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Re: Sable Dam & Bird Hide

Unread post by Gigi » Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:45 am

I was at the dam last week wed night. the water level was fairly low. it was an extremely wonderful night. we saw ellie, duiker, impala and ducks.... recommend it to anyone...

Also on the wed did the Nonokani trail. saw hippo, baboon, kudu and ellie at the start and that was it for the trail.

had great fun :D

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Re: Sable Dam & Bird Hide

Unread post by anne-marie » Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:30 am

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Re: Sable Dam & Bird Hide

Unread post by Pjw » Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:49 pm

The sleep over was awesome!
We had a pair of mating lion across the dam the whole night.
2 lioness passed through just in front of the hide at about 3am.
Also saw Jackal, Steenbok cape hare and Impala.
As it was new moon it was inky black when we turned off the torches, so the stars were amazing.
The silence was so intense it hurt the ears.
I can only recommend this experience.
BTW they provided us with bedding and a spot light and a braai grid even though the website says to bring your own (at no extra cost!)
So well done to the Phalaborwa gate staff.
I will try to post the few pictures I took sometime later this week, but there are not many as it was just too dark for the cameras.
The dam was quite empty, but there was still water for the game in the area, but the bush is extremely dry at the moment and we had to wonder what the animals were eating
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Re: Sable hide in Late November/ Early December

Unread post by jakoboshoff » Sun Jul 12, 2009 3:56 pm

I went to Sable Hide in December 2007, it was quite an experience!
Sable hide is quite a big hide,and it was only me and a good friend of mine.
When we got to the hide there was a huge elephant bull walking around, it took us a while to get in, but eventually we got the gate open EVEN with the bull about 20meters away from us.
We had such an awesome quiet night, your senses are so alert and you hear everything!
It was unbelievable hot that night,and we couldn't really sleep with everything going on around us, unfortunately no lions.
I would recommend a few things:

1. a very powerful spotlight, we had 2, the one could light up even over the dam.
2. Go to the toilets early, so that you don't need to go in the middle of the night, it is quite a walk to the toilets and quite a rush, hahaha!
3. If possible, don't braai or light a fire that night, keep it as dark as possible and as quiet as possible, so you don't scare away any animals/sightings.
4. Get in some good sleep and be prepared for a night of less sleep than usual, everytime you hear something you will wanna look AND keep in mind, you have to be up at about 04h00, that is the rules when you sleep in a hide.

But it will be one hell of an experience, trust me!
I have done it now 3 times, I prefer Shipandani, but still worth it at least once.
ENJOY!!

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Re: Sable hide in Late November/ Early December

Unread post by Sprocky » Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:41 am

The first booking gets the hide, so if you book for yourself only, you will spend the night alone. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Sable Dam & Bird Hide

Unread post by nicolemeiring » Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:56 pm

Thinking about booking for my family. Is the hide ok for 4 and 6 year old?

Just wondering how open it is? Also do you request the bedding ahead of time or is it best to bring your own? Toilet?

sorry so many questions it is just that it sounds amazing and I really want to book it.

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Re: Sable Dam & Bird Hide

Unread post by Sprocky » Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:57 pm

Nicole, stop thinking and do it! :wink:

You will be issued with bedding and a key for your bed. You can however take your own bedding if you want. It is safe for kids, nice and open but also safely enclosed. There is a toilet but no showers.

It will be a night to remember! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Sable Dam & Bird Hide

Unread post by michel367 » Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:40 pm

This is the view from the other side. The hide is just outside the picture on the left hand side
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Re: Sable Dam & Bird Hide

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:20 pm

michaelpr wrote:Must you book in advance to stay there? How much must you pay? Must you stay in a specific camp to sleep there? Are there TOILETS? Will you get wet if it rains?

It is advisable to book in advance as its quite a popular sleepover hide.
You do not have to be staying in any specific camp, but must fetch the keys bedding etc from the Phalaborwe Gate Office and can have access half an hour before gate closing.
There ARE toilets there and basins, no showers.
I do not think you will get wet if it rains unless it is blown in by the wind, and then there are shutters that can be closed, so very cosy.
I am not sure of the price, but remember it not being very expensive.

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Re: Sable Dam & Bird Hide

Unread post by WildThing » Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:30 pm

Hi Rob C,
We were there two weeks ago and not much water. But a large herd of adult elephants were there all drinking and spraying water around, as well as some general game.

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Re: Sable Dam & Bird Hide

Unread post by 3barboost » Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:59 pm

what a trip - the park wants rain
and jenb i love turbo cars and modify the hell out of them - boost is addictive.....
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Re: Sable Dam & Bird Hide

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:03 pm

When we visited the hide in Feb this year, the people who had stayed there the night before had left a packet of refuse loosely tied, in the bin in the braai area.
Along came a Baboon who had a ball with it, despite our best efforts to try and chase him off.
Result was litter strewn all over the area.
BTW We did pick it all up once Mr Baboon had left, but I have to wonder why people can't take their refuse away with them, surely its common sense. :roll:

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Re: Good Rain in the North of Kruger

Unread post by Sprocky » Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:17 am

Here are the pics of Sable Dam. The first one on Friday afternoon and the second on Saturday afternoon. If I did not see it myself I would not believe it!

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Re: Sable Dam & Bird Hide

Unread post by Sprocky » Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:40 pm

This shot taken today from the hide towards the dam...

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Re: Sable Dam & Bird Hide

Unread post by Wild Dreamer » Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:36 am

Can somebody please tell me what the spider situation is in Sable Dam Overnight hide in December, especially after rain?
Last December at Tsendze we had a huge amount of Red Romans and their enlargement, Sunspiders. I was thinking of wearing a space suit to Sable this year if the situation is similar. At one point, fleeing from them, I ran for the caravan and slapbang into the tent, which threw me back like a trampoline.
Nearly went berserk!
How can a person love the bush so much, look at snakes, lions, ellies and all with no fear, but have a 100% arachnaphobia like that? And I was not the only one in the camp being so afraid, believe me. SO is as calm as anything on all these things.
So, how is Sable's spider situation?


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