We were in Mapugunbwe beginning of august this year for a short stay before crossing to Thuli block.
We stayed 2 nights in Leokwe camp.It was rather quiet and we had no so many sightings maybe due to the big event in the Thuli block between Botswana,Zim and South Africa at the same time : a biking race with 500 people around the Thuli blocks.I will write a trip report once I've finished the ongoing one
It was our third stay in Mapugunbwe and this time we stayed on the eastern side
We enjoyed the drive along the Limpopo river going to Zebra pan and back to Confluence viewpoints.The same road is going to Whembe where you will stay
But even if the sightings were less than usual we enjoyed a lot the scenery.It's amazing !
Those rocks ,baobabs and open landscape by the Limpopo are WOW.Even after 3 stays i this park I'm still
If you are a birder the place is very very rich with a lot of species coming from Botswana and Zim.
I think even if I didn't stay at Whembe that as for other camps all equipment is provided
You have to buy food,drinks and diesel before you reach the camp as there is no shop or gasoline stand in the park.There is a small restaurant by the museum(stunning place) serving breakfast and lunch and selling some wood.It closes at 4pm.
We shopped in Alldays as the road to Musina was still closed after the flood in january.You'll see in the parks some consequences of this flood.The treetop hide is totally destroyed even if the treetop walk reopened.
Be careful with diesel as the place where you could buy between the park and Musina is closed forever (due to the mine expansion) and there is no place to buy on the botswanan side of the Thuli block.
Alldays is around 60 KM from the border where we crossed in Pontdrift.There was no water so it was quite easy to cross beginning of august.On the other side the roads are untarred but of a good quality and easy to drive.We did not see any shop or diesel before Mathathane in Botswana
We stayed in a lodge in Mashatu game reserve and there the sightings were
Hope those information will help
Enjoy your trip