S25 Crocodile River Road

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We never fail to drive this road, and have had some wonderful sightings along its considerable length.
A few years ago we sat with a LIT for over half an hour all on our own. Very special.
Have seen Lions on numerous occasions, always big herds of Ellies, W *** and now just recently our black Rhinos just off, on the S119. :D
Have often see the banks literally covered with W/B Bee-eaters.
In fact we generally see a wide variety of animals.
I know one does catch glimpses of civilization every now and then but in those short spells I look the other way. :wink:
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It's a magic Road Elsa and beautiful Vegetation with some spectacular Knobthorns.
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We've seen the big 5 on that road, but best sighting was a group of four cheetahs right in the road for over 30 mins without another car in sight. They rested in the shade, got up and walked lazily in front of our car for about ten minutes and flopped down in another shady spot. Another car joined us eventually, but they were not disturbed. In they end they suddenly sat up and sneaked off into the bush. We couldn't see why, but we could hear baboons barking in the bush, so I assume there could have been some danger - lions or leopard ?
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This was the road of my 'purple patch' in my report on my December 'bonus' trip. Thanks Wildchild.

Set off from Croc Bridge at 5h15, white ***, then turned onto S25.

hyena next to the car,
eles just off the road,
5 wild dogs on the road,
leopard on the road,
hyena with trailing gibblets on the road,
2 lions at buff kill on Biyamiti causeway (that's what we were looking for)
African hawk eagles above the road on a branch just after.

Then it got normal again.
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We found a pack of about 11 wild dogs on this road. They were hunting and caught an Impala. We were the only people who saw them hunt. We have also seen lions and on a night drive we had a quick glimpse of an Aardvark crossing the road.
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Also had good sightings on this road, I am surprised its not as much discussed as the S100! Same kind of road, many inlets to the water, etc..etc..
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This is my alternative commuter route between Malelane and Komatipoort - preferable to N4 time permitting of course.

Sometimes nothing but impala, but have seen just about everything at some point. One day two lots of mating lions just a couple of kms apart. Another memorable afternoon was in the middle of a chaotic event as a large herd of elephants chased a couple of mating lions ..... fortunately none connected with the car as they were literally running all around us! Always lots of birds about too.

I would like to see more 'turn-outs' to the river though - apart from hippo pools there is only one.
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I have seen wild dogs on the tar road in the first 10 km from Croc Bridge in 2 of the last 3 trips.
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We love this particular road, especially the stretch closest to C B. Have seen leopard, lion wild dog, *** and ellie plus all the other game along here. A special place for us is the bridge across the biyamiti river as we have seen lion with cubs in this river bed on more than one accasion, ground hornbill, ellie and leopard in the river bed. Its a nice place to stop for coffee and muffins as you can sit there and watch the bee eaters busy in the mud bank opposite if there is no other activity. I know you can see the sugar cane fields from here, but we still enjoy the spot. But as is usual in any game park its a matter of being in the right place at the right time!
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Fantastic road, and always worth while to drive slowly.

Might even see "my leopard" seen there last June. :D


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A warm welcome, ustwo!

I think one can divide this road into two sections - the western part up to the Biyamiti River, and the obvious eastern section.

The latter has a systematic vegetation change, and far more animals in my experience.

However, an interesting question which some may be able to shed light on:

Up to about 2003 the road was nicknamed "Pad van die Dood", (Dead Road) by a few of us locals.
Since then it has provided a dramatic increase in predator sightings, in our experience. :shock:

Anyone share this view?

(Besides BB, of course! :twisted: )
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Not much :twisted: Just before closing time, we heard about 2 male lions in Dec 2006, that had brought down a buff on the Biyamiti causeway.
We decided to check it out next morning. Just off the tar road, we saw a hyena, then a herd of eles, then a hyena ran onto the road with an impala head trailing giblets, then we saw 5 wild dogs on roadside, and just further on the road, a leopard. Then we got to the lions, a bit of an anticlimax, as they were just lion around, then a beautiful pair of African Hawk eagles. I could do with that type of 120 minutes any day. :wink:
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Hi All,
Over the years i have had incredible experiences along this road-ellies,cheetah,buffalo,lions,***,leopard,wilddog the most notable being a pack of 21 wilddogs including pups,a giraffe kill on the road and a buff kill closer to Croc bridge.
This is a road to drive slowly and to be patient at all times,as others have said the only negative is the over the river view.

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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

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Gunner, a friend of mine saw a pack of 15 Wild Dog on this road last week - more towards the Biyamiti turn-off from the S25.

Someone posted in November that they saw 5 Leopards within 90 minutes from Berg-en-Dal, S114 and S25 to the Gardenia hide :shock:

A matter of being in the right place at the right time. Hope you get lots of great sightings. :thumbs_up:
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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 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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