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 Post subject: Re: Tshokwane Picnic Spot
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:56 pm 
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I was there a couple of weeks ago and the baboons and vervets are a HUGE problem. We ate our lunch with our heads almost in the picnic box. But people do insist on putting out a huge spread with tablecloths, cutlery and all their food - they are asking for trouble. It seems like this is almost tradition in SA but it's not helping the rest of us eating our meal with thieving baboons around!!!

I would now avoid at all costs unless I needed the loo!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Tshokwane Picnic Spot
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What we do when there now is find a large stick and as soon as we see a monkey or one approaches, threaten him with the stick and then leave it displayed prominently. :naughty:
They seem to know when you have their number and will always try for an easier target.

We also try and keep the food covered as much as possible, even if you throw a cloth or something of the sort over the food they seem to be unaware its there and not any trouble
Well it has worked for us the last couple of times, maybe until they get wise to it! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Tshokwane Picnic Spot
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We will be stopping there on Tuesday :clap: :dance: and I have invested in a water pistol for all the "boys" in our party. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Tshokwane Picnic Spot
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Yes, I have also seen a water pistol work well!

Good luck and enjoy Nkulu. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Tshokwane Picnic Spot
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Good advice Elsa, Nkulu. :clap:

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 Post subject: Tshokwane Afsaal Nkuhlu Opening Times
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Hi All,

Busy planning our upcoming trip to Kruger this month.

Hoping someone could tell us the opening times for Tshokwane, Afsaal and Nkuhlu in January?
We can't find this information anywhere and we love to stop at these picnic spots on our morning drives.

All information much appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Tshokwane Afsaal Nkuhlu Opening Times
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Hi Blesbok :D I hope that you have a stunning up and coming trip.

I am not sure of the actual opening times, but I am pretty certain that Nkhulu and Afsaal would open at about eight/nine at the latest. Regardless of opening times, they are lovely stops.

Tshokwane might be different, as it is a bit further from major camps and gates. I do remember arriving a bit before nine once and it was still closed. That was a couple of years back though.

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 Post subject: Re: Tshokwane Picnic Spot
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So , is Orpen Dam full of water again and clear of weed? Its been looking a bit dry for the past couple of years. Thread creep I know but it ties in with my Tshokwane visits!!


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 Post subject: Re: Tshokwane Picnic Spot
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Thunderbird, Orpen dam is very full at the moment and after the floods cleared out all the water lettuce, looking good. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Tsokwane Picnic spot
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Hi Nicolette,

I was also there in March and missed my usual coffee etc. :(

I emailed Joep Stevens regarding the reopening etc. and he gave a quick and very help response as he always does. Its seems that it may take some time to repair and rebuild Tshokwane but the park expects the Tshokwane to be up and running come the holiday at the end of the year.

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 Post subject: Re: Tsokwane Picnic spot
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Thanks Berkisa. So June July it will still be out I guess. I missed it when I was there. The damage looked bad though. I also was shocked at the change in the river bed. The water must have come down at one heck of a force.


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 Post subject: Re: Tsokwane Picnic spot
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Hi Folks,

We were fortunate enought to experience the magnificance of the floods in January, first in Biyamit, just before it flooded, and then in Orpen while it was flooding.
Let me just say, to think that the devestation was "bad" is most definately the understatement of the year!!!
Whew, the water was simply terrifying!!!

I feel so lost without the coffee stops at breaktime, but if you saw the damage, you get real perpective of why it will take so long.... (Will try post a pic I have of what it looked like during the flooding) :shock:

If you have been up to Orpen during a normal season, you will know seldom is there any water in the Timbivati river. Well in 8 hours, it filled the banks and rose appoximately 30 or so meters, so you can imagine the damage.... :?

But having said that, coffee breaks make the trip soooooo much more relaxing, so hopefully we get our cuppa soon....
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 Post subject: Re: Tsokwane Picnic spot
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Hi

l saw some of the pictures of the flood and I followed whenever I could. I drove up to Tsokwane during my March visit. I was shocked at what I saw. I have been at Tsokwane many times and the River/Stream (haha) was always just about dry. So when I drove across the bridge coming from Skukuza side and saw what it looked like I could only imagine what had happened. THe river bed which was full of boulders and things was now a flat bed of sand. When I got to Tsokwane I could see the destruction. I understand it will take time I am so sad though, not because I will miss my coffee and breakfast but also because something of the rustic charm has gone.I know it will take time to restore but I wonder what they will do? I thought too of those poor people who lived around there and wondered how they were or are managing. They must have lost a lot.

I am in again in June and July and staying in Satara and am doing the day visitor thing on this next long weekend so I will try and do a visit again.
Thanks for your update too and lets hope we can enjoy our coffee!! Look forward to your pictures it must have been scary


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 Post subject: Re: Tsokwane Picnic spot
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OneDayPangolin wrote:
Does anyone have any pics of how Tshokwane now looks after the floods?
Here are a few pics, have seen others on another thread somewhere.

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 Post subject: Re: Tshokwane Picnic Spot
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Stopped off at Tshokwane on Thursday, it's looking good and the toilets are open, they are looking good with new tiles and doors. Loads of hard work going on there. I think it will all be up and running very soon now, according to some very friendly staff.

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