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S37 Trichardt Road

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S37 Trichardt Road

Unread post by elpaco » Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:53 am

DDW wrote:Have any forumites travelled this gravel road, between Tshokwane and Nwanedzi, recently? I'm interested both in the condition of the road, as well as recent sightings.

Last time I used them, odd 7 years ago, had a couple of sightings of lone elephant bulls (one of which was quite aggressive! ) and more common game (impala, wildebeest and zebra).

If my recollection is correct they don't carry much traffic either, most visitors sticking to the tar between Satara / Nwanedzi and Tshokwane?

Comments on Swenihide (which is close to the Nwanedzi-end of the S37) are also welcome, but I think there is a separate thread dedicated to it already.

I only travelled a few kilometers on the S37 coming from the H6 to go to Sweni Hide 3 weeks ago : the road was in good condition.
and if you are interested in birding, sweni hide is worth the trip, lot of waterbirds + hippos and crocs.
this hide is really good, very close to the animals
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Unread post by jakoventer » Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:48 am

Sweni hide excellent.

Came across a lone female lion with a kill, as well as 3 magnificent male lions.

We were the only car on this road.

I would recommend it.
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Unread post by Stoffel » Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:25 pm

Drove this road for the first time last year. But the luck was not on our side - we saw very little. I have to admit that we did it at a bad time - right in the middle of the day. Did not see much at Sweni hide either, but the absolute silence was magic.
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Unread post by cadac » Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:49 pm

i travelled that road in january 2007 - the road isn't very scenic but we were lucky enough to see 2 male lions barely 2 meters from the road. i have some unique photos since we were the only car. chances are that you won't see lots of sightings and i really think there's better roads. but you never know what to expect where in the knp...
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Unread post by Richprins » Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:01 pm

It isn't a very popular road, but at certain times of year many zebra and wildebeest can be found there, on their "mini-migration" down from Satara to the Sabie River area.

(May-June on the way down, and after the rains on the way back up.)

This could increase with the closing of artificial water points.

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Trichardt Road

Unread post by katmal » Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:54 pm

Hi forumites

I'm leaving for the park early Friday morning and will be staying 2 nights Lower Sabie, 2 nights Satara. I'll be entering through Orpen gate at around 6:30am and then make my way towards the S100 (hopefully the dust have settled by then from the rush). From there I'll drive down to Nwanedsi for a pitstop after which I'm planning to drive the Trichardt road for a change. Has anyone recently travelled this road and is it worthwhile. Of course its all about timing but if there is good birding or game around it makes the trip shorter. The road seem to follow the Sweni River for a long while and this could be good. Can anyone tell me whether they have had some good sightings recently or in the past on this road.

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Re: S37 Trichardt Road

Unread post by painter » Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:43 am

Hi Katmal

We did the Trichardt road just over 2 weeks ago. The condition of the road is quite ok - particularly the last 15 kms to the H1-3 where it joins near the Mazithi dam (didnt go as far as the Orpen Dam). Had several good sightings (no cats though), specially a group of 4 rhino up close and a hyaena on a mission. I really enjoyed the quietness of the road - we did not see another car the whole trip.

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Re: S37 Trichardt Road

Unread post by katmal » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:03 am

Thanks Painter and Gamespotter!

I guess the problem with this road is that even if you try; this road will not be reached during the best time of day for cats, and since the cats are not used to vehicles they will tend be a little more shy! I will definitely travel it just to get away from the masses. I remember one of my friends travelling this road and bypassing visitors who exclaimed that they have not even seen 1 rabbit on this road (LOL!!!!!). IMHO I have had some quiet trips down the Satara - Tshokwane tar road as well (except for the areas closer to Satara and Tshokwane), and people tend to speed on this section of road travelling between the south and central areas of the park. Just a warning - this road is full of traffic officers and I have not travelled this road without seeing one the last few trips - also my only rare sightings on this road (LOL!).

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Re: S37 Trichardt Road

Unread post by adw » Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:47 pm

I just got back from a week trip to Satara. I travelled the S37 several times as it was a quiet road as far as traffic is concerned. On my last drive I was fortunate to see this Lion with his kill.

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Re: S37 Trichardt Road

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:36 pm

Did the trip in July late morning, and found plenty of game along the Sweni river, but dry further south. One cheetah in the road, but it took off at great speed!
Very peaceful drive!

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Re: S37 Trichardt Road

Unread post by Adansonia » Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:44 pm

This is a lovely remote gravel road, which is not travelled a lot. I simply love driving these "unpopular" roads - even if this means that you will have less good sightings.

But every once in a while these roads deliver spectacular sightings - without the traffic jams experienced on some of the other roads.

On 10 August this year I had this nice sighting in the road.

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He had a bit of fun with a giraffe herd, chasing them around (must be an enormous ego boost!)

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Re: S37 Trichardt Road

Unread post by adw » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:23 pm

Great sighting and great photo Adansonia :clap: :cam: . I totally agree with all your comments on this and other 'quiet' roads.
I have never seen cheetah on this road :mrgreen: but it is ideal cheetah territory. Well done!
I know someone who spotted a black rhino on this road in Sept this year!
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Re: S37 Trichardt Road

Unread post by o-dog » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:45 am

Did this road in Dec 09...

It was one big obstacle course (sooo muddy) for my little car I had...I worried that if I stopped I wouldnt be able to start again in many places so couldnt look to well but we saw BB Jackals and some good general game. At the end of the road about 2 km from Nwanetsi we were rewarded with a beautiful mating pair of lions.

So its been a good road for me!! Will do it again for sure!
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Re: S37 Trichardt Road

Unread post by RobbieB83 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:08 am

Hi everyone, please help me out here.

What condition are the s37 & s35 roads like at the moment? I may be driving them tomorrow. I am not too worried about the scenery and potential game viewing, just the condition of the road?

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Re: s37 Road condition (Please don't place in Roads Board ye

Unread post by DSchwartzel » Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:15 am

Hi RobbieB83

I drove that road in the beginning of October (8th) and it wasn't bad at all. saw loads of game and birds no big 5 animals though. If you have the time, do it and take your time. not sure if the rains there have damaged the road.

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