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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by Reza » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:37 pm

Hi

Recently visited the Kruger for the first time and spent 4 days in the North of the park.

From entering at the Punda Maria gate, there was plenty of game to see ! Huge heard of buffalo and Elephant and also was excited to see a couple of Tsetsebe.
I came across 17 lions including cubs at the Boyela waterhole and they then proceeded to cross the road right in front of our vehicle.
The same waterhole also spoilt us with a male Lion and Buffalo heard interaction , he gave a roar as if to say this is MY waterhole, but he was out numbered and had to take a walk in to the bushes.

Mphongolo loop - I just couldn't get enough of it and came across 2 huge male Lion 2 meters away and 3 hunting lionesses who just missed an impala.
There were reports of wild dog and leopard on this loop as well but wasn't lucky enough to see them ..maybe next time :mrgreen:

Cannot wait to be back next year !
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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by RayK » Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:36 pm

Hi Reza,
Great sightings...especially since they were that far north. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by johanrebel » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:30 pm

Reza wrote:I came across 17 lions including cubs at the Boyela waterhole and they then proceeded to cross the road right in front of our vehicle.
I counted 17 just north of Boyela in November, and then 24 at the waterhole itself a few days later. That's without the pride males, they must have been hanging around elsewhere.

That Boyela pride has been large as far back as I can remember, i.e. a quarter of a century. As a matter of curiosity, in the early 90s the then Boyela male was weighed in at 254 kg, on an empty stomach. To the best of my recollection, that was a record at the time. Not sure whether it still stands.

Another very large pride of lions can be found along the Shisha River. Can't recall whether the largest number I've seen together is 17 or 19.

Apart from the Pafuri/Makuleke area, where lions are rather scarce (try asking the Zimbabweans and Mozambicans), there are quite a few pretty big prides in the north. I've seen eleven (excluding males) as far north as Baobab Hill. Generally I encounter them in smaller numbers of up to three females (with or without cubs) , or one or two males.

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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by WillowDee » Thu May 11, 2017 11:11 am

We saw the Boyela pride close to Babalala in September 2016 on a buffalo kill. We counted over 30 (of what we could see). Lots of cubs, young ones and beautiful females. They were all in very good condition. We only saw one big male on the opposite side of the road.
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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by Elsa » Thu May 11, 2017 1:26 pm

Warm welcome to the forum WillowDee! :clap:

Thanks for those pics of a wonderful super pride! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by hilda » Thu May 11, 2017 2:06 pm

Great sightings in the North, especially awesome Lion prides! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures WillowDee, and welcome to the forums from my side too! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by matimba » Thu May 11, 2017 7:27 pm

Awesome pictures WillowDee :thumbs_up: thanks for sharing and welcome

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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by WillowDee » Fri May 12, 2017 10:11 am

Thank you everyone, and thanks for the warm welcome!! :hello:

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Re: Game in north of Kruger.

Unread post by Mischief » Sat May 13, 2017 7:31 am

Hello There WillowDee and a warm welcome to the Forum.You sure know how to make a good first impression :lol: :lol: :lol: with stunning pictures of the lion pride feeding on the buffalo.Thank you for sharing. :thumbs_up:
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December Trip: The North

Unread post by BerkiSA » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:41 pm

Hi All

We have booked 5 nights in the North at Punda Maria, Fafuri Boarder Camp, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Camp (private) and Mopani.

Can anyone please advise, especially on below points:

-are their many cats in that region
-what are the mentioned camps like
-Any road recommendations


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Re: December Trip: The North

Unread post by cheetahlady » Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:32 am

We saw lions near Shingwedzi in June. There are lions in all the areas. We have seen leopard, cheetah and lion on the access rd to Shingwedzi. Have heard lion at Punda Maria. Have seen lion , leopard and cheetah round Mopani.

The Mphongolo loop from north of Shingwedzi to Babalaba is a great road. Very scenic, lots of birds. Boyela waterhole, Lamont waterhole are good as is the drive to Grootvlei dam (S50 dirt rd south of shingwedzi). SHingwedzi is a lovely camp with great birding and excellent service. Drive to Red Rocks via the R52,and across the causeway.

Punda Maria - communal braai areas for the chalets - nice way to meet fellow travelers, although the tents have their own braais. Bushbabies at night. The 3 bed chalets are great with nice bathrooms and a decent kitchen, nice old feel to the camp - small compared to many others. Mahonie loop, Klopperfontein dam have paid off for us in the past. There is a waterhole by the camping area that looks nice.

Mopani - Tropic of Capricorn loop past Tihongonyeni - great elephant, roan, eland... the S 50 past the Nshawu waterholes. Have done the Shongololo loop in the dry season. Bit quiet but probably better in the wet season. The camp is a bigger camp with a great deck overlooking the dam. If you can get a house with a view - it is worth it (check your booking code). The chalets are spaced so that you have some privacy. Natural environment with a baobab in camp. Have seen brown headed parrots in the baobab and nightjars hawking from the trees overlooking the dam. Mooiplaas picnic spot is a must - just next door to Tsendze and you get to meet Rodgersh.

Can’t speak for the private camps or the border camp (on my wish list).
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Re: December Trip: The North

Unread post by BerkiSA » Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:53 pm

Thanks for the excellent assistance Cheetahlady

Very excited
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Re: December Trip: The North

Unread post by wildflowergirl » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:59 am

Some road recommendations for the north:

Crooks corner
drive the S63, you will drive it to get to Pafuri picnic spot where you will enjoy some more lovely scenery.
Red rocks
Tshanga lookout (not too sure of the spelling of Tshanga lookout though)


Here is a bit of an appetizer of the S63 - it is a beautiful road

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Re: December Trip: The North

Unread post by johanrebel » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:56 am

BerkiSA wrote:Hi All

We have booked 5 nights in the North at Punda Maria, Fafuri Boarder Camp, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Camp (private) and Mopani.

Can anyone please advise, especially on below points:

-are their many cats in that region


That's a rather big region!

1. Makuleke CNP (Pafuri Camp). Lions are very scarce. Leopards rather plentiful. Cheetah two or three times in the last dozen years. African Wild Cat probably quite common, seen on night drives. Caracal rarely seen. Serval may occur, but I've never seen one.

2. Border Camp. Lions uncommon, but can be encountered anywhere. Leopards pretty common. For some reason I see them more often on that dreadful tar road to the border than along the river. Cheetah very rare.

3. Punda. Lions not that common. Leopards pretty common. Cheetah infrequent, except for the shrub mopane along the H1.

4. Shingwedzi. Lions quite common. Best bet along the H1, especially the Boyela - Babalala stretch. Leopards common, especially along the rivers. Decent chance of Cheetah in the mopane scrub.

5. Mopani I usually just drive past in the middle of the day, so I'm not going to venture an opinion.

In general there are fewer lions up North than in the South, but you do get several very big prides.

Not that common is not the same thing as commonly seen.

Johan

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Re: December Trip: The North

Unread post by carolv » Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:48 pm

Hi BerkiSA

CheetahLady has given you some of the best roads in the area. We regularly stay at camps in the North and will be back at Punda and Shingwedzi in November. Looking back over our last 2 trips (November 2016 and March 2017) we had an amazing Lion sighting (Plus a host of other animals) at Klopperfontein and along the Mahonie Loop. Whilst at Shingwedzi we had a pride of Lions near Red Rocks and along the road south towards Kanniedood. Also had really special Leopard sightings near Red Rocks but on the north side of the river. Have a wonderful trip and ENJOY EVERYTHING you see


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