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S1 Doispane Road

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S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by Amedeus » Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:24 pm

What is your view on this road?
When driving this road in July we saw Lions, elephant, buffalo, impala, zebra, Giraffe and Wildebeest.
But for me this road isn't about the animals it's special, do you want to know why?
It is the start of your long awaited Kruger holiday the sounds,the sights,the smells and of course the heat! :) Please post your experiences of the road here!

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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:12 pm

For those who don't know, it is the road from Phabeni Gate to Skukuza.

I agree Amadeus, it is a very special road. It covers a number of eco zones with the possibilty of many sightings.
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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by oddesy » Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:22 pm

3 years ago we stayed in Hazyview and went into the park everyday, using mainly phabeni. It really is a great road with lots of game. As MM said it also covers a large number of ecozones so the variety is great. :)
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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by jb72 » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:46 am

We saw the big pride of lions near the dam again on Saturday morning. There were 8 cubs, and they were playing in the road. One of the females was injured, and was bleeding on her head, and had a bad limp. Hopefully she'll recover soon !

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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by Bush Boi » Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:40 am

Hi Guys! Think its an awesome road,def in my top 3!
Last week tuesday was in for a full day and saw 3 leopards in 10 minutes!!
One was in a tree just past the nwaswitshaka road. While viewing another report came of a female just 2kms down the road lying alongside it! As we got there she was walking nextto the road in the direction of some monkeys in a tree! She lost interest and moved off! As we started the car and looked up, there was a huge old male walking straight down the road towards us! Was amazing and like nothing other! Saw pack of wild dogs just past nyamundwa the next day!

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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by zaza » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:39 am

Hi Bush Boi, how lucky can one be to see 3 leopard in 10 min. Remember the Doispane road as one of my dads favourites when we where kids.
I will always admire him for learing us one of the good things in life, and that of visiting the Kruger Park. Still do so and could never get enough. Was there in Des. 08 and look forward for our trip in March.


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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by christo » Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:15 am

If I look back at my notes, this road has produced more predator sightings for me than any other. All the large predators are seen regularly and a few smaller ones as well.

Agree with MM, the variety is special.
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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:44 pm

In the old days before the existence of Phabeni gate I used to take this road early in the morning when staying at Skukuza or Pretoriuskop and had many good wild dog sightings and also leopard a few times.

These days whenever I have entered the park from Phabeni gate, at gate opening time, I have seen lion in the vicinity of the Nyamundwa Dam. The lion roaring was seen here and a few kilometers from this lion we saw a leopard and further down the road Hyenas that had a den close to the road and pups all over the place.

White Rhino and ellies also seen regularly.

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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by harrys » Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:40 pm

This road has been very rewarding for me too,last year returning from boksburg we entered at Pabeni and it was pouring,I still said to everyone today we wont see anything,how wrong I was.About 5 kms in we saw 10+ rhinos with babys,at the t-junction we saw a pack off haynas with babys aswell,near Skukuza we saw Kudus,impalas and Baboons.
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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by Donny » Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:51 pm

Have never seen anything major on this road but nevertheless really enjoy it.
Closest big sighting I had was a leopard that I just missed by a few seconds in October 08.
It happened to sit directly under my vehicle in a culvert beneath the road.
Waited for a fairly lengthy period but with no luck.
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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by Foxy » Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:57 pm

Saw wilddog there about 2 weeks ago - running up the road towards us and then just lay down on the side of the road - great sighting.


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Unread post by Richprins » Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:45 pm

Can anyone remember and therefore compare the road from BEFORE it was tarred vs after?

A leopard-in-grass sighting in 1988 is all that stands out for me! :hmz:

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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by Zeeman » Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:51 am

I have taken this road many times and it has been a mixed bag

Last year May we saw a leopard in a tree with a kill , an odd elephant and rhino.

On a sunset drive from Skukuza the rangers took us on a drive on Doispane Road. We saw 3 seperate leopard sightings .

Its a good 35km road and I prefer Skukuza- Lower Sabie road

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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by Marx » Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:30 pm

The S1 is a road of mixed fortunes! Drove it from Skukuza to Phabeni and saw only Impala and zebra! When we came back we saw lion, elphant and rhino!!
BB- same hear. Drove this road in December and missed a leopard 3 times! But the scenery makes up for these nearly sightings!!

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Re: S1 Doispane Road

Unread post by michel367 » Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:40 pm

As beautiful as that scenery allways is they sightings are always mixed up.
One can drive that road up and down without a great sighting to see and the, when you least expect it, the most beautiful sighting you have ever seen. :lol:

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