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 Post subject: Crooks Corner.
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:17 am 
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The reason for it being named Crooks Corner is that in the old days poachers mostly and other thieves fled from one country to the other there by just hopping over the Limpopo to resist arrest.

No wonder there was a police station established there nearby.

To get to Crooks Corner, you will need to stay at one of the most Northern Camps, Punda or Pafuri camp preferably.
You then leave for the Pafuri picnic spot and drive right past it towards the east.

Follow that most beautifull scenic gravel road in the Park until you get to a t-junction.
Left goes to Crooks Corner and right takes you to the border post and police station.

This is the easiest road and also the most scenic one.
There is an alternative which will bring you to the police station first and then allows you to head northwards towards Crooks Corner, but I prefer the first.

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Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2006 7:38 pm 
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That picture was taken on 28 November 2005.
The picture below was taken just a week later :shock: from the more familiar side of Crooks Corner :lol:

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Salva wrote:
I would have been quicker but thought Crooks corner was out since it is accessible for everybody! :evil:

Sorry for the confusion Salva :redface:

I meant you can't normally get to where I was standing because you're not allowed to go there.
The view KNP visitors have is from the other side.
I was allowed to be there because I was staying in the Makuleke.
Technically speaking where I'm standing is still the Makuleke concession.

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I like the pic with the water!
When I was there last november the place was COMPLETELY dry!

When we arrived in the Makuleke the Limpopo was dry and the Luvuvhu had a trinkle of water in it.
My second picture was taken about a week later when the Luvuvhu came down in force.
Pafuri Camp was worried that the camp would flood!
We heard all the commotion on the radio and we raced down to have a look.
This is what we saw (picture taken from Luvuvhu Bridge)
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This is one of the last pictures I took at Crooks Corner at 16 December.
Both the Limpopo and the Luvuvhu were flowing at the time.
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That pic from the Luvuvhu bridge is awesome! Just like you I saw a little water in the Luvuvhu (but not at Crook's corner) and none in the Limpopo! I was surprised by the fact that a mighty river as the Limpopo was completely dry!

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It is quite amazing that the Limpopo does dry up. I was there in July 2005 and you could have walked across both the Limpopo and the Luvuvhu without getting you feet wet.


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I was also in makuleke in late 2004, and went to Crooks corner several times.
It wasn't far from where we were camped, about a 20 minute drive.
On one occasion three of us walked along the bush track and through the paths made by buffalo to get onto the Limpopo river bed at crooks corner and form there we did a quick trip to Zimbabwe.
We were almost expecting to be reported as poachers as on our return we found tourists watching us from the carpark on the other side of the Luvuvu river which was still flowing and full of hippos at that spot.


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Here's some 'photos we took at Crooks Corner in July 2005. We were lucky enough to stay at the new Parfuri Camp for a couple of nights:-

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The Limpopo was dry but there was enough water left in the Luvuvhu to keep the Hippos & Crocs happy!

Was yesterdays earthquake felt in the north-east region of the park? I guess it was if they felt it in J'berg & Durban. No damage or injuries I hope?


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We spent some time at Crooks Corner on Sunday.
Took pictures of a giant kingfisher and watched the remains of a wildebeest (probably a crocodile kill) flow rapidly by (the Limpopo was flowing quite strong).
It was quite an experience.
I have never seen too much water there before.


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Crooks Corner in December was absolutely pumping with the Luvuvu adding to its power.

We stayed in the Pafuri or Makuleke(spelling???) consession with wilderness safaris and it was unbelievabe to see some pictures of the Limpopo river almost completly empty!


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Stoffel wrote:
Was there on 13 May this year (first time). Beautiful!!!! Both rivers still had quite a lot of water.

Couldn't agree more!!
I was there on 24 and 25 April — liked it so much that I went back again next day (and on that 2nd drive from Punda, that's when I saw the AWDs 8) ).
I thought it a magical spot — perhaps more so because the roads to Crooks Corner had been closed on previous visits, so it was a bit of a mission for me to finally get there :D .
I love the whole Parfuri area, very different from any other part of the park.
Nyala Drive, especially the road that extends west from the loop road, is also magical — with some fabulous baobabs and breathtaking rocky outcrops.

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This is the Limpopo this month (June 2006). Really taken from Crooks Corner! This is the first time in many years that I have seen the Limpopo flowing, apart from a tiny trickle on one occasion.

I have another shot which I will post of some local villagers (I assume) from the Mozambique side walking (?fishing) along the river!

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As promised, the Limpopo and unexpected people. No idea where there came from or what they were doing!

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richardharris wrote:
As promised, the Limpopo and unexpected people. No idea where there came from or what they were doing!

They are most probably people from Zimbabwe as there are settlements on the Zim side are very close to the Limpopo. During my stay in the Makuleke we saw people on the banks of the Limpopo on various occasions (we even caught six of them crossing through the KNP, anti-poaching returned them to Zim).


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As promised, I'll try to do a little neater merge when I have time:

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The Nyala Tree at the confluence of the Luvuvhu and Limpopo rivers at Crooks Corner.
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You can easily see this using Google earth. It's actually a panarama photo, consisting of 4 photo's. There was no other way I could get it captured, being a huge as it is.

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I remember Bruce Bryden writing about the destruction land mines across the river here caused to animals.

Rangers had to put down many animals, mostly elephants it seems that got some limps blown off after triggering a landmine.

Once found a bull with festering scrapnel wounds near Klopperfontein dam.

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