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Re: Mapungubwe GPS co-ordinates

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu May 27, 2010 9:56 pm

Leokwe S22.21745 E29.36475

Entrance S22.24334 E29.40042
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Re: Mapungubwe GPS co-ordinates

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu May 27, 2010 10:05 pm

Can also be written as S22 14 36.0 E29 24 01.5
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Re: Mapungubwe GPS co-ordinates

Unread postby chirinda » Thu May 27, 2010 10:20 pm

Thanks Imberbe.

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Re: Mapungubwe GPS co-ordinates

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu May 27, 2010 10:30 pm

:thumbs_up:
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Re: Mapungubwe & Surrounding areas - New Visitor

Unread postby Hippotragus » Fri May 28, 2010 10:40 am

Hi TumTum

You will love Mapungubwe and the two camps - Leokwe and the Tented Camp are in very different settings and each has its own charm.

I don't quite understand you saying getting from the Tented Camp back to Polokwane is too much for one day. We got to the Park from Midrand (between Joburg and Pretoria) in about 5 hours, checked in at the main gate, and then proceeded to the tented camp. I can't remember the exact time from Polokwane to the Park, but it can only be about 2 or 2.5 hours.

As you have spare time, maybe see if you can get a cancellation and extend you stay in the Park. Otherwise, maybe venture across the border at Pont Drift and stay at a camp on the Botswana side (not SANPARKS, so can't really discuss here).

One word of warning - at the Tented Camp the monkeys and baboons are a bit of a problem. Do not leave ANY food in the kitchen part of the tent - put it in the bedroom or bathroom. We put all the food stuff away but they still got under the tent flap and trashed the cardboard cover on a 5 litre wine box (luckily didn't puncture the foil bag!!)

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Re: Mapungubwe & Surrounding areas - New Visitor

Unread postby bert » Fri May 28, 2010 11:15 am

Hi Tumtum
In the Alldays area there more then a few private bigger and smaller reserves
Why not book a nite in of them?
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Done the route from Tented Camp to Polokwane last week :cry:
Departed at 8.30 and arrived at 11.00
One fuel and coffee stop at Alldays

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Re: Mapungubwe & Surrounding areas - New Visitor

Unread postby giraffee » Sat May 29, 2010 9:44 pm

Hippotragus wrote:One word of warning - at the Tented Camp the monkeys and baboons are a bit of a problem. Do not leave ANY food in the kitchen part of the tent - put it in the bedroom or bathroom. We put all the food stuff away but they still got under the tent flap and trashed the cardboard cover on a 5 litre wine box (luckily didn't puncture the foil bag!!)


Hi there everybody.
No worries. the monkey problem has been sorted. and how.

the tents now have a front door.
no more deck.
no more view.
no more fresh air.
i wanted to cry and then cry some more. its al done.

on the bright side, in the summer it will be a spa. loose 10kg's in a day
at 45C and one tiny opening in the tent.
very clever guys.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Imberbe » Sat May 29, 2010 10:59 pm

Can anyone please supply us with a photo of the new doors which has been added to the tents in the Limpopo Tented Camp?

What I specifically want to know is where they have been placed. Are they placed in the entrances to the kitchen and sleeping area (which I suspect) or are they placed at the stairs leading to the deck?
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby giraffee » Sun May 30, 2010 8:00 am

I have a picture. Shall post it.
The door is at the top of the stairs :cry: .
The deck have canvas walls with smallish
very smallish mesh windows that can not open.
The view from inside out is almost none and only possible from one new small green mesh window facing the braai area.

And the sandy braai areas have been paved…. No more reading badger tracks in the morning.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby giraffee » Sun May 30, 2010 10:02 am

Image

View to the side. Before and after.

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View to the front. Before and after. it was a bit of a shuffle to get the best spot at the top of the stairs. If you leave the lapa door open it provides a bid of a view :D

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the braai before and after the paving.

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:huh:
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun May 30, 2010 10:06 am

I do know that the baboons had become a serious problem due to ease of getting into the tents. Is this the reason for the massive changes? You sound rather disappointed Giraffee.

I must say that the sandy lapa area must have been rather lovely. They have similar sandy braai areas at Leokwa and I loved it.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby giraffee » Sun May 30, 2010 10:45 am

Hi MM. We were, to state it mildly, disappointed.
For the birds, the elephants and Maloustwa hide, we love and prefer LFTC and the western section. Quick access to Botswana too.

My biggest treat was to sit on the deck late at night in the dark listening to the sounds. Hearing lion roar from the deck, with only elephant fencing around was exhilarating or
early mornings, sipping coffee and watch the veldt wake up and the animals go past.
The feeling of being outside was the best feature of the tents. imho.
Now when one is outside, you can’t see a thing over the braai enclosure and sitting on the stairs at the door at night just does not feel right.

Another thing is, when we were there in late October last year, the temp peaked at 45 C.
The ceiling fan in the bedroom made no real difference. Sitting on the deck with a little breeze now and then made all the difference.

Closing off the kitchen area would have been better. Or building a new deck would be awesome. Maybe doing something different with the braai fencing?

We bought a long stay with the December discounts but since this last visit, decided to rather pay in the difference and move it to winter time.
The new tents, in summer, will not be a lot of fun :roll: .
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby ndloti » Mon May 31, 2010 8:59 am

I can't see the photos , does anyone else have the same problem ?
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby naomi c » Mon May 31, 2010 3:38 pm

Same here! :(

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby giraffee » Mon May 31, 2010 8:12 pm

can you see it now?
so glad to see somebody else who have stayed at LFTC. :roll:
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