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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:23 pm

Great thread this one.

Never seen an Eland or Hartebees in KNP,but Sable and Rohan have made an appearance or two in the past. My favourite buck has to be the Nyala. That Shaggy coat gets me every time. To me the males look like bearded antelope.

For our trip in May I'm hoping to see any and all of the 5 mentioned before, though I doubt the Eland is possible as we'll only be venturing up to Satara.
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:31 am

We've seen Sable on two occasions. Both times the Talamati herd on 2 different trips. Roan at N'wamba Pan. Tsessebe just outside Babalala, between Pafuri and Punda, next to the Giriyondo road and N'wamba Pan. Suni on a nightdrive from Punda on the Mahonie Loop. With the last one it was good to have it identified and confirmed by the driver.

We still haven't seen Eland and Liechtenstein's in Kruger.

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Roan & Sable sightings

Unread post by Marten » Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:31 pm

Where are the best spots to see Roan and Sable antelope? We saw two Sable at the Shitlhave dam turnoff in September last year, the first in about ten years. Having been a regular visitor for more than 50 years I cannot remember the last time we saw Roan, or maybe I am suffering from memory loss. Will be in Shingwedzi in May and hope to find some Roan.

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Re: Roan & Sable sightings

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:15 pm

Marten, have a read through Roan Antelope also Sable
Lots of great info and advice in those as to where they are usually seen.
But from my side Sable are more often seen on the S36 and even down as far as around the Kruger Tablets area.
We have seen Roan mostly above Shingwedzi around Babalala area.
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Re: Roan & Sable sightings

Unread post by Sky » Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:23 pm

Talamati area for Sable and Capricorn loop for Roan
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Re: Roan & Sable sightings

Unread post by PietSkiet » Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:42 pm

Hi Marten,

My one and only Roan sigting was in the Shingwedzi area, driving to Kanniedood dam, so hope you have some luck there. Have to agree with Elsa regaridng Sable, 95% of sightings have been on the S36
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by davidhein » Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:15 am

We saw tsessebe and eland (first time for both in Kruger!) about 1km east the Tihongonyeni water hole on the s143. We were extremely lucky to see both at the same time! But trying to get a photo was near impossible, the eland were quite far off to the right hand side, and the tsessebe were standing in grass almost neck height on the left side of the road. But was still an amazing sighting none the less and we spent quite a bit of time there!
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by onewithnature » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:08 am

Nice sighting indeed, DavidHein. :clap: Tsessebe are regularly seen around that waterhole, but the eland is especially excellent, despite being "unphotoable".
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by Afriphile » Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:07 am

If you like your "rare" antelope,like I do then give Mokala NP a try.
We have just had 2 nights there , on way to KTP,and saw many Roan,Eland,Tsessebe,and even Nyala and Blesbok.
We missed seeing Sable but saw Aardwolf on night drive.
Lovely park with great accomodation and staff. having no large predators takes the pressure off having to find a cat!

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by umtali1 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:47 am

Afriphile wrote:If you like your "rare" antelope,like I do then give Mokala NP a try.
We have just had 2 nights there , on way to KTP,and saw many Roan,Eland,Tsessebe,and even Nyala and Blesbok.
We missed seeing Sable but saw Aardwolf on night drive.
Lovely park with great accomodation and staff. having no large predators takes the pressure off having to find a cat!

I can concur with that. :thumbs_up: We had the most fantastic trip to Mokala last year seeing all sorts of rare antelope. :clap: . The pics are in our TR, see below. Mokala is a nugget in itself :dance:
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Re: All of the Antelope! Personal Stories and Advice

Unread post by Afriphile » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:33 pm

Hi Chop13,
Before I reply,please bear in mind that the seasons,and especially the recent rains,will have a influence on distribution of all animals.
Sable. In my experience they are most reliably seen on the S36 from Jones dam upto Talamati bushcamp.
Hartebeest. Last December we saw them every time we we were on the H2-2,Vortreker road,around the Komapiti waterhole.Group of 5.
Tsessebe. Probably the easiest.Letaba to Mopani and Tropic of Capricorn loop.
Roan. Saw them last year just south of Mopani.
Good luck in your searches but remember that Pretoriouskop is a possible for all,except Roan,and don't forget Mountain Reedbuck,around Berg en Dahl.
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Re: All of the Antelope! Personal Stories and Advice

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:23 am

Hi Chop, I also love the antelope and my wish list is to see each species not only in Kruger, but in other Parks as well.

I have seen Sable twice in the Pretorius Kop area. My one sighting was after devastating fire and there was not too much bush to hide in. I have also had a Tsessebe sighting in that area on the Voortrekker road. When I was there one May, there was seemingly a small group coming down to Shitlehave dam to drink at sunset.

I have had a few Reedbuck sightings close to Lake Panic. They are so shy that the sightings were all rather brief.

From reading trip reports, Talamati seems the best place to see Sable.

I have had lots of Tsessebe sightings in the Mopani area and also close to Punda.

I have seen ?Mountain Rhebok on the S50 when staying at Tzendze.

My Roan sightings have been more around the Punda area. Sadly many Roan in that area were killed by anthrax a few years ago. :(

I have yet to see Eland in Kruger. I have however seen them in Mapungubwe. I have also seen Gemsbok in Mapungubwe.
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Rare Antelope in Kruger

Unread post by shortcourse » Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:46 am

Hi all
I have read with interest various guidebooks on Kruger where they have noted the presence of red duiker, suni and grey rhebok. Has anyone had any sightings of these in the park - it would seem that the red duiker and grey rhebok were confined to the South western regions of the park with suni found in the far north? Are they still around - I would suspect that they had a very limited range and make have become locally extinct many years ago!

Also, on the topic of rare antelope, has anyone spotted roan / sable outside of the Pretoriouskop / Mopani / Talamati regions? Again, I have seen reports of sable in the hilly area between Lower Sabie and Satara (think it's the H5 or H10?) but these are very old references so would be interesting to see forumites responses!

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Re: Rare Antelope in Kruger

Unread post by Crested Val » Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:01 pm

Sable are regularly seen near Pretoriouskop, and at the Kruger Tablets area (and many more areas in the south)

Roan can be seen further north usually for Mopani upwards (though someone will post they have seen them further south no doubt!!!)

You can also see Eland, Tssesebe and Lichstensteins Hartebeest from Mopani upwards.

I saw a Suni in 2009 on the Mahonie Loop, and I have heard of other sightings near Punda Maria around 2009-2011.

I can't help with red and grey rhebok. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Rare Antelope in Kruger

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:54 pm

Hi,

Sable often spotted near the Sabie river/H12 bridge during the drought on the northern bank.
I saw a herd of sable on the S36 about 7 km south of the H7 Orpen to Satara last March, close to the picnic spot....

Enjoy hunting for them!

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