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Re: The S100

Unread post by Anja Barnard » Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:04 am

We've had numerous good sightings on the S100 during the last 4 years including leopard with two cubs and other leopard sightings, numerous lions with cubs sightings, cheetah, breeding herds of ellies, rhinos, hainas etc.

But we have also driven this road without seeing any game, even early in the mornings, just like with any other road in Kruger. You are never guaranteed. Still.. the S100 (together with the S28 LS - Croc bridge) remains our favourite road(s) in Kruger.

Even if you see nothing on the S100, the field along this road is beautifull and for me personally the road/field has this "high expectancy/good probability which I don't know how to describe look". Especially just before gate closing time.

I must admit that during holiday months, the road do become overcrowded and the dust is anoying. Maybe this will start creating more "S100 dislikers" not travelling the road any more causing less traffic and dust on the road and the "S100 fans" can enjoy the road even more. :dance: (joke) :roll: :D

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Re: The S100

Unread post by saraf » Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:58 am

You know, I don't care that the S100 is "quiet" or "no animals". Its the road in the KNP that most screams "Africa" to me and I love it. I think this time I am going to video the drive, so I can relive it when I'm back in cold, wet, soggy England.
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Re: The S100

Unread post by Wild Dreamer » Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:40 pm

Hi Cheetah2111! Hope you come back with a load of good reports about the S100!
What I love about that road is that, besides the chance of good sightings (like anywhere else I guess), it runs alongside the river and there are lovely spots to pull off the road and simply enjoy the beauty and calmness of the scenery.
One such event had us close-up to a Fish-eagle, a meter or two away, and before it flew off it tilted back its head and gave its call. Awesome moment.
Hope you experience real great moments there too!

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Re: The S100

Unread post by Martial Eagle » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:53 pm

This road never fails to deliver.
I've seen all big five and plenty more of general game.
In August we had a pride of 12 lioness's including 2 cubs at the windmill drinking water & then walked back across the road to meet the male who was waiting for them.
His companion that we've seen most years in the same vicinity was not around.
My friends had seen him a few days earlier, but said he looked in a terrible condition.
This road give the best sunrise of all in KP in MHO. :D

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Re: The S100

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:42 pm

I can vouch for that Christo! :D
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Re: The S100

Unread post by adw » Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:42 pm

The S100 used to be my most productive road as far as the big cats are concerned.
But lately I am having more luck on the gravel roads south of Satara.
But don't get me wrong I still travel the S100 early mornings (I am usually first out of camp) the because of the exciting sightings still being recorded by other forumites. '
However I have given up driving on the S100 in the evenings because of the S100 Powder (unless it rains)
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Re: The S100

Unread post by Lanzerac » Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:11 am

One of the well recognised warhorses from the S100.

We sometimes have to get bread and milk while staying at Balule and then travel down the tar road to Satara and then onto Nwanedzi for breakfast and have to take the S100.

The reason why I used the big zoom and cut out all the background was that he was part of a group of 4 lions at a buffalo kill that was lying 40 metres from the road right out tin the open.
It would have made a beautiful shot with the lions and the buff and a few Jackal in the background framed by Thorn trees further back.
Unfortunately the Satara 'leeumanne' had made a laager of chrome covered Japanese 4x4 Bakkies about 30 we counted right around this kill.
Some were parked 100metres into the veld...

I took this shot and then took pics of some of the visible bakkies and their reg nos and as it was close to Satara I switched my cell on and phoned the Section Ranger which is what should be done in cases like this as reception especially at resort camps like Satara are too busy.
I then went straight to Nwanedzi with no traffic in sight as they were all parked in the veld.

Apparently that kill had been there for 2 days and right from the beginning the crowds just drove far into the veld and that seems to be the norm there as one very annoyed 'grootpens' gentleman confronted me at Nwanedzi as I was enjoying my fried eggs and baked beans under the shelter with the family.
He told me in no uncertain terms that 'How dare I phone authorities to have him removed from his lions'
So obviously conservation staff did go and sort it out.
Pity it wasn't done the day before.
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Re: The S100

Unread post by sharky74 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:42 pm

Have just returned from my third trip to Kruger and so far the S100 hasn't delivered :
( I think the sighting board at Satara can drive you crazy though, when you see all those pins and your seeing nothing and I have my doubts about the validity of some of the pins :hmz:

I did get to see a bull ellie in musth on the S100 in early March, but no predators yet.
Although I swear I scanned EVERY tree looking for my elusive first leopard (since achieved elsewhere in Kruger :thumbs_up: )
Also got to see a small breeding herd of ellies walking through the riverbed with youngsters in tow.
There was a good sized croc (2m) on the bank and it didn't flinch at all when the ellies came past.

A few days previously I met a couple who saw a pride of lions take down a buffalo calf on the S100, then had the buffalo herd return and chase the lions up a tree.
Eventually the calf died anyway and the buffalo left, the lions came down the trees and ate the calf.
They watched all this for over 3 hours, and I saw some video footage they took and it looked like another Battle at Kruger!
To top it off it was their first day on safari. Unbelievable luck :shock:

So the S100 can obviously produce, but just not for me yet. Oh well just going to have to go back to Kruger again.
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Re: The S100

Unread post by Wild Dreamer » Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:05 am

And I say: Do not underestimate the S100. The day it delivers, it gives everything it has and it is good!
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The big 5 on the S 100

Unread post by Timandmel » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:02 pm

My family and I have been visiting Kruger on a fairly regular basis for many years and when we stay at Satara, we always have to make the ride along the S100,or the dirt road to nwanetsi, our very first drive in that area, as its always been one of the best roads in Kruger, to see lots of game, and on many occasions, we have seen the big 5, and including Cheetah, we always used to see some or other preditor. But for the last 3 years or so, it has been very dissappointing,you don't even see much general game and when there are no general game in the area, then there won't also be preditors .Has anyone else, who have also been regular visitors, also noticed this accurance. :x

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Re: The big 5 on the S 100

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:45 am

I have had mixed fortunes on the S100, but I love it regardless of what I see.


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Re: The big 5 on the S 100

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:44 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:Leopard on S100? (part of big 5). You must have been extremely lucky, because I have hardly heard of this.
I would have thought so as well and we have never been so lucky either but it seems Katydownunder was! Here

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Re: The big 5 on the S 100

Unread post by Donny » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:17 am

I'm not sure how often leopards are seen on the S100 but my best luck with leopards on this road has been a total of 5.

One was a mother with 2 cubs a few years back and in May 2010 we had seen 2 leopards together near a watering hole staking out impala that weren't too far off. Nothing did happen though..

Another of the Big 5 which I haven't seen all that often on this road has been rhino.
As for lion well all I can say is that it has delivered tons of sightings for me. From prides numbering close to 20 to lone males just hanging out more often than not the S100 has delivered.
I think in 2009 they were so common during my visit that I had began to view them like impala & give them the cursory glance and continue on my merry way.

Overall it IS a Big 5 road and long may it continue.

Irrespective of the sightings I see or not I find it to be a beautiful road to drive on.
Don't know when I'll be there again but can't wait !!!
Need to get there soon !!!

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Re: The S100

Unread post by Ert » Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:53 pm

The great S100...
we have some great spottings on it Juli 2010: :cam:

- lion pride with 7 lions
- lion pride 2 male, 7 lioness and 11 cubs
- lion kill ( buffalo) 2-3 mtr next to the road
- lot´s of hyeana on morning drive
- Elephant herds, rhino´s, and many giraffe , waterbuck´s...

We love the S 100 :thumbs_up:


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Re: The S100

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