H1-3 Tshokwane Satara Road.

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H1-3 Tshokwane Satara Road.

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I could not find a thread on this road so I am starting one on this road.
During my last 2 trips to Satara (Nov 09 and Jan 10) I found this to be a most productive road which included numerous sightings of the big 5 including 6 leopard sightings as well as a lion kill.
The Kumana and Mazithi dams are also good birding spots.
General game also abounds.
The traffic can be a bit hectic during the middle of the day as but early mornings and late afternoons are relatively quiet as far as traffic goes.
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Adw, I agree with your post regarding the Kumana and Mazithi dams and we had some great sightings there, but generally speaking the H1-3 wasn't very good for us during numerous visits. We had seen a leopard once and lions on a few occasions, but again this road always feels a bit long!

Thinking about it, we had some great elephant and *** sightings on this road as well! :thumbs_up:
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Hi Theuns, I am with you there on a night drive right now. This was a young female Leopard and I came across her as she was walking on the road. I had her for at least 10 minutes as she continued her walk first on the road and then in the bush alongside the road before another car arrived.
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Have had very good sightings on this road over the years and drive it on a regular basis when I am in the park but I prefer the S100.
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I found this road to be a bit slow this year. The usual suspects (Waterbuck, Impala, Storks) at the waterholes. But not much in between.

Quite a few Elephants between Satara and Nkaya.
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Yep.
It is a good road. Summer and winter.
Lots of sightings there.
Leopard with cub and kill in a tree. Leopard in the riverbed.
Many lions.
Antelopes of different kinds.
Elephants etc. :thumbs_up:
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Lion kittens on road H1-3

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Lion kittens on road H1-3 2km north of Kumana dam
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Re: Lion kittens on road H1-3

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saraf wrote:OMW ekoppen. What an absolutely fantastic sighting.


Thank you all....yes it was quite a morning. We spent almost an hour with them. We spent several hours with them the day before. We can't wait to get back again this year in November.

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Re: H1-3 Tshokwane Satara Road.

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I have never found the H1-3 between Tshokwane and Satara to be very productive except for the section between the H6 (tar road to N'wanetsi) and the bridge over the N'wanetsi River (south of the H7/S100 crossing). I reckon this to be one of the best areas to spot leopard - which we have seen on numerous occasions while travelling this scenic part of the H1-3. We also saw our only hyena kill on this piece of road (September 2002) when 2 spotted heynas caught a waterbuck next to the road.
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Re: H1-3 Tshokwane Satara Road.

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This is one of my favourite tar roads in the park. We have had some wonderful Big 5 sightings along there over the years. And it is one of the most scenic roads in the park, especially by Mazithi and Kumana dams.
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Stoffel wrote:I have never found the H1-3 between Tshokwane and Satara to be very productive except for the section between the H6 (tar road to N'wanetsi) and the bridge over the N'wanetsi River (south of the H7/S100 crossing).


I agree.
The dams along this road can be productive too.
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All three photos taken on the H1-3 during February 2016
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Nice sightings and pics adw! :thumbs_up:
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Re: H1-3 Tshokwane Satara Road.

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Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:Currently things have changed dramatically with the drought. The stretch of river from Tshokwane up to the S86 is alive with animals.


I agree. The H1-3 between Satara (especially in the Kumana Dam area) produced lots of game during June this year. If you did not see lions and leopards on this road on any given day (first week of June), you surely did not keep your eyes open. The Kumana pride was to be seen everyday - sometimes next to the dam and on other days next to the road leading to the Boabab tree. And leopard sightings were common on the stretch of road along the N'wanetsi between the S100 and H6 junctions (in my opinion the best piece of road in Kruger to stand a chance to see leopard).
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