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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: ANIMALS
Unread postPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 1:16 pm 
Wonderful news, JoelR :clap: 8)

We again had an amazing trip to Mapungubwe....this park now got me completely hooked. :lol: It was quite interesting for us, this time round, to see so much elephant activity on the western side compare to not seeing any ellies (not even dung) during our visit in November last year. We stayed in Tshugulu and on the morning of the 4th we found the tell tale signs of an ellie that came into the grounds, close to the house....it broke branches off from the tree right next to the swimming pool....we followed the spoor and found that it came in with a passage between the rocks behind this area....
Later we realized that we can count ourselves quite lucky that we did not meet this intruder in person...it was quite a stroppy bull that also pushed a tree over that blocked the road....meeting him while we were in the car, was exciting enough. :shock: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: ANIMALS
Unread postPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 1:53 pm 
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I admit I haven't read all the posts on this topic, so forgive me if I'm repeating what has already been mentioned!

At Leokwe Camp they provide a nice file with various details. Included are descriptions of various mammals:-

Black Wildebeeste - has "a beard and hare (sic) on the nose" - we saw Blue Wildebeeste - very different!

Springbok - we saw Impalas!

Blesbok - didn't see anything resembling a Blesbok

Oribi

Not sure about the Oribi, but I'm sure the first three do not occur in Mapungubwe!

They also describe Eland and Zebra (yes, saw them), Mountain Reedbuck and Grey Rhebuck (don't know if they occur there - probably could).

The camp was outstanding and the scenery etc. unbelievable!!

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: ANIMALS
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:30 am 
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A baby white rhino has been spotted last week with one of the females in Mapungubwe National Park. This is AWESOME news. A couple of years ago four rhinos (not sure about sexes) have been reintroduced in the park - and although they are rarely seen at least three were still counted during a relatively recent game count. Now, however, rangers have noticed one of the females is tugging along a young one. That is excellent news in an area that is known for the discovery of the famous little golden rhino!

(People who will be visiting the park can pm me for some info on possible whereabouts of the mother and baby.)

The two lion cubs that I reported on in May are also still in good health and they are occasionally seen on game drives.

In the Western Section we spotted a herd (or actually two herds combined into one) of about 300 elephants, all feeding/drinking/cleaning/rubbing/playing/etc around the Limpopo river, which is still flowing strongly - we saw plenty of tiny, tiny babies too. It was an amazing sight but also a strong reminder why the anti-elephant-fencing is necessary around Mapungubwe's riverine forest. If the ellie population (mostly from Botswana) keeps growing like this the unique forest will be gone in a decade.

Although we were in the area for other business, we saw nice game all around. Among them impala, waterbuck, kudu, zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland, giraffe and elephant. Also spotted was a little group of bat-eared foxes in an open patch along the so-called Schroda road.


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: ANIMALS
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:21 pm 
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Hi JoelR and francoisd,
Great news about the lion cubs and also bat-eared foxes. I'll be there September 11 and 12 and am really looking forward to Mapungubwe as the list of possible sightings keeps growing. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: ANIMALS
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I still have to visit Mapungubwe (high on my to-do list) but it sounds as if it's getting better every month! :)

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 Post subject: Albino Impala - Western section Mapungubwe
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:05 am 
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We stayed at Leokwe from Thursday till yesterday (Sunday) and enjoyed it very much. On Saturday we took a drive to the Western side and saw an albino impala grazing with it's mother. He was quite big already ( pen koppie). Will put photo's up later. This is a first for us and we have been to many parks and are avid Kruger fans. Has anyone else seen this white impala?


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 Post subject: Re: Albino Impala - Western section Mapungubwe
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:39 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Albino Impala - Western section Mapungubwe
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:28 pm 
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Looking forward to the photo...

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 Post subject: Re: Albino Impala - Western section Mapungubwe
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:53 pm 
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Hi wendyp.
I think this could be the same little fellow 8)
We saw him in May in the western section.


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 Post subject: Re: Albino Impala - Western section Mapungubwe
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:37 am 
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Yes, looks like him! As soon as I can I'll put a photo on, having trouble with mweb at the moment.


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 Post subject: Re: Albino Impala - Western section Mapungubwe
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Wendy, I understand your mweb problem :( The only reason that I am on the forum is that my laptop is connected to MTN.

Giraffee, what an amazing picture. :thumbs_up: That is very, very white. I wonder if the chances of survival are better at Mapengubwe with fewer large predators.

Again, how incredible.

I was in Mapengubwe a few weeks ago and saw little game in the western section. I did wonder if it was due to the very good rains. The hide looked like a mini lake.

Giraffee, I remember your photos of the braai area of Limpopo camp.The braai area at Leokwe has also been paved. Some may like it, I missed the sand.

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 Post subject: Re: Albino Impala - Western section Mapungubwe
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Nice photo, giraffee :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Albino Impala - Western section Mapungubwe
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Great photo giraffee! :thumbs_up: look forward to seeing your photo wendyp :thumbs_up:

Its does look almost all white :shock: seen one at shingwedzi a few times but it was nowhere near as white as this.

I would imagine survival would be better. Looks like everyone is having problems with MWEB :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Albino Impala - Western section Mapungubwe
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Hi, at last I can post a photo of the little albino impala. Hope you can see it.



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 Post subject: Re: Albino Impala - Western section Mapungubwe
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:55 pm 
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Hi wendyp,
Thank You for the amazing photo of the albino Impala.


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