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 Post subject: Re: Nthandanyathi bird hide
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:45 am 
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Hippo opposite the hide :D

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 Post subject: Re: Nthandanyathi bird hide
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Hope there is more water there now than there was in June when this pic was taken.

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and no, the Hippo was not dead! fortunately it flicked its ears a couple of times. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Nthandanyathi bird hide
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:29 pm 
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Sadly no - its bone dry now Elsa. As are all the pans in the area. Waiting for the summer rains.

Late Sept 2009:
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 Post subject: Re: Nthandanyathi bird hide
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:58 am 
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We visited this viewpoint on the S28 on several occasions in December and were very fortunate. The summer rains filled the river bed and the field were lush green. Scenes from our visits:

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and this playgroup in front of the hide...

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 Post subject: Re: Nthandanyathi bird hide
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It was amassing to watch.
First, the four cheetah cubs chased a herd of blue wildebeest that was gracing next to the road on the way towards the hide (not even 100m from the hide).
The blue wildebeest then turned around and chased them back.
The "attacks" from the cubs was uncoordinated and went on for a few minutes.
Mum was not interested.

Then the baboons (they were sleeping in the trees at the hide) past the scene on their way to breakfast.
The baboons did not appreciate the cheetahs presence and chased them to all corners of the park! :shock:

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Sorry, it was still very early in the morning (very low light levels) so all the action was to fast for me to take proper action photographs.

Point is, the S28 (and a stopover at this hide) will always be our favourite early morning drive from Lower Sabie.

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 Post subject: Re: Nthandanyathi bird hide
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I agree with all of you. A sleepover at a hide will definitely add to the bush experience (I haven't done it before). I think every camp should have a sleepover hide.

What needs to be put in place in order to make a facility suitable for tourists to sleep over?
1. A Toilet facility
2. A boma with fire place, table, etc.
3. Safety "doors" to close the viewing hatches (to keep those baboons out)
4. Beds and bedding

And then maybe we will witness animal behaviour at night or interactions between animals :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Photos of picnic spots and hides
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I have another hide!!

This one is Ntandanyathi Hide off the S28, just south of Lower Sabie, and near Duke waterhole.
I took these photos in September 2008.

This is the entrance to the hide.
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These two are views from inside the hide looking out.
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Note the hippo in the small amount of water.
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 Post subject: Re: Ntandanyathi hide
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Dikkes, the drive to and from the hide can also be very productive. There is not always water in the dam at the hide; we have found it bone dry at times. It is a very pretty setting.

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 Post subject: Re: Ntandanyathi hide
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We have had some nice bird sitings from the hide in August before and general game coming down to drink.
However one tip for you always look up...this was our first ever Ntandanyathi hide siting :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Ntandanyathi hide
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We have seen lion many times in the vicinity of the hide There also seems to be a resident leopard in the area, although we see it more often on the road to old dam about 2km down the road. The road is always good for general game viewing and we have seen cheetah and wild dog It's all about being in the right place.......

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 Post subject: Re: Ntandanyathi hide
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Love to sit there - you look down on the river. Have seen elephant come to drink and hippo mating in the water.


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 Post subject: Re: Nthandanyathi bird hide
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Hey gjorgi :D

Today there were leopards seen N of the hide on the S28 :thumbs_up:
Hippos in the water, and a boomslang in the hide! :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Nthandanyathi bird hide
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Planned to spend some time at the hide on Friday afternoon in hope of getting a glimpse of a cheetah :big_eyes: but instead we were greeted by this fella :big_eyes:

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Amazed myself at my reaction (I don't do snakes well at all) as it was just myself and a friend. Took my time taking some pics to try and confirm my suspicion of what it was. I was right!! A wonderfully venomous Vine/Twig Snake. Kept disappearing behind a corner pole that had an opening to outside and then reappearing. It wanted to be inside the hide. We left :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Nthandanyathi bird hide
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Hi Rosemary BluTuna spotted a spotted bush snake in the hide early May. Looks like we have more than one resident there Below is a quote from his TR. Afterwards he pointed out that it was not a boomslang as thought initially

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WARNING : The following images may cause persons of a sensitive nature to run away screaming. Sensitive viewers are advised to look at them with their eyes shut.

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Yes, as reported, it is a Boomslang but it wasn't in the roof, it was on the floor right where people put their feet when looking out of the hide. I reported the snake ar LS reception and they said they would send someone to remove it.
What a photo opportunity!

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