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Unread post by hanliemarais » Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:49 pm

We always start our holiday up North and then work our way down. Mopani is absolutely stunning!! One of my all time favourites!!!

A holiday in the park is not a holiday if we haven't stayed over at Mopani!!
We hit gold over our last visit in Dec of '07. We stayed in one of the guest houses on the river bank. The view was mind blowing... hippo's playing in the distance... magnificent sunsets... those early mornings sitting on the 'stoep' with coffee and a rusk...

Amazing!! :lol:

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Unread post by Elsa » Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:31 am

We spent 2 nights at Mopani beginning of this month, had Chalet # 51, nice view of the dam and we loved the thick bushes surrounding the units.

Lots of Hippos grunting, Fish Eagles and other water birds calling.
On the first night we even had Large Spotted Genet come visiting. :D

On one of our drives we took the S143 Tropic of Capricorn Loop and apart from lots of Ellies, we also saw a pride of 8 Lions, quite a few Tsessebe, Kori Bustards, in fact, plenty of interesting sightings to keep us amused for many hours.
But, the grass was really long and thick!
There were also regular sightings of Wild Dogs being seen in the Nkokodzi Water hole area near the S 144 junction, but we never did get to see them. :(
We really enjoyed the Mopani area. :D

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Unread post by pantera leo » Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:53 pm

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Loads of wonderfull birdlife in the camp itself. Sat on the stoep and took a foto of this hornbill with no! zoom!

This camp surely made a deep impresion on me and I will never forget the vissit!

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Re: Mopani Rest Camp

Unread post by Scipio » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:11 am

Did the Shongololo Loop & then the Tropic of Capricorn loop, Saw game as follows Buffalo herd with day old calfs, Elephant(A lot), Cheetah, lot's of general game, Tsessebe, Eland, Mountain Reedbuck, Roan, Lion, on the way back, Hlanganini & a lot more. :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by alf » Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:27 am

Anybody got some pictures of Bungalow no 12 and the view it has? I was lucky to get this unit when i requested it. Will be there on the 8th august.
Made my booking for Desember 2014!! Whoohoo

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Unread post by Elsa » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:46 am

It looks like it should have a good view, Alf, if you have a look at the map
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Enjoy! :D

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Re: Mopani new conference centre

Unread post by Boorgatspook » Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:23 am

Conferencing in the Mopaniveld (Taken from home page)

The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) acting Managing Executive Mr Abe Sibiya officially opened the new, state-of-the-art R5,2-million Mopani Conference Centre on Friday June 12, 2009.

“I can proudly state at the official opening this facility at Mopani Rest Camp that the KNP has certainly arrived as a conference venue with a number of world class options that will hopefully meet and exceed most clients’ needs,” Mr Sibiya said.

Mr Sibiya went on to explain why the KNP, which is world famous for its high standards in conservation management and for its ability to balance the needs of tourists with the demands of conservation.

“Kruger’s tourism business has always been seasonal with high season times coinciding with South African school holidays. Conferences are seen as one of the ways in which these huge drops during off peak times could be negated,” explained Mr Sibiya.

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Unread post by wacktazz » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:51 pm

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Re: Mopani Rest Camp

Unread post by pantera leo » Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:13 pm

Hello everyone I just finished a Trip Report of our stay at Mopani, anyone interested can have a look here Sweet Solitude Kruger Style June 2008
Especially if it is your first time visit.

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Re: Rain

Unread post by Sprocky » Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:14 am

This is what the entire area around Mopani looks like...green!!

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Ndzopforini on S136

Unread post by GregH » Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:42 pm

I came across what appears to be an old picnic site from days gone by – very close to the grass runway (not sure if this is still in use, looks a bit overgrown) where the Boulders camp northern private access road S136 meets the main tar road just south of Mopane Camp.
It is called Ndzopforini (from a old wooden sign hanging at the entrance).
It does not appear on any current map.
Anyone able to shed some light on this?

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Re: Ndzopforini on S136

Unread post by Imberbe » Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:43 pm

The name is however known.
It is the name of a pan, north-east of Vlakteplaas in the North of KNP.
It means "at the Tamboti tree."

Tamboti is common along most drainage lines in KNP.
So this site may have gained its name from trees in the area.
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Re: Ndzopforini on S136

Unread post by GregH » Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:20 pm

Here is an image I took of the site. It seems old and weathered. It has a central concrete platform which was obviously for fires. Made purely of wood into a circular boma. Also appears to be a long-drop to one side.

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Re: Ndzopforini on S136

Unread post by M.Paxton » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:38 pm

Greetings GregH

Ndzopforini is Mopani Camps bush braai sight.

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Re: Your thoughts on Mopani

Unread post by Pjw » Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:09 pm

I love Mopani camp :lol:
The viewing decks at the restaurant area is fantastic.
The chalets are well designed and private,
The pool is great.
Sightings in the north are usually a bit slower than down south around Skukuza and LS.
That being said, we saw one of the biggest herds of buffalo I've ever seen in Jan not far from the camp.
I have also seen lion not far from the camp.
Birding is usually better further north .
I suppose the age old rule of right place at the right time always applies :lol:
A big plus is that the roads are so much quieter refuter north and you can have a big 5 sighting all to yourself in this area
Why not try for one night at Shipandani bird hide.
Now that is a very special experience and its not far from Mopani
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