S36 Nhlanguleni Rd. H1-2 to H7

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S36 Nhlanguleni Rd. H1-2 to H7

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I've only done the portion of this road south from H7 as far as the Talamati turnoff. What is the rest of it like for game viewing? Is the corrugation as bad as on the upper part of this road?
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Been on S36 a lot, road, good and bad, gaming viewing erratic as well - but often seen sable along that road. Picnic sites very nice.
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Seen herds of sable a couple of times on that route, plus a lion under the trees when temp was 44 deg C in Sept on yr. Also 3 Hyena at a carcass at Lugmag Dam - in general not a bad route except for roads being lousy in places.
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Saw 4 buffs along that road once!
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We had a close encounter with a group of lions hunting Sable, early in the morning. Sable escaped.
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Sometimes can be pretty good , the dams are nice .
Have seen sable on it fairly often , as well as lions frequent the picnic spot area , other than that it can be long , bouncy , and with stretches with very little game .
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We went on that road this year and although we didn't have any "major" sightings, sable etc. :( it was an interesting drive though and can save you quite a bit of mileage if you are pushed for time to get back to Skukuza or lower.

I agree about the rough condition of the road and we even found someone's number plate lying in the road.
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Took that route a couple of times, not the best, but still takes it. Saw ***, buffalo & lion on that road.
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Ja :!:

Have always been lucky on this road regarding Sable sightings.
Also, like Bucky said, lion frequent the picnic site area. You can often hear the lions roar when at the picnic site early in the morning. They also like to travel right through the picnic site sometimes :shock:
The same thing seems to happen at Nhlanguleni, they come to the waterhole there for early morning drinks. If you are into birds, I've also found the Brown-headed Parrot on this road and at Nhlanguleni.

But like JB said, it is probably the worst road of all in the Park. Badly corrugated :!:
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We drove the S36 last year from the H7 (Orpen/Satara road) down to S33, took the S33 to H1-3 and from there down to Tshokwane.

I can't remember the road being too bad. We saw lots of general game and also ***, elephant including a very ill-tempered close to Muzandzeni (we have seen Sable here before) and found 6 lionesses lying next to the road ±100m after Nhlanguleni picnic spot.
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Jakkalsbessie wrote:I don't know if you are a plant/tree lover, but the first part of the S36 (if travelling from Skukuza H1-2) up to Jones's dam (IMHO the better part of the road :wink: ) there is some of the biggest, nicest & best shaped Pod Mahogany's! Truely awesome & worth a stop!


Thnx JB
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Actualy a very interesting road all round . and the soil classification type is "CATENA" . This happens on sandy granites with rolling hills - the nutrients leach out the higher soils and flow to the bottoms . So your hill tops have good trees and taller less palatable grass , however the soils in the valleys are very rich but prone to erosion (like at Rabelais dam).

Memorable sightings of mine are (more than once also) :-
Sable , LIon , Wild dogs , Elephants , plentifull large game and Serval .

All four of the shortcut roads back to H1-3 tar road are also
worthwhile (especialy Sweni and Vutomi) .
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I like this road and always try to travel some of it on my visits. Over time, I've found Lion, Buffalo, ***, Elephant, Sable, Wild Dog and Cheetah on various parts of the road.
The Cheetah I've seen (twice) were hunting and on one visit took a young Impala. The sight of a Cheetah in full flow is truly awesome.

I found Sable on a couple of occasions just north of Jones Dam. Wild Dog just to the south of the dam. A group of 5 *** at the waterhole just north of the dam.

As the saying goes....The right place at the right time.

Also had an interesting experience on this road when I travelled round the back of Talamati, the heavens opened and the drifts started to rise. I tried to return to Satara where I was staying but the drifts stopped me as they were running too high so I set off South, hoping to find a way back to the main road.

It all got a bit hairy although, looking back on it, it was a very interesting experience. I ended up braving the drifts all the way south to the Skukuza-Tshokwane road before I could set off back to Satara. Not having a 4x4, I had no choice but to do this. Some of the streams on the lateral roads were running very strongly and were completely impassable.
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I have not travelled this road a lot, and I agree on the road condition. My personal experience is that it is OK for game viewing, but not one of that "wanna do" roads for me. I have seen 4 white *** on one occasion between the S84 junction and Jones' Dam, 1 black-backed jackal between the S125- & S145-junctions and 8 lions about right opposite Muzanzeni. The very same day we saw the lions, we went on a night drive from Talamati (May 2005) and saw the same lions again, slightly south of Muzandzeni. A few kilometres further south we saw 2 wild dog lying in the road. Later, just before we turned onto the S145 to return to Talamati, we saw a large herd of buffalo. Therefore, my experience of doing a small portion of the road on a night drive was very productive, but my own travelling during daytime (and this apply to the whole S36) was not that good, but also not bad. Just remove your false teeth before you turn onto the S36.
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