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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:26 pm 
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These are Mauritian tomb bats and are normally seen roosting like this :wink:

Do you have a pic of the horseshoe?

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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:18 pm 
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Thanks for the ID, Batmad!

My SO's PC crashed and we lost so many photos :cry: - including the horseshoe bat. I thought I'd posted it on here somewhere but keep a record of the tinypics I save and it seems I didn't :doh:

It was fairly small - my guess would be about 6cm and was hanging more "traditionally" (not like the mauritian ones).


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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:02 pm 
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Wonderful pics Wilmaw, :D

We spent some time there earlier this month and I can confirm it has the most water I have ever seen there before. :D

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We didn't get to see any animals but lots of nice birds and plenty of bat droppings on the seats at the one side of the hide. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:24 pm 
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On our last few trips to southern KNP, Gardenia Birdhide has become a must stop. We had a herd of ellies move off as we arrived on one occasion, watched a few impies, this last Dec, watched buffies lying around in the water for ages. Even if there are no animals around, we enjoy sitting in the quiet cool hide watching the birdies. It's becoming our favourite birdhide.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:55 pm 
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We were there early in 2009 and found a mother and kid Rhino pair, also lots of birds. Then when we went there in October, it was bone dry. However, we always wait some time just in case something interesting happens, as the Kruger is famous for unexpected surprises.


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 Post subject: Re: Photos of picnic spots and hides
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These are of Gardenia Hide off the S119, between Afsaal and Malelane Gate (slightly east of them). They were also taken last July.

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the entrance to the walk-way leading to the hide, (altho' not the best photo!)
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This is the walk way to the hide.
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These two are the views from inside the hide, looking out,
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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:35 am 
Am playing around with Google earth, and here's a 2010 pic!:

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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 5:21 pm 
Two days ago:

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Kingfisher still there!


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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
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Songodin thanks for the wonderful pictures :thumbs_up: !!! We love Gardenia Hide, for our breakfast stop. In January 2010, we watched a python stalking some plovers right in front of the hide, it eventually came out of the water, and went under the hide. We have seen Rhino and Giraffe, Impala, and plenty birds over the years. Mama Faru


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 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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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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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