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H-10 Between Lower Sabie and Tshokwane

Unread post by Richprins » Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:43 pm

This was the third last tarred road to be built in the Park, before the Phalaborwa-Mopani road and the revamped Doispane Road . (Unless you count the entrance road to Pafuri border post!)

It is surely one of the most reliable roads for unimpeded views of a huge array of Kruger animals! (Nkumbe lookout is excluded here, BTW :twisted: )

My experiences:

Lion kills, or attempted, at Loskop and Hillside windmills.

Numerous other lion spottings.

Leopard in tree near Hillside.

White Rhino

Eland south of Nkumbe (An individual that probably came from some god-forsaken private reserve!)

Plenty reedbuck.

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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:38 pm

I have also seen 3 cheetahs near the Muntshe turnoff to the north. Those plains there are also full of zebs and wildebeest during the 'Kruger migration' periods. Almost always find rhino along the road near Muntshe too.
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Unread post by Maargat G » Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:28 am

Seen Duke on this road not to far from the bridge going over the Sabie.
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Unread post by alf » Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:32 am

I drove this road on saturday and only saw buffalo and girrafe on it. The rest of the raod was boaring. It's very dry but Nkumbe's view made up for it. Amazing view over Kruger.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:55 pm

Yip, one of those cold and hot blowing roads.

Also saw numerous lions on it, and my only two sightings of attempted hunts.

Saw both species of Reedbuck on it.

Verreaux's Eagle Owl nesting.

Leopard stalk and kill at nearby Orpen dam.

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:43 pm

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Unread post by bornfree » Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:17 am

Just back from Kruger. Did this road 3 times,viewing was amazing. I saw the biggest herds of zebra,wildebeest and buffalo, many rhino every time, herds of elephant, small herds of waterbuck, kudu, 5 jackal, lion and plenty of other animals and birds.
During my trip in Feb 08 this road was very quiet but even if the animals are scarce its always very scenic, its well worth the drive.

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Unread post by Donny » Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:22 am

Never had any major sightings on this road up until April/May this year.

- Saw pride of 6 lions(5 females & 1 lovely male) walking on this road and thereafter an attempted impala hunt at about 5:30pm.Really exciting stuff.

About 2 hours prior to this 3 cheetah were seen closer to the Londozi mountain range. Unfortunately I never got to see them but other members of the family spent over 2 hours with them.I was headed for Duke Watering hole at the time.
They also saw a serval :mrgreen: just b4 they caught up with the lion sighting.

- Seen great action involving 2 tawny eagles where 1 came dive-bombing onto the other one which had just made a bird kill of some sorts.A real exchange of combat took place after which the invader made off with the spoils.

- Probably the best sighting for me was a 1.5 - 2m long monitor lizard ? that was walking on the road for about 40m just 2km south of Nkumbe. Its tongue constantly trying to detect anything of interest. It eventually made off into the bush just as it was within 3m off the car.

I have seen the rest of the big5 with exception of leopard on this road and the biggest herds of zebra & wildebeest that I have seen in the park.Going into the thousands I would assume (2004).

Rest of general game seen as well as ostrich.

I always find time for this road.Really scenic drive... :D

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:17 pm

Unusual sightings on this road.

Large herd of buffs, 400+
Large herd of zebra, 600+
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Unread post by bornfree » Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:36 pm

Short addition, my folks have been visiting Kruger every year since 1958, and this has always been a favourite road of theirs, they say if all else fails go try the H10.

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Re: H-10 Between Lower Sabie and Tshokwane

Unread post by MarkWildDog » Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:13 pm

Seemed to be a very nice road when we travelled it a bit- we ran into a herd of a about 20 giraffe zig zagging forwards and backwards in the road. :?

Road was also incredibly busy, but when we turned off onto the Mlondozi loop we spotted black rhino, Duke and a cheetah trio. Hmmm. Maybe thats a sign. But hopefully will travel this road more often in future, thats when i am my own person. :roll:

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Re: H-10 Between Lower Sabie and Tshokwane

Unread post by kaka_sparrow » Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:21 pm

in june when i went i was priveledged enough to see a serval. k n i was there this weekend (friday 22nd aug 2008 to sunday 24th aug 2008) of which i traveled this road on friday afternoon round about 4pm and we seen 5 cheetah chasing a warthog, and since the grass is burnt on one side had an exceptional view!! one cheetah managed to grasp the warthog but somehow it managed to escape into a burrow. it was the most amazing thing ever!!! ive always wanted to see a cheetah chase and thankfully this weekend i was in luck!! 8)
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Re: H-10 Between Lower Sabie and Tshokwane

Unread post by Donny » Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:14 am

jb72 wrote:I think this is my new favourite road in the park. On Saturday morning we found a huge male lion crossing the bridge. After that we found two male cheetahs walking in the road marking their teritory. Then we found two male lions lying in the road, and round the next corner we found 5 cheetahs in the road. Undoubtably my best sighting ever. The 4 cubs were chasing each other, playing around and just being silly. Awesome experience ! Best of all we were the only car at all these sightings !!!!:lol:


Thats some WOW sightings.

I too drove this road on Saturday-15/11 but never had that much luck.

Got to see lots of rhino, then saw a carcass with lots of vulture activity near Muntshe mountain.

What times did you have all these sightings ? Would be really keen to know as I drove this road in the morning at about 08:30am after coming from C/Bridge.
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Re: H-10 Between Lower Sabie and Tshokwane

Unread post by Donny » Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:49 am

jb72 wrote:Hi Donny - We left Lower Sabie as soon as the gates opened, and were the first car out. Luckily we saw the big male lion on the bridge, and we soon left him. He must have worked as the perfect roadblock, as we never saw another car for the rest of the morning.....

We too saw the carcass, but there was nothing around. It was still fairly dark, so we were wondering if something had brought it down during the night. We stayed for a while, but could not see any activety around. Just goes to show how quick the vultures pick it up.


Thanks for the reply bj72.

I think we saw the same big male at about 7.30am. He was sleeping in the open just past the bridge headed towards CB. He had quite a following.

As your sightings have proved early morning gives you great opportunities for special sightings. I am really :mrgreen: at what you saw on the same road.

The carcass did seem to be that of a warthog,not too sure though :huh:
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Re: H-10 Between Lower Sabie and Tshokwane

Unread post by ruud » Thu Nov 27, 2008 9:51 am

Hi,

we've seen many many lions, on the road, but also a few times with a kill. Once we saw a serval very close by and also tsessebe. And not to miss, many white rhinos, large herd of zebras and many ellies. When we are in Kruger, we never forget this road. 8)

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