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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Apr 28, 2007 8:37 pm

in the greater scheme of things, that was not a bad problem :wink:
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Maloutswa game hide / Limpopo Forest Tented Camp with Sedan

Unread postby eladn » Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:44 pm

Hi,

Does anybody know if the The Limpopo Forest Tented Camp
and especially the Maloutswa game hide are accessible with a regular 2X4 sedan vehicle?

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Unread postby dianne » Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:24 pm

Hi

It is doable -my parents were there recently in a low slung merc :-) However you need to take it gently as there are corrugations and the car may be a bit "shook up"... The park says there are about 35 kilometres accessible by normal sedan-for the rest you need a high clearance vehicle (not necessarily a 4x4). Well worth it though...will see if I can find out a little more. You should also manage the confluence and the tree top walk as well...


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Unread postby eladn » Tue May 01, 2007 2:13 pm

diannet wrote:Hi

It is doable -my parents were there recently in a low slung merc :-) However you need to take it gently as there are a

...

4x4). Well worth it though...will see if I can find out a little

Dianne


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Mapungubwe advice needed

Unread postby timbo » Sat May 12, 2007 7:36 pm

Hey going to Mapungubwe in august what predator can i see.
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Unread postby bert » Sun May 13, 2007 6:59 pm

Hi Timbo
According to Diannet hyena and lion
And the leopard of course
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Mapungubwe advice needed.

Unread postby timbo » Mon May 14, 2007 6:38 am

Hey me and my family are going to Mapungubwe in august and needed some questions answered:

1) Is Loekwe camp nice.

2) How long will it take us to drive from Loekwe to Shingwedzi if we enter the park at pafuri gate.
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Re: Mapungubwe advice needed.

Unread postby JoelR » Tue May 15, 2007 9:30 am

Hey timbo - how great that you´re going to discover Mapungubwe too :)

timbo wrote:Hey going to Mapungubwe in august what predator can i see.

There are lions in the eastern AND (since recently) in the western section. They have never been introduced but moved in from Botswana, across the Limpopo river. They have settled and seem to be very happily living on a diet of eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest and burchell´s zebra.
Apart from that there are many leopards and plenty hyena - I would recomend to do a nightdrive to have the biggest chance of seeing them. (Last time I did a nightdrive I saw an aardvark, which is first prize off course :wink: ).
In the open areas of the western section you´ll be able to see black-backed jackals during daytime.

timbo wrote:1) Is Loekwe camp nice.

It´s a great, atmospheric camp, timbo. It´s not fenced but totally ´guarded´by beautiful sandstone ridges. From your chalet you´d be able to spot kudu, klipspringer, verreaux´s eagle and maybe more. It´s a good base to explore the park!

timbo wrote:2) How long will it take us to drive from Loekwe to Shingwedzi if we enter the park at pafuri gate.

Leokwe - maingate (0h30)
maingate - Pafuri (2h30)
Pafuri-Shingwedzi (2h30)
So 5 and a half hours will do if you drive 40 in Mapungubwe, 120 on the provincial roads and 50 in Kruger. I´d take at least an extra hour for fuel, coffee and off course game viewing :!:

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Unread postby timbo » Tue May 15, 2007 7:06 pm

Thanks Joel and i will recommend to my dad that we do a nightdrive so that we may see some awesome things.
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Re: Mapungubwe advice needed.

Unread postby Jose » Tue May 15, 2007 9:27 pm

Gosh... I wanna go back there too!! :mrgreen:
JoelR wrote:<...>
Leokwe - maingate (0h30)
maingate - Pafuri (2h30)
Pafuri-Shingwedzi (2h30)
So 5 and a half hours will do if you drive 40 in Mapungubwe, 120 on the provincial roads and 50 in Kruger. I´d take at least an extra hour for fuel, coffee and off course game viewing :!:

A comment, if I may, Joel? In theory your times are 100% correct, but when I drove the exact same stretch a few years ago, the numbers came out slightly different...

Agree, 120 on the provincial road is doable, just be aware of numerous baboon troops on and near the road, especially in the early morning/late afternoon hours. We saw a youngish male that apparently had just been hit by a car... his mate was by his side, grooming him. So we hit the brakes, reversed and checked. He was dead alright. Very sad. But nothing we could do about it, except drive even more carefully.
The last bit before Pafuri gate is tricky... lots of pedestrians, cattle, goats, donkeys, on the road (and a speed limit too, IIRC).

But once you're in the Park, you don't have to do like we did, of course. You can always skip brekkie at Pafuri PS, and/or forget about checking out Crook's corner. But since you're already in the area, why would you?

Anywayz... we arrived at Pafuri gate around 8 that morning, and arrived at Shingwedzi around 17:30, as in: a solid 12 hrs on the road.

What I'm saying is, true in theory the kms and the hours match... just be prepared that it may take you just a wee bit longer. :wink:

Happy trails! :D

Btw, in our case: running into not 1, but 2 tuskers on the way (first Sikele and then, just before Shingwedzi camp, Mashagadzi) didn't do our schedule any good either. 8)
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Unread postby timbo » Tue May 15, 2007 9:32 pm

Thanks hey and dont worry we will leave very early and dont mind the long hours on the road. Wats this thing about yellow ribbons if your a formity.
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Unread postby DuQues » Wed May 16, 2007 9:46 am

The yellow ribbons are a system to recognise others as forumites. Have a look in The Yellow Ribbon Topic.
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Re: Mapungubwe advice needed.

Unread postby JoelR » Wed May 16, 2007 9:47 am

Jose wrote:What I'm saying is, true in theory the kms and the hours match... just be prepared that it may take you just a wee bit longer. :wink:

I totally agree, Jose - my times are a minimum. I would take a whole day too, especially to take it slow in the northern part of Kruger. Nobody wants to miss Pafuri picknick spot!

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Unread postby timbo » Sun Jun 03, 2007 1:59 am

Hey could anyone tell me:

1. What tme does the night drive leave from loekwe
2. How much is it.
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Unread postby JoelR » Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:55 am

timbo wrote:1. What tme does the night drive leave from loekwe
2. How much is it.

The night drive leaves Leokwe at 19h30 and officially takes 2 hours but usually will take quite a bit longer :wink: Last year it was R115 pp and I´m sure prizes went up a bit - but no more than R130 I would gestimate...

I hope you´ll come across some cool animals, timbo. Last time I was on a nightdrive in Mapungubwe we saw an aardvark! You might want to ask Gedeon, Simon or one of the other guides to show you the baboons that are sleeping on the vertical sandstone cliff face to hide from leopards - quite a sight!

Just to fill you in about other options: the heritage tour to Mapungubwe Hill is a must and leaves at 7h00 and 10h00, morning drives and walks leave at 5h30 and sunset drives at 16h00. Prizes are about the same for everything, although the walk is a bit more expensive and the heritage tour to the hill somewhat cheaper. :)


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