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 Post subject: Re: Sable Dam & Overnight/Bird Hide
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:50 am 
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Hi gstrydom :yaya:
Me and a fellow forumite were in November at Sable hide and we enjoyed every scary moment of it :wink:
Just keep in mind that we were 2 ladies alone in the hide so it is fair that I was a bit frightened but totally exhilarated by the whole experience.
You did not make a mistake by booking the hide :clap: :dance: :thumbs_up:

Ok they have bedding available, if I'm 100% sure?
We paid R100 deposit and do ask for the braai grid (rooster) otherwise you won't have something to braai with :slap:
We almost made that mistake, if it wasn't for a friend of Wendy's that informed her about that.
The bedding was clean and comfy.
You get per bed a mosquito net, cushion, fitted sheet, sheet and duvet.
They are cleaned after every night.
And yes we had to return our keys and bedding the following morning.

We had ellies visiting us during the night and they were splashing and swimming in the sable dam.
It was a great sound to fall asleep to, unlike me Wendy was awake almost the whole night and she enjoyed their company tremendously.
We also heard lions roaring in the night whilst we were having our braai (that was my scary ordeal) as the fences are only 2m high and I have an imagination that will scare even the bravest :tongue:
We also had impala (I know people say whatever) but they were babies and some teenagers were sparring that was very interesting for us.

Wendy actually booked another night now in April so it really is something special and an experience not to go by!

Here is some kiekies to show you what it looks like :thumbs_up:

They allow you to park inside and there in the farthest corner is the bathroom facilities.
Just remember that there are no bath/shower.
But they have about 4 20L water containers so that is how we bathed the next morning with a cloth and a lot of soap :redface:

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Then here is some kiekies of the inside, there are 8 beds in the hide and you know the best thing of having the hide is the quietness.
We sat there in the darkness off the hide and the moon shined brightly, we could see the ellies in the dam and hear the night sounds.
Kruger was truly alive that night!

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I hope this answered some of your questions.
The area is full of animals.
I know that there is a pack of wild dogs near Phala gate and leppies as well as cheetah.
We weren't' that lucky to see them but we were there only 1 night.
we saw general game, rock dassies and a lot of klipspringers which is a delight for me always.
You will not regret going there!

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 Post subject: Sable overnight hide
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:05 pm 
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Hi all, first time on the forum, so if i ask a dumb question, my appologies, i was wondering about the sable overnight hide as an option in Kruger, we are going for a week in July to Letaba and thamboti and have a day to play with, and thought we might give this a go, any thoughts, good points, bad points , relevant info regarding this spot would be appreciated, cheers :?


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 Post subject: Re: Sable overnight hide
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:27 pm 
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Hi Hi :D Welllllcome to the forum :)

well now let me tell you now that No question asked by anyone could be seen as dumb, learning everyday is what keeps us going ;)

as for your question their is a Great topic already all about the sable hide

I cant link the topic for you as I dont chat via laptop but Im hoping someone can find it and link it for you :)

Hope you have a great time in the Kruger

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 Post subject: Re: Sable overnight hide
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:33 pm 
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Welcome Simon A - sure you will a great time here

Here is the link S-L was referring to

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 Post subject: Re: Sable overnight hide
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:52 pm 
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Welcome to the forum, Simon A :thumbs_up:

A sleepover at the Sable hide is a great experience and you will love it. I did it Dec'11 and posted some info on the link Foxy loaded.

The only challenge you might encounter is availability, but you can try.
An alternative is to try Shipandani overnight hide at Mopani camp - just 54 km from Letaba.

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 Post subject: Re: Sable Dam & Overnight/Bird Hide
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Thanks a mil Foxy :) :D

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 Post subject: Re: Sable Dam & Overnight/Bird Hide
Unread postPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 12:07 am 
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Hi All, I have booked the hide for one night in September - I have'nt really told my wife what to expect :shock: (or I'll probably have to ammend my booking)- She is not one for roughing it, petrified of spiders and creepy crawlies, likes to have a toilet with brick walls and a hot shower nearby, electricity and lots of home comforts - this is going to be awesome!
Hope the resident rodents are now a thing of the past or I'm going to be in even more trouble.....

Seriously though, if the sightings and surroundings live up to expectation I'm sure she'll forgive me at some stage - Can't wait! :P


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 Post subject: Re: Sable Dam & Overnight/Bird Hide
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:35 pm 
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Just paid for my stay at this hide on Midsummer's Night. 21 December 2014.

I am looking forward to it despite not having any camping equipment. No spotlights to work off car batteries. No fancy equipment. It is going to be a primitive night for me, It is moonless so there won't be any natural light either. Just the haze from Phalaborwa.

I was surprised that I had so many different nights to choose from when I did the booking. I would have thought that an experience like this would get booked up in peak seasons very quickly.

Please tell the pangolins to come visiting where I can see them.

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 Post subject: Sable Hide
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Hi there, we have booked the Sable Hide this December for our family.
Please can anyone tell us what we can expect and any advice that you have for us too. Thanks.
We then go to Mopani camp, then Olifants, then Orpen and last night at Skukuza.
Any advice will help us thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: sable Hide
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:53 pm 
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BerkiSA wrote:
Hi Guys,

I can seem to be able to find an online booking facility for Sable Hide. How does one book for this?


Phone Central Reservations in office hours. Their number is under "Contact Us". :D

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 Post subject: Re: sable Hide
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Booking info for Sable Hide

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