 pm

:thumbs_up: Thanks guys, Johan wrote that "pushing" is an option in case the car fails to handle some of the terrains, are we allowed to alight from the vehicle in such extremes?

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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by Elsa » Mon May 08, 2017 5:04 pm

matimba, a normal sedan will be able to handle any of the general roads in Kruger and only specific routes than one has to book for require a 4 x 4.
If there has been heavy rain for instance then the dirt roads in that area will be closed until they dry out.

On the other hand if you break down or have a flat tyre, then you obviously may alight to change it, but it is advisable to do as quickly as possible and make sure you have someone as a look out for animals. :whistle:
Otherwise call the emergency number listed on your entrance permit for help.

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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by matimba » Mon May 08, 2017 7:49 pm

Elsa..let's hope it doesn't get to that point of changing tyres for anyone of us .

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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by johanrebel » Mon May 08, 2017 8:50 pm

matimba wrote::thumbs_up: Thanks guys, Johan wrote that "pushing" is an option in
That was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek comment.

I recall a car that got stuck on the S100 once with just two wheels off the road. Several helpful gentlemen got out of their vehicles and pushed. The lions, which had hitherto been lazing about, ran like bats out of hell.

I do not drive the S100 that much, and try to avoid the rush hours. No point in racing down that road first thing in the morning, rather wait an hour or so and then proceed at a relaxing pace. Another option is to do it from the eastern end on the way back to Satara at the end of the morning drive. Have seen plenty of lions there at such times.

Late afternoon is probably the worst time of all, far too many vehicles blazing down the road trying to get back to Satara at the very last second before the gate closes.

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Re: Why does everyone seem to like driving along the S100 ?

Unread post by ekoppen » Mon May 08, 2017 10:10 pm

Mid point S100
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East end S100
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West S100
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Occasionally has some good subjects . Worth the drive matimba if your looking for Lion, Leopard or Cheetah.

Good hunting!
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