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Unread postby zephneb » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:15 pm

Where are photographic /birdwatching hides in the KTP?

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Unread postby picnic » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:55 pm

There are two hides, one at Mata-mata and one at Nossop. (link to Nossop webcam view here.)

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Re: Hides

Unread postby Leanawel » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:25 pm

Hi Picnic :D

Is the hide inside Mata-Mata camp or outside ?

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Re: Hides

Unread postby picnic » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:31 pm

Inside the camp. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Hides

Unread postby MATTHYS » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:47 pm

Warm welcome to the forums, Zephneb :D
Pics on Nossob hide here .
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Re: Overnight hides in Kgalagadi.

Unread postby Bekke » Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:33 pm

Picnic, are you acting as a front-man now? I know there were plans for something like this at Samevloeïng, but probably ditched. My preference would be no change - most of the camps provide excellent wild experiences already.

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Re: Overnight hides in Kgalagadi.

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:56 pm

A hide should overlook a waterhole picnic.

Maybe KijKij?

or Melkvlei.

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Re: Overnight hides in Kgalagadi.

Unread postby picnic » Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:49 pm

@ Bekke, hides are very popular I think and maintenance cost is low. The only thing that could be a problem in KTP is water, some boreholes have strong water and would be able to supply enough water for a hide to accommodate between 4 and 6 people. A hide is also nice for day visitors or people who wants to sit out there and enjoy the peace and quietness of the Kalahari.

@ Bush Baptist that was my thoughts too. :D

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Re: Overnight hides in Kgalagadi.

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:28 pm

at Nossob hide... I know a person who had to share with... a Jackal... why not :lol: :lol: :lol:
it seems to me, the bush camps are like an overnight... more comfy :lol:
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Re: Overnight hides in Kgalagadi.

Unread postby Son godin » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:38 pm

To overnight in a hide you need proper ablution facilities. Currently most picnic sites are only serviced 1 x week and sometimes only 2 x month. Often a water problem gets reported but not solved within a week or more e.g. Melkvlei. The toilets at Leijersdraai is another example where its difficult to maintain and often found closed for use.

The idea of overnight hides is great but the reality of maintaining such facilities can be a problem. The two overnight hides in Kruger is within 10 km of a camp or gate and town, which makes the upkeep easier than in KTP.

I agree with ann-marie that there are actually already overnight hides in the form of bush camp and if you need to build more it will basically be at the same cost as a bushcamp plus an attendant to be at the camp.

anne-marie wrote:it seems to me, the bush camps are like an overnight... more comfy :lol:


There is talk of more development, but personally I am against it as it will results in more water demand from tourist and use of the roads. Maybe what could work is a normal hide say at Samevloeing and even at Twee Rivieren which can be visited all night. There are often lions and leopards visiting the small waterhole outside the camp which will be great to visit at night.

In KZN parks and e.g. Lake Panic the walkway is quite a distance leading from the car park to the hide. Preferable one must park a few hundred meter from the waterhole not to disturb the animals when you climb out and back into the car.
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