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Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby Bushcraft » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:12 pm

cheetah2111 wrote:1. Letaba - Mopani tar road!
2. Mopani - Shingwezi tar road!
3. Letaba - Palaborwa tar road!
4. S131 (dirt road going West of Letaba)
5. S140 (Dirt road going from the H7 to Talamati)

my 5 worst :evil:
I agree with 4 of the 5, but the S140, which becomes the S145, cooks for sable and wild dogs. For me I would add the H14, it's always sucked for me, but the entire Letaba area sucks for me. :wink: :lol: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:14 am

DuQues wrote:Mopane and good sightings don't really combine.....


:lol: I agree the areas north of Letaba are not good for sightings rather visit the South :eviltreath: . I wish someone with authority could settle the dispute which one of the northern or southern Kruger are the best and declare the Northern Kruger the supreme best
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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:59 am

Mmmm, interesting. :hmz:

I love the H4-1 out of holidays. In holidays, its a nightmare.

I have yet to be captivated by the road between Letaba and Mopani.

S94 and S46, gravel roads close to Olifants in winter. I would like to try them in summer.

The S60, close to Punda can be a bit disappointing... and bumpy.

Mopani to the R52 turn off. Once you hit that turn off, it gets a lot more interesting. Maybe the fact that my last drive was in a heavy dust storm also leaves me feeling completely uninspired.
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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby Eugene123 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:42 am

1. S142, Shongololo Loop
2. S146. Stapelkopdam Road until one reaches the dam.
3. S131
4. H1-5, Letaba to Olifants
5. S37, Trichardt Road

But, I will try them again when in the vicinity
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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby TheunsH » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:51 am

S140, S145 (Talamati road), S36 (to Muzandzeni), S126 (Sweni road) and the S50 (Nhlawu Vlei - Dipeni road)..these roads are so corrugated that it seems that the only way to deal with them and try to get through them with your car in one piece, is to go at 60 or even faster! :twisted: :twisted:

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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:06 pm

Eugene123 wrote:1. S142, Shongololo Loop
2. S146. Stapelkopdam Road until one reaches the dam.
3. S131
4. H1-5, Letaba to Olifants
5. S37, Trichardt Road

I would say never try the first 3 again :lol:

The s37 ... of coarse people have seen cheetah and lion here. Nice open grassland. But it makes a poor alternative to the H1-3, thats for sure!

The H1-5 ... not as bad as some other roads around Letaba :twisted: Has nice views of the river :thumbs_up:
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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:09 pm

Don't like the long grass around P'Kop in different directions........always relieved when it peeters out. :)
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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby GlenD » Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:33 pm

The S41 between the H6 and the S100, the rocks on that road are seriously scary :shock:

The second half of the S126 (Sweni road) towards Muzandzeni side is a real rattler.

The H2-2 must be the worst road ever. Each time I travelled that road I had to watch the road constantly and never got a chance to even look in the bush as I was avoiding my dashboard from jumping into my lap :evil:
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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby Rookie2009 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:26 pm

I also loved the letaba area - had one of the best lon sightings on the tsendze loop and all the tuskers around the camp are amazing :D - and the matambeni hide is the best one in the park for me, too. Saw fighting hippos and heard lions roaring there :D
But also the most boring road for me is in the area - here are my top 5:

1) S131 - the first 30 km from phalaborwa gate towards letaba
2) S37
3) S35
4) H9
5) ??
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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:45 pm

S142 a.k.a. Shongalolo Loop around Mopani Camp? Wasted a morning driving along this interminable track and saw a couple of giraffes and millions of termite mounds.

Actually, with the exception of the S50 (which can be fantastic at times and at other times devoid of all animals), pretty much all roads in the Mopani and Letaba areas are bad, all you can see are elephants and just the top part of those so no chance at IDing any big tuskers.

Hate the long grass next to the road in the Pretoruskop area too.
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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby DrPhil » Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:36 pm

I would have to say:

1. Shongalolo Loop
2. S90
3. S100 but only for the first 30 minutes after the gates open. One of the best after the rush is over and the Lions come out behind the bushes :tongue:
I can't think of any other. Maybe the tarr road north of Shingwedshi.

I'm so glad most people dont like the Mopani area. You just have to know how to spot the cats in the Mopani bush. The first 5km of the Shongalolo Loop southern entrance is a great area for Leopard. In the Mopani area you have to look for lion tracks along the road, they lead you right to them haha. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby bert » Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:11 am

H1-6 from Mopani to Shingwedzi (till hit hits the river)
The landscape (mopani) and no sightings ever

And the S40 towards Timbavati Picnic site

Never so anything special on any of these roads
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And the S40 about 10 times

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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby saraf » Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:14 pm

Funnily enough I've never had anything interesting along the H7 between Nsemani dam to the Rabelais turnoff.
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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:21 pm

I once saw a Temminck's courser on the S90. Not much else though.
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Re: Bottom 5 Disliked Kruger Roads

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:19 am

we all have our subjective standards on which we judge a road. For instance: game, birdlife, scenery, lack of traffic etc there are better and worse roads according to whatever your criteria are. So there are bound to be roads that are by comparison the best to your taste, and those that are not so much to your taste. I don't think any of us would turn down the offer to be on our least favorite Kruger road right now, but the topic is about hearing which Kruger roads are your least favorite. :wink:
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