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 Post subject: Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes
Unread postPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 1:48 pm 
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On our previous visit we saw very few elephants but this time it was a different story. The first animals we saw (except for the camp visitors) were elephants. We drove the river loop and came upon a fairly large herd. They were on their way to the river but a small family group stayed behind. The reason was a small calf that needed a nap.

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 Post subject: Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes
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It was amazing to see how they patiently waited for the little one to wake up

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They were very protective of the calf and very aware of us!

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Looking for some comfort from Mommy

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Hi there Sparrow! :thumbs_up:

And then showing off how skillful he already is with his trunk

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They eventually also moved off towards the river

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Hi there Hilda! :thumbs_up:

We also went back towards the river, following the elephants.

Those of you that are familiar with Mapungubwe know about the barbed wire fence along the Limpopo - much has already been said about it. In my opinion it has no purpose whatsoever, it is an eyesore and pose a danger to animals and visitors alike. :evil:

On turning into the road along the fence, we found the first of the elephants already there. What followed got me really upset - why can't this fence not just be removed? :wall:

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Then the smaller elephants started arriving

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It looked like the adults helped the little ones - they got really agitated.

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Hi there, Pumbaa! :thumbs_up:

Hilda :thumbs_up: - upset is an understatement!

Our time at Mapungubwe was way too short but we just had to make time for a visit to the eastern section.
First up......

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The views from here are to die for and a photograph actually do not paint the full picture

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Despite the terribly dry conditions the rivers was flowing strongly

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Hi there SM! :thumbs_up:

From the viewing decks one looks out over the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers with Botswana to the left of the Shashe and Zimbabwe to the right

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