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 Post subject: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:49 am 
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Must say, this one looks to be full of potential. Saw a huge Ele bull drinking water there in Feb 2005. Birding was great. doesn't look like there will always be water, but still a possible humdinger to visit.


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Wanted to go and look last time I was in the park, but didn't get to it. Will make an effort next time.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia birdhide
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wildtuinman wrote:
doesn't look like there will always be water,

I was there at the beginning of June this year and it was totally dry.

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I stumbled on this hide by accident without knowing it existed about 3 years ago. When I tried to re-visit it in March this year, I couldn't find it! My map shows it where the S25 meets the S119 - is the map wrong or did I just somehow miss the turnoff? Don't remember any signs referring to it either.


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Found it disappointing - been there in Dec 2004 and April 2005, on both occasions spent ages there, saw no game and a few birds.
I feel the money could have been better spent in another place near a waterhole.


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We also visited in Nov 2004 and again this year and found it very dry with just a few birds.
Also had difficulty finding it the first time as the map shows it on the corner and it's actually quite a way down the road.
Tend to agree with foxy.


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 Post subject: Gardenia Hide
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We normally try and visit every year and I must say it is generally fairly disappointing but nice to be able to stretch ones legs and have something to drink. It was bone dry this June and apart from a few birds nothing moved.
It is located on the mpambane Loop which is a 6 km road off the S25 and joins into the S114.


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acekam wrote:
I stumbled on this hide by accident without knowing it existed about 3 years ago. When I tried to re-visit it in March this year, I couldn't find it! My map shows it where the S25 meets the S119 - is the map wrong or did I just somehow miss the turnoff? Don't remember any signs referring to it either.

Found the same "directions" on this website but did not see it or a sign at the spot. We wanted to visit every birdhide from North to South during our last trip and this was the only one we did not see.

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Quite a few of you say, "some birds", like what, anything interesting?

I was there once and it didn't really warrant a return trip.

A hide on the S100 would be nice.

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I saw crested francolin, natal francolin, 3 banded plover, some other waders(could not id), missed carmine bee-eaters by a few mintes when they came to have a drink. Also saw fork-tailed drongos, 3-streaked tjagra, many doves. Yellow-billed hornbills and starlings also stopped by briefly. There were some good quantity of water around.

A huge bull ele quenched his first and almost surprised some people in the parking area. I was there at the heat of the day around 13:00 in early march. Temp was around 39 deg. So not much activity was going to happen. As long as there is water around it would be a birdhide with great potential. It is nice and quiet and a great place to get away from the Park's heat. Only stayed 20 - 30 mins though. Will try and stop by in September again.


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Birds : doves, starlings, hornbills - as there was no water, these were even scarce.
Just nice to stretch legs and a toilet would have been handy!


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 Post subject: Biyamiti #2 Marula Tree on S119 (Mlambane Loop)
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• Sclerocarya birrea
• Picture was taken late in the afternoon
• Picture was taken in April
• At the time there was no leopard in the tree

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti #2
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My guess would be on the S119 - Mpambane loop :?

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Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:26 pm 
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I think you could be right, JB, and if so this guy was lying under that very tree :shock:
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Any idea which pride he belongs to Stephen, he was with another male in Nov 2005, but they were both in the riverbed with a female earlier in the week :wink:
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This is a very impressive example of the Marula Tree (Sclerocarya birrea). It probably had quite a bit of luck on its side not being damaged by elephant and that helped it to survive to grow to such a prominent tree.

Yes it is indeed on the S119 (Mlambane Loop), close to the Gradenia hide.

Freda - the lion, which are regularly seen in the vicinity, are probably males that associate themselves with the Mlambane Pride. The picture that I have of one of the males taken about the same time is from the opposite side – can not properly ID it from that.

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