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THE PECKS IN THE SHIPANDANI OVERNIGHT HIDE, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 7th September 2017

(This is the first report that we have received of members spending an evening in an overnight hide in Kruger. It certainly seems worth the effort. Not to mention the photographic opportunities - see below. - Ed.)

THE PECKS IN THE SHIPANDANI OVERNIGHT HIDE, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

KNP August 2017 Part 2

When my wife told me she had a special treat lined up for my birthday night, I was left smiling all day long in anticipation! Many ideas crossed my mind, but not one of them involved spending the night in the bush with no electricity, gas or heating!

So, welcome to Shipandani Overnight Hide…

During the park opening hours, 6am-6pm, it’s a lovely wooden bird hide overlooking a small river just 6km from the main rest camp of Mopani.

However, for the more intrepid of us it can be booked for an overnight stay - hence my special treat!

The camp supplied us with two parafin lanterns, some bedding, mosquito nets, a box full of crockery, cutlery and glasses, and ‘that’s your lot’!

Armed with our braai food we arrived at the hide around 5pm. We weren’t allowed to ‘lock’ the door until 6pm as, technically, other Park visitors could still come and use the hide. In the morning, we had to be packed up with the door open by 6am. We spent the first hour of our night there birding the river. What a treat to see Black -crowned Night-Herons flying from one bank to the other, nest-building. They were collecting twigs just metres from two dozing crocs and some inquisitive Water Thick-knees.

Two Burchall’s Coucals were serenading us from either side of the hide, while Brown-Hooded Kingfishers foraged well into the dusk. Arrow-Marked Babblers, Black Crake, Common Moorhen and numerous Swifts kept passing the hide to keep us company until it was too dark to see anymore.

That took us into braai time, and a toast to the very special treat, whilst the resident hippos snorted and bellowed right next to us all night long!

But was it fun? You bet it was!

Steve Peck

The Shipandani overnight hide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burchell's Coucal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Babblers & bulbul
Common Moorhen


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African Scops Owl - taken elsewhere in the park
Brown-hooded Kingfisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy birthday Steve


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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