"Well I never", those were the first words out of my mouth when I finally saw Jaci's famous Hide. In all my travels (well over 20 years worth), I have never seen something so amazing. You get so close the wildlife that even a 100mm lens will get you nice images (the first elephant photo below is at 83mm on my 50-500mm Sigma).
But seriously now, if you are even slightly interest in photography, wildlife, birdlife or nature then one really needs to look at staying at Jaci's lodges to experience the "Terrapin Hide". I could have stayed down there the whole day; even my six-year-old daughter was entranced at all that surrounded us over a mere 30 minutes.
Getting to the photographic hide in the middle of the waterhole requires anyone over 3 foot tall to bend themselves in half, anyone over 6.2 foot (like myself) can expect to bump their heads a few times and shuffle along with chin on knees. The tunnel I would say is around 10 - 15 metres long.
Please Note; as one has to venture through a tiny underground tunnel to get to the photographic area, we would not recommend this for those who are claustrophobic.
Now once one arrives at the hide, a right royal treat is in store. African wildlife and birdlife all seen from water level, picture the world as a mouse would see it. Inside the hide, there is more than enough headroom with ample windows to look out of. Jaci's does supply customised camera mounts that will fit all (if not most) cameras out there. A two-way radio keeps you in touch with the lodge in case you need coffee or beers.
Now one just has to sit back, get your camera settings up to scratch and wait for Africa's beasties to come to you. The below photographs that we took from inside the hide were taken over a 30 minute period, just to give you an idea of the wildlife and birdlife that visited us over that very short period.
All photographs have been taken by us here at Uyaphi.com with the sole purpose of showcasing the fantastic Terrapin Hide.
Terrapin Hide at Jaci's