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 Post subject: Re: Dams in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:25 am 
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Nsemani Dam is my fave dam.
Can be a bit far for photography, but i have had some good sightings there.

Sunset Dam is good too.


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 Post subject: Re: Dams in Kruger
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I would say Nsemani dam on the Orpen tar road. Have seen nice prides of lion drinking water at the dam on regular ocassions. Large herds of elephant coming down to drink and swim in the dam, large herds of buffalo, zebra widebeest,waterbuck,etc. Have never seen lion drink at Sunset Dam or seen Elephant swimming in that dam and have probably spent a lot more time at Sunset than any other dam. Sunset is very good for Hippos,crocs and water birds.


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 Post subject: Re: Dams in Kruger
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After reading the comments about Nsemani Dam at Satara I think it is a option for the person to consider as I agree with Garrow regarding Sunset Dam – that it is good for watching water birds, crocodiles and hippos (and having a sundowner while it was still allowed :| ). Thank you for sharing your Kruger knowledge :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Dams in Kruger
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For birding and beauty - Lake Panic

For big 5 sightings and animal traffic - Nsemani, the one with the long name North of Croc Bridge, Sable Dam

For solitude - Engelhard, Kannidood

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 Post subject: Re: Dams and Waterholes
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After all the good rain that Kruger has received recently the dams must be quite full. I cannot wait to visit Kruger in May. April holidays visitors will most probably find a lush and green Kruger with plenty of water in the veldt for the animals.

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 Post subject: Re: Dams and Waterholes
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 Post subject: Re: Dams and Waterholes
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I have a question on the closure of waterholes and dams in Kruger. Is it possible to have a list of waterholes and dams which have been closed (or alternatively, those which are still active)? On our recent trip to Kruger I found it quite frustrating planning game drive routes around waterholes / dams only to arrive at overgrown non-existing structures. An updated version of this document would be helpful: http://www.sanparks.org/assets/docs/for ... placed.pdf.

Where can I find more info on the reasons for abandoning these waterholes? If one considers the infrastructure involved (reservoirs, wind pumps, dam walls, cement waterholes) it seems like a lot to waste. What happens if a severe drought hits the park?


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 Post subject: Waterholes and Dams in the Kruger
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Location: Durban ...but heart in the bushveld!
We in the Kruger next week :D - can anyone recommend good viewing dams or waterholes besides Sunset and Nsemani as in the past we go to some and get there and they have dried up or not working!. In the Lower Sabie and Satara areas
Thanks Karen


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 Post subject: Re: Waterholes and Dams in the Kruger
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Welcome to the Forum :thumbs_up:
You will find it addictive

Sunset and Nsemani!
They are both excellent dams with lots of activity!

In the LS area, Mlondozi is always worth a visit.

Between Tshokwane and Satara there is Nkaya, Mazithi and Kumana


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 Post subject: Re: Waterholes and Dams in the Kruger
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Karen, 8/10 visits we have made to the Sweni Bird hide have been productive and we can sit there for hours.

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 Post subject: Re: Waterholes and Dams in the Kruger
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Karen,
We were in Kruger recently(August) and Girivana ,,waterhole,north of the Satara/Orpen road was red hot.
We saw lions kill a buffalo,huge male leopard,60 plus elephants and 600 plus buff herd drinking.
In fact the whole Satara/Orpen road was productive,but as we all know luck plays a major part but if you put in the time then Kruger will deliver.
Have a great trip.
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 Post subject: Re: Waterholes and Dams in the Kruger
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Warm welcome to the forum Karen! :clap:

Here is a topic for you to have a read through where I am sure you will find lots of great info and advice.

Dams in Kruger

Waterholes in Kruger

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 Post subject: Re: Waterholes and Dams in the Kruger
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Thank you to everyone that replied- much appreciated :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: Dams and Waterholes
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Dear 'mites,
I have doubts about the waterholes in H6, Sonop and Shisangani. As far as I could see from Google maps, both are in side roads to the right of the road. First question is: can we enter this side roads to access the waterholes?

second, can you tell me if in this section of Google maps, Sonop is accessed by the second road from right to left?

https://www.google.com.br/maps/@-24.448 ... ,15z?hl=en

And if in this other section Shishangani waterhole is in the only road leaving H6 to the north?

https://www.google.com.br/maps/@-24.445 ... ,15z?hl=en

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 Post subject: Re: Dams and Waterholes
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Hi Charbel

Sonop is accessed by a short dirt track from the H6 tar road. When I was there in November it was very dry and I can't remember if the windmill pump has been decommissioned or not.

Shihangani, as far as I can remember, is a large round concrete water tank a little way from the road. There is a lay-bye off the tar H6, where you can park and have a look at the water tank area with binoculars.

We have, in the past, seen lions near the Shihangani waterhole and large herd of zebra at the Sonop waterhole.
The area around Satara can be very productive for good sightings.

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