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MALACHITE BIRD HIDE

If you follow the sturdy wooden walkway deep into the reeds you will stumble upon this tranquil birding spot on the northern shore of Langvlei in the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park.  Langvlei is part of the sensitive lakes system and is connected via the Touw river to Rondevlei and Island lake.

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Most of the times when you go there you will have the whole hide to yourself.  Put up your feet, relax and enjoy the view.  If you are a keen bird photographer this is a good spot to catch water birds early morning or in the late afternoon.  Remember to check water levels beforehand as this will determine how close the birds will get to the hide.

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On our last visit we were lucky enough to spot some adorable Red-knobbed Coot hatchlings learning the ropes while their doting mothers keep a close eye on them.

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For the first time I also so a White-breasted Cormorant perched on a dry tree branch, but various species of Kingfisher,  Grey and Purple Heron, Little Egret, Fish Eagle and some other bird that I am not familiar with are present at different times at the hide.  This is also listed as a RAMSAR site (According to Wikipedia “a Ramsar Site is a wetland site designated of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. The Convention on Wetlands, known as the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental environmental treaty established in 1971 by UNESCO, and coming into force in 1975″).

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This is also a favourite spot for our family to have sundowners while we watch the sun setting  over the lagoon while enjoying the tranquility.  As this is a conservation area NO fishing is allowed.

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WHERE WILL YOU FIND IT?

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WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT THIS?

  • Entry is free.
  • Lots of fresh air
  • Refreshing to mind and soul

 

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