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Grootvlei Dam

Unread post by Krokodile » Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:37 am

Grootvlei Dam

Grootvlei Dam on S105, just off S50 south of Shingwedzi. If you have a vehicle with good ground clearance, you can drive on the dam wall to the other side and back again. Tracks quite clear here with no no-entry sign. We were sitting on the dam wall watching a pair of Fish Eagles and a lone Saddlebilled Stork when a Martial Eagle swooped low over our car (cast quite a shadow through the sunroof!) and crashed into the bushes just below us. Didn't see what it was after but it flew back to a tree on our left shortly after.

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Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread post by arks » Tue Jul 04, 2006 3:07 pm

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bucky wrote:Did you take that after driving over the dam wall?

Yes, the photo is taken from the dam wall :D . I had read somewhere on the forum that it was OK to drive across it, so I did. Otherwise, as Mikev points out, the view from the parking area is to the west, whereas this view is SE. The access onto the dam wall in a small car is a bit tricky, so not recommended if you are a nervous driver, but the view of the dam from the wall is great and there is a small turnaround area at the far end.
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:31 pm

We also drove up onto the wall in Feb this year and spent a wonderful hour watching as 2 ellies came down and first had a drink then had fun playing the the water.

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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread post by Grantmissy » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:23 pm

Nice photo’s of the ellie’s Elsa. I always have to :) at the way they hold one leg slightly raised in the air when they drink water. It looks like a perfect spot for an early morning flask with hot coffee and rusks W@H :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:38 pm

I agree Grantmissy :D
Looks like one of those ideal spots!

Is there water in Grootvlie in the dry months?
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread post by o-dog » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:43 pm

:thumbs_up: Howzit Cheetah,

The Dam was full when I was there in November 2005 meaning that it had quite a bit of water in it already as the first rains surely wouldn't have fulled it up in a week.

This Dam is a good one for us as we saw our first and only ever African crake of the park there on the otherside of the wall.
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:49 am

granjan wrote:This was taken after driving along the dam wall in April. I must confess I did wonder how well I would reverse if I met an ellie on the wall.
It did concern me a bit as well but fortunately the ellies stayed put in the water and none others decided to take a short cut across the wall! :wink:
I did see where someone had posted a pic of very little water in the dam, it was quite a contrast. :shock:
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread post by okie » Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:18 pm

Elsa wrote:
I did see where someone had posted a pic of very little water in the dam, it was quite a contrast. :shock:


Elsa : this is how we have seen it a few times .

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Unread post by Elsa » Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:32 pm

Wow, that is certainly a big contrast Okie! :shock:
Can you recall what time of the year that was?
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread post by okie » Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:04 pm

Elsa - Taken on 17th May 2011 . You wanna see some more ? Here they come .

Mother and child

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Having a quiet drink together :)

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Man , those Tsessebe's can fly over the ground :big_eyes:

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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:15 am

Lovely sighting okie!

I have to wonder what it looks like now as that area seemed to miss out on much of the rains this year.
Even in Feb/Mar. the general bush/veld looked very dry.
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Unread post by cheetah2111 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:25 pm

Those tsessebe are FAST!!
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread post by Vlakvarkvrou » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:36 pm

Hi Elsa,
You mentioned that you wonder how Grootvlei dam is looking now. I also looked at those photos posted by Okie.

This was taken 27 July 2012 (Last weekend) when Mads and I visited the North of the Park. Photos taken from the Dam wall.
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread post by okie » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:42 pm

Great change - just shows you VVSV :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Grootvlei Dam on the S50

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:53 pm

Thanks for the pics VVV, I really thought it would have less water by now but amazingly not.
Nice tusker pic as well. :thumbs_up:
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