Muzi Pan

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6 years 7 months ago #46586 by Josey
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Hello everyone,
Can someone please tell me where Muzi Pan is? I know it is near Mkhuze but not much else.

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6 years 7 months ago #46588 by nkgray
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Josey,

Heading north from Hluhluwe on the R22 to Mbazwana and Sodwana Bay, as you cross the Mkuze River, first turn to left is the D820. This road eventually takes you to the eastern entrance into Mkuze Game Reserve. However, at 2.2km from the turn-off from the R22 the road crosses a bridge, with a community centre across the bridge on the right. The area to north and south of the bridge is Muzi Pans. There is a dirt road from the community centre that you can follow for about 1.5km to the north, but the best area for birding is the open field area immediately to the north of the bridge on the east side. This is where the Pacific Golden Plover pitched up 3 years ago, the ?Pectoral Sandpiper this year, and quite often Collared Pratincole are to be found there.

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6 years 7 months ago #46618 by Josey
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Thanks so much Neil. Definitely want to make a plan to go there sometime.

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6 years 7 months ago #46658 by Jon
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Muzi Pan is beaut! i did my first trip there this year (even after a few to Mkhuze) to get the buffbreasted sandpiper, and ended up with pygmy goose, blue cheeked bee eater, pratincole, giant kingfisher and S banded snake eagle! well worth the trip, considering that i also dipped on grey wagtail and pectoral sandpiper! they also have pels, pelicans, herons, waders galore and a number of east cost endemics. I now never go to mkhuze without a cheeky little stop at muzi!

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6 years 3 weeks ago #59441 by Josey
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Hi guys
I need some more advice please, can you get to Muzi pans from inside Mkhuze game reserve?

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6 years 3 weeks ago #59448 by John Young
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Hi Jo,

From what I can recall of my early days up there (late 90's and before birding bit me <!-- s:biting: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biting.gif" alt=":biting:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:biting: --> <!-- s:biting: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biting.gif" alt=":biting:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:biting: --> ), it was possible. But at the time I was doing some community development work for the Park to benefit the residents in the KwaJobe area, close to what I suspect is Muzi pan. But I guess my access was privileged so can't say for sure if there's a general public access route. And even then it was dependent on water levels.

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Dave

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6 years 3 weeks ago #59450 by nkgray
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Jo,

Yes. From the Phansi Gate on the eastern side of Mkuzi just drive out and keep straight. Just over 1km from the gate fork right onto the D820. This is the road that leads to Muzi Pans after a further 12km.

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6 years 3 weeks ago #59455 by Josey
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Cool, thanks guys!

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