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Unread postby Katja » Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:04 am

They are available for sale. Unfortunalely, it was impossible for me to bring one home on the plane.
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Unread postby arks » Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:09 am

Ditto for me, but I thought they were quite unusual. I've seen other uses of old tins, but none so attractive as these floral arrangements 8)
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Unread postby kathy sa » Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:26 am

We thoroughly enjoyed the Makhadzi Picnic spot in April. The road to it was quiet but very good gravel. We saw Elephants and Zebras on the way. The picnic area was an Army Camp protecting the border..hence the extra toilets.


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Makhadzi Picnic Site and Interpretative Centre

Unread postby Wildman » Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:40 pm

This picnic site is really worth a visit.
-It's clean
-It's new
-The drive there is very interesting
-The interpretative centre provides some history
-There are some creative pieces of artwork created from basic cool drink cans on sale from the picnic site manager
-It provides for an excellent 'half-way house' between Letaba and Giriyondo (a worthwhile round-trip I must add)

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Unread postby Nico » Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:13 am

bert wrote:Why built on stilts.
To keep animals out or because of eventuel high water
Snakes Bert, snakes :shock:
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Unread postby Loams » Fri Nov 03, 2006 1:09 pm

No, it is on stilts because of a policy from SANP on making a "small footprint" I remember KNP spokesman told us about it during Operation Duke.

Nico, stilts will not keep snake ous LMAO :wink:
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Unread postby arks » Fri Nov 03, 2006 1:47 pm

bert wrote:Loams, what is a small footprint :?

Not Loams, but I believe that "footprint" means impact on / contact with the land, so less affect if a building is on stilts than if it has an on the ground foundation.
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Unread postby bert » Fri Nov 03, 2006 2:28 pm

Txs loams.
Bravo for building this way

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Unread postby KNP Spokesman » Fri Nov 03, 2006 2:47 pm

Loams wrote: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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Unread postby Boulder » Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:55 am

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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Unread postby KNP Spokesman » Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:55 am

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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Unread postby DuQues » Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:45 am

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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Re: Shingwedzi and Mopani

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:05 am

Hubby has a job remember? Well, two jobs... But! Made time to export, upload and post the photos.

Don't worry about sign at the beginning of the H15:

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 speed bumps.

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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Re: Giriyondo

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:53 pm

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).
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Re: Makhadzi Picnic Site

Unread postby RayK » Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:01 pm

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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