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 Post subject: Goronta's Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill. Aug. '13.
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We left Pafuri through Punda Maria gate beginning of august 2013 to go to Mapungubwe for the third time in a few years.
The first time we visited Mapungubwe was on the way from Marakele to Tuli blocks in Botswana.Our wish was to discover the ancient civilization,the Lost City, Mapungubwe hill and the Golden Rhino.

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When visiting the park we learnt all findings were in Mapungubwe museum at Pretoria University.
One year later we went to Pretoria to visit the museum and we were so interested by this culture than we came back to Mapungubwe a second time.
Then we read a few months later that all artefacts had been relocated at Mapungubwe World heritage site where a beautiful museum was built .
It was one of the reasons we went back last august for the third time, on our way to Botswana.
This time we stayed only three nights, the whole stay in the nice cottages of Leokwe camp.
But we had a very few sigthings due to the heavy traffic in the park :wall: :wall:
At the same time we were there, we were lucky to see :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: a huge temporary camp set up for a few hundred people :big_eyes: participating to the Tour de Tuli , an off road cycle race between Botswana,Zim and Mapugunbwe around the Tuli blocks . :slap:

Huge trucks,a lot of staff organizing the Tour and very few animals around !

But at least, landscapes were still amazing.
WOW what a beautiful park with view on Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Let's start the visit and welcome to
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one World Heritage Site


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After a quick check in at the gate, we drove slowly to Leokwe rest camp.
A few drops of rain welcomed us at the park. We've been told it was a rather unexpected event in august and
considered as a symbol of good luck !
Hummmm, we'll see later...
But the sky lit up by a rainbow over the camp was beautiful

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Our cottage for the 3 days

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BACK SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:09 pm 
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The bicycle is just starting for the Mapungubwe Tour (not Tour de France) and you are already ready ,dear passengers, to follow me from Pafuri to Mapungubwe :D
Thanks Trrp-trrrrrrrr , MM, Timbits, Stampajane, barryels ,hilda, gatita,umtali1, isinkwe (we will borrow your bike) , sable :gflower:

Leokwe rest camp is situated at around 10 km from the main gate. The park is divided in 2 main sections, eastern part with Leokwe rest camp" among sandstone hills ", Vhembe wilderness camp ,Confluence view picnic place with Sashe and Limpopo rivers stunning views,Tree top hide not yet repaired last august after January flood and the western part with Limpopo forest Tented camp and Mazhou camping site.
Between the 2 parts of the park you will find private land and farms..(and nice tomatoes ! :wink: )

All the roads are untarred and you need to drive carefully with some tricky stones but a 4x4 is not needed unless you want to drive the 4x4 roads (100 Km accessible to all terrain vehicles compared to 35 km for normal sedan vehicles according to the park leaflet).

There is no filling station in the park
and you have to drive either to Musina or to Alldays,around 70 Km from the main gate.


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There was a closest filling station called Dongola with a shop on the main road to Musina but it was closed rather recently (land bought by Mining company :hmz: )

You should also note there is no shop in the camp except some wood and drinks at The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre .The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch.In the past there was no reqstaurant.It was opened when they built the museum in 2009.

I found the map given at the entrance was not very precise.I will recommend the park to review this map.
I don't think it should be very difficultv to make it more practical and accurate with such a limited number of roads. :thumbs_up:

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2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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One of the first sightings when driving to our camp was this birdie, I'm never tired of watching

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A purple roller posing as a star


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Showing his best profile

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BACK SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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:D Thanks for being on board Trrp-trrrrrrrr, JenB, Porridge, Pumbaa, C.o.S, MM, Hilda, barryels, umtali1

We left our luggage at the camp and we went for a first drive to the Confluence view point.
It was already close to the end of the day as we spent most of time on the road between Pafuri and Mapungubwe.As the situation through Musina was not so clear concerning the access to the main road and bridge we've decided to go through Alldays by Thohayandou (first time for us on this road)

The view from the Confluence look out point is really really stunning :big_eyes:
Even if it was our third time we were amazed by this open view.The expression "as far as the eye can see" has a real meaning when on the look out wooden decks enjoying the majestic landscape with Limpopo and Sashe rivers in the distance on one side and the bird's- eye view on rocks and trees on the other side.
When facing the confluence on the left

View on the Sashe river border between Botswana on the leftside and Zimbabwe on the right side of the shot

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And on the right

Limpopo river and Zimbabwe

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On this side, 3 or 4 wooden decks propose differents views :)

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A guy was calling as it's a place with signal

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Better not to have a bad head for heights :mrgreen:

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What a view :big_eyes:

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BACK SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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Thank you for your kind comments.It's a great pleasure to share those memories from last august with you and pictures are very often more powerful than words
:gflower: :gflower: :gflower: Trrp-trrrrrrrr, umtali1, gatita, MM, Carol g, mosij, isinkwe, NetEk (next time I will phone), Mandinga, hilda

We saw the tremendous river landscape,

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With some baobabs and elands downthere (impossible to see without binoculars)

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let's cross the hill top and see what is the view on the other side.
Also a wooden deck to sit and enjoy life :D

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Rocks and rocks

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It's winter and rather dry

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We can see the sacred hill in the distance

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The first day was ending and it was time to enjoy the beauty of the African burning sky

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With baobabs pointing their fingers in the shadow of a new born night :hmz:

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BACK SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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Thank you dear Tour de Tuli bikers :redface: and sorry to stir up some nice memories for some of you :wink:

:gflower: hilda (now in Kruger), Timbits, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, M.M, umtali1, Philip1, NetEk, isinkwe

