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Unread postby DuQues » Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:45 pm

Payments can be made at either our office at Giriyondo border gate (if entering from KNP) or at our head office at Massingir (if entering from Mozambican side) and can be made in SA rands.

Checked that bit for international visitors and such. It is not possible to (prepay) with your creditcard, all payments must be made in cash as you enter the park.
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Great Limpopo Transfrontier park

Unread postby groenie » Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:21 pm

hi to all the forumites! this is my first post on forum but i have been reading many of your tales, advice, etc. GREAT to have such a vast array of knowledge at my fingertips!

please advise - we are spending 6 nights camping in kruger - various camps - at the end of march. we are quite familiar with the inns and outs of kruger but haven't any info on limpopo trans frontier .

considering going to limpopo transfrontier park, entering at giriyondo gate.

what can we expect? we are seasoned campers so the rough stuff doesn't bother us, what facilities are available if any, etc? what are the roads like?

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Re: Great Limpopo Transfrontier park

Unread postby Oryx » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:06 pm

Hi Groenie and welcome.
You may want to consider a few nights at Campismo Aguia Pesqueira, roughly translated as 'place of the fish eagle'.
It overlooks Massingir dam and has 10 neat individual camp sites, all with views of the dam and clumps of beautiful Lebombo Ironwood forest surrounding it.
There are ablution facilities and a kitchen. It is approx 60 kms (can`t quite remember exact distance) from Giriyondo. There is a sign on the main through-road.
I assume you have a suitable car because the roads are bad with patches of fairly deep sand.
If you intend going to the coast, the tar road starts at Massingir but it is also very bad with lots of potholes.
There is another track that leads north-east towards Mapai but I would recommend at least two cars for that one.
Keep in mind it can still rain at the end of March and that track will not be easy.
Hope this helps.

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Re: Great Limpopo Transfrontier park

Unread postby Oryx » Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:42 pm

Hi Ladyhawke,
I would suggest just Google 'camping in GLTP'.
There are lots of interesting links.
Apart from Aguia Pesqueira which I can recommend, there is also a fairly new camp called Campismo Albufeira near Massingir dam wall, but I have not stayed there.
Have a look at both as well as 'accommodation in GLTP'.
Also Google 'Mamba camp site Mapai' for an interesting trip report.
This is on the 4x4 track from the south that eventually exits at Crook`s Corner or obviously vice versa, as per the report. December can be a hot and wet month so don`t think about doing that particular route with one vehicle.
Rather do it between May and September if possible.

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Kruger elephants to repopulate Gorongosa in Mozambique

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:16 am

Just finished reading an on line article about Kruger elephants been moved to an area called Gorongosa in Mozambique.

Kruger National Park, South Africa: Six bull elephants are being relocated to Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Gorongosa's elephant population has too few elephants while Kruger's population has too many.
Elephants keep grasslands open by pulling down trees.
Their tracks through the park provide paths for other animals. (Photo Credit: © Stephanie Hanes)

Anybody got any more new on this project??
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Re: Kruger elephants to repopulate Gorongosa in Mozambique

Unread postby Rooies » Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:59 am

Yes 6 bull elephants have been relocated to increase the genetic diversity. This was done during September 2008. Before the Mozambican war, there were an estimated 2200 elephants in Gorongosa, but their numbers were reduced to approximately 100 because both sides of the war shot the elephants for their ivory, which were sold to buy arms for the war. In fact most of the large herbivores were shot out during the war in order to feed the troops.

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Re: Kruger elephants to repopulate Gorongosa in Mozambique

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:28 pm

Herewith the reply to my inquiry:

Dear Dalene

The last translocation of elephants was in 2008; six bulls were translocated to Gorongosa National Park. There were no translocations of bulls in 2009.


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Accommodation in Mozambique side of LTP

Unread postby Kingfisha » Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:22 pm

I see on one of my KNP maps they indicate some 'camps' on the Mozambique side of the Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

I see camp names: "Macavene", "Mavodze", "Bingo" "Machamba" etc. And also Massingir Velho?

Does anyone have some information on the state of these camps or are they little villages?
If they are tourist camps, are they in line with KNP camps?
What is the travelling time (seeing that the roads may be bad).
Anyone out there that can help?

