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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 12:41 pm 
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I absolutely agree - it is a fantastic hide where one could spent hours. We were lucky to see a crocodile there as well as many birds like pied, malachite and woodland kingfishers.

It will be on our itinerary for 2012 again. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:04 am 
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This is the list of what we saw in Gardenia Hide when we had been there January 4th 2011. I think it was worthwhile. A place to rest for a while with a nice site to see. As it was the summer, no big animals drinking, but all in all I would come back there.

I give a more detailed description of our experience there in our travel blog, where we are entering now our trip to Kruger: http://viagenscharbelana.blogspot.com/

Impalas (Aepyceros melampus)
1 Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
2 Blacksmith Lapwings (Plovers) (Vanellus armatus)
1 Crested Francolin (Peliperdix sephaena)
3 Marsh or Helmeted Terrapins (Pelomedusa subrufa)
2 Water Thick-Knees (Dikkops) (Burhinus vermiculatus)
1 Cape Dwarf Gecko (Lygodactylus capensis)

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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:51 am 
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Hi, anyone been to the Gardenia hide lately? Suppose there would be water there now....how about August? Is the chance of it being dry 100% or hass anyone found water there in August?


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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:08 pm 
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I stopped at Gardenia a few times in December. (2012)
Didn't see much, but it had been raining quite a bit, so there must have been puddles all over the veld.

The S119 itself was a very productive road.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:43 pm 
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Thanks Yoda. Appreciate the reply!


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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
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I don't think it will have much water in August unless there have been some significant rain, which is not that likely.

We have also never really seen anything out of the ordinary there, either there is lots of water and the animals will have plenty all over or its bone dry! :wink:
But we do often stop there just to have a stretch of the legs and a cup of coffee. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
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gjorgi wrote:
Thanks Yoda. Appreciate the reply!


No problem. :D

As Elsa says though, the veld conditions in August are likely to be very different.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
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I once saw a cattle egret and a terrapin at the hide.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
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Greeting Forumites.
Anyone been to this hide lately? Has anyone had good sightings there recently?
Will be in the area in June and would appreciate a response

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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
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sammuri, it is definitely worth a visit as the area around or close to the hide will definately not disappoint. In June, the water levels might be extremely low to muddy, but buffalos love this. :dance:

I had some amazing sightings there, but the birdies come very close and just sit and enjoy a few minutes there and you might just get a welcome surprise by some interesting visitors. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 3:55 pm 
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I agree. I have had several amazing sightings at this hide. Like everywhere else in the park, it's all about timing.

I never miss stopping there. Often including a few visits during my stay, trying to go at different times of the day.

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