S25 Crocodile River Road

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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

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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

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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

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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.

Anyway its almost time for the start of festivities, wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

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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 *** towards the B & D end. :D
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

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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...)

Thanks!!!
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

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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

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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..............

BROWN HYEANA.

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

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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

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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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Re: S25 and S26 Croc Bridge region in winter?

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The S25 is far better for game viewing than the S26.
The S25 has become good for lions over the last year or so. Wild dogs are seen there too.
And sometimes leopard luck is on your side :wink:
I have seen Black *** there twice
and I even have an old photo of a pangolin we saw there when I was tiny! It is a scenic road viewing the Croc River.
Did you perchance read my TR 'Lazy horses and other delights'?
I have scenery photos and sightings on this road in the first part of the report :thumbs_up:
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

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I once drove east along the S25 and saw spotted hyaena, black-backed jackal, lion, wild dogs, cheetah and leopard, in that order. All of them right on the road.

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Re: S25

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I saw the hippo pools pride of Lion at the hippo pools turn off on the S25 earlier this month :thumbs_up:
The Malalane wild dogs have been spotted most days of the last week on the Eastern section of the S25 near the H4-2. :thumbs_up:
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

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This road can change in terms of most animals.
Since 2011 my luck was out with elephant, but lions were in as well as leopard.
Basically good for all the Big 5, but not always guaranteed.
The Biyamiti crossing was opened end Sept and makes it now easier to take a drive further than this river.

On our last visit in Sept we saw a lioness at the Biyamiti bridge and leopard close to the Lukimbi turn-off.
The other side can have the effect that you feel you are not in the real wild, but whose going to complain if you spot wild dogs or leopard along the road.

it also good for baboon and impala :twisted:
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

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Graham_5000 wrote:How often do you get a glimpse of civilization?

Just on a few sections Graham, it doesn't particularly worry me,
I think the road is good enough not to miss out on because of that! :thumbs_up:
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Re: S25 Crocodile River Road

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Very little luck for me in 10 trips on this road -- mostly at sunrise en route back to Cape Town... 1 lion sighting near Gardenia hide, 1 cheetah sighting at hippo pools turnoff...
Will try again in December!

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