As promised here are the remaining picnic spots of the Park.Masorini
This is the "oldest" picnic site in all of Kruger. It is located on the hill of the same name and is the site where an ancient BaPhalaborwa settlement used to be. The settlement has been reconstructed and there is a small information centre describing the scene.
The picnic site is situated some 11km from the Phalaborwa Gate, on the road to Letaba. The word Masorini is actually the name of a person who lived there in days gone by. As the letters PI-NE appear on the trigonometric beacon on Masorini hill, it was incorrectly believed to be another name for Masorini (Piene).
The small borehole directly opposite the picnic site is a favourite haunt of an emerging tusker also named Masorini.Makhadzi
This is the newest picnic site in the Kruger and is located on the giriyondo border post road. The word Makhadzi is actually a Venda word for 'Father's or chiefs sister'. Venda is not spoken heavily in and around this area of the Kruger park and the origin of the word is unknown. The original name for the creek, after which Makhadzi was named, was Ntsintsa which means 'chiefs kraal or main village' in Tsonga.
Makhadzi is situated in the open Basaltic plains of Kruger where the Mopane tree is abundant. The area is very good for ostrich, tsessebe and side-striped jackal.Mooiplaas
Mooiplaas meaning 'beautiful place' in Afrikaans has always been a favourite picnic spot for seasoned Krugernites. The picnic site replaced the original Nshawu picnic spot which was situated on the old main road in the Nshawu river valley. It is a very shady picnic spot which looks out onto the Tsendze river. The area is reknowned for its huge elephant tuskers and large herds of buffalo which ofetn come to drink in front of the picnic spot when water is available.
The picnic spot used to be very isolated before the building of Mopani rest camp and was the only stop between Letaba and the Shingwedzi/ Bateleur area and as a result proved to be very popular, as it still is today.Babalala
Babalala is the name of someone who lived here along time ago. The area is well known for many large tuskers and also the rare sable antelope. Here is a story from Snoobab, a fellow forumite:
That big tusker seems to hang around there quite a lot. I took my 70yr old father inlaw who suffer badly from arthritis to Babalala. He wondered off to the toilet and stopped half way there to look at a bird in a tree when suddenly this big tusker popped his head out from behind the tree. It's still unofficial but we are still trying to register my father inlaw as holding the world 100m sprint record. Pafuri
This picnic spot is the most popular with bird watches as the area is perhaps the richest birding area in the whole country. The scenery of the area is also breath taking and is a must for anyone to visit! Pafuri picnic spot is situated on the Southern Banks of the Luvuvhu river and is named after the area through which the Luvuvhu flows... Pafuri being a distortion of the dynastic name for the Venda chief, 'Mphaphuli'.
The picnic spot was, for many years, situated downstream near the Luvuvhu-Limpopo confluence, but was abandoned because of the potential threat to tourists in the KNP resulting from the situation in neighbouring Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The picnic spot then temporarily moved to the Eastern bank of the Thambwe creek before it was moved to the present site during 1985.
Hope everyone is having a good day where ever you are
A bird in the hand should be in the Bush!!