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Hides and Blinds Database

Database of Wildlife Photography Hides/Blinds

Like all projects this one is starting small. As I get more information together I will increase the data available. So please help to make this database more useful. If you know of any hides/blinds that you would recommend please send me details that I can include on this website.

 

African Photography Hides/Blinds:

1. Vulture Hide, Giant's Castle, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Target Species: Bearded Vulture, Cape Vulture, Verreauxs’ Eagle, Jackal Buzzard, Lanner Falcon,Whitenecked Raven, Blackbacked Jackal

Hide Details : Giant's Castle is a KZN-Ezemvelo Park. To visit the vulture hide you will need to stay at the Park's Camp (http://www.kznwildlife.com). The vulture hide is now open all year round. Early booking is essential and bookings must be made directly with the Camp Office by telephone (036) 353 3718. The current cost of the hide is R200 (SA Rand) per person per day, with a minimum charge of R600 if less than 4 people. It is recommended that you book exclusive use of the hide. The Park supply a small quantity of bones to be put out in front of the hide to encourage the raptors and vultures to land. Having said this many of the best photos taken here are flight photographs as the vultures and other raptors glide past at eye-level.


Location:  29° 14’ 59.55” S  :  29° 32’ 09.35” E ;  6,105 ft

Photos : From Left: Situation of the vulture hide (bottom right) on the top of a high mountain valley; Close up of the hide entrance ; Immature Bearded Vulture

2. Lake Panic Hide, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Target Species: African Jacana, Black Crake, Pied, Giant & Malachite Kingfishers, Goliath & Grey Herons, Blackcrowned Night-Heron, Nile Crocodile

Hide Details : This hide is just a few kilometres from Kruger's largest camp, Skukuza and the Paul Kruger entrance gate. As a result it is very popular indeed. The hide is limited to around eight car-loads of visitors. However at times it is very full. Generally wildlife photographers stay longer than other visitors as they know that sooner or later they will get good photo opportunities. The hide is built in an L-shape so thatthere are two side to photograph from. The hide sits over the lake and so waterbirds come close to the hide. As with all hides the wildlife on view varies with the seasons. In the breeding season a variety of herons breed in the trees in front of the hide. The hide is close enough to Paul Kruger Gate to be visited as a day visitor. Otherwise you will need to book accomodation in Kruger Park. For bookings see : http://www.sanparks.org/


Location of Skukuza Restcamp: 24° 59’ 46” S  : 31° 35’ 29” E ;  933 ft

Photos : From Left: Entrance to the Lake Panic hide (photo: Pieter de Waal) ; Inside the hide (photo: Pieter de Waal) ; Grey & Goliath Herons

3. Kempenfeldt Vulture Hide, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Target Species: Cape, Lappetfaced, Hooded & Whitebacked Vultures, Tawny Eagles, Southern Bald, Sacred & Hadeda Ibis, Yellowbilled Kite

Hide Details : This . I have not managed to visit this new hide but I have read very encouraging reports about it and plan to do so soon. More than 60 Cape Vultures and over 400 Whitebacked Vultures have been seen from the hide. The hide is 22 km from Dundee in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Bookings are essential and overnight accommodation can be booked at the farm in a 'Rock Art' chalet. Contact : Mynhardt Sadie Email : vulturehide@gmail.com


Location of Dundee, Kwa-Zulu Natal:  28° 09’ 44” S  : 30° 13’ 56” E ;  4,095 ft

Photos : From Left: Vultures feeding in front of the stone-built Vulture Hide (photo: Mynhardt Sadie) ; Inside the hide (photo: Mynhardt Sadie) ; Cape & Whitebacked Vultures (photo: Mynhardt Sadie)

4. Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Gauteng, South Africa

Target Species: Waterbirds such as Goliath Heron, Purple Swamphen, migrant terns and waders.

The sanctuary is over 1000ha in size and very well maintained by the Gauteng Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment. There are four hides around the wetland that extend into the water and are well situated for both morning and afternoon light. Morning light seems to be best though. Each hide has toilet facilities. There is also a picnic area and two self catering chalets. The Shelduck hide is not suitable for big lenses as the windows are to narrow but the other three are great and present wonderfull opportunities for photographing waterbirds. The bird list tallies over 230 species.


