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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Bushsmurf » Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:57 pm

Hi all,

I have just joined and in need of some advice. We are going to the Forest tented camp soon and I am not sure which gate we should go to when we enter the park. Can anyone assist?

Thanks.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby JoelR » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:33 pm

Bushsmurf wrote:Hi all,

I have just joined and in need of some advice. We are going to the Forest tented camp soon and I am not sure which gate we should go to when we enter the park. Can anyone assist?

Thanks.

Hi there Bushsmurf and welcome to the forum. You have to drive to the main gate first to check in. They will give you a map at reception. From the main gate turn back onto the tar road in westerly direction and...
a. Turn right at the 'Den Staat' signpost and follow the gravel road over the first cattle grid until you reach the turn off for the Limpopo Forest Tented Camp (and the second cattle grid will eb in sight by then.
b. Drive all the way to the t-junction, turn right towards Pontdrift and 1 kilometer before the border turn right, also signposted 'Den Staat' Drive a few kms until you reach the turn off for the Limpopo Forest Tented Camp, just after crossing the first cattle grid.

Option a. is shorter but more corrugated gravel roads to deal with. Option b. is longer and easier. More chance to see your first animals when taking option a. Both take about the same time (about 45 minutes).

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:41 pm

Welcome! :thumbs_up:

In my opinion: Take option b. Joel described. It has some of the most spectacular views, even though you drive outside the park and look in. The road is much better, and the game viewing is not spectacular on the (very unpleasant) Den Staat gravel road in option a.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:48 pm

johanclassen wrote:Hi all,We will be leaving for Leokwe on 20 Feb and without starting a new post, wonder if anyone can tell me the current water level in the Limpopo (Mapungubwe area).


I sent you a pm with the email address of the (hoping he is still in Mapungubwe) western section ranger .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby johanclassen » Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:53 pm

Tnx ndloti. Replied to yr pm.

EDITED....
Just received an E mail confirming that the Limpopo is full and more rain is expected.
Shld be a wonderfull sight and lots of photographic opportunities.
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Punda Maria untill 21 Feb
Leokwe 21-26 Feb

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Cherries » Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:14 pm

Hi Johan

We have just returned last Saturday from our first visit to Leokwe Camp. We stayed in Bungalow 12 and found it superb!

Here are a few photos taken at the confluence and looking back to the hide at the end of the tree top walk.

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The ellies were on the Den Staat Road and knee deep in grass and water.
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I saved the best photo for last.... taken from #12 and looking straight up the rock face in front of our braai area.

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Enjoy your stay. Let me know if I can help with any queries.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby johanclassen » Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:26 pm

Tnx Jackie, Posted my reply under the other thread. (Leokwe)
Wonderfull to see all that water, not saying anything abt that spotted thingy.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby JoelR » Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:30 am

Awesome stuff, Cherries! Can't believe the leopard - spectacular! Was the Maloutswa pan already covered with lilies?

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Unread postby Cherries » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:13 am

Hi JoelR

Is that the pan with the bird hide? I don't know all the names in that park yet as it was our first visit. :redface:

If so, this is what it looks like at the moment.

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My first breeding male combduck :lol:

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It was also my first ever leopard in any park! :dance:

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:52 am

A leopard sghting second to none !!!
Cherries , for how long did you have the the priviledge of seeing it ?
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Unread postby Cherries » Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:54 pm

Ndloti - from first photo to last - 11 minutes. (17h17-17h28 on 29 Jan)

He was about to lie down when a car came back to camp and he decided enough is enough! About 15-20 minutes after that a buck went diving through the camp snorting so loud and running so fast (no camera then!!) All we saw was the white of the tail up and he was gone like the wind. Something gave him a big scare but I have no proof that the spotted one was the culprit. :hmz:

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Checking in

Unread postby Liziwe » Sat May 01, 2010 12:58 pm

Hello everyone. Found everyone's posts so far very helpful and inspiring!

Can you let me know if one can go straight to Mazhou if you have already booked your campsite online?

Most people will come from Alldays, and just to go the Main Gate and then back to Mazhou requires a detour of 70kms, which is a lot after a long drive from Joburg. :shock:

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Imberbe » Sat May 01, 2010 1:27 pm

No, you have to report at reception.

But believe me, the drive there and back is more than worth while! You will be driving past some of the most spectacular parts of the park, which is actually only visible from outside the park.
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Mapungubwe & Surrounding areas - New Visitor

Unread postby TumTum » Fri May 21, 2010 3:21 pm

Hi

After 10 years of expat in another country, it is fabulous to be back in SA! We are in the Polokwane area which is extremely new to us. We have booked at Mapungubwe for 4 nights in June....and can't wait!!! :cam: :dance:

I have read all the posts re Mapungubwe which has been extremely useful, thanks to such a fab forum and members! :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:

We will probably take the route via Alldays to the camp.

My question is: First 2 nights Leokwe, then the foll 2 nights LFTC, where we would venture back to Polokwane from there. We have a spare day and night to get back to Polokwane (it looks quite time consuming from LFTC to do in one day?) and wish to know any suggestions of other parks or good stay overs to use.

Many thanks and appreciate your input!
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Mapungubwe GPS co-ordinates

Unread postby chirinda » Thu May 27, 2010 9:46 pm

Sorry if I have missed this information somewhere but I would be glad if someone could give me GPS co-ordinates for Mapungubwe. It doesn't have to be any specific place, Leokwe or the gate would be fine.

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