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The best lookout point/Perfect spot in Kruger?

Unread post by BunnyHugger » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:16 am

Close to Skukuza is Mathekenyani which also has a spectacular view of the park but that is also in the south.

The north (I think is more flat so lookout points are not as numerous.
I love the view point close to Letaba.
It overlooks the Engelhard dam from a distance and is well worth a visit.

Depending on how far north you are going, the view from the old stone settlement close to Pafuri also has a great view.

The view from Olifants over the river is really good as is the view from N'Wanetsi.
Nwamanzi, close to Olifants several 100 meters from the Olifants turnoff on the Satara / Olifants tar road is also worthy of visiting.
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Re: The best lookout point in Kruger?

Unread post by forestgump » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:22 am

Tshanga lookout is worth a visit at end of red rocks route ( S52 dirt road ) , south west of shingwedzi, just before Bateleur bushveld camp.
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Re: The best lookout point in Kruger?

Unread post by DuQues » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:25 am

Tshanga! Beyond a shadow of doubt.

And if you are in doubt, check it's topic and that of the R52 (Red rocks loop) which you'll be travelling to get to it.
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Re: The best lookout point in Kruger?

Unread post by woodlin » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:35 am

Not really a view point, but what's that lovely picnic spot between Letaba and Shingwedzi on the one gravel road - isn't it "Mooi-something" not "Mooiplaas" though I don't think?? There is the thatched area right on the river-bed, no fences and we have seen awesome sightings of Big Tuskers there. Very secluded and chilled.

Of course agree too that the view from Olifants is special as is the one from Nwanetsi and then who coould neglect to mention Crooks Corner (also not elevated) at Pafuri. Oh what the .... - the whole of Kruger is one special viewpoint!! :D
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Re: The best lookout point in Kruger?

Unread post by cedron » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:41 am

In the North, Tshanga and Red Rocks are a MUST!
Besides the lookout at Olifants camp and N'wamanzi, the Olifants Lookout on the dirt road north of Oifants (S44) is also a MUST!
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Re: The best lookout point in Kruger?

Unread post by Hippotragus » Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:07 pm

Nkumbe - have seen quite a lot from there, though not on recent trips. Lovely wide-open grassland that seems to stretch forever.

Mlondozi - view from the picnic site is fantastic. On one occasion we saw elephant, rhino, buffalo and lion at the same time.

Olifants - either from the lookout at the camp itself, or from the lookout point on the S44. Wonderful view of the river and the mountains - elephants can be a bonus.

Crooks' corner - you can see 3 countries at once and hundreds of crocs!!

Though, as someone else has said, the whole park is a "viewpoint" in one way or another!
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Re: The best lookout point in Kruger?

Unread post by Scipio » Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:39 pm

I agree with Tshanga, Redrocks, but there is another one not on the map, overlooking the Ngwenyeni Spruit that is brilliant. :thumbs_up: Few k's short of the Letaba River from Phalaborwa Gate way. :dance:

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Re: The best lookout point in Kruger?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:50 pm

Add to previously mentioned,

1. Olifants
2. The view site at the Olifants turn off on the tar road.
3. Mantambeni hide north of Letaba
4. The view site on the Olifants river loop (north)
5. Grootvlei dam wall
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Re: The best lookout point in Kruger?

Unread post by nightjar » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:58 pm

Tshanga is certainly one of the best views in the park and usually quiet.
Some other good viewpoints:
Shibavantsengele (of the S50) - although you cannot get out there.
The Engelhard Dam road (S62) - coming back downhill towards the dam.
Mlaleni hill, north of the H1-1 Napi Road (visited on a morning bushwalk from Skukuza) - an impressive number of rhino can be seen from there.

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Re: The best lookout point in Kruger?

Unread post by Bennievis » Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:01 am

The view at Nhlanganini on the H-9 near Letaba. (November 2009)
This leopard was resting under the tree on the right when I arrived.

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Re: The Perfect spot

Unread post by michel367 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:26 pm

I actually have two such spots.

Tshanga if you would think away Bateleur Bushveld camp, because of it's unique placing in the KNP, it's perfect views and solitude.

The Renoster Koppies because you get the feeling that you can see over the whole of Kruger and you are all alone there.

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Re: The Perfect spot

Unread post by Eugene123 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:33 pm

Two places come to mind:
1.Crooks Corner with the wide open river ahead, fever tree forest behind you and bird song to calm the soul.
2. End of the Nyala Road looking towards Lanner Gorge surrounded by the stillness of the mountains and seeing raptors patrolling their areas.
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