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Re: sable hide? advice, downfalls and experiances

Unread post by DrPhil » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:18 am

Scipio is it advisable to take a mosquito net when staying over in a hide? :hmz: It should be possible to suspend it from the roof with a rope
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Re: sable hide? advice, downfalls and experiances

Unread post by Ecospook » Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:14 am

Hi, we are sleeping there tomorrow night!!! Can't wait!!!
I can't remember how may times we have already slept there.
It is an unbelievable experience!
We once had a pride of lions sleeping next to the hide and roaring the whole night.
You can't believe the feeling!
You must remember there is no showers, a longdrop and the last time we were there, they had plastic containers with a tap rigged over the washbasin so that you can wash your hands.
One thing i can say about the "ablutions", it is always clean.
At least all the times we slept there.
We also bring our own portable shower with a 20L can of water and have the most glorious outdoor showers ever (because nobody is around :dance: )
We usually bring our own blankets and linen but you can hire at Phalaborwa gate.
I think it is possible to hang your net but we never used one.
Also remember, you have to cook over a fire or bring a gas stove for that most important item in the park: coffee with rusks!!!!!
Before sunset you have your own Discovery Channel when all the animals come for a drink or the elephants come for a bath, and the birdlife is just wonderful.
You must stop me now because i can write pages about that place!!! :lol:

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Sable hide and the water's edge

Unread post by PantoffelSlippers » Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:28 am

Good day,

I have an one night stay-over at the Sable overnight hide in January 2013. I am really excited about this night and have high hopes for exciting sightings.

My question is: how far is the dam/waterhole from the hide itself in terms of its closest edge and furthest edge?

I want to make sure I have a sufficient light, camera lens and night vision if possible.

Many thanks
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Re: Sable hide and the water's edge

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:50 am

Hi there PantoffelSlippers!
(Love your name btw. LOL)

This photo was made from the far side of the waterhole, towards the hide where you'll be sleeping. The dead tree is in the middle of the waterhole, sort of.

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Re: Sable hide and the water's edge

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:01 am

This one I made on the same day from the hide. Hope it gives you some idea of where the water is in relation to the hide. Obviously it will change with the water levels. In 2010 the water was way closer to the hide.

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Re: Sable hide and the water's edge

Unread post by Scipio » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:46 am

At the moment the water is at the hide, and this January it was under the Hide, all depends on the rain. :thumbs_up:

Sable is great PS, make sure you have something to go about 100 meters, then you can see the other side of the water, and the old inlet carpark(That is now under water) but more importantly, the Damwall, the animals seem to love walking on it, maybe cause of the vantage/height. 8)

These were some of the goodies, one day, just at Sable Dam. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Sable hide and the water's edge

Unread post by PantoffelSlippers » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:32 pm

Thanks all - yep - i was thinking about 100-300m

I will have to make sure I have lenses and lights for night viewing to cover this distance.

Great pics btw!

Thanks again!

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Re: Sable Dam & Overnight/Bird Hide

Unread post by PantoffelSlippers » Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:25 am

What about camping chairs, do i need chairs for sable hide??

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Re: Sable Dam & Overnight/Bird Hide

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:19 pm

There will only be the benches in there for sitting on so if you want to take camping chairs then no problems.
I guess the benches are at the optimal height for game viewing.
I would maybe just take some cushions as the benches do get hard after a while. :wink:

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Re: Sable Dam & Overnight/Bird Hide

Unread post by gstrydom » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:13 pm

Taking American friends to sleep in Sable Hide in April. Anyone who has been there recently, please can you advise on:
- What is the condition of the bedding that you can rent from Phalaborwa gate?
- Do you have to return keys or equipment the next morning to Phalaborwa gate?

And of course, tell about your sightings!

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Re: Sable Dam & Overnight/Bird Hide

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:23 am

gstrydom wrote:What is the condition of the bedding that you can rent from Phalaborwa gate?
- Do you have to return keys or equipment the next morning to Phalaborwa gate?

