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 Post subject: Photography at Sable Hide
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:45 am 
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Hi

My wife and I are both keen photographers and we are spending 16 days in Kruger from the 13th October, staying at several camps including Satara and Letaba. Could anyone tell us is it currently worth spending time at Sable Hide for photography. Secondly, is there water in the Girivana waterhole near Satara, we love spending an afternoon in the shade of the large fig tree at this waterhole.

We prefer sitting by a waterhole or in a hide, rather than driving around and we have 500mm lenses and enjoy bird photography.

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 Post subject: Re: Photography at Sable Hide
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:16 am 
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JimS, I was last in Kruger in May so can't give you up to date info. Both dams are good for photography, the Sable Dam you can also drive around and park close to the water on the opposite side of the hide.

We have found the Matambeni bird hide near Letaba good for Fish Eagle in flight and small birds in the trees close to the hide.

In April the causeway over the Makhadzi river on the S62 was very productive for a Giant Kingfisher fishing.

And a absolute favourite for us, where we spend many hours and have had wonderful photo ops, is the Sweni Bird hide. (near Satara, on S37)

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 Post subject: Re: Photography at Sable Hide
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I know Cape of Storms reported in her Trip Report that she was stunned by the amount of water left in dams that are normally dry at the time of year that she visits, so you may get lucky.

To be honest we've actually had better sightings at Girivana when the waterhole has been dry.

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 Post subject: Re: Photography at Sable Hide
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:46 pm 
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Hi Jim,

Got back from Satara 2 weeks ago and not one visit to Giriyani :wall: , just didn't get around to it.
What I can tell you is that there were a fair amount of water in Nsemani and Gudzani.

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 Post subject: Re: Photography at Sable Hide
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Girivana will most proberbly have some water in it. Its just a great place, under-rated IMO, to sit late afternoons taking photos. I spend quite a lot of time there in Aug and had stunning shots of elephants coming down to drink, warthogs, birds, and a troop of baboons.

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 Post subject: Re: Photography at Sable Hide
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All the Hides are amazing for photography. At the moment saraf is correct - plenty of water around. Sweni Hide usually delivers and I love Sable too. This year we saw some amazing Elephant action at Sable. It will be in my Trip report but here is one of my favourite pics of Swimming Ellies from the Hide.

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Love! Swimming Ellies at Sable Hide 2013-06-26 12-03-09 by Nicole Meiring, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Photography at Sable Hide
Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:40 am 
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Hi

Thanks for the replies and information. Cameras and lenses packed we leave for Kruger early tomorrow morning, fingers crossed for some good pics. Without doubt Kgalagadi is the best reserve for wildlife photography, but that will have to wait until next year.

Jim


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