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Makuleke concession

Unread postby madach » Mon Jan 09, 2006 8:43 pm

What I can say is that the Makuleke is the most beautiful area of Kruger.
The scenery is unbelievable and the area has a huge variety of habitats.
Huge baobabs, a large Fevertree forest, awesome view at Lanner Gorge, a number of viewpoints from the banks of the Limpopo, etc...

The only thing that could be better is the wildlife.
The animals are pretty skittish in the concession because they don't see a lot of vehicles (and they're being poached in Zimbabwe on the other side of the Limpopo)

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Unread postby madach » Tue Jan 10, 2006 7:37 pm

When we arrived in the Makuleke in mid November there was no water at all in the Limpopo.
One one occasion I actually walked across the Limpopo to Zimbabwe.
In the last week of November there was considerable rainfall in the catchment areas of the Limpopo and that caused the Limpopo to flow.
I believe that in previous years the Limpopo used to flow all year round, but that is not the case any more.
The sad thing is that because the Limpopo is sometimes dry elephants, and the newly relocated rhinos, can now cross into Zimbabwe where they are subject to poaching.
The rhinos are tracked using telemetry everyday just to make sure that they don't wander off into Zimbabwe.

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Unread postby willd57 » Thu Feb 23, 2006 1:50 pm

Madach and I are both graduates of the Eco training Ranger course, and I too was lucky enough to spend almost six weeks in the makuleke region.

I stayed in the Makuleke concession in Sept of 2004, with the first Eco-training course to be set there.
We spent a month in tents on the northern bank of the Luvuvhu River.
At night Lions and leopards investigated the camp, and by day we had most other animals including regular visits by the local elephants.
In October the new Eco Training camp was completed which was closer to the Limpopo River.
Far more comfortable with bathrooms and hot showers, but it was nice to be able to sleep out in a tent with no fence and nothing but the tent fabric between us and the wildlife.
For about a week in November I had the new camp to myself, officially I was the most north eastern resident of South Africa for a short while.
The camp is so close to Zimbabwe I could hear the villagers across the Limpopo beating drums at night to keep elephants out of their crops.
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MCP wins Mail and Guardian award

Unread postby Rooies » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:27 pm

It is with some interest that I read in a 4X4 magazine that a so-called Makuleke Contractual Park has won The M&G's 'Greening the Future Award for Community Conservation.' To be quite frank, I have never heard about such a park in Kruger. The article says that the "incredible wild and biodiverse MCP (24 000 ha) is held by the 15 000 strong Makuleke Community.

Is there realy such a park and have they got seperate title deeds? I know the land was given back to them but I thought that it was only symbolically. And, is the area indeed called the Makuleke Contractual Park.
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Re: MCP wins Mail and Guardian award

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:00 pm

As far as I know Rooies its called the Makuleke Concession or Contractual Park area.
means the same thing!

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Re: MCP wins Mail and Guardian award

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:25 pm

In South Africa, the Makuleke people have reclaimed the northernmost reaches of the Kruger National Park (land between the Luvuvhu and Limpopo rivers) from which they were removed in 1969 to make this area part of the Kruger National Park. Realising the benefits to be gained from conservation, the Makuleke community decided that the land would remain in conservation and that they would further develop the area for its tourist potential.

The Makuleke are closely related through family ties and culturally to the Sengwe people who live just north of the Limpopo River in Zimbabwe. They, and many of those living along the Limpopo in Mozambique, are Shangaan speaking.


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Re: Wind in Norther Kruger

Unread postby johanrebel » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:45 pm

In the Makuleke CNP, countless trees were blown over or snapped by a storm, which only lasted 20 minutes or so.
The Fever Tree forest took a big hit. I counted at least 12 lying across the track to Fernandez' store.
Most trees were not uprooted but had their trunks broken at a height of 5-10 meters.
Ana trees were badly affected as well.
Believe it or not, but even a fair-sized Baobab was blown over.
Roofs were also ripped off buildings.

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Re: Wind in Norther Kruger

Unread postby Lepardfan » Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:16 am

WOW....

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Re: Wind in Norther Kruger

Unread postby lion queen » Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:50 am

Wow.........amazing what damage wind can have......... :shock:
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Re: Makuleke concession

Unread postby Wildkyker » Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:46 am

Hi every one.

Reading about the Makuleke concession has me wondering.
With the Pafuri campsite not in working order, is there a way for me as a tourist to go and see this part of Kruger? :hmz:
Is there any tourist roads for me to drive that part? If not is there any way to organize with someone at the Makuleke Concession to get access? :hmz:

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Re: Makuleke concession

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:22 pm

I'm pretty sure the roads are all private roads in there.
Really not sure whether there is someone who is authorized to take drives in there.
Maybe one of our "fundis' will be able to answer that. 8)
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Re: Makuleke concession

Unread postby Wildkyker » Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:17 pm

Well Elsa no fundi has come forward in answering my question. And I have more.
Being a bird watcher I am wondering how to get closer to the Pafuri area and staying over there. Punda is quite
a drive from there and The Outpost is too expensive. Is there no other accommodation
near Pafuri? With Pafuri and the Luvuvhu being the Kruger bird mecca I am struggeling
to plan how to maximize the oppurtunity. Any advice or help please.

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Re: Makuleke concession

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:18 pm

Have you tried contacting them and assessing whether they are open for guests or not?
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Re: Makuleke concession

Unread postby Wildkyker » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:53 am

Hi Elsa
Who is it you are talking about contacting? Makuleke? Is there someone I could contact?

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Re: Makuleke concession

Unread postby saraf » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:17 am

It used to be Wilderness Safaris who ran Pafuri camp.

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