After a nice evening in this beautiful camp and a quiet night ,we went for a drive to the Zebra pan
But before leaving Leokwe ,let me give you some views of the elegant cottages and a taste of the luxury of this camp (a little bit too cosy to my mind ,I usually prefer tented camp when on holidays in the parks )
We had a cottage(N) 12) with view but in fact all cottages have a nice view

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I will show you the camp in another episode

Our cottage on arrival

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View of the terrace

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View from the terrace with braai :D

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View from the braai

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A shy visitor

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The entrance of the cottage

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The shower from outside

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The shower from inside

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BACK VERY SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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And now some shots inside this "small bungalow" :big_eyes:

Bathroom

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Cosy bedroom with a lot of windows

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Small kitchen and dining room :whistle:


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For 2 people, not to bad ?


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2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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Thank you :D chirinda, Carol g, Pumbaa, Timbits, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, MM, isinkwe, umtali1 :gflower: still on the bike :lol:



We left the camp by this steep road

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And as usual some figtree eating rock

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Still some clouds,rain so longed for ?

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To go to Zebra pan we had to take the main track back to the park reception area, pass by the The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre and go towards Shroda dam and then Zebra pan.
It's no so long as the park covers an total area of around 30 000 hectares only .


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It was a scenic drive through rocks and dry landscapes.We met very few animals but we were so amazed by the beauty of this lovely surroundings that we did not really notice it.


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A brief look at Schroda dam

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Like a rolling stone :lol: I hope not !

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More and more difficult ...
Like 3 rolling stones

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We were getting close to our destination

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We knew we were arrived :dance:

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The pan was very quiet and we felt far away from human civilization (in fact a few km from the main tarred road to Musina )

No animals around but some birdies

Beheaded African green pigeons :big_eyes:

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Ah no :roll:

normal green pigeons :dance: :dance:


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BACK SOON

See you next week,away from screen till monday ,no "biking" in the meantime :thumbs_up:

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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[quote="Goronta"]

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This map is not "officially correct". They include areas here that are not part of the park yet...... if you don't know the story PM me I'll explain.

Love the pigeons. I haven't seen them for a while maybe just not looking hard enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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This map shows the private property (samaria 1 and 2 ) as part of the park which it officially isn't. If you look at the area in green to the west of the road leading down to the tree top, where the no entry signs are up to the white - - - - - line. This is still private land and has been trying now for over 10 years to become part of the park.... That is the basics.

The fences are down and some of the park staff even thinks it is part of the park telling visitors the land has been "reposesed" but no official contrat has been signed although there has been one on the table to sign since 2006 (burocracy). The not so PC part of this whole deal is, as a gentlemans agreement these land owners no longer hunt on these farms (which was their main for of income) as the park would pay a "rental" type fee to them once the contract is in place. But since the contract hasn't been signed the owners of the land now needs to maintain this land out of their own pockets since 2006.

Sorry I get a little irate about the situation and we are now hi-jacking a very beautiful thread so as I said if you want more info PM me. I don't want to upset anybody so I would prefer to keep the rest off the board.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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I was out a few days and I see the thread was very active. :D
Thanks a lot for your conrtribution :gflower:
mosij, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, isinkwe, vinkie, NetEk, sable, arks, C.o.S, Philip1, Mandinga, Pumbaa, gatita, jaytea

It's interesting to have information from you dear 'mites living in the country on different topics concerning the parks as we ,from outside ,as tourists, we only have a limited knowledge we built up by reading or visiting the places from time to time.
Thank you for sharing ,it's for me another way of learning I can benefit from this beautiful place we call the Forum ! :D
NetEk,don't worry ,there is no highjacking , as I said before in a former post ,once you start a thread it doesn't belong to you anymore ,it becomes an open place shared by and for everybody.
Pumbaa, it was not 3 green pigeons but a full green pigeons tree :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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NetEk :gflower:

We stayed a little bit at Zebra pan waiting for mammals but only birdies came to the bar for a drink .
Not a real issue ,as you guessed, we love birds !

Another green pigeon with a dove

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Doves drinking (not the best shot)

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A rather quiet lapwing

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Standing still

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And for the first time ....

A Meyer's parrot
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Always happy when you see a new bird :dance: :dance:


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I hope my ID are correct :redface:

It was time to go back home


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And enjoy the camp (we'll visit Leokwe tomorrow in a new chapter) before a new african burning sky


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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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Thanks for your kind comments :D arks (thanks for the ID) :redface: , Trrp-trrrrrrrr, MM, gatita


Before the sunset, we enjoyed doing nothing in the camp.While S.O was resting, I went for a short walk in the camp with my camera.
Baobabs everywhere

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Huge one when you access Leokwe

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The cottages

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The village

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BACK VERY SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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You're right Trrp-trrrrrrrr,I saw a picture in a TR on Mapungubwe of two lion brothers on the rocks in the camp.
The same were spotted by the restaurant one week before we arrived :lol:

A small rest by the pool,quite cold in august

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View of the pool house


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A sun deck for a drink

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Nobody on the deck ?
No but a sunbather on the beach :wink:

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BACK VERY SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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If it was not so cold....

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The view from the camp on the rocks is tremendous with some loooooooooooooooong roots

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Embedded in the rocks :big_eyes:

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And another big tree

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No birds today ?

Yes ,some seen from the cottage

A cute crested barbet

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Always on the move

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I love barbets !
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And a blue waxbill

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Leokwe is a nice camp, I will say ! :D

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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