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In other words only four posts touch the ground instead of an entire square foundation. This results in the smaller critters being able to still live under the structure. Obviously that then also accounts for a smaller "impact" based on a square meter calculation.

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Txs loams.
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In other words only four posts touch the ground instead of an entire square foundation. This results in the smaller critters being able to still live under the structure. Obviously that then also accounts for a smaller "impact" based on a square meter calculation.


Spot on Loams!

We call it "touching the earth lightly" and it is a policy of ours to build structures in this way now. Of course, it isn't always practical.

Check out the new Skukuza Nursery Boardwalk for an example of how well it can work.

Spot quiz - which Kruger tourist facility (excluding hides) was the first built on stilts?

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KNP Spokesman wrote:
Spot quiz - which Kruger tourist facility (excluding hides) was the first built on stilts?

You can find the quiz here.

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Is the road to the Border post worthwhile to do?. We are staying at a place called Shimuwini soon and then Letaba next year. I have never been on that road before as it appears very new. and of course We can have bacon and eggs at this new picnic place.

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Hi Boulder

Shimuwini is a stunning camp, with a stunning bird hide overlooking a fair stretch of water. Although I was last there a few years ago, I seem to remember good birding from that hide.

The camp itself is typical bush camp - isolated, quiet and only a few units, making it that much better.

The road via Makhadzi to Giriyondo is, as you say, pretty new but I have personally had very good sightings on that road - particularly of rare antelope species. I have seen roan and tsessebe and I have also seen reedbuck in the wetland as you turn off from the Letaba - Mopani road (near the Malopenyana waterhole and windmill).

We have also put a few white rhino in that area and a recent group I helped to host saw eland (although I didn't see them as I was in another vehicle :( ).

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The road can be quite rewarding I think. We had Tsessebe (just one, but still) right next to the road, and I hear people don't see many pelicans in Kruger? About 25 of them were sitting in the trees where you start getting into the mountains.
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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi and Mopani
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Hubby has a job remember? Well, two jobs... But! Made time to export, upload and post the photos.

The post at the beginning of the H15:
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Forget about the 4x4 bit, I assume that's for the part on Moz only, the road up to Giriyondo was perfect. And the only road I ever saw in Kruger with speedbumps.

Some sightings:
A zebra, look at the background, makes for nice photography there.
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Huge crop, but I think you can make out the pelicans I think?
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And some of their friends, the total group was over 20 birds.
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Baboons playing with what I think are mountain reedbuck....
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Makhadzi picnic spot, spotlessly clean, huge, and we were the only ones there... The keeper has a nice little hobby, he makes "flowers" out of bits of tincans.
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And a red hartebeest on the way back, standing totally unconcerned next to the road. Now if only the weather (light) had been better...
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 Post subject: Re: Giriyondo
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We did this road again, and again with good results.....
Some examples:

Introducing Nwanedzi, a huge tusker:
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The groundskeeper at Makhadzi:
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A very intimate pair at Makhadzi:
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And plenty more, but we haven't uploaded the photos yet....

But!
We could kick ourselves when we got back to camp! :wall:
We had our passports with us, so could have simply popped into the Moz side to have a look at Massingir (or at least partway, depending on time needed).
Who else forgot about this option?

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 Post subject: Re: Makhadzi Picnic Site
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Hi Everyone,
Is that fellow that shapes those wonderful flowers from recycled cans still at the Makhadzi Picnic Site? I try to collect unusual souvenirs and that would be perfect for my collection. Thank You.


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 Post subject: Re: Makhadzi Picnic Site
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RayK,

The picnic area was closed in March/ April this year for renovation and I am not sure if its opened yet.

Can't say if the guy is still there, but we where very disappointed that we could not visit the picnic area.

Maybe DQ can help. I think they were there in Dec 2010.

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Son godin wrote:

Maybe DQ can help. I think they were there in Dec 2010.

:thumbs_up: Son godin.
Scroll down this post ( viewtopic.php?p=1459159#p1459159 ), RayK :D

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Hi Son godin and MATTHYS,
Thank You for your help in answering my question. I went into the link of DQ's TR and there they were--those fabulous recycled cans (the only cans I'd think twice before buying are the ones displayed by the urinals :lol: ). The H15 itself seems to have great possibilities for sightings. My adventure starts in October and I'll be sure to leave some room in my luggage for the flowers.


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Wishing you a marvelous adventure, RayK ! :D

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Few people I met at Kruger recently had ever been to Makhadzi picnic site (on the H15 towards the Giriyondo border gate). I can't understand this; it can't all be because they're trying to avoid local bakkies stacked with mattresses that seemed to proliferate along that road when we were there! (Doesn't Mozambique sell mattresses?!)

There are so many good reasons to go there. You might see roan, tsessebe, eland, rhino, lion or cheetah along this road. The picnic site itself is really is a special place and has an interesting small information centre. It's also a peaceful spot to stop for your bacon and eggs or coffee and rusks. The two attendants who look after the place are pretty creative too; take a drive next time you're in the area and buy one of their tin-can artworks. See more at ...

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