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Re: Photography in Mapungubwe

Unread postby wondercloak » Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:41 pm

Yay :thumbs_up:

Thanks for all your info Jakkals and Joel and for clearing up the question about the night drive. I have a few options regarding lighting and will obviously take it easy to and from camp...so easy in fact I may see how slow I can go to draw out the journey :hmz:

I must say that I've had nothing but excellent response from the camp with my questions and bookings. At my request they've booked us into hut six at Limpopo which apparently has a waterhole in front of it...anyone with any interesting experience of that? Any interesting visitors or photo opportunities?
- Mopani 21 to 23 Dec
- Shimuwini 30 Dec to 1 Jan
- Punda Maria 2 Jan
- Limpopo Tented Camp 3 to 5 Jan
- Leokwe 6 to 7 Jan

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Re: Photography in Mapungubwe

Unread postby Dave Moore » Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:28 am

In January this year the waterhole was dry. I found this unusual because it had rained. Maybe it was not enough to fill it up? If I was staying in the tented camp this is the tent I would try and stay in as well. If my memory serves me correctly they had a lion under the wooden floor of this tent while we were staying in the campsite. Caused a few racing pulses for the occupants when it started roaring! These tents are really nice, it`s just a pity they only sleep two people. The birding is apparently excellent in the tented camp area. We took a drive in to have a look and saw three Barred Owlets sitting in the road as well as Senegal Coucal! I would agree with the comments about photography on the treetop walk. Any bird subjects do tend to be quite far off. I see that the hide itself has been damaged by the floods earlier in the year. We saw a lot of bee eaters from this hide, as well as a few crocs on the banks.

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Re: Photography in Mapungubwe

Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:09 am

wondercloak wrote:Thanks for all your info Jakkals and Joel and for clearing up the question about the night drive. I have a few options regarding lighting and will obviously take it easy to and from camp...so easy in fact I may see how slow I can go to draw out the journey :hmz:

:imsmilin: i'm not going to hear the end of that soon :roll:

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wondercloak wrote:At my request they've booked us into hut six at Limpopo which apparently has a waterhole in front of it...anyone with any interesting experience of that? Any interesting visitors or photo opportunities?

For some strange reason (as Dave mentioned) in February that hole was empty :hmz:
but last August there were some ellies bathing and hanging around the waterhole the whole night and we also found quite a number of birds there 8)
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Re: Photography in Mapungubwe

Unread postby wondercloak » Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:21 am

i'm not going to hear the end of that soon


Sorry, it was meant as a kind of friendly shortening...honest :whistle:

Yeah, strange about that waterhole...I wonder if it doesn't naturally hold water well and if it's filled articially during the winter then to give the animals somewhere to drink and to keep them from leaving the area :hmz:

Either way, who needs a waterhole when you've got lions under your stoep :shock:
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Re: Photography in Mapungubwe

Unread postby JoelR » Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:26 am

Jakkalsbessie wrote:For some strange reason (as Dave mentioned) in February that hole was empty :hmz:
but last August there were some ellies bathing...

The waterhole near the camp is pumped in winter. Wouldn't have much effect in summer with the Maloutswa and Kalope wetland systems around (oh, and there's some sort of big river in the area as well...) :wink:

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Re: Photography in Mapungubwe

Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:29 am

wondercloak wrote:
i'm not going to hear the end of that soon

Sorry, it was meant as a kind of friendly shortening...honest :whistle:

:lol: i know what you meant WC but some friends mailed me very quickly after that and were rolling on the floor laughing about this new name :roll:
wondercloak wrote:Either way, who needs a waterhole when you've got lions under your stoep :shock:

Very true :dance:
That same night with the ellies we heard the lions but unfortunately did not see any.

Aha... thanks Joel :thumbs_up: makes a lot of sense!
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Re: Photography in Mapungubwe

Unread postby wondercloak » Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:40 am

i know what you meant WC but some friends mailed me very quickly after that and were rolling on the floor laughing about this new name :roll:


...well it was either that or 'bessie'...I thought my version sounded cooler :wink:

Thanks for clearing that up Joel. Although now I've got to :pray: for some rain in the days before we arrive or I'm going to be staring at a dusty hollow :popcorn:
- Mopani 21 to 23 Dec
- Shimuwini 30 Dec to 1 Jan
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Re: Photography in Mapungubwe

Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:48 am

wondercloak wrote:
i know what you meant WC but some friends mailed me very quickly after that and were rolling on the floor laughing about this new name :roll:

...well it was either that or 'bessie'...I thought my version sounded cooler :wink:

:hmz: :littleangel: will have to think about that... :tongue:
wondercloak wrote:Thanks for clearing that up Joel. Although now I've got to :pray: for some rain in the days before we arrive or I'm going to be staring at a dusty hollow :popcorn:

Don't worry too much about that... the trees in camp are full of stunning birds which will definitely keep you busy, and Maloutswa hide is not that far so you can spend a lot of time there :wink:
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Re: Photography in Mapungubwe

Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:48 am

wondercloak wrote:...well it was either that or 'bessie'...I thought my version sounded cooler :wink:

Let me help you out here ;)

She is the one and only 'JB' :D
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Re: Photography in Mapungubwe

Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:02 pm

DinkyBird wrote:
wondercloak wrote:...well it was either that or 'bessie'...I thought my version sounded cooler :wink:

Let me help you out here ;)

She is the one and only 'JB' :D

Thanks DB :whistle:
:lol: much shorter and easier hey WC

{but if you feel Jakkals is cooler, i'm sure i can live with it :P }
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Re: Photography in Mapungubwe

Unread postby wondercloak » Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:19 pm

Yeah, in the words of Jim Morrison...I like the way I said it better :wink:
Maybe it's just becasue I like Jackals :hmz:

Anyway...I'm sure I'll find loads of things in and around the camp to satisfy my fascination and trigger-happy finger :cam:

I was just hoping to do a bit of out-of-the-car-wait-and-see-what-turns-up wildlife watching. Nevermind, I'm easily pleased and just uber-excited at having the chance to even go to Mapungubwe :D :D
- Mopani 21 to 23 Dec
- Shimuwini 30 Dec to 1 Jan
- Punda Maria 2 Jan
- Limpopo Tented Camp 3 to 5 Jan
- Leokwe 6 to 7 Jan

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Re: Photography in Mapungubwe

Unread postby wondercloak » Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:22 pm

...it would be like you calling me 'wonder'...which is much better than abbreviating it to just 'cloak'. But for those who can't be bothered to type more than two letters... :wink: .. .'WC' will do fine
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- Mopani 21 to 23 Dec
- Shimuwini 30 Dec to 1 Jan
- Punda Maria 2 Jan
- Limpopo Tented Camp 3 to 5 Jan
- Leokwe 6 to 7 Jan


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