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H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

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H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by cuand » Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:22 pm

Guys,
I have 2 questions:

1. Has anyone travelled this road and seen anything great. We are arriving at phalaborwa on our way to Mopani and cant decide whether to take the H14 up to Mopani or H9 straight to Letaba then up to Mopani.
My gut says take the H14 because I have never been on it (something different) and probably less busier than the H9.

2. What are the road around Mopani like. I have never stayed at this camp and I have seen on other posts that the Shongololo loop is pretty bad with regards sightings. Are there any decent waterholes on shongololo loop or is it better to take "Tropic of Capricorn loop" for waterholes?

Thanks in advance
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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by richardharris » Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:36 pm

Either way can be disappointing in my recent experience! I quite like the H14 though - some great scenery if nothing else. Several good waterholes and views over water on the way up, and the low level crossing across the Letaba.

But it will be a matter of luck.

As for Mopani, we have had some great viewing trips near there - and a couple of very disappointing ones. The bottom end of the Shongololo loop is well worth doing with the two bird hides - but its then a long way round. I have been unlucky - but have a friend who swears by the trip.

I however have been very lucky on the \tropic road and the reed beds on the S50. Elephant, lion, jackal, rare antelope, oistrich, kori bustard etc. Not to forget large buffalo herds.

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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by norms » Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:53 am

Hi ......

Did the H14 last year and had some good Elephant sightings. Also some Hyena, Buffalo and the odd plains game. I would do this route instead of via Letaba - it is scenic and hey ... one never knows what is around the next corner.

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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:51 pm

We took the H14 from Phalaborwa Gate to Mopani in early March this year and although we didn't see a lot of game we did see some nice big tuskers and birds.
We enjoyed the area around Mopani and surprisingly found lots of interesting sightings, altho we didnt do the Shongololo but most of the other roads around there. :D

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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by cuand » Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:26 am

are there any decent waterholes though on this road as it seems that there is only 1 or 2.
anything to stop and sit for awhile at a waterhole?
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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by Dakka » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:14 am

I drove the H14 yesterday to Mopani.

Apart from the normal sightings we had a great sighting of Klipspringers and a magnificent bushbuck ram. Both north of the Letaba. The last section before the T junction was disappointing.

At Mopani my two favorites are the Nwanbapan area on the S144 and the Mooiplaas/Nshawudam area on the S 105. Have had some great sightings there including roan and tsessebe.(spelling)

Enjoy your stay and let’s hope lady luck smiles on you.

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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by norms » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:15 am

cuand -
Your best bet for waterholes on the H14 is Nandzana. Had some big elephants bulls there on my last visit. Stop for a while and see what the bush delivers. Good luck -

Also stop for a while at the bridge over the Letaba river - very relaxing!
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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by G@mespotter » Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:13 pm

Hi cuand :D

We drove around in the area a bit. Your best bets should be the first 3km of the s49, the s50 past all the Nshawu waterholes, especially early morning / late afternoon. Also, the EASTERN part of the s143 (Tropic of Capricorn loop). The western part is usually not that good. This according to Michael who works at Mopnaie! Shongololo loop he says is a hit or miss road... I missed. Lions were around the Mooiplaas waterhole area, and the local guides working there suspect there is a lioness who gave birth in the area recently. Go try your luck :wink:
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Don't miss the Shipandane hide, it's awesome!

The H14 is a very scenic route, we did it on the 8th. Ther are indeed a few waterholes around, and the Letaba river crossing is awesome :)

We encountered buffs and elephants. Don't expect big 5 on the trip, but one never knows what the bush has when it comes to special sightings :dance:

Lasty, enjoy :D
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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by pepperjuice » Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:23 pm

Just back from KNP

A cut from a prev post

" what a ZOO we experienced at S143, Tihongonyeni. About 2 months ago same for me. I think it is my favorite water hole in the area of Mopani. Like East Africa type bush safari.

Highlight, Eland {First for us}, Tsessebe, Buffalo, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Elephant, {last time Ostrich}, No Impala or Giraffe {He He}, truly a site to remember."

Looking at the photos, in Feb it was very green. But give this waterhole a try. I was there around lunch time.

And Eland was very special. "Mads" say the same about the place.
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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by Mgoddard » Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:12 am

Scipio wrote:cuand, I travel the H14 regular & leopard, lion, elephant, wild dog, Rhino, etc is all on the road. The 20 k's before the Letaba river is WILD at the moment.



Great I hope they all stay and wait for me :D

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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by Stoffel » Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:50 pm

If you have the time to do it, I'll give preference to the H9/H1-6 option via Letaba. This recommendation is merely based on my personal experience of both routes. The H14 has (so far) always failed me. Personally I have been quite lucky with wonderful sightings of Eland on the H9 (between the H14- and eastern S51 junctions), lions on the section between Masorini and the S132-junction and also on the Nhlanganini Loop. I have also been lucky on the section of the H1-6 (between the S62- and H15 junctions) with Tsessebe's and quite big herds of buffalo on several occasions. General type of game, although not plentiful, is surely also more common on the H9/H1-6 route than on the S14.

Others might have found their luck to be opposite.
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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by Scipio » Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:36 pm

Stoffel, also a great road esp. from Letabe to the bridge, all depends on luck. The best tuskers are seen on this road. :thumbs_up:

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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by Stoffel » Sun May 29, 2011 8:14 pm

My recommendation in an earlier post was to rather consider the road via Letaba. But since then I stayed in Shimuwini last April (2010) and travelled the H14 on more than one occasion. We were lucky to find a pack of wild dogs (10 in total) on the road as well as lots of elephant. At the low level crossing over the Letaba River we saw a lot of bird activity.

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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by Foreigner » Mon May 30, 2011 3:50 pm

Drove the H14 last year in May. Entered through Phalaborwa Gate and visited Sable Dam forstly. I had plenty of time as I was booked into Shimuwini. Elephant were sighted around Sable Dam; a couple of sizeable Bulls. Then headed up the H14. Elephant and Buffalo sighted on the way to Letaba River bridge. Then, the big one! Coming off the brige a Leopard stepped out in fornt of my car, gave me a long look then walked across into the Bush. I reversed back to the end of the bridge to see if I could find him again. It was definitely a male by the way. He came out near the river bank and settled down under a tree. He had a kill there and obviously felt like a snack; it was just after Lunchtime after all!

I have travelled this road a number of times and have seldom been disappointed. Over time, I have seen the Big 5 plus Hyena and Wid Dogs along there plus an amazing array of Birdlife.

Still, it's a matter of right place at the right time I suppose.
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Re: H14-Phalaborwa to Mopani

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:22 pm

issi wrote:If you are going to go that way check out for the leopard at the Shikumbu koppie we have seen her on more than one occasion!

I will do!! I hope I see the spotty :pray:
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