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 Post subject: Re: Mopani Sightings
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:13 pm 
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Greetings All

Well we've busy, so i'll just give some of the heigh lights.
The drive's have been ok, there has been lots of rain so the sightings are not so good, but the eland have been seen on a regular basis on the tropic of capricorn. Ja and all the usual suspects are still around.

The walks have been great however, with two leopard sightings, rhino, elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, impala, kudu.

Mandhevu the elephant most probably died of old age. The body was to decomposed and most of it had been eaten so one could not seen if it had died in a fight. His one long tusk was 2.62m and his short tusk i forget but it was 52cm in circumference. This is amazing as Alexander tuskes were 2.33m and 2.4m and 51cm in circumference and when he was walking around his tuskes were not far of the ground. Mandhevu was a massive bull.

The Eendrag males were all at Mooiplaas windmill. The black mane was on honeymoon for a change. All three of them serenaded us then the blond went and lay on his back. What a tough life.


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 Post subject: Re: Mopani Sightings
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:04 pm 
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Greetings All

Sorry no posts over the last while and that said this is my last "regular" post for Mopani Camp and Kruger National Park. I have transfered to Mountain Zebra National Park. So be on the look out for a new thread in the frontier park section.

My last day in Mopani I did a night drive and saw the Eendrag males at Eendrag windmill, they even gave me a farewell roar.

I hope people will still post a few things in this thread once and a while so i can keep up to date with the happenings in that area.

Many thanx
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 Post subject: Re: Mopani Sightings
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The sightings around Mopani are pumping of late! :dance: :dance:
I left the park about a week ago from Shingwedzi where sightings are prolific :D But there have been so many sighitings of cheetah around mopani :shock:
There are two cheetah brothers that were seen everyday by someone or another between Bowerkop to the Mooiplaas area everyday. This is them (note not my photo by permission given to post here :wink: )
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Other than these two there was also cheetah seen more south between Letaba and Mopani on the main road whenever I visited Mopani people were speaking about it :D

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 Post subject: Re: Mopani Sightings
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Hi everyone

Please give a warm forum welcome Amos and Shadrack both guides at Mopani. Amos is the Head Guide and Shadrack is the Junior Guide. Amos has been at Mopani for 13 years and Shadrack is from Shingwedzi, where he has been for two years, and will return there as soon as the camp is open again (after the floods).

Hope we will be hearing about a lot of great sightings from Mopani and Shingwedzi :D

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 Post subject: Re: Mopani Sightings
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A very warm welcome to the forums, Amos and Shadrack ! :D :clap:

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Welcome Amos and Shadrack. Look forward to hearing stories from Mopani. :)

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We will have to wait a while before we hear from Amos and Shadrack - being deep in the bush poses a few technical challenges :lol: Our techie gurus are working on these.

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Welcome Amos and Shadrack, looking forward to those updates. :)


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welcome to both of you :D
and... waiting some reports :popcorn:

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G'day Amos and Shadrack, we look forward to your tales and experiences from around Mopani.

We will see you in September - I have booked an all-day guided drive from Mopani for my family and we're really looking forward to getting off the beaten track and experiencing something different!


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Very warm welcome Amos and Shadrack,
looking forward to reading all about those amazing sightings! :thumbs_up:

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Anyone been to Mopani recently who can provide feedback on sightings? Thanks!


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I will report from there this weekend. :thumbs_up:

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Hope you have a great weekend WTM.
We love the area around the Mooiplaas waterhole and then onto the Capricorn loop, also turning into all those little loops off the S50 towards the marshy area and plains.
Great for birding. :thumbs_up:

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Thanks Elsa!

Can't wait. :D I also love that area. And those big elephant bulls! What can be better?

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