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Best photographic spots near the Camps, Dams & Waterholes

Unread post by bert » Tue Jan 17, 2006 11:20 am

bucky wrote:We should make threads about the different camps with nice photo spots that are close enough to the road for good sightings .

Good idea Bucky.

For Lower Sabie i have two favourites.
Sunset Dam in the early morning.
Very close to camp and the sun is behind you.
Hippo, croc, kingfishers, egrets, african jacana,baboon and numerous animals come down to drink .
And always great for landscaping.
Sunset is very popular for sunset, but in the morning it is quiet.
And very close for a good brekkie with a great view from the restaurant deck.

H4-2, S28, S137 past Dukes and return to Lower Sabie on the H4-2.
First part is with the sun ahead, but the returntrip on the S137 is with the sun in the back.
General animals, but good opportunity of ellie, rhino, cheetah, lions
Love the route in the afternoon. Not very busy on the dirtroad
A small detour to the birdhide can be done

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Unread post by Meg » Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:50 pm

Great idea!

Agree about Sunset Dam. Also, up at Shingwedzi, the little river crossing near the camps back gate (sorry, map in storage) at sunrise in the summer - the sun is in just the right place for awesome reflections off the water 8)
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Unread post by wondercloak » Tue Jan 17, 2006 8:58 pm

Good call people ( that spot near the back gate of Shingwedzi, great to sit under the big trees for birding too :D )

Probably my favourite (public) place in knp is along the southern bank of the letaba river (out the camp, turn left). If you take every little turning loop down towards the river you can find the most amazing bird-life (bee-eater's of all kind in the summer months, firefinches, sandgrouse), couple that with great views across the flood-plain & river of hip's, croc's & your larger waterbirds - fantastic (& quiet).

In general, however, in my view, the roads around Shingwedzi are the meg said, heading out the back gate of camp but along the south bank of the river in my view. Also, north of the camp, up towards sirheni on the dirt roads by the river, great spots for Leopard, p :shock: ssed off ellies & guaranteed Giant Eagle Owls!

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Unread post by Jay » Tue Jan 17, 2006 9:37 pm

People before I begin, I am TERRIBLE with directions, so if you know the road names I talk about, please fill in...

I agree Sunset Dam is awesome, especially for bird pics, so is the bridge across the Sabie river.
near Mopani there is a resevoir, in the winter months ellies and buffalo gather to drink, the ellies stick their trunks into the resevoir :D, lovely place for pics as it is quite open.

ok, this one I know thw road name 'cos I read directions :D along the S39, heading west, there is an unmarked road, at the end of it is a beautiful pool, I have not seen anything drink there yet, but the day I do it will be an awesome shot. but the pool is very photogenic :wink:

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Unread post by bert » Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:22 pm

The Mahonie loop at Punda Maria
Out of camp to your left till you reach the first waterhole at you left. Approx 10 kilos
Leopard and lion seen their regular.
Sharpes Grijsbok, Kudu and Nyala
The whole loop, 30 kilos is great.

But my personel fav is S60 and S61 to Klopperfontein
First 5 kilos is through forest next the hills
Lots of ellie, bateleur
Then you get in the open and certain duiker and klipspringer
Klopfontein is a small dam with a giant croc.
And you see some awsome boababs. Some very near to the gravel road.
This road also produces cheetah if you are lucky

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Unread post by Salva » Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:17 am

Could that be Mooiplaas waterhole?

Shingwedzi: Red Rocks is a fantastic place to spend late afternoon. When you're at the lookout the sun is in your back and that is also the case for the whole sunset drive to the camp. Looking back and turning the car from now to than reveals magnificent sunsets.
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Unread post by richardharris » Wed Jan 18, 2006 7:44 pm

I am not sure that there is a good spot! Anywhere can be. But close to water is best - and for the best photos, natural rather than artificial waterhole.

And you need to be there alone - or maybe with others if they are also after that great view / photo. Places where there is a lot of coming and going don't often get the best results.

