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S25 Crocodile River Road

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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by Penny » Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:49 pm

Those vultures were incredibly patient as the females kept them at bay for 2 days so that the cubs could feed. Just as a matter of interest that giraffe was actually brought down on the road on Tuesday morning last week and Daniel found it on his way to the hippo pools. He called for help and the ranger from Croc Bridge obliged by moving the carcass off the road. Daniel also told us that he had seen a leopard at 1.30 p.m. at the back of the large outcrop of rocks at Hippo Pools proving that there are no hard and fast rules as Wednesday (when he spotted it) happened to be one of the hottest afternoons in the two weeks we were in the Park. I am sad to say though that a sighting like the giraffe brings out the worst in people and we were nearly involved in a very serious accident when we were overtaken by a Prado (Reg No. PZZ 463 GP) doing over 100 km's an hour in his endeavour to get to the kill and he overtook us at this speed straight towards an oncoming vehicle. He then proceeded to force his way into a prime spot at the kill. He was reported at the gate as we had to take serious evasive action to avoid the accident by driving off road! I believe this pride of lion consists of 18 and the pride known as the Marloth Park Pride numbers 19 so the lion population on the S25 is thriving!
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by bushbaby1980 » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:21 pm

My Friends are driving through S25 right now.. when im writing this message and they are seeing 5 Huge male Lions......walking beside their car....

i have driven through this road atleast 6 times and i have seen Lions 3 times....

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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by skywalker2251 » Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:29 am

I really like this road too. Earlier this year I saw a pack of wild dogs playing in the water on this road. Just over the hill was a pride of lion.

I've seen leopard on this road many times, including a very tiny cub in the Bume riverbed.

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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by Spotted Cat » Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:22 pm

Saw black rhino once :dance:
Wild dogs
Also a vulture that was tagged for a Research project.


A fabulous road and a must when you're in the area :D
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:59 pm

cheetah2111 wrote:Sounds like it is good for spotting wild dogs :D

Like these there?

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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by ColWD » Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:03 pm

Another fantastic road! Once had a lion and cheetah sighting within 50m of each other, just after the hippo pools turnoff going towards Berg en Dal, thankfully the former didn't see the latter. On another occasion can vividly remember a pack of hyaena, six or seven strong, walking towards of us and splitting almost in perfect unison on either side of the car. It was a goosebumps moment!

Coming to think of it now, most roads have been produced something at some time.

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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by RosemaryH » Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:03 am

I enjoy this road FRUITBAT.

Have seen wild dog on occassions too.

One drive gave us Buffalo, Lion, Rhino, Elephant and plenty more smaller species. It was great.

In June we had a lion sighting on the corner of the S25 and the road to Biyamiti Camp. There were some trenches dug and the lions had taken down a buffalo which landed up in the trench. This made feeding rather difficult. The pride consisted of 4 females and eight cubs. Unfortunately two of the lionesses were not in very good condition. Plenty of ticks. The other two seemed fine and one was collared. The cubs were gorgeous.
Here is a pic of one

The lionesses seemed restless, I think the cars were parked to close and being on a corner I think the way the cars were parked perhaps made the lions feel "boxed-in". This pic of the lioness shows a bit of her irratation. Just after taking this pic (see the look in her eyes) she snarled and lunged forward towards the car which was parked right opposite to where they were feeding (1 or 2 meters away) the driver also kept putting his hand as far out of the window as possible to take pictures. She was not too happy with him.

I'd say Croc Bridge to Berg 'n Dal is about 65kms - time about 2 and a half hours but naturally it would depend on sightings :wink:

Always a good road to drive for me and the scenery along the river is good. A stop off at the Hippo Pools is also interesting.
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:36 am

I really hate it when people stress the animals to the point where they feel they have to react violently. :(

But to get back to the road, yes we enjoy driving this road and usually take well over 3 hours due to all the stopping and starting, the last part most probably driven a bit quicker due to urgent needs for the loo! :roll:

We have had our best Leopard sighting ever here a few years back, (pic on pg 2 of this thread)
and before that my first LIT ever.

Have also seen Black Rhino towards the B & D end. :D

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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by Terri-Lee » Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:13 am

Hi all
Is there a best time of day to travel this road ??

(dont know it well and would really like to try it out again from LSabie in November...)


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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:08 am

Hey Terri-Lee :D

As you probably know, you would have to initially drive down the H4-2 to get to the s25 turn off :)
I would guess the afternoon is better ... but that is just a subjective opinion :)
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by jakoventer » Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:13 am

Drove this road in Jan 2012. Only about the third time I have driven it in over 15 years. As we normally stay at Skukuza, it takes a while to get there, as we stop at Afsaal first and then hit the road from there.

We have seen many animals on this road, but never any predators. Well untill this time.

First we came across a very very nervous herd of Impala, they were snorting like mad at something in the bushes. Well after sitting with them for almost 30 min we gave up and left. My guess is it was Leopard, but will never know.

And then a couple of minutes later, we saw................wait for it..............


Yes thats correct a brownie, and not Aardwolf. This fellow was on a mission somewhere so by the time we stopped and got the camera, he was long gone. But something that is imprinted on the mind forever.
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by ndloti » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:35 pm

jako , what good luck !
It is quite another job to convince some of the "Doubting Thomases" - I am pretty sure I saw one at a distance up north in 1987 .
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by jakoventer » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:44 pm

Well I cant speak for others, but the reason the sighting was so quick that there was no chance to take a pic is that it was freaking hot and we were doing about 30km/h on gravel. So do a sudden brake because of excitement on gravel and see what happens to the car, as well as the sighting.

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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by flying cheetah » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:32 pm

I had my best sightings between the Hippo pools turnoff and the Biyamiti bridge. Lions 3 times and a big pack of wild dogs :dance: Can't remember any spectacular sightings near BnD on this road.
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

Unread post by SandGrouse » Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:49 pm

We always but always travel this road when down south. Maybe luck but we saw everything except wild dogs on this road over the years. We beleive in take time see all and it always pays off. Yes there is stretches that is boring but then turn your attention to insects and whala!!! something intresting pops up 8) Normally 80% of the time we travel this route early morning or just in time to get back to BND or CB. And at least 3 of the big 5 will be seen. I am almost sure as far as my memory can take me on each visit to the park over 5 or 6 days either in Crock Bridge or BND and we travel the S25 we found all but the wild dogs. Once we camped at BND and the neigbours camping next to us told us they saw a Caracal on this road. I WISH!! :pray: to see one after 15 years not even one yet, anyway back to the S25 - Excitement just be patient one day almost nothing but then the next day :dance:
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