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 Post subject: Matambeni Hide
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:30 pm 
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Taken from inside the Matambeni hide looking across the river.

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Last holiday we came down that path with the Landy and as we cleared the trees and came into the open area next to the river we surprised a bull elephant (or maybe he surprised us) that was eating from a tree to the right as you look at DQ’s photo.

He trumpeted and for a moment and did not seem to know which way he was going to run but fortunately decided to go the opposite direction we did. :shock:

Over all elephants do not seem to like my father-in-laws little red diesel Defender 90 :?

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 Post subject: Matambeni Hide
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On the northern bank of the Letaba river, off the R62 on the way to the Engelhard lookout point, nestles the Matambeni hide.

I have been there quite a few times now and although it is not wonderfully situated for photography, unlike other hides, there is always activity.

There is a vast expanse of river view, which enables one to pick out many species of water bird, and enough water for the many hippos and crocs that abound.

To the right is a favourite shallow crossing place for eles and buffs.

My dad saw his first leopard in 50 years of parking on the approach road, and we visit from as far afield as Tamboti.

The best time to visit is before 10h30 am. You should be able to tick at least 20 bird species while breakfasting and you might even be treated to a breeding herd of eles frolicking in the shallows directly opposite like we once were.

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Saw a resident pair of fisheagles and they displayed their flying abilities in front of the hide. Because its high above the water the eagles pass at eye level 8)

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Saw this at end of July 07 at the hide.

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The leopard actually chased 4 bufallo away, and then caught a Impi. This happened in the reeds so I could not take any photos of the kill. But the sound of the kill cuts right through you.

This happened after 16H00 in the afternoon.

Lovely hide

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Cool pic Jakoventer, I got goosepimples up my spine thinking of the sounds of the kill, it must have been tough listening. :shock:


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Very disturbing sound.

The sound the baby waterbuck made when the cheetah caught it on the S100( during the same visit) was even more disturbing

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We do love Matambeni Hide as well and try to go there every time we are in Kruger. This are two pics I took last time (February 2007)
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Hippos in front of hide
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This photo was taken wright in front of the hide. A beautiful place to go and visit in the early mornings.

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 Post subject: Matambeni Panorama
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took this pics on 04.10.07, stitched 7 pics together with autostitch: the panorama from Matambeni Hide.


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 Post subject: Re: Matambeni Hide
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Wow jakoventer... :D ... that's an amazing sighting of a leopard!

Seen plenty of ellie in the area and Buffalo and it's a nice drive.

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 Post subject: Re: Matambeni Hide
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I was there about 2 years ago and there was a real problem with Water Hyacinth. I contacted Louis Olivier who is/was section ranger there (knew him from way back when we were moving White Rhino back to Kruger) and he said they were working on the problem. Just wondered if it has improved.


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