Yes, you will have to return the keys, etc to the gate the next day.
Sure the bedding will be fine, haven't heard of any complaints so far.

Have a wonderful stay in the hide. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Sable Dam & Overnight/Bird Hide

Unread post by Heksie » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:50 am

Hi gstrydom :yaya:
Me and a fellow forumite were in November at Sable hide and we enjoyed every scary moment of it :wink:
Just keep in mind that we were 2 ladies alone in the hide so it is fair that I was a bit frightened but totally exhilarated by the whole experience.
You did not make a mistake by booking the hide :clap: :dance: :thumbs_up:

Ok they have bedding available, if I'm 100% sure?
We paid R100 deposit and do ask for the braai grid (rooster) otherwise you won't have something to braai with :slap:
We almost made that mistake, if it wasn't for a friend of Wendy's that informed her about that.
The bedding was clean and comfy.
You get per bed a mosquito net, cushion, fitted sheet, sheet and duvet.
They are cleaned after every night.
And yes we had to return our keys and bedding the following morning.

We had ellies visiting us during the night and they were splashing and swimming in the sable dam.
It was a great sound to fall asleep to, unlike me Wendy was awake almost the whole night and she enjoyed their company tremendously.
We also heard lions roaring in the night whilst we were having our braai (that was my scary ordeal) as the fences are only 2m high and I have an imagination that will scare even the bravest :tongue:
We also had impala (I know people say whatever) but they were babies and some teenagers were sparring that was very interesting for us.

Wendy actually booked another night now in April so it really is something special and an experience not to go by!

Here is some kiekies to show you what it looks like :thumbs_up:

They allow you to park inside and there in the farthest corner is the bathroom facilities.
Just remember that there are no bath/shower.
But they have about 4 20L water containers so that is how we bathed the next morning with a cloth and a lot of soap :redface:

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Then here is some kiekies of the inside, there are 8 beds in the hide and you know the best thing of having the hide is the quietness.
We sat there in the darkness off the hide and the moon shined brightly, we could see the ellies in the dam and hear the night sounds.
Kruger was truly alive that night!

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I hope this answered some of your questions.
The area is full of animals.
I know that there is a pack of wild dogs near Phala gate and leppies as well as cheetah.
We weren't' that lucky to see them but we were there only 1 night.
we saw general game, rock dassies and a lot of klipspringers which is a delight for me always.
You will not regret going there!
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Re: Sable overnight hide

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:52 pm

Welcome to the forum, Simon A :thumbs_up:

A sleepover at the Sable hide is a great experience and you will love it. I did it Dec'11 and posted some info on the link Foxy loaded.

The only challenge you might encounter is availability, but you can try.
An alternative is to try Shipandani overnight hide at Mopani camp - just 54 km from Letaba.
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Re: Sable Dam & Overnight/Bird Hide

Unread post by Melman » Fri May 10, 2013 12:07 am

Hi All, I have booked the hide for one night in September - I have'nt really told my wife what to expect :shock: (or I'll probably have to ammend my booking)- She is not one for roughing it, petrified of spiders and creepy crawlies, likes to have a toilet with brick walls and a hot shower nearby, electricity and lots of home comforts - this is going to be awesome!
Hope the resident rodents are now a thing of the past or I'm going to be in even more trouble.....

Seriously though, if the sightings and surroundings live up to expectation I'm sure she'll forgive me at some stage - Can't wait! :P

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Re: Sable Dam & Overnight/Bird Hide

Unread post by Moira de Swardt » Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:35 pm

Just paid for my stay at this hide on Midsummer's Night. 21 December 2014.

I am looking forward to it despite not having any camping equipment. No spotlights to work off car batteries. No fancy equipment. It is going to be a primitive night for me, It is moonless so there won't be any natural light either. Just the haze from Phalaborwa.

I was surprised that I had so many different nights to choose from when I did the booking. I would have thought that an experience like this would get booked up in peak seasons very quickly.

Please tell the pangolins to come visiting where I can see them.
I don't get to the Parks nearly often enough, despite two trips to the KNP and one to Golden Gate this year.


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