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H3 Malelane-Skukuza Road

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Unread postby christo » Sat Aug 26, 2006 11:11 pm

I would not bet my money on it being the best wilddog road, as I've seen wilddogs more often between Lower Sabie and Crocodile bridge (4 times ) and Skukuza and Tshokwane (3 times) than on the H3 (1 time).

This is an excellent road. Have seen all the big 5 (including black rhino) from this road. Many rare sightings as well. This road just gets a little busy in peak times for my liking.
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:38 am

Believe me this is the best road in the Park to see Wild Dogs.

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Unread postby christo » Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:06 am

As wilddog packs have their dens at different locations each litter, you will find that the area where a densite is has the biggest probability of delivering a sighting.

therefor the areas change as the wilddogs move. remember they can travel vast distances a day.

About 10-15 years ago Punda maria was a hot spot for the dogs. Now they are seen there less.


Pretoriuskop has also proved to be a good wilddog area over the years.
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:08 am

I know that Christo, I've have been gathering info from forumites & this road has produced the most sightings followed by the H1-1, H5, S26, H7 & H4-2.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 28, 2006 7:36 am

Only thing of note constantly seen here was Rhinos. But have seen huge herds of zebra and blue wildebeest just south of Afsaal.

Also once nearly drove OVER a SERVAL coming down from the Skukuza, Pkop junction on the H3. Serval wasn't very happy with me. Gave me a "nice going a$$wipe" look before it trotted off into the bush.

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Unread postby Obelix » Mon Aug 28, 2006 1:59 pm

Only travelled this road once, way too busy to our liking, but Ishare Christo's view as far as the big five is concerned - it gave us a stalking leopard, pride of lion, plenty of rhino and elephant from 07:00 to 09:00 in one morning.

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Unread postby Stoffel » Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:42 am

According to my records this road is a total of 48.5 km between Malelane Gate and the H1-1 junction. I have travelled a total of 411.9 km on the H3 since 1987. My personal experience is that it has never proven to be a particurlay good road. I have seen leopard, lion and white rhino on this road (and love travelling this road), but I will not regard it as an exceptional good road for game viewing.
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Unread postby christo » Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:31 pm

I've found the best sightings in summer time if I leave Berg & Dal at 04:30 when predators are common on the road. I usually break at Afsaal and again at Skukuza, after visiting Renosterkoppies & Stevenson Hamilton look out. Eat breakfast at Skukuza at +- 8 and drive back at a steady pace, arriving back in Berg & Dal at +- 11:00.
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Unread postby bucky » Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:53 am

Its a hit and miss road in my opinion , ill give it a 6/10
Sometimes you can see absolutely nothing , and sometimes plenty .
The grass can get very long also .

I like jock waterhole area , and find this bit very good .

Have seen wild dogs a few times along here , as well as cheetah,leopard and black rhino .

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Unread postby bert » Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:12 am

Lovely scenery along this road.
Travelled it twice. in July
The route from Berg en Dal to Afsaal 4 times

Apart from the sleeping white rhino near Afsaal nothing special
And of course the sidestriped Jackal near Skukuza

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Re: H3 Malelane-Skukuza Road

Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:20 pm

Zeeman wrote:This road is a mixed bag ,

Other times the road can drag on without anything and it is a long road .


...my experience of just about every road in Kruger!!!!! The H3 can be really great - or 'boring' but the scenery is always good anyway.
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Re: H3 Malelane-Skukuza Road

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:03 pm

I have seen a few white rhino on this road, and a DCG and a gymnogene!

Doggies, no, but just off it south of Afsaal once, but I would not ride it as a 'hot' road.
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Re: H3 Malelane-Skukuza Road

Unread postby TheunsH » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:00 pm

For me the H3 is a sizzling HOT road especially on exiting!! :hmz:

Herewith some sightings we had before exiting at Malelane:

January 2009
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January 2009
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January 2009
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December 2009
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And herewith a special sighting we had when we entered at Malelane:

January 2009:
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During the past years we have seen leopards, rhinos and ellies on the H3. Kwaggaspan on the H3 is also a winner with great sightings of lions, etc, etc!

The H3 is a HOT road for us indeed!! :thumbs_up:

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Re: H3 Malelane-Skukuza Road

Unread postby michel367 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:03 pm

Never had much luck on this road in the past 6 years. :wall:
We had some nice sightings on it of some rhino, Ellies, Giraffe etc, but no really WhoW sightings. :hmz:
Who knows. Maybe in March I shall be just as lucky as Theuns. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: H3 Malelane-Skukuza Road

Unread postby ecojunkie » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:13 pm

Today on a 'business' trip to Skukuza the road gave us zebs, wildebeest, warties, dwarf mongoose, banded mongoose, slender mongoose, impala, giraffe, ellies, cheetah and leopard. - We were not even looking out for animals as time was tight!
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