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Re: Where would you put a webcam in the KNP?

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Re: Where would you put a webcam in the KNP?

Unread post by Stickman360 » Wed May 30, 2012 3:43 pm

Here is a crazy idea that could be interesting to look into.

I watched an animal documentary which have a roading camera which was disguised as and elephants spoor. GENIUS!!!!!! imagine having a camera that roamed the plains of the kruger national park. it would probably produces pictures/videos of animal's feet but at least we'll get a few laughs.

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Re: Where would you put a webcam in the KNP?

Unread post by Anja Barnard » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:03 am

Webcam at Girivana would be nice. Or at Shibotwana on the S100.

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Re: Where would you put a webcam in the KNP?

Unread post by leo21 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:11 am

Or even beter why not put the same cameras they use on africam in the kruger park. The ones that are live and can zoom. And give the guests that log in the power to move the cam or zoom ect. That would be awesome cause with that its not just sights but sounds aswell!

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Re: Where would you put a webcam in the KNP?

Unread post by kujo » Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:24 pm

How about at one of the camps entrance gates, would be interesting to see what peeps in at night.... :shock:

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Re: Where would you put a webcam in the KNP?

Unread post by picnic » Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:33 pm

DuQues wrote:Actually I would not put it in KNP at all.

Mountain Zebra, Mapungubwe or Marakele would be my choices...

:D Nice. :thumbs_up:

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Plea for a hide at Tihongonyeni waterhole

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:02 pm

I have never driven the Tropic of Capricorn drive in 60 years of Kruger Park visiting... but did so this past March as a 60th birthday variation on a theme...

Obviously it looked stunning after good rains, and it could look a bit bare and dry in October, but this is a very special part of Kruger.

I think it deserves better treatment.

It was earmarked/closed for a while as I have read in the forums, but recently re-opened for the drought.

Reasons for my plea:

1. It is a unique area in Kruger.
Usually you drive in dense bush in the south, open savannah/grassland in the central areas, thick mopani further north... but here you travel in scrub mopani with great visibility, then suddenly a vast open plain... you could think you were in Etosha for a moment... or the floodplain at Lake Manyara in Tanzania... with the hazy blue Lebombo mountains in the distance as the perfect backdrop for hundreds and hundreds of zebra, wildebeest, impala, ostriches and many more animals in the distance.

2. The bird life is also special. So many different species congregated around the water.

3. A perfect stopover for those travelling in the thick mopani bush with its more limited number of animals when compared to the south.

4. But no shade, no toilet, nowhere to stretch your legs... and a long way from camp.

5. Tourists need more places where they can FEEL AT ONE WITH NATURE!

Like...

* Bobbejaankrans near Tamboti camp. Hundreds of people stop here every day for breakfast or to stretch their legs...
* Matekenyane rock near Skukuza. There are always people sitting at sunrise/sunset to absorb the sounds of the bush and admire the teeny flowers...
* Nkumbe lookout high in the Lebombo mountains. My wife and I sat there for about 2 hours on a 40 degree afternoon this year. Not an animal, but so peaceful...

I would like to propose something like the famous hides in Hwange:

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Thank you and God bless,

Friedrich von Hörsten

Ps. Kgalagadi never had any hides. I wrote to them so many times, asking for a hide at each camp. Today they are so popular!

Tihoyongeni would be the perfect spot for such a hide!
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Re: Plea for a hide at Tihongonyeni waterhole

Unread post by naomi c » Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:22 am

Awesome suggestion - I agree 110%!! :thumbs_up:

So glad to hear that the area looked good during your visit last month - in December it looked like a desert, really heartbreaking! :D

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Re: Plea for a hide at Tihongonyeni waterhole

Unread post by Div » Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:21 pm

Hides are fantastic. Take the Pilanesberg hides as an example, which are always great to visit.

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Re: Plea for a hide at Tihongonyeni waterhole

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:10 pm

I love that waterhole - we have spent hours and hours there, on many different days. I love that it is so open; one can see all around you. I love the openess, the vastness. I love sitting and watching the flocks of quelea as the perform in massive numbers, but as one, from that exact spot. I love watching the ellies make there way, from far off, to come and drink. I love watching the shy eland keeping their distance. This is pure Africa.

Please do not ruin it with a birdhide stuck up in the middle of that beautiful open vast plains of Africa!
5. Tourists need more places where they can FEEL AT ONE WITH NATURE!
I agree, leave it as untouched as it is.
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Re: Plea for a hide at Tihongonyeni waterhole

Unread post by Afriphile » Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:45 pm

Surely the bigger question is the future of the waterhole,once the current drought breaks.
If it is due to close in the long term then the question of a hide is irrelevant .
We love this area and have many pleasant hours watching the game come and go.Its also a great birding spot.
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Re: Plea for a hide at Tihongonyeni waterhole

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:05 pm

I think the reopening of certain waterholes during the drought period was just an emergency and temporary exercise and once that passes they will revert to the original plan of closing certain artificial water points within a time frame.

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Re: Plea for a hide at Tihongonyeni waterhole

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:20 am

I feel that the Kruger National Park should remain for the nature and the animals as there had been sufficient provision made for humans already.
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Re: Plea for a hide at Tihongonyeni waterhole

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:03 pm

Thanks to all of you for the interesting comments and observations. Most likely it will just end up as a dry dustbowl that has water for 3 months per year and then no more...

To those who do not like the idea of a hide. Thanks. I appreciate your opinion. There are small hides and big hides, some low, some high. You have amazing ones at eg. Little Toms waterhole in Hwange, that would only seat about 10 people, and that are on ground level with NO fence around. You just keep your eyes open for predators... lol.

Ultimately Kruger has already got so many tarred roads and man made structures that I doubt another hide would really mess things up. It would not be much bigger than the existing cement reservoirs anyway... (and nobody has complained about them, or asked for their removal because they spoil the natural look of the waterhole)... Dinkybird said the following:
I agree, leave it as untouched as it is.
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(I "borrowed" this pic of the "untouched" Tihongonyeni windmill, trough and dam from another discussion -- definitely NOT my picture -- I hope Abraham Mouton will not object!)

and if you check all picnic spots... they are still amazingly "natural" with animals and birds all around you, eg. Muzandzeni picnic spot near Satara. I love it, and feel part of nature... in spite of the toilet, kitchen etc. Or Mlondozi picnic spot. What a lovely place to have your breakfast before the crowds arrive. I have yet to hear anybody complain about the horrible man made dam wall that interferes with the natural look of the place... (same for Orpen dam).

Just dreaming...from a cold and wet Cape Town...

God bless,

Friedrich von Hörsten
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Re: Plea for a hide at Tihongonyeni waterhole

Unread post by fazekma » Sun Jun 05, 2016 4:53 pm

As a wildlife photographer I like your idea of a hide here - currently there are only two hides that provide exceptional wildlife viewing and photo opportunities - Lake Panic and Sweni. This open area is an ideal spot, especially for the north! There's a 200-bed hotel going up in the south and a new gate with picnic spot planned for the north with a new road that will be running past Bateleur Camp - a hide is far less intrusive. Let's see what's done with your idea...
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