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Re: LEOKWE CAMP MAPUNGUBWE

Unread post by johanclassen » Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:50 pm

Tnx "FG". I will not walk (or jump) past anything that moves . Lizards and Scorpions will be excellent subjects to remember Leokwe.

"Imberbe", I now feel good. Tnx fr yr time to post this info, also the road via Pontdrift information has been saved.
I take it that the road via Alldays and R572 to Mapungubwe shld be Ok.
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Unread post by Imberbe » Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:55 pm

We always travel via Alldays ... excellent road and very quiet as supposed to the Zim route via Louis Trichardt.
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Unread post by Cherries » Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:59 pm

Thanks for all the extra information too Imberbe!

We will be driving from Punda Maria to Mapungubwe but will return via Alldays.

The more tips we have about this park the better (although JoelR was trying to keep it to himself forever!) So we have booked a bungalow with the P at the end and although all the posts are not quite sure if it really means Perimeter I will ask when we are booking in.

The SANParks staff in Randburg office thought it stood for Pensioner.... :lol:
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Unread post by Imberbe » Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:03 pm

:hmz: Maybe you can ask for pensioners discount then? :whistle:

The road between Punda and Mapungubwe is quite beautiful at times. Magic Boababs!
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Re: LEOKWE CAMP MAPUNGUBWE

Unread post by johanclassen » Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:14 pm

Jackie, I dont think the P is for perimeter ( or pensioner :clap: ) like in Satara or one of the other.
It seems that Leokwe is open, ie there is no fence, so everyone can expect anything at anytime??
I might be wrong but its only the accom. with P's that are still vacant and usually you battle to get perimeter accommodation.
Anyway I fetched the brochure this morning from SAN Parks and cant wait to get there. Never knew senior citizens still get excited :huh:
Imberbe this pensioners discount comes in darn handy :clap:

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Unread post by Cherries » Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:43 am

@Imberbe and Johan - Thanks for the giggle!

SO gets the pensioner discount and I get the company car.... what a team! :dance: :dance:

I do have a copy of the Northern Parks brochure and see that there are 16 x 2-bed cottages as well as 2x4 bed family cottages. I am sure that is not listed on the web page. I was aware that there is no actual perimeter but was assuming that it may be applicable as a perimeter cottage as all 16 can't be on the outside rim. :hmz:

This will add to the fun of going to a different park!
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Unread post by Imberbe » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:51 am

Yes, there are no fence.

And no, all are not on the outside perimeter, though outside and inside is rather relative, due to the way it was constructed. It is not a very big camp, and is built in "fingers" that protrudes in to the "bush". Bush being also rather relative, because of the character of the area which is beautiful, rocky and open.
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Unread post by Cherries » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:13 am

That explains it ---- P is for "pinky" :D :lol: :lol:

Can you tell I am just a wee bit excited!! :dance:
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Unread post by Boorgatspook » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:04 pm

Cherries wrote:So we have booked a bungalow with the P at the end and although all the posts are not quite sure if it really means Perimeter I will ask when we are booking in.

The SANParks staff in Randburg office thought it stood for Pensioner.... :lol:

Actually the "P" does mean pensioner. :lol:
There's no differences between the CO2/4 and CO2/4P but if your a pensioner and qualify for discount, you have to book the CO2/4P cottages. :wink:

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Unread post by Cherries » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:23 pm

Hiya spook!

So the guy at SANParks knew his stuff!! Now that is interesting.... Do any of the other Parks differentiate in the same manner, I wonder?? :hmz:
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Unread post by gmlsmit » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:26 pm

Leokwe has its own charm, Baobabs close by, many beautiful rock formations with late afternoon and early morning photograph opportunities.

Our big thrill was the first morning there, finding big round foot prints between the chalet and the parking area.

The outside shower is also well occupied as the heat can be quite hefty, we registered 35 C at 17:30, so please go well prepared for the heat.

Spend as much time as possible in the hides, a cushion comes in very handy.

Mapungubwe has its own charm, as this is the land of the Great Limpopo and the Shashe Rivers, also the mystery of the previous gold smelting occupants a few centuries ago.

Just go there and enjoy a bit of "old AFRICA".
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Unread post by Cherries » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:49 pm

:thumbs_up: gmlsmit

Cushions added to the list!
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Re: LEOKWE CAMP MAPUNGUBWE

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:04 pm

Johan, Cherries I am so pleased that you are going there. I recommended it to a couple of friends and they came back "charmed" by its magic. I certainly understand why Joel wanted to keep it a secret.

I do think that it is the most wheelchair friendly place that I have visited. I never saw the "disabled" chalets, but the hide and broadwalk were very broad and easy to negotiate. My mother is very frail with poor balance, so I was particularly aware of the facilities. The ablutions at the hide and the confluence picnic area were also designed around the needs of the disabled.

In terms of the actual chalets, I cannot praise them enough. They are comfortable, blend into the enviroment, value for money.. and.. and .. and..

I am a novice birder who seems determined to remain there. :redface: even I could recognise that this would be a place to "get many ticks". As for photo opportunities, I could not think of better. The rocks, the reflections, the very diverse eco systems.. need I say more?
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Re: LEOKWE CAMP MAPUNGUBWE

Unread post by johanclassen » Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:54 pm

Tnx MM. All inputs appreciated.
I think its going to be warm but then so is Pafuri area.
Hopefully will post some pics when we get back.

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Re: LEOKWE CAMP MAPUNGUBWE

Unread post by CaliforniaGirl » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:38 am

We spent four nights at Leokwe--24 to 27 December. Fabulous place :clap: . This was our second Christmas there. Both times we have booked cottages with a P at the end—thought it was perimeter and the cottages farthest from the swimming pool were the “p” units. Always learning something here. We had number 9 the first time, number 10 this time. We decided number 9 is the best of the three in this cluster (9,10,11) because the shower is more private. The shower for number 11 is on the inner circle, so not the place to be when everyone else is loading up their vehicles unless you want to show off.
My husband uses a cane and we found the camp generally friendly to his challenges. The only difficulty was getting out of the pool. There are no steps to get out.
There are roads in the park that are not suitable for regular cars. We had to back out of one because the sign limiting access to 4x4 was past the turn off. Think this was the road to the Vembe Camp, but not sure now.
We went on a sunset drive and saw oryx (which I didn’t know were in the park) and eland, among other animals and birds. Elephants are mostly on the west side. Not birders--though we did see lots of them, so know it is a great place for that activity. We learned that there now are lions in the park. Rangers are hoping they will stay. Didn’t see them or the leopards, but they are like the cheetahs at the Punda Maria gate—always hiding from us and presenting themselves to our friends.
Oh yes, the petrol pump in Waterpoort was broken when we traveled :( . Rather than take a chance in Alldays we went to Vivo where there is a rather decent grocery next to the Total station.
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