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Grootvlei Dam

Unread postby Krokodile » Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:37 am

Grootvlei Dam

Grootvlei Dam on S105, just off S50 south of Shingwedzi. If you have a vehicle with good ground clearance, you can drive on the dam wall to the other side and back again. Tracks quite clear here with no no-entry sign. We were sitting on the dam wall watching a pair of Fish Eagles and a lone Saddlebilled Stork when a Martial Eagle swooped low over our car (cast quite a shadow through the sunroof!) and crashed into the bushes just below us. Didn't see what it was after but it flew back to a tree on our left shortly after.

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Grootvlei Dam

Unread postby Wild@Heart » Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:06 am

Grootvlei Dam
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Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread postby arks » Tue Jul 04, 2006 3:07 pm

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bucky wrote:Did you take that after driving over the dam wall?

Yes, the photo is taken from the dam wall :D . I had read somewhere on the forum that it was OK to drive across it, so I did. Otherwise, as Mikev points out, the view from the parking area is to the west, whereas this view is SE. The access onto the dam wall in a small car is a bit tricky, so not recommended if you are a nervous driver, but the view of the dam from the wall is great and there is a small turnaround area at the far end.
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:31 pm

We also drove up onto the wall in Feb this year and spent a wonderful hour watching as 2 ellies came down and first had a drink then had fun playing the the water.

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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:23 pm

Nice photo’s of the ellie’s Elsa. I always have to :) at the way they hold one leg slightly raised in the air when they drink water. It looks like a perfect spot for an early morning flask with hot coffee and rusks W@H :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:38 pm

I agree Grantmissy :D
Looks like one of those ideal spots!

Is there water in Grootvlie in the dry months?
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread postby o-dog » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:43 pm

:thumbs_up: Howzit Cheetah,

The Dam was full when I was there in November 2005 meaning that it had quite a bit of water in it already as the first rains surely wouldn't have fulled it up in a week.

This Dam is a good one for us as we saw our first and only ever African crake of the park there on the otherside of the wall.
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread postby granjan » Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:10 pm

This was taken after driving along the dam wall in April. I must confess I did wonder how well I would reverse if I met an ellie on the wall.
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:53 am

Ellies.. and more Ellies..

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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread postby Wild@Heart » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:03 am

Getting you used to the North .. the ellies are very bored up north and like to play tag with cars and chicken :) :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:49 am

granjan wrote:This was taken after driving along the dam wall in April. I must confess I did wonder how well I would reverse if I met an ellie on the wall.
It did concern me a bit as well but fortunately the ellies stayed put in the water and none others decided to take a short cut across the wall! :wink:
I did see where someone had posted a pic of very little water in the dam, it was quite a contrast. :shock:
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread postby okie » Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:10 pm

Always something going on at that dam , although we've seldom seen it full of water .

Hmmm... wonder how much that ellie contributed to its fullness :hmz:
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread postby okie » Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:18 pm

Elsa wrote:
I did see where someone had posted a pic of very little water in the dam, it was quite a contrast. :shock:


Elsa : this is how we have seen it a few times .

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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread postby o-dog » Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:08 pm

okie wrote:
Elsa wrote:
I did see where someone had posted a pic of very little water in the dam, it was quite a contrast. :shock:


Elsa : this is how we have seen it a few times .



Love the picture! (and the others) Tsessebe always excite and this Dam location and the fact that it doesn't get visited by the masses means we still have a great deal to learn about it and who visits it :thumbs_up:
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:58 pm

Thanks O-Dog :thumbs_up:
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