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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Apr 26, 2005 2:28 pm

Hassim, I know that a new bird hide was constructed last year already at Punda Maria rest camp. I would love to c what turns up there.

So far there are 12 hides that I know of:
1. Gardenia - fairly new.
2. Ntandanyathi
3. Lake Panic - my favourite
4. Sweni
5. Ratelpan
6. Sable
7. Matabeni
8. Shipandane
9. Pioneer
10. Nyawutsi
11. Kanniedood dam
12. Punda Maria - fairly new

I have never visited 2. and 10. Hope to set that right soon. :lol:
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Unread postby francoisd » Tue Apr 26, 2005 3:34 pm

The one at Punda is situated next to the perimeter fence in the camping area. Looks out over the veld. There was a little puddle some way off last year November where we saw a Batleur taking a bath. Not much else. We had better birding waking around in the camp than from the hide itself.

In my opinion, as far as photography is concerned, Lake Panic hide will be the best. Most of the others are to far from the "action" and some are in my opinion mere lookout points to watch hippos from.

A hide somewhere on the Nyala road next to the Luvuvhu river in the Pafuri region would be nice.
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Unread postby arks » Tue May 01, 2007 4:10 pm

Can help with location of Gardenia Hide. It's on the S119, about halfway between the S114 and the S25.
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Unread postby Freda » Tue May 01, 2007 7:13 pm

mountainview wrote: doesn't Tamboti and Talamati have bird hides?

Talamati has two nice hides :D
After many visits to Tamboti we finally found the hide near #1 (I think) and we were very dissappointed :cry:
All you could see were very high reeds :? this was Nov 2006 perhaps it is better now?

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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Thu May 03, 2007 1:15 pm

Sweni now compares with Lake Panic for me .. Thoroughly enjoyed that hide ...
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New Bird hides?

Unread postby annevdw » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:43 pm

I am not sure who decides on where the bird hides are placed.. nor do I know the cost implications... but it would be wonderful to have more bird hides available. When we stop at a dam it would be wonderful to be able to get out of the vehicle and view from a hide. eg Gudzani, Transport, to name but 2... maybe others think like I do? :hmz:
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Re: Bird hides

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:44 am

Hi Anne, there has been a lot of discussion in the past about more hides, some of it rather heated.

One of the issues was the enviromental impact. Unfortunately many of these places attract large numbers of people. Some visitors are not that concerned about the enviroment and there was a time when a few of the more popular sites were used as latrines. I think this has subsided.

I think there was a general consensus that there should probably be greater availability in some of the camps.
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Re: Bird hides

Unread postby HermanPienaar » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:05 am

More bird hides would be great! But as MM mentioned the environmental impact could be an issue. Perhaps such bird hides should be restricted to overnight visitors only. :hmz:
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Re: Bird hides

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:36 am

According to the KNP Zoning document released a couple of weeks ago, there are about 10 new bird hides planned. If you download the doc, you can see on the maps where they are marked.

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Re: Bird hides

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:12 am

I see evidence of 4 or 5 new hides. Some of the other "new" ones seems to be right on top of some of the existing ones.

2 or 3 More near Shingwedzi and 2 more around Tshokwane.

Puzzles me that non is planned in the Pafuri area.
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Re: Bird hides

Unread postby ruud » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:39 pm

wildtuinman wrote:I do however see a campsite in the Pafuri, which i am not so sure about it being a good thing. And good luck getting accommodation there. It will be packed to the brim!

New sleepover hides at Klopperfontein dam, Shingwedzi and Letaba, Nsemani dam, somewhere near Tamboti, at Transport dam it seems, Ntandanyati hide, and also just north of Croc bridge. Wow, that's a lot IMO!

Looks like the Sweni hide and Pioneer dam hide will be closed down as well.


Some new hides (and roads!!!) looks great to me but...........Sweni-hide closed :naughty: :naughty:
I hope it's not true!!!!! :twisted: :twisted:

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Re: Great Bird Hides

Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:41 am

The three hides in Kruger that I like best are:

Lake Panic
The one close to Mopani Camp
Sweni
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Unread postby Graham_5000 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:02 pm

Sweni is wonderful, with a stunning picnic site nearby to match! The drive to and from Sweni is great too.. I found the S100 beautiful from a scenery point of view and would have loved it even if we hadn't seen lions..
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