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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread postby Windhond » Fri May 03, 2013 10:46 pm

We've been up there in April. Fine around Punda. Shingwedzi is still closed. Crooks corner, fever tree forest and Pafuri picnic site still closed. However, we had a nice stop on the bridge (where one is allowed to get out). Really enjoyed it and nice sightings of suni, lions, etc.

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread postby ndloti » Sat May 04, 2013 10:25 am

The far north around Punda was green & lush at the end of March , streams were bubbling along Mahonie loop ,
There was water in allmost every depression in the ground .
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread postby sammuri » Mon May 06, 2013 6:23 am

Thanks to all that have commented so far. I would assume that with everything being so green that the sighting were no so good with the long grass?
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue May 07, 2013 5:20 pm

And it is still much the same now Ndloti. We are in Punda at the moment. Very thick and lush bush, lots of water still in the pans and little streams and marsh areas.

A very green and lush Mahonie Loop - lots of water everywhere, in the spruits and also in the pans and swamp areas
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Since Sunday we have seen ellies - more in this area than on our entire 3 weeks making our way north through the park - big herds of buffalo, and lots of impala, and good kudu sightings.

At the bird hide in camp we have seen buffalo, zebra and marabou storks :D

One has to work hard for sightings at the moment sammuri - but still just wonderful to be here and see the area looking like this.

More pics here
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Tue May 07, 2013 5:46 pm

What a beautiful picture Links :D It sounds so wonderful!!!
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread postby sammuri » Wed May 08, 2013 6:25 am

Thanks for the beautiful photo Dinkybird. Truly amazing how nature copes. Yes just being in the Park restores the soul. You feel a zest for life after a relaxing time in those suroundings not so.
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu May 09, 2013 3:16 pm

The view yesterday from the bridge - the Luvuvhu River:
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At the moment there is a lot of road repair going on in that area. I am putting pics up here of what we saw there yesterday - link
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread postby MarkusF » Thu May 09, 2013 3:49 pm

Thanks for the photos, DinkyBird. We haven't seen Punda area that green before. Looks just beautiful. Has Klopperfontein still plenty of water as well?

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri May 10, 2013 11:51 pm

The are three Klopperfonteins. One is a borehole, so has water year round. The second is a dam, which held water throughout last year's dry season. There was even still a little puddle in November, which was an exceptionally dry month. The third is a spring, and it generally has water even in the driest of years, although the animals then have to dig pretty deep to get at it, as was the case last November.

I haven't been to the Klopperfonteins since mid March, but back then they were all pumping, literally and figuratively.

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread postby Lennie Senior » Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:07 pm

As can be seen, this thread died two years ago. I started it four years ago and think time has come to find out what is the latest sightings around these two fantastic camps. I am booked to be there in May 2016 and it would be nice to be charged up for this event ! Let us start immediately !

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread postby saraf » Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:37 pm

Well I was in Shingwedzi in March this year. It was very quiet, sightings-wise, except for the elephants. At one point from the restaurant I could see 20 elephants. 2 small family groups and 9, yes 9, bulls.

We also had the most amazing sunset. I couldn't capture it on film but I think the colours - vivid oranges, reds and blacks - will stay in my memory for years. It was also a full moon so

We didn't stay at Punda this time but visited a couple of times and also spent time at Crooks Corner, Pafuri and Klopperfontein. All quiet except for the elephants.
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread postby hilda » Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:41 pm

Hope you will get lots of responses and pictures Lennie Senior! :dance: :dance:
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