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Nthandanyathi Bird Hide on the S28

Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:22 pm

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Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:48 pm

I visit the place at least 30 times a year. Beautifulllll!!! (Sorry for my spelling) :lol: Lots of birds, always hippo real close-up and even crocodile. Best sighting yet: A big elephant bull real close up.

The hide is underneath a big Huilboerboon (Weeping Boer-bean) with lovely red flowers in spring.

According to "A dictionary of Kruger National Park place names" the meaning of the name is: In ZULU; Ntanda-nyati - (the waterhole) preferred by buffalo.

Other names previously used were: Mthandanyati, Nthandanyathi (Almost mis-spelled that one!) :roll: :wink:
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Unread postby Aquilla » Thu Mar 16, 2006 10:16 am

I saw 2 male Hippos having a huge fight there as the rest of the pod looked on in amazement. I was so close to them...
Baboons had also recently been in the hide and they had defacated all over the place.

On the way out we bumped into the resident Black Rhino that is often seen there. Only my second BR sighting in 35 years!

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Unread postby christo » Thu Mar 16, 2006 1:08 pm

The baboons seem to have made this their evening toilet. Nice place though, just mind where you sit!

Saw civet on the way there and had to wait for huge ellie to move before I could leave.

The birdsounds in the morning is lovely.
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:33 am

We were there last week and a full work team was there repairing it banging away and so the resident open billed storks were long gone as well as the hippo while this was going on...We didnt even sit down as the strong smell of creosote gets Jane's Asthma going
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Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:20 pm

Saw a lot of hippo action on my recent trip.

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when coming out of the hide saw some lovely action between plovers and a secretaty bird. The secretary bird eventaully had to dart off with all the dive bombing

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:56 am

When we were last there, we saw a day old hippo calf walking around with its mom on the other bank. So cute....

There was also a hippo war, where males were fighting each other and it looked like they were trying to get to the baby. :?
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Unread postby Bush Andy » Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:17 pm

Saw a huge tusker there in June last year... wasn't Duke but the bull had huge tusks... he trundled down to the stream and had a long drink before disappearing into the bush with a trumpet... late afternoon, so he was glowing :D . The hide looked great and clean... so hope everything is unchanged!
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Unread postby Andy Evans » Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:43 pm

We often go to that hide and in April 2006 during our timeshare week at Ngwenya (4 - 11 April 2008 - cannot wait) there was a beautiful leopard in the tree across the stream from the hide with a kill. His kill dropped out of the tree three times and each time he went to fetch it until he was fed up and just left it on the ground and stalked off. One of our best leopard sightings - totally awesome. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Unread postby henche » Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:24 pm

I visited the hide recently ( late Dec ) and was pleasantly surprised by the condition of the hide as I was informed by the honorary ranger at Lower Sabie not to bother going due to the baboon activity.
I found no smell, mess etc. and enjoyed a few hours watching mainly the hippo and a few birds.
Lovely setting and it was very peaceful and quiet as no other people arrived.
By the way, the gravel road past the hide towards CB ( S28 )was exceptional with nice herds of Zebra amongst others.

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Unread postby christo » Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:17 pm

I was there on Sunday, and we could not enter the hide as several large male baboons showed aggressive behaviour. One even charged at one of the guests and nearly caused havoc.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:00 pm

We visited it twice on our trip 2 weeks ago.
There was a large pod of hippos frolicking about in the river close to the hide and nothing much else. A big bull ellie gave us a show of superiority nearby though.
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Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:21 am

you cannot miss Nthandanyati!

It has been repaired and is in a good condition.
While baboons do regularly cause a mess there, it is still one of the best hides in the KNP.

There are few hides where you can come so close to hippo.
Since the nearby Nhlanganzwani dam has been breached, the hippo population at the hide has increased tremendously.

As for birds, there is always something to see. Also, it is on the S28, to my mind one of the best game viewing roads in the KNP.
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Unread postby ecojunkie » Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:02 am

One of my favourite areas too! I have (fortunately) never encountered the baboons there - but always had a good visit whenever I stop by. You can tell the area is good for viewing because of the number of safari vehicles that use it! But like any other road, there are times when you see very little....


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