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Re: Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

Unread postby Oryx » Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:15 pm

Kingfisha, these are small villages, not tourist camps.

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travel advice re mozambique via giriyondo

Unread postby neelsdup1 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:22 pm

Hi all, I hope there's someone out there who has recently traveled trhough the girriyondo gate to xai xai in mosambique. would like to know the passabilty of the road and if its worth missing the komatipoort border post. Any advice on reasonable camp sites in moz (either through giriyon or komatipoort) for an overnight stay to break travel to inhambane will be arechiated.

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Re: travel advice re mozambique via giriyondo

Unread postby Scipio » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:34 pm

With a 4x4, yes, towing a boat, komatipoort is the way. The road is not very good at the moment, even if they just opened up the Borderpost. :|

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Transfrontier Parks (GLTP) - Limpopo National Park

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Apr 10, 2010 2:56 pm

Has anyone a lot of experience/info of this part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

Can one drive the park on ones own without a guided tour?

How many camping area are there in the Park - say one entered at the most southern entrance and drove the road hugging the Limpopo River up to Pafuri to enter KNP there: are there well spaced camping sites to stop over at? And what sort of time should one allow to do this route?

And advise and info will be most welcome. We would like to do a solo drive through this park with a 4x4 towing a Conqueror Commander.

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Re: Transfrontier Parks (GLTP) - Limpopo National Park

Unread postby Beachbunny » Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:39 am

Have very little information. There do not seem to be camp sites along the Limpopo route yet. People appear to drive in at Pafuri, follow the river to Mopai, exit the park and camp outside and then re-enter and go in the next day to complete the road along the river. That was a year ago...when some friends did it! The other alternative is the self drive guided eco trail...I think there is a contact person somewhere within sanparks who can advise. Am not sure I would advise driving it alone, possible two vehicles in convoy?. And definitely not in summer! The communities on the other side of the river, outside the park, are very remote, and if there were problems communications might be a problem unless you spoke Portuguese. Have visited the two camp sites on the Olifants River (rio de elefantes here!) and they are very pleasant and were clean when we visited. The park deserves/needs more tourist support ( not just through traffic to the Moz beaches) and would love a detailed trip report if you managed to self drive the route as we think of doing it from here in Gaza province to reach pafuri and Punda for some days...Sorry cannot be more helpful but will pm you if I can pick up info from people around here.

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Re: Transfrontier Parks (GLTP) - Limpopo National Park

Unread postby octo » Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:53 pm


The information on Limpopo NP is very limited but you can contact Heloise de Villiers on for information. The existing website is being updated to provide a map and park facilities - hopefully this will be done in a month or so (things happen slowly in Africa).

Regarding your questions - you can enter the Park from KNP at Pafuri (north) or Giriyondo (south). There are chalets and camping at Aguia Pesqueira (Fish Eagle Camp - about 1 1/2 hr from Giriyondo) and Albufeira (at Massingir gate about 2 hr from Giriyondo) - A.P. has lovely views across the dam and is definately the better of the two.

You can also stay at Machampagne camp which is positioned on a lovely pool, it is a little pricey by National Park price standards but includes meals and a morning walk where they have reasonably good sightings on foot. I cant recall the website but the camp is operated by Transfrontier trails so you should find them on a web search. The same company also offers guided, self-drive 4x4 trails through the park

You can also self drive through the park (although having a guide is better experience) There are also 2 basic 4x4 unfenced camps (rustic ablution + fire place) in the park - Nnamphfule (near Mapai) and Sandalo. You can enter at Pafuri and head down the Limpopo and enter the Park proper at Mapai gate where Nanmphfule camp is located (about 150km or 4 hrs from Pafuri)....then head south for about 150km (4 hrs) to Sandalo and then another say 100km (3 hrs) to Aguia Pesqueira and another 70km (say 1 1/2hrs) to Giriyondo.....the best is to get a map from Heloise to get a perspective on location etc.

At present the Parks attraction is the wilderness and bush scenery experience and there are some new 4x4 trails being worked on. There are also plans to increase the parks wildlife viewing roads in the SW of the Park (where the varst majority of wildlife is located, partly with thanks to KNP relocation project which appears to have been a success) - this should improve the Parks tourism product to try work off the bush to beach rush reputation....a lot of work to do to get even remotely close to KNP !

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