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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner.
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:31 pm 
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Philip, we had visited Pafuri picnic site several times over the years, but had no idea there was more to found!!!

It was not until I joined the forums and heard people mentioning Crooks Corner, that my ears pricked up!!!

On our next visit, after calling in to see frank at Pafuri, we drove on to Crooks.

I felt as though I was in an enchanted forest with all those fever trees - it was truly magical, and then the historical interest of Crooks itself made it a very special visit. :dance:

Since then we have returned several times, and I was devastated to hear of the floods earlier this year!!! :cry: :cry:

I'm so glad we can visit again.

Well done SANParks. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Crooks' Corner - A Different Perspective
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 Post subject: Re: Crooks' Corner - A Different Perspective
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Thanks for the most interesting pix, Johan. Were you on a boat of some sort?

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks' Corner - A Different Perspective
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No, on foot from the Makuleke side. The road to Crooks' on that side has not been completely fixed yet, you have to walk the last bit.

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks' Corner - A Different Perspective
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So pretty johanrebel :clap: Thanks for showing us a different perspective of Crooks' Corner :wink:
Such a wonderful and beautiful part of Kruger :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Crooks Corner
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Can Any one tell me if it is still worth going to Crooks Corner? Last I heard was that it had washed away.


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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner
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Not true, BushFundi. It was certainly affected by the floods, but it has most certainly not washed away. Still my favourite "hoekie" :)

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner
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We were there in Feb 2014...............still one of my favourite places as well Porridge. :dance:

There was a lot of alien weed along the drive from the junction of the tar road and the dirt road to Pafuri Picnic (I'm hopeless on road names) but many of the fever trees have survived the floods, and for me the magic is still there. Lots of large crocs, and many many birds!!!

Hope you give it a try BushFundi. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner
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to me too, a nice place, near by I saw a Fish Eagle stolen a big fish in the mouth of a Crocodile :wink:

and Pafuri is wonderfull birding place :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner
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We were there last October (the day after they re-opened the roads after the floods) and again last week. It is well-worth visiting. You stand a good chance of seeing Crested Guineafowl and Trumpeter Hornbills there. Pel's Fishing Owl possible but not such a common sight.

I recommend taking the tar road S63 off the main H1-8 (signed to the Pafuri Border Post) then take the left turning at the end and go to Crooks' Corner. Then take the dirt road along the Luvuvhu River and stop at the Pafuri Picnic Site for a breather and/or snack (provided by yourselves). We hire one of their skottles and make a scrumptious brunch and enjoy the setting - right on the river.

Enjoy your trip!

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner
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Crooks Corner definitely still there, and still worth a visit - went on the 24th May 2014 - sadly still many weeds along the road around the Pafuri picnic site. We are all sure the boundary fence of Crooks's get out site has moved a bit too. Missed the crested guinea fowls this time, but still loads of white fronted bee-eaters to keep one entertained.

And nice to see the resident Nyala are still at the picnic site!

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner
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Crooks corner and Pafuri picnic site and Nyala drive S64 all magical places and well worth the visit.


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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner.
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We were there at the beginning of August, Wildkyker. It was very warm for that time of year, and the water was low but still gorgeous. No crested guineas or trumpeter hornbills for us, but we also went past the picnic site and had brekkie there as well as chatted to Frank. Just love it up there.

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner.
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One of our favourite spots in KNP! We were there last October, again in May and will be there in about 4 weeks' time. The area is gradually recovering from the floods.

We have seen trumpeter hornbills and crested guineafowl, but not on the last trip (in May). We have seen lots of nyala - beautiful animals.

The Pafuri picnic site is a "must" for a brunch cooked on the skottle!

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner.
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I was at Crooks Corner day before yesterday. Dirt road along Levuvhu in good condition with lots of nyala, etc and 12 elephant having a bath which was really special. The enclosed area at Crooks Corner itself has been repaired but is slightly smaller than before because a slice of the riverbank, as well as the big fig tree at the Levuvhu/Limpopo confluence was damaged during the flood, including some of the lower level bush next to the plaque. Magical place, as always.


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