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Re: Kanniedood Dam Pictures

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Re: Kanniedood Dam Pictures

Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue May 05, 2015 7:34 am

Does anyone have photo's or sigthings to share from recent visits to the Kanniedood dam ?
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Re: Kanniedood Dam Pictures

Unread post by saraf » Tue May 05, 2015 9:56 am

I don't have any photos, it was too far away, but had an interesting sighting there in March.

We were in the hide about an hour before camp closing so maybe 5ish. I noticed one croc "swim" over to the bank, haul out and then walk over the shingle to some bushes about 50 metres back. Odd. Then I watched another haul out and begin to head that way. When I put the binoculars on the first one he had a leg of something long dead in this mouth.

I don't know if you have ever seen crocodiles on land? They'll walk a few metres and then stop for a couple of minutes and then carry on. So in this way about another 5 crocs headed over to where the first one was and started a game of tag. The first croc lost his prize pretty quickly to the second. Then the third came and this led to an almighty fight. But a fight croc-style. There's be a bit of a tug-of-war with the leg for around 30 seconds then both crocs would freeze and not move for a couple of minutes. Then it would all start again. We watched until we had to head for the camp and they were still fighting it out when we left.
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Re: Kanniedood Dam Pictures

Unread post by Elsa » Tue May 05, 2015 10:06 am

That must have been an amazing sighting to see Sara, something quite unusual too which is nice. 8)

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Re: Kanniedood Dam Pictures

Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue May 05, 2015 1:07 pm

That is a very special sighting Saraf 8) . Sometimes there are very big elephants on the Kanniedood dam route and a person has to quickly reverse to get out of their way :doh: . There a quite a few impressive trees on that route too for those who like spotting trees :D :cam: .
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Re: Kanniedood Dam Pictures

Unread post by saraf » Tue May 05, 2015 3:03 pm

Oh yes, rather large ones. Once we'd called into the hide on our way back to camp. As they we drove through East Gate in Shing they were closing the gate so we knew we were the last at the hide that day. Next day we were first out and, well we couldn't get into the hide. An elephant had decide he wanted it for himself and set up his own road block across the entrance.
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Re: Kanniedood Dam Pictures

Unread post by saraf » Tue May 05, 2015 3:08 pm

Another little snippet. Earlier in the day of the crodile fight, we'd called in at the hide on our trip along the S50 river road earlier in the day. We watched while a hippo got out of the main river and crossed into one of the pools. What was of interest was the tiny hippo that she was nudging in front of her. It was so tiny, and so wobbly on its feet we thought it must have just been born and she was taking it to a smaller, safer pool. It was a lovely, special moment.
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Re: Kanniedood Dam Pictures

Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue May 05, 2015 3:23 pm

It is sightings like those Sara that makes some Kruger visitors to always Return. It is just how it is :thumbs_up: . One day we were not able to get to the gate before or at closing time as one of those Big Ones were obstructing the road not allowing anyone to pass. We were not the only visitors that were late :doh: . Some of those elephants there up North in the Kruger can be quite GRUMPY :)
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Re: Kanniedood Dam Pictures

Unread post by hilda » Tue May 05, 2015 3:24 pm

saraf wrote:What was of interest was the tiny hippo that she was nudging in front of her. It was so tiny, and so wobbly on its feet we thought it must have just been born and she was taking it to a smaller, safer pool. It was a lovely, special moment.


That really must have been very special Sara! :clap: :clap:

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Kanniedooddam

Unread post by sammuri » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:13 pm

Greetings Mites

A Number of years ago the Kanniedood dam wall was broken. :(
Can anyone tell me if it was repaired and is there still water in the dam?

The birdhide was one of the beautifull places to stop and watch animals bathing and drinking along that stretch of the river. :lol: :lol:

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Re: Kanniedooddam

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:32 pm

Greetings sammuri

The dam wall was washed away during the floods experienced in the area; and is not going to be repaired as part of Kruger's programme to phase out some of the man made waterpoints. There should still be water in the river when there is normal rainfall pattern.
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Re: Kanniedooddam

Unread post by sammuri » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:39 pm

Hi Dinkybird

Thanks for the reply. Is there currently water in that area?

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Re: Kanniedooddam

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:49 pm

From reports coming in there doesn't seem to be much water currently but that could all change with a good few storms.

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Re: Kanniedooddam

Unread post by sammuri » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:52 pm

Well we all hope it will be a good rain season this year :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Kanniedooddam

Unread post by RobertT » Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:17 pm

Beginning of Oct there was still pools in the river bed around Shingwedizi. The area around Shingwedzi also looked better in terms of grazing than around Mopani and below. Had regular lion sightings around Shingwedzi and one huge pride of more than 20 lions on Mphongolo loop. I saw regular big herds of buffalo as well. People marked wild dog on board but it could have been hyena. Someone said they saw an Suni on Kanniedood dam road but he left the camp site before showing us a pic. :hmz: :hmz: I also saw leopard and sable and peeps saw cheetah regular near babala, roan and eland were also spotted north of Shingwedzi.


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