Approximate Location of Marievale: 26° 21’ 27” S  : 28° 30’ 08” E ;  1,578 m

Photos : From Left: Approach to Flamingo Hide (photo: Pieter de Waal) ; Inside Duiker Hide (photo: Pieter de Waal) ; Whitewinged Tern (photo: Pieter de Waal)

5. Hippo Hide, Shenton Safaris, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Target Species: Hippopotamus, Yellow- and Red-billed Oxpeckers

Hide Details : The Hippo Hide is rebuilt every year by Derek Shenton of Shenton Safaris using locally sourced natural materials. The Luangwa river floods each year and so the hide would get washed away if it was not dismantled each year. To visit the hippo hide you will need to stay at Shenton Safari's Kaingo Camp (http://www.kaingo.com/). The lodge is open from the end of May to early November. The hippo hide is located on the bank of the Luangwa river just opposite an area where a large pod of hippos (hundreds) spend the day. It provides excellent opportunities for close up photography of hippos interacting and going about their daily rituals.


Approximate Location of Kaingo Camp: 14° 37’ 13” S  : 30° 23’ 22” E ;  1,633 ft

Photos : From Left: Location of the Hippo hide on the bank of the Luangwa river ; View from the Hippo hide ; Hippopotamus

 

6. Carmine Bee-eater Hide, Shenton Safaris, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Target Species: Southern Carmine Bee-eaters during nesting period

Hide Details : The Carmine Bee-eater Hide is rebuilt every year by Derek Shenton of Shenton Safaris using locally sourced natural materials. The hide is built on a pontoon boat that is set onto a sandbank in the Luangwa river opposite a Carmine Bee-eater colony.. To visit the bee-eater hide you will need to stay at Shenton Safari's Kaingo Camp (http://www.kaingo.com/). The lodge is open from the end of May to early November. The bee-eater hide is gradually moved towards the nesting colony over a period of days so that the birds become familiar with it and they soon learn to ignore it. The ponton hide provides excellent opportunities for close up photography of all the comings and goings at the Carmine Bee-eater colony.


Approximate Location of Kaingo Camp: 14° 37’ 13” S  : 30° 23’ 22” E ;  1,633 ft

Photos : From Left: Pontoon-mounted Rush Hide on sandbank in the Luangwa river ; Canoe used to reach the hide's sandbankl ; Nesting colony of Southern Carmine Bee-eaters

7. Mwamba's Waterhole Hide, Shenton Safaris, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Target Species: African Elephant, African Buffalo, Crawshay's Zebra, Lion, Impala, Saddlebill Stock, African Fish Eagle, Lilian's Lovebird

Hide Details : The Mwamba Waterhole Hide is rebuilt every year by Derek Shenton of Shenton Safaris using locally sourced natural materials. The hide is built from reeds and located just above a waterhole which is especially active in the dry season, September being a particularly good month.. To visit the hide you will need to stay at Shenton Safari's Mwamba Camp (http://www.kaingo.com/mwamba.asp). The lodge is open from the end of May to early November. A visit to this hide repays patience as there is a constant stream of activity as different mammals and birds come down to drink or, in the case of the local lion pride, hunt.


Approximate Location of Kaingo Camp: 14° 37’ 13” S  : 30° 23’ 22” E ;  1,633 ft

Photos : From Left: Lioness narrowly missing catching an Impala ; African Fish Eagle ; Flock of Lilian's Lovebirds flying up from the waterhole

 

Request for Information: If you would like to add details of your own favourite photographic hides/blinds to this database, please send details to the email address shown below. If possible include the following: Name and Location of hide (including GPS co-ordinates and altitude), Most interesing target species to be seen, Cost of using the hide, How to book, Web address and Contact Details, Any special information, Photos of one or two species and Photo of the hide and its situation. Please send any photos as 50kb JPEGs suitable for use on a website. Please also confirm permission to use the photos and information. I will post your name and email contact details next to the entry for the hide/blind unless you specifically request that I do not do so. Many thanks. The more entries that I receive then the more useful the database will become.

If you operate an eco-tourism enterprise that incorporates wildlife photography hides and wish me to post a link to your website please email details to me.

Email Contact: phil@pperrywildlifephotos.org.sz

 

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