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S99 - Mahonie Loop

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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread post by ruud » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:40 am

Stoffel wrote:The last time I drove this road (late afternoon - 18 May 2012) we saw lots of impala, 25 kudu, 6 nyala, 3 duiker,more than 120 buffalo, squirrels, dwarf mongoose, 3 Sharpe's Grysbok, few zebra, warthog, giraffe and 1 ellie.

It is a very scenic route.

You're right. One the best loops in the park. :thumbs_up:


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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread post by Bushbarmy » Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:00 am

Travelled this road in December 2011.

Dagga boys 4 of them in a mud pool, lots of impies, zebra, kudu, warthog, and lioness with cub. Lots of birdlife.

Very nice drive, unfortunately we had to turn around, it was almost gate closing time and would never have been able to complete the loop and make it back to camp.

Very worth it, scenery is stunning also
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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread post by kallis1786 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:21 am

The Mahonie Loop is my 2nd best loop after Mphongolo Loop because everytime I entered Punda at gate opening time, this loop has shown me Lions.

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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread post by Grantmissy » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:11 am

Crested Val wrote:We saw a Suni on the Mahonie Loop March 2009.

That is a very special sighting Crested Val :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: The Mahonie Loop is also a firm favourite with us. We regularly see Grysbok, apart from other game that we have seen on this loop, but have never seen a Suni. Would love to see one :cam: :D.
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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread post by Crested Val » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:44 am

We saw a Grysbok there last November. :dance:

Yes, the Suni was a special sighting, though at the time we didn't realise they were so rare. It was in the days before we joined the forums, so were still bigfive chasers. :redface:

We were returning to camp after an evening (self)drive, and came across a couple of parked cars.
We thought maybe it was a cat, and approached with great excitement.

An old gentleman in the next car said very quietly to us "You're in for a's a Suni!!
We knew they weren't common, but it was over a year later that we realised how rare they actually are!! :clap:

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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread post by kellyee21 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:50 am


We are planning a visit to Punda in late April. I am trying to figure out if we might have time to do this loop after arriving to Punda from JNB in the late afternoon. What is the latest time we could leave Punda camp to do this ?
Anyone done this since the floods earlier, any problems ?


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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:32 am

Hi Kelly,
The loop is around 22 kms long so it would really determine how fast you wanted to drive as to how much time you needed.
When we do it we usually drive very slowly as its quite thick bush with lots of twists and turns in the road.
Of course its also dependent on what you see.
If you come across a very interesting sighting, then have to leave it due to time constraints, its a pity.
Its one of those loops that doesn't appear on paper to be very long but such an interesting route that it can take a good few hours to complete.
Honestly I would allow at least 1 and a half to 2 hours to enjoy it.
I am sure the road will be fine after the floods, it has been opened for a while now.

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Re: S99 - Mahonie Loop

Unread post by Crested Val » Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:42 pm

We did this lovely loop last December, and were surprised how long it took us, it seemed to be endless....we almost missed gate closing, so give yourselves plenty of time, but the sightings can be well worth it. :thumbs_up:

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