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Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Apr 26, 2005 2:28 pm

Hassim, I know that a new bird hide was constructed last year already at Punda Maria rest camp. I would love to c what turns up there.

So far there are 12 hides that I know of:
1. Gardenia - fairly new.
2. Ntandanyathi
3. Lake Panic - my favourite
4. Sweni
5. Ratelpan
6. Sable
7. Matabeni
8. Shipandane
9. Pioneer
10. Nyawutsi
11. Kanniedood dam
12. Punda Maria - fairly new

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Unread post by francoisd » Tue Apr 26, 2005 3:34 pm

The one at Punda is situated next to the perimeter fence in the camping area. Looks out over the veld. There was a little puddle some way off last year November where we saw a Batleur taking a bath. Not much else. We had better birding waking around in the camp than from the hide itself.

In my opinion, as far as photography is concerned, Lake Panic hide will be the best. Most of the others are to far from the "action" and some are in my opinion mere lookout points to watch hippos from.

A hide somewhere on the Nyala road next to the Luvuvhu river in the Pafuri region would be nice.
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Unread post by arks » Tue May 01, 2007 4:10 pm

Can help with location of Gardenia Hide. It's on the S119, about halfway between the S114 and the S25.
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Unread post by Freda » Tue May 01, 2007 7:13 pm

mountainview wrote: doesn't Tamboti and Talamati have bird hides?

Talamati has two nice hides :D
After many visits to Tamboti we finally found the hide near #1 (I think) and we were very dissappointed :cry:
All you could see were very high reeds :? this was Nov 2006 perhaps it is better now?

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Unread post by Wild@Heart » Thu May 03, 2007 1:15 pm

Sweni now compares with Lake Panic for me .. Thoroughly enjoyed that hide ...

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Unread post by annevdw » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:43 pm

I am not sure who decides on where the bird hides are placed.. nor do I know the cost implications... but it would be wonderful to have more bird hides available. When we stop at a dam it would be wonderful to be able to get out of the vehicle and view from a hide. eg Gudzani, Transport, to name but 2... maybe others think like I do? :hmz:
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:44 am

Hi Anne, there has been a lot of discussion in the past about more hides, some of it rather heated.

One of the issues was the enviromental impact. Unfortunately many of these places attract large numbers of people. Some visitors are not that concerned about the enviroment and there was a time when a few of the more popular sites were used as latrines. I think this has subsided.

I think there was a general consensus that there should probably be greater availability in some of the camps.
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Unread post by HermanPienaar » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:05 am

More bird hides would be great! But as MM mentioned the environmental impact could be an issue. Perhaps such bird hides should be restricted to overnight visitors only. :hmz:
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:36 am

According to the KNP Zoning document released a couple of weeks ago, there are about 10 new bird hides planned. If you download the doc, you can see on the maps where they are marked.

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Unread post by Grantmissy » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:41 am

The three hides in Kruger that I like best are:

Lake Panic
The one close to Mopani Camp
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Unread post by Graham_5000 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:02 pm

Sweni is wonderful, with a stunning picnic site nearby to match! The drive to and from Sweni is great too.. I found the S100 beautiful from a scenery point of view and would have loved it even if we hadn't seen lions..

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Look before exit...

Unread post by Blydeboer » Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:26 pm

My son and I went to Kruger for the day way back in June 2012 to allow Mom to catch up on some overdue work. We started with quite an uneventful morning, driving from Orpen to Nwanetsi picnic spot and then down to the Sweni hide for some sandwiches that Mom packed for us. We first stopped at the lookout before the hide to look at some waterbirds when we heard the baboons making alarm calls downstream. We quickly drove to the low water bridge to see if we could spot anything. It was then that we saw a female lioness coming upstream. We followed her right pass the hide, where people were already inside. When she was far enough away (by our reckoning), we quickly went inside the hide. There we found two men, who said they came in at Kruger Gate hoping to see lion, but so far were unlucky. I asked them if they didn't maybe see the lioness further upstream from the hide, and they asked what lioness? I showed them the picture of the lioness crossing the parking area with their car in the background. They were quite shocked seeing how close they actually were to a lion... Luckily they didn't came out when the lion was crossing the parking area... So, in the words of that guy from Police File from way-way back: "Keep 'em peeled!"

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Re: Look before exit...

Unread post by Philip1 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:40 pm

Wow Blydeboer, this must have been some experience. :mrgreen:
They were soooo lucky. :D
Thank you for sharing. ( "Keep 'em peeled!") :thumbs_up:
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Re: Look before exit...

Unread post by manicwalker » Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:23 am

WOW! :shock:
What a fantastic sighting and photo.. :clap:
imagine IF those folk were climbing out or going to get in their vehicle..
Just shows even at the just never know whats around
Yep "keep your eyes peeled" :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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Re: Look before exit...

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:13 pm

Amazing and this is why one needs to be so careful when exiting a hide, stop have a good look around first! :wink:

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