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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner & Land Mines
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:16 pm 
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Few mines were ever planted in KNP. The one gmlsmith referred to is about the best known. Tol Pienaar (previous head KNP and director of SANParks during the time of the border conflicts) refers to these incidents in his latest book "Goue jare". He also tells about the roads being swept for mines before visitors left the camps in the mornings during the height of these activities.

But, apart from the threat of mines, they were never a major problem in KNP and few were in fact planted. They were also planted in the road to destroy vehicles, not in mine fields which could potentially lie undetected for many years.

What he does relate is that the same could not be said across the border in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. There mines were a real problem and many elephant were indeed killed and injured. Anti personnel mines are usually not strong enough to kill an elephant outright. But the would severally injure or cripple an animal (foot or trunk), causing a slow death through infection and lack of food.

Pienaar relates how they would find animals who had been injured by mines across the border, which came to die in KNP and which they had to destroy.

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner
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One could say that, in a literal sense, there are two Crooks' Corners, one on the southern bank of the Luvuvhu, one on the northern in the Makuleke CNP.
Access to the latter is restricted to guests staying at Pafuri Camp or The Outpost, or students at EcoTraining.

Crooks' Corner sometimes still lives up to its name.
The Mozambican border runs right behind the sign explaining the history of the place, which is very convenient for some.


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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner
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rufie wrote:
Any animals to lookout here for?
At Crooks'?

You can get anything and everything, just like elsewhere in Kruger. Good idea to keep your eyes peeled at all times.

The weirdest sighting I've ever had at Crook's was a goat. It was most confiding and apparently hungry, as it walked right up in the hope that we would share our sundowner snacks. I've also seen a pied feral cat, and I know somebody who saw a peacock. Other sightings in the general vicinity include cattle (lots!) and a donkey. I guess there are benefits to being so close to Moz and Zim! And oh, you can also spot illegal immigrants.

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner
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I actually love Crook's Corner! 8)
the little winding road to get there through thick and lush vegetation is just incredible.
We mostly go in Feb so its all very green and verdant then.
Constant bird calls, we saw our first Tropical Boubous, a pair and they were singing a duet.
Also seen Trumpeter Hornbills and plenty of raptors, Bee-eaters.
Usually plenty of Nyala, monkeys and then at the lookout spot we have always seen big groups of Crocs and pods of Hippo especially where the Luvuvhu joins into the Limpopo river.

Fortunately never seen any of the things you have seen Johan! :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner
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ndloti wrote:
I believe there are prettier places along the Limpopo, Johan?
Yep.

I'm not that fond of CC itself, but enjoy the drive there. It must be said that the road on the Makuleke side is much more spectacular, even though it doesn't offer any river views. Come to think of it, that'ss actually an advantage, as it means you have to walk down to the view points, some of which are stunning. My favorite is the confluence of the Luvuvhu and Nwambi stream.

CC is at its best when the Limpopo is not flowing, and the Luvuvhu just trickles around the corner forming a series of pools hard up against the southern Limpopo bank. These pools are chock-a-block with crocs and also attract lots of waders and other birds. The view is better from the Makuleke side.

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner - Advice needed
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......................and have a look out for Lemon-Breasted Canary at the T-junction of the S63 and where you turn left for Crooks Corner - :cam:

The Pafuri and Crooks Corner is a special area of the Park that is not to be missed (or rushed).

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner - Advice needed
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Luvuvhu river.

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner - Advice needed
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The drive from Shingwedzi to Babalala to Pafuri to Crook's Corner is always rewarding. Shingwedzi is a favourite camp of ours and we often do the trip more than once during a visit.

Pafuri should by early November be a birders paradise, drive into the forest, switch off your car and just listen . . . .

We have very often experienced the trip there and back completely different from one another.

Less sightings on the way up and then the grand parade on the way down.

Just enjoy your visit.

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner - Advice needed
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warmsunshine wrote:
is there always a good amount of water in the Luvuvhu River.
Not sure what you mean by good, but water levels fluctuate substantially. The Luvuvhu can rise surprisingly quickly after heavy rain, and drop just as fast. During severe droughts it has been known to run dry, leaving only the odd pool.

The water level can also be influenced by releasing water from dams upstream outside the park.
I believe there are certain rules for this, but I've also heard that the Pafuri ranger on occasion has pulled some strings to get extra water released.

The bottom line is that the Luvuvhu is to all intents and purposes perennial, except during extreme droughts.


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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner - Advice needed
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Just to put things into perspective, here are some more.

Once again taken from the bridge, looking downstream at sunrise in February 2006

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and in the other direction, shortly after sunrise

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And, for good measure, the Luvuvhu at Mangala. Prettiest spot in the entire park, in my opinion.

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 Post subject: Plaque at Crooks Corner - anyone have a clear photo?
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Does any Forumite have a photograph of the cairn at Crooks Corner near Pafuri? I need it to show the words written on the plaque clearly, not just a pic of the cairn or of the area. I need to read the info to check something. If you do, would you be happy to post it here? If not, PM me and I'll give you my email address.

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 Post subject: Re: Plaque at Crooks Corner - anyone have a clear photo?
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annieR,

Was it this plaque that you were looking for?
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Saw you got it already, but here it is anyway. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner.
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:clap: :clap: :clap:

Wonderfull news that the S63 to Crooks Corner has reopened.
I will surely visit there in December.
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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner.
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I was there a few days after it re-opened in early October. I don't think it looked much different to when I was there a couple of years ago. The railings round the area where you can park and get out of your vehicle seemed to be new. I don't have any photos.

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 Post subject: Re: Crooks Corner.
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It's such a wonderful part of the park................I can't believe it took me so long to discover that it was there!! :redface:

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