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Get-0ut Bridges.

Unread postby bert » Thu Sep 08, 2005 9:02 am

DinkyBird wrote:Wonderful for photography too. Get out and set up ones tripod.


Like it very much. Opportunity to enjoy the rivers and see lots of animals and great landscapes. I just hang my beanbag over the railing and use it as camerarest.

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Unread postby bert » Thu Sep 08, 2005 10:01 am

Nico wrote:
wildtuinman wrote:You can still get out at Olifants and I am sure Letaba too.
What about the Shingwedzi bridge?


Getout point as well. Did it in May this year

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Unread postby Elsa » Thu Sep 08, 2005 10:16 am

The last time we were up that way, we had been standing on the Letaba river bridge for sometime enjoying the view, and had only just got back in the car to study the map, when we noticed 2 hyenas at the north end, who then started coming across the bridge towards us.
This caused us some consternation as there was a small group of workers at the other end of the bridge.
They seemed very nervous of us as they got closer to the car and ran past only to finally see the workers at the other end who seemed totally unconcerned.
So it was an about turn and they had to come back past us again.
They obviously felt very insecure being on the bridge with limited escape routes.
But it does go to show that one needs to keep a close look out whilst on the bridge.
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Unread postby Penny » Thu Sep 08, 2005 11:38 am

The high water bridge I was referring to is the one over the Sabie/Sand Rivers just off the H4-1 on the H12. Also affectionately known as baboon bridge as it is a favourite haunt of theirs. The game rangers however have always referred to it as the High water bridge (needless to say it was not high enough when the floods came)!
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Unread postby Uwe » Thu Sep 08, 2005 3:13 pm

I love those bridges.

Favourite being Shingwedzi (what else :wink: ) and Letaba

had sightings of huge baboon troops at Shingwedzi and very nice waterbuck at Letaba - both late afternoon light making glorious shine around the animals - beautiful!

BIG SIGH!!!!! :cry: :cry: :cry:

and then - again on Shingwedzi Bridge - one of the biggest buff herds I've ever seen crossing the riverbed moving straight to the confluence of Shingwedzi and Mphongolo (there is a lookout point on the gravel loop)
so we drove there - followed by at least 10 cars!!!! - unfortunately for most of our followers there is only room for like two or three cars with a good view - underneath the buffaloes were wallowing in the mud - kicking the dust - aaagh - and behind us people were scrambling to get in position
- it took the buff herd more than half an hour to pass that spot - what a sight!

eventually we left - not too easy with five cars trying to snap away your spot at the same time - once we were clear we bumped into the Mphongolo pride that were following the buff - had all the lions to ourselves as back at the confluence the crowd was fighting for the buff sighting - tell me about timing

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Unread postby leopardspotter » Sun Sep 11, 2005 7:20 pm

Three hyenas were strolling next to our car as we were crossing the Letaba Bridge one early morning.
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Unread postby j-ms » Sun Sep 25, 2005 7:19 pm

richardharris wrote:Its actually a double bridge - with the smaller section over the flood area.
Despite the trees at the junction of the two I am sure it is safe.
I have been on the main bridge and watched elephant walk past the end - no interest in coming on the bridge!

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In November 2004 lam & I were IN our Landy photographing Wire-tailed swallows on the main bridge at Luvuvhu when two large 'phumps decided to come onto the bridge.
There were other elephants crossing on the riverbed itself which was mostly dry.
We initially watchful but the two just hung around the entrance to the bridge feeding on the large trees there.

In December 2002, we had actually alighted on the Luvuvhu bridge along with a crowd of other bird watchers to pick up the Bohm's Spinetails that were in amongst the Little Swifts. :redface:

None of the bridges can be considered "safe".
Common sense and respect for the animals are the keywords.

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Unread postby j-ms » Sun Sep 25, 2005 7:33 pm

After the previous post, I must add that I LURVE the bridges where one is allowed to get out.
We (lam & I) have spent hours on the bridges at Olifants & Letaba.
One of our best moments was watching two female Saddle-billed Storks fishing for barbel together for at least half an hour.

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Unread postby richardharris » Mon Sep 26, 2005 3:57 am

I agree there is safe and safe! Having a kip on a bridge outside my vehicle would not be safe whilst observing nature over the bridge with half an eye on whats on the bridge would be!

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu May 03, 2007 7:04 am

Well our prayers have been aswered: Levuvu bridge is now get outable. :lol: Will post pics soon. :wink:

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Unread postby Bennievis » Wed May 16, 2007 1:37 pm

Last year was the first time we saw that one can get out of your vehicle on a bridge (near Letaba to be exact) Not really reading all the info on the entrance permit we assumed you can get out of the vehicle on all bridges and almost did so this year near Skukuza, but something told me to "wag 'n bietjie" (wait a bit) just as well.
Travelling from Skukuza to Olifants I noticed the "get out of vehicle" sign for the 1st time when crossing the Olifants.
I could have ended up in a photo elsewhere on the forum.

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Unread postby Penny » Sun Jun 03, 2007 1:22 pm

Bennievis - it was quite an interesting start to the rule as when it was first initiated it did apply to all high water bridges but sadly the abuse of the rule on the high water bridge where the Sand and Sabie River meet was of such a nature that after a scant few months the signs were removed from this bridge!
Once again the old adage that people spoil it for themselves was true in this case!
There have also been some strange things that have transpired at get out points - for example the one at Nkumbi was suddenly graced by the addition of a toilet as it became evident that the occupants of even touring buses were relieving themselves in the little car park.
No sooner did the toilet appear when it disappeared - no explanation and unfortunately the toilet paper trail is very evident at this lookout point!
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Unread postby richardharris » Thu Jun 14, 2007 12:14 pm

Until recently only 3 but a 4th now added.

Olifants high bridge
Letaba high bridge
Shingwedzi bridge
Levuvhu bridge

All excellent.

Fun things usually happen. eg Troop of baboon run across Olifants regularly even with cars / people on it.
Elephant stoll past the end of the Luvuvhu bridge
Seen lion more than once with 20 yards of the Shingwedzi bridge.

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Unread postby carolynn » Wed May 14, 2008 12:52 pm

The bridges where you are allowed to get out of your vehicle are all clearly marked by a sign as you come onto the bridge, by yellow lines - a very nice thing that they introduced.
Letaba bridge is especially nice at sunrise and sunset.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed May 14, 2008 12:55 pm

Just so that everyone know. The H12 bridge is
NOT a get out point. So DON'T get out there. :evil:


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