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Mapungubwe: Views from the "other side"

Unread postby Scottm » Wed May 22, 2013 11:01 am

ONE DAY. ONLY ONE DAY. That is all I have spent in Mapungupwe. I arrived in the morning and left the same day, just before the gates closed. What a wonderful place. But that was three or four years ago years.

I have, however, just returned from five glorious days across the Limpopo from Mapungupwe, my third trip to this part of the world. It is very special, and so very rich in both flora and fauna. Having said that, what also makes this place so special is the history of the area, the characters from the Boer War and the battles fought on the surrounding land.

But this in not site for war history, lessons and learning. It is a site for nature and wildlife, flora and fauna, views and vistas of the greater Mapungupwe area. Maybe, just maybe, I can add a little to the understanding of the current situation across the river from Mapungupwe to those that hold this park so close to their hearts.
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Re: Views of Mapungupwe from the "other side"

Unread postby Scottm » Wed May 22, 2013 12:43 pm

Mapungupwe, taken from across the Limpopo River

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and one of the viewing decks, picture taken from the island

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These pictures are taken from a private farm in Botswana, and both islands are included in the area of the farm. As can be seen from the viewing decks of Mapungupwe, this land has both Limpopo River and Shashi River frontage, and has to deal with the cattle "invasions" from the Zimbabwe side. Unfortunately for the owners, it is a daily invasion and fight for survival for the cattle, as there is simply limited or no grazing available on the Zimbabwe side for the cattle. When the Limpopo water level allows, these cattle will also find their way into Mapungupwe, looking for grazing.

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Re: Views of Mapungupwe from the "other side"

Unread postby NetEk » Wed May 22, 2013 3:37 pm

The part of "Mapungubwe" across the Limpopo from you is technically not part of the park it's also private owned land called Samaria 1 and 2 only when you go all the way west to Samaria 3 then only does the land belong to the park again, they are currently "renting" the land out for farming.

The cattle walks up the Limpopo from the Zim side grazing both on your side and on the Samaria side it's really not the best situation.
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Re: Views of Mapungupwe from the "other side"

Unread postby Scottm » Wed May 22, 2013 4:07 pm

The weir, which is no longer operational, having been breached on the South African side in the January floods.

View looking West from in front of Limpopo Camp
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View of weir
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View of breach from the edge of the weir (seems South Africa has lost some land, if the border is the middle of the river)
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