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 Post subject: Re: Great Limpopo Transfrontier park
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:42 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Kruger elephants to repopulate Gorongosa in Mozambique
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:16 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Kruger elephants to repopulate Gorongosa in Mozambique
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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.

I do not know how to make link, but if you google Gorongosa, you will find the full story.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger elephants to repopulate Gorongosa in Mozambique
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Here is the link:

http://www.gorongosa.net/en/news-event/ ... -gorongosa" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The ellie in the second photo doesn't look like a happy chappie to be in Moz...I wonder how are they doing today? :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger elephants to repopulate Gorongosa in Mozambique
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DB, Theuns has got the right link :thumbs_up: It is actually a very good story to read. A Mr Carr, an American donated something like $80m to redevelop this war ravaged park, which some rated to be one of the best parks in Africa before the civil war. It is really nice to read what they are doing to bring this park back to its former glory.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger elephants to repopulate Gorongosa in Mozambique
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There is a more recent link about this story here:
http://www.gorongosa.net/en/news-event/ ... p-elephant

Also, National Geographic recently produced a documentary about the Gorongosa Restoration Project with the title "Africa's Lost Eden".

You may see the trailer, the making of and a video clip here:
http://www.gorongosa.net/videogallery/a ... deogallery


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger elephants to repopulate Gorongosa in Mozambique
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Herewith the reply to my inquiry:

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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.

Thanks

Kind regards

Laura Mukwevho
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Kruger National Park

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 Post subject: Accommodation in Mozambique side of LTP
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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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 Post subject: Re: Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:15 pm 
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Kingfisha, these are small villages, not tourist camps.


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 Post subject: travel advice re mozambique via giriyondo
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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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 Post subject: Re: travel advice re mozambique via giriyondo
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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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 Post subject: Re: travel advice re mozambique via giriyondo
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:19 pm 
There is meant to be a tarred short-cut from Komati to South of Xai Xai, bypassing Maputo. Don't know if that is worthwhile. Will find out!

Xai Xai campsite was fine about 7 years ago!


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 Post subject: Transfrontier Parks (GLTP) - Limpopo National Park
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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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 Post subject: Re: Transfrontier Parks (GLTP) - Limpopo National Park
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:39 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Transfrontier Parks (GLTP) - Limpopo National Park
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 2:13 pm 
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Gosh, thanks so much Beachbunny for all that feedback! I wonder if one can camp just anywhere :hmz: I will call the number given to book the campsite and see if I can get more info too. We are keen to try it 'alone' and not to have to join the eco trail group. Perhaps though that would be the best option to start out and learn the area.

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