Re: Mphongolo loop s56

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Re: Mphongolo loop s56

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Loove this road 8) my favourite in the park :dance: The scenery just does it for me.

Agree with the ellies up here, have also been chased down the road by a stubborn young guy on more than one occasion. Also had a buffalo road block that took almost an hour to get round. Leopard sightings, lion as well :thumbs_up:
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Even though I have not seen a lot of wildlife on this route the beautiful scenery will always bring me back. There is not a lot of roads like that in KNP.
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I posted earlier that if there were ellies at close quarters I would give it a miss........and then I realised that we had actually travelled this road in March!! :redface:

I can only reiterate what most of you are saying........it is stunning, and luckily for me, the day we travelled there were no ellies in sight. :dance: :dance:

We did however see a huge herd of buffs near Shingwedzi. :big_eyes:
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Worst road ever. :tongue: Driving the road from Shingwedzi we didn't see a ellie on the first part of the road before the first "get out point" to the main road. Must have seen close to 200 elephants on the second part of the road and didn't dare take the third part. Scared the living heck out of me and felt like they were just there to annoy me... :lol:

We also saw plenty of other game including baby impala and buffalo.
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saraf wrote::lol: It certainly isn't a road for the faint-hearted.



I had two thoughts in my mind, the best way to tackle a fear is to face it head on and what better way than to drive the elephant road? Also, surely it couldn't be like everyone has written and said? There cannot be that many elephants on that road...right? I was wrong on both occasions...I am still spooked around elephants and the road did have as many elephants as I read all those years ago! :D
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Hi Rose! :yaya:

The first time I read about this road was in high school, when reading a wonderful book about the Kruger, big coffee table book with lots of information and roads of interest. There was the first mention I had of the elephant road. Since I realized I seem a little nervous around elephants with my father driving, and recently even with me at the wheel, more out of a lack of confidence on what would irritate them for me and my father trying to tickle them when he sees one, I never even thought about this road. But I am glad we took it this year.

I would suggest to anyone to try this road. It has some beautiful views of the river and the massive herds, or many small herds all together across the river was wonderful to see. The amount of elephant we saw was incredible. I will post what I have in the trip report...and some pictures on here as well.
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