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Mapungubwe: ADVICE

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby NetEk » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:12 am

We haven't been around that side lately..... :cry:

Maybe give Norman at Map a call he's very helpfull.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Dave Moore » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:54 am

Thanks. I will.
Got eight nights up there and can't wait. :mrgreen:

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby giraffee » Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:07 pm

Dave Moore wrote:Thanks. I will.
Got eight nights up there and can't wait. :mrgreen:

EISH 8 nights. Oh boy how green am I :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Dave please let us know about the hides. Especially Maloutswa. If it's up and running. and please some phodies when you're back. I long to go to Maps. Enjoy every second.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Dave Moore » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:44 pm

He he he. I can't wait. What I have found out is that the treetop hide and walkway is fully functional again. Maloutswa will only be repaired next year.

The best thing is that there has been some rain and the place is teeming with animals again. There is a fair amount of green grass and everything is thriving.
I am looking forward to some great birding this trip and I think I will do a trip report again. Its been a while.......

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby huntsman » Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:05 pm

Is the tented trails camp mentioned in the first few pages still being used for accomodation?

This place sounds worth a visit... 8)
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby NetEk » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:46 pm

Best person to ask is:
Mr Norman Mudau, the Hospital Services Manager at 084 700 4367
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby huntsman » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:39 pm

Thanks, Netek

However I was hoping to find someone who had recently used the facility so I could ask more questions. I'll give Norman a call though. :)
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Dave Moore » Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:07 am

I haven't stayed at Vhembe for a while but it is a beautiful camp with positives and negatives.
Positives: Secluded, great views from the huts, nice drives near to the camp, tiny pool a necessity in summer :D
Negatives: Huge rocks behind the kitchen area turn the camp into a sauna in summer. Fridge is not effective in summer. Baboons cause problems so everything needs to be locked away if you go out. Solar power is unreliable. Take lighting with incase. Huts are very hot in summer.
The best time to visit Vhembe would be in winter I think.

Having pointed out the negatives, I would definitely go back here again. We saw a leopard try and take a baby wildebeest from this camp and that memory will stay with me forever :D

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Dave Moore » Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:23 am

Another bit of advice for those who didn't know. I heard that the filling station and shop at Dongola is now closed. If you need to buy anything such as ice, fuel or wood, you will have to go to Alldays. The coal mining company who own it have discovered that they had some serious flaws in the coal washing plant and have mothballed the mine for 18 months in order to fix the problem. As a result they have laid most of the workers off and the petrol station is now closed.

I remember that firewood was available at the Tented camp but not sure if this is still the case?

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby pixelpower » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:50 pm

All,

Any update on the road between Mapungubwe and Musina?
We'll be there in 3 weeks...

Thanks a lot,

J.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Nerinz » Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:58 pm

Hi there, I have recently joined the forum. Has anyone been recently, booked for April at Mazhou camp?

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Hugh » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:12 pm

Welcome Nerinz The camp site is to die for The place has plenty of shade , we stayed a few nghts about two years back but enjoyed it very much Things might be slightly differnet now so regulars keep us up dated
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby NetEk » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:01 pm

We were there over chrismas the road is still closed. But you can use the detour through Weipe.

Is there anything specifiek you wanted to know, ecept the road.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby pixelpower » Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:52 pm

NetEk wrote:We were there over chrismas the road is still closed. But you can use the detour through Weipe.

Is there anything specifiek you wanted to know, ecept the road.



Can you give is some directions on that "Weipe" thing? Is it a farm? A town? We're not grom SA and Weipe does not show up on Google Earth...

Thanks a lot!

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby NetEk » Fri Feb 14, 2014 5:59 pm

Weipe is a group of farms between the tar road and the river. If you take the road from Muzina as you normally would just before the bridge that was washed away they are large oil drum standing in the road (road closed) right at this road closure you will find a road turning right which becomes a dirt road. Just follow the road it makes a loop through the farms then back to the tar road after the broken bridge. You then turn right back onto the tar road and continue as per normal to Map.

Enter Weipe in Google Maps it will show you here's a map as well (sorry scanned from the book)

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