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Unread postby Katja » Thu Nov 10, 2005 5:46 pm

You were lucky to be there on your own. It was pretty crowded when I was there in May this year.
Saw this croc that had an impala horn sticking out of its mouth.

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Unread postby LittleLeopard » Tue Dec 27, 2005 3:52 pm

katja wrote:Saw this croc that had an impala horn sticking out of its mouth.


Hi Katja, did you see any of the preceding action or do you know where the horn came from?

Would be very interesting to know :?
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Unread postby Katja » Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:53 pm

No, unfortunately I don't know. :(
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Unread postby wondercloak » Mon Jan 09, 2006 7:48 pm

Sweni's an awesome hide. I probably prefer sitting on the little bit of road where the river crosses though...great spot for birds & all kinds of stuff... :D
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Unread postby gwendolen » Sun Jan 29, 2006 6:38 pm

Kath & Theo wrote:Is Sweni Hide close to Satara?

Yes it is. Have a look on the map, Kath. Kruger Map

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Re: Sweni Bird Hide

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:38 am

I was there a week ago. (Boy how much do I wish that it was a week ago right now. :lol: )

The place really looked good. In my mind, the second best bird hide in the whole of Kruger after Lake Panic (which unfortunately is becoming too busy lately)

There were plenty of crocs and hippos basking in the sun and a lone waterbuck bull was present amongst the small herd of impala.

Birds were plentiful and we had good sightings of Red-Billed Woodhoepoe, Little Bee-Eater, Goliath Heron, Blacksmith Plover, Three-Banded Plover and White-throated Swallow to name a few.

Definitely worth a visit if you are in that region. Together with the Nwanetsi picnic spot this area is a birding haven right now.
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Re: Sweni Bird Hide

Unread postby norms » Sun Dec 27, 2009 6:37 am

I visited Sweni Hide two days ago - Fantastic setting.
The dam is full and plenty of birds around - especially Kingfishers. Saw some beautiful Malachite Kingfishers. Hippo are enjoying the dam being so full and some huge Croc's ........ and I was the only one there for at least 45 minutes.
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Re: Photos of picnic spots and hides

Unread postby Mauxie » Wed May 05, 2010 4:32 pm

This is the Sweni Hide, off the S37, near Nwanetsi Dam, east of Satara. The photos were taken in January 2006 but I think it's still pretty much the same.

The walkway to the hide:
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Inside the hide:
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View out, to the left:
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View out, to the right:
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Re: Photos of picnic spots and hides

Unread postby Sawubona » Wed May 05, 2010 7:10 pm

This is what it looked like the past weekend...

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Re: Photos of picnic spots and hides

Unread postby Donny » Thu May 20, 2010 2:49 pm

Hi Guys,

These are pics I took just outside of Sweni hide on the 25/04/10.

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The water hyacinth seems to have taken over the whole place. No real activity around except for a jacana. But then again it was raining at the time.
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Large Crocodile Sweni Hide

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:48 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TX-GEhbuFI

Has anyone seen this video before? Unfortunately the people filming it make one or two rather unempathetic comments regarding the victim. I have never been to Kruger before, but been to other parks in SA. The crocodile that appears later appears to be huge!! I thought crocs that size were only really found in the far north of the park?

They aren't very cuddly animals really are they - this video is fascinating but hardly makes one warm to them!
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Re: Sweni hide

Unread postby ruud » Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:22 pm

DinkyBird wrote:Yes, it does Graham. And I have noticed at the most odd times :lol: We were then in Nov and it was dry (and the rains has started). Yet during winter visits, or end of winter visits, it has had water in it.

I always find the Sweni hide such a productive hide - but it does have to have water. Maybe there will be good rains before you go martrum.



Well.......there was rain enough... :thumbs_up:

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Re: Sweni hide

Unread postby okie » Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:20 pm

This is what it looks like at the moment .


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Re: Sweni Bird Hide

Unread postby Highbury » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:18 am

I was there 2 weeks ago . There is a lot of water for this time of year . There is a resident pod of hippos , YB storks , Giant Kingfishers and and you should scan the overhanging vegetation on the far bank for a Black Crowned Night heron .

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Re: Sweni Bird Hide

Unread postby Wildkyker » Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:48 am

Hi Everyone

Has anyone spotted a Blue cheek Bee eater near the Sweni Hide area? :hmz: According to a bird book I am reading they are seen in the area, and I am planning on searching there. :hmz:



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