Agree though that Shingwedzi and Punda offer some great spots.


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Unread post by bert » Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:50 am

Lake Panic is great for waterbirds
Took al the shots i wanted of African Darter and Hippo

Nkulu Picnic spot with the Sabie river also produces great water birds

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Unread post by restio » Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:12 pm

The topic didn't specify KNP... :wink:

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- Cubitje Quap for birds
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Unread post by katydownunder » Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:17 pm

8) Restio makes me looking forward to KTP.
At the end of November I hopefully can add some places here as well. :wink:

OK as lot of fantastic places are already mentioned here.
Here are my/our favourites. :D

Lower Sabie,Sunset dam is great, but especially at sunset a bit crowded.So we like the bridge to the south of Lower Sabie very much for great shots of Pied Kingfisher,Giant Kingfisher, Swifts,Herons,Cormorants etc and as well is a lovely spot for the sunset with the trees and Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the background.

At Skukuza we absolutely love to drive to Lake Panic. A wonderful setting with awesome opportunities for African Darter, Malachite Kinfisher, African Jacana,White Faced Ducks, Black Backed Herons, massive Crocs, Hippos and much more.
The nursery and the adjacend walkwalk are great for birds too.

From Shingwedzi the low water bridge at the back entrance to the camp is a must.
We saw Malachite Kingfisher there,Three Banded Plover,Egyptian Goose, Yellow Billed Stork, African Open Billed Stork etc.And again it is gorgeous for the sunset.
Also from Shing our favourite drive is the Mphongolo loop.
Amazing landscape with hundred of birds , especially after a nice rain.

From Punda we love the Mahonie Loop as well.Always boasts of nice Photo moments.Whether sunsets,mammals or birds.Here you find everything.

From Satara we love the S100 if you are lucky and she is kind to you you can see it all there. Lions, Leopards,Ellis,Baboons,Antelopes (no matter if big or small), all kinds of Birds.Lovely sunsets on the way back to the camp.

From BnD a nice short drive is always to Matjulu Waterhole.We had some nice and close Elli and Rhino encounters there.And especially from November there are nice bird sightings as well.

Great , writing this makes me feel homesick now :roll: :(

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Unread post by NightOwl » Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:47 pm

Addo: Hapoor - Great for Close up Ellie Action on a hot summers afternoon.
Zuurkop - For panoramic scenery shots.
Carols Rest - Good close ups of Ellies/buffalo etc. The waterhole is real close to the parking area.

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Unread post by Scipio » Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:33 pm


There is two good spots on the Salitje road between Skukuza, Lower Sabie. First is about 4 Km's in from the High Bridge. You go into a small loop next to the river. lots of shade with sightings of Giant eagle owl nesting. Elephant, Leopard & Lion.

Another 8Km's bring you to a small dam in a open area. Saw Cheetah many a time.

Kanniedood Dam road is brilliant, especially Nyala, Leopard.

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Unread post by mabidally » Wed Nov 14, 2007 8:43 pm

Great thread.

Appreciate any more tips for spots near BnD, Satara and Oliphants with good morning and evening light.

If you can give GPS cordinates too that will be great.

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Unread post by DuQues » Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:17 pm

:shock: {little smiley falling off it's chair}

No one thinks of the low water bridge near Balule? :shock:

Or the flycatcher trail in Punda camp? Finally being able to walk around trying to get your bird?

Tsanga lookout? The sunning lizards if you don't want to make a pano of the vista there?

Lots of the loops from Pafuri picknic spot to Crooks Corner? Lovely light there even in midday due to the leaves breaking it up?


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Unread post by Guinea Pig » Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:03 pm

Lake Panic Birdhide - Skukuza
Kanniedood Dam - Shingwedzi
Nsemani Dam - Satara
All the roads round Olifants are close enough to camp for great shots late afternoon.
Looking forward 5 nights at Satara in November. :dance:

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