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Re: Mopani Rest Camp

Unread postby alf » Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:27 am

Anybody got some pictures of Bungalow no 12 and the view it has? I was lucky to get this unit when i requested it. Will be there on the 8th august.
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Re: Mopani Rest Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:46 am

It looks like it should have a good view, Alf, if you have a look at the map
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Mopani new conference centre

Unread postby simonB » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:24 pm

Hi there

Has anyone got a few pics of the new conference centre in Mopani.
Would be great if you could share. Thanx

Here is a news link talking about the new conference centre:
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Re: Mopani new conference centre

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:23 am

Conferencing in the Mopaniveld (Taken from home page)

The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) acting Managing Executive Mr Abe Sibiya officially opened the new, state-of-the-art R5,2-million Mopani Conference Centre on Friday June 12, 2009.

“I can proudly state at the official opening this facility at Mopani Rest Camp that the KNP has certainly arrived as a conference venue with a number of world class options that will hopefully meet and exceed most clients’ needs,” Mr Sibiya said.

Mr Sibiya went on to explain why the KNP, which is world famous for its high standards in conservation management and for its ability to balance the needs of tourists with the demands of conservation.

“Kruger’s tourism business has always been seasonal with high season times coinciding with South African school holidays. Conferences are seen as one of the ways in which these huge drops during off peak times could be negated,” explained Mr Sibiya.

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Re: Mopani new conference centre

Unread postby wacktazz » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:51 pm

Here we go:



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Re: Mopani new conference centre

Unread postby Scipio » Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:29 pm

Speaking from experience, being there lately with a fairly large group, I can tell you that Mopani has great management infrastructure to handle anything coming their way. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Mopani Rest Camp

Unread postby pantera leo » Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:13 pm

Hello everyone I just finished a Trip Report of our stay at Mopani, anyone interested can have a look here Sweet Solitude Kruger Style June 2008
Especially if it is your first time visit.

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Re: Rain

Unread postby Sprocky » Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:14 am

This is what the entire area around Mopani looks!!


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Ndzopforini on S136

Unread postby GregH » Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:42 pm

I came across what appears to be an old picnic site from days gone by – very close to the grass runway (not sure if this is still in use, looks a bit overgrown) where the Boulders camp northern private access road S136 meets the main tar road just south of Mopane Camp.
It is called Ndzopforini (from a old wooden sign hanging at the entrance).
It does not appear on any current map.
Anyone able to shed some light on this?

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Re: Ndzopforini on S136

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:43 pm

The name is however known.
It is the name of a pan, north-east of Vlakteplaas in the North of KNP.
It means "at the Tamboti tree."

Tamboti is common along most drainage lines in KNP.
So this site may have gained its name from trees in the area.
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Re: Ndzopforini on S136

Unread postby GregH » Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:20 pm

Here is an image I took of the site. It seems old and weathered. It has a central concrete platform which was obviously for fires. Made purely of wood into a circular boma. Also appears to be a long-drop to one side.


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Re: Ndzopforini on S136

Unread postby M.Paxton » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:38 pm

Greetings GregH

Ndzopforini is Mopani Camps bush braai sight.


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Re: Your thoughts on Mopani

Unread postby Pjw » Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:09 pm

I love Mopani camp :lol:
The viewing decks at the restaurant area is fantastic.
The chalets are well designed and private,
The pool is great.
Sightings in the north are usually a bit slower than down south around Skukuza and LS.
That being said, we saw one of the biggest herds of buffalo I've ever seen in Jan not far from the camp.
I have also seen lion not far from the camp.
Birding is usually better further north .
I suppose the age old rule of right place at the right time always applies :lol:
A big plus is that the roads are so much quieter refuter north and you can have a big 5 sighting all to yourself in this area
Why not try for one night at Shipandani bird hide.
Now that is a very special experience and its not far from Mopani
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Re: Your thoughts on Mopani

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:52 am

I assume you had bad luck , Alf .
The hospitality manager (assuming he is still there) Garth Holt has been camp manager at various camps that have received excellence awards .
I have not stayed there , too developed for me , it would appeal to me as it retains a degree of wild ambience due to the presence of indigenous vegetation and the positioning of the accomodation units .
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Re: Your thoughts on Mopani

Unread postby LizelleB » Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:25 am

Every person will always have their personal favourite but Mopani is definitely worth a visit.
We stayed there for a few nights in May and we are hoping to return soon.
The view is wonderful and the restaurant deck is a nice place for a social gathering.
The water sources on the side of the road attract many of the abundant playful and “relaxed” ellies from the North.
The picnic spot is very close and you are likely to see visiting animals there as well.
We have not seen any predators but that didn’t make our sightings any less special.
Our hut was clean and comfortable and we were able to enjoy many birds and reptile sightings from the comfort of our own bungalow.
I found the staff friendly and helpful, Kruger standard of course.
They returned my credit card which I forgot at the restaurant to me the next day.


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