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Punda and Shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Lennie Senior » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:05 pm

Why is there no thread by field guides or tourists of sightings in this area ?
I find this form of information in forums of other areas most interesting and informative.
It might be that Internet connection is not possible in remote areas, but I am sure some form of sending reports for capturing to areas where there is Internet connection could be developed.
Also, reports by forum members moving to an area where there is reception or when returning home, can update those who are planning their trips.

Let us start right away !

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Ps. I suggest SanParks consider this form of communicating information as part of a field guide's job description.

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Re: Shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by ndloti » Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:10 pm

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Sighting on tloodplain near the bridge ...
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by ndloti » Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:28 am

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Seen yesterday afternoon at Shingwedzi camp entrance.
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:03 am

:popcorn: Around Punda Maria- Klopper Fontein, and Mahoenie Loop and Pafuri (June 2012)

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:08 am

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:14 am

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Bart47 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:37 am

Some of my sightings

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Bart47 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:41 am

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Pumbaa » Sat Sep 29, 2012 6:05 pm

WoW Bart

thanks for these beautiful bird pictures :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Wilddogs in Shingwedzi area!

Unread post by arks » Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:27 am

I saw this group of six wild dogs along the H1-8 about a Km south of the southern turnoff to Nyala Drive (S64) on 25 April 2006. :dance: No sign of them on any of my more recent visits :( , tho I DO keep hoping!

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(There are a lot more pix of them in my trip report from the time, which is somewhere deep in the archived forum trip reports :whistle: )
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by saraf » Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:33 am

Lennie Senior wrote:Why is there no thread by field guides or tourists of sightings in this area ?
Ps. I suggest SanParks consider this form of communicating information as part of a field guide's job description.


Len, all the guides who post on here do so voluntarily.
For the most part they either have to fund their own data or wait until the other work on the official SANParks PCs has been completed.
And even then a connection cannot also be guaranteed.

In addition, particularly in the smaller camps like Punda Maria and Shingwedzi, there are usually only one or 2 guides per camp and they have to cover all the activities between them.
It's a very long day and gives them very little time off.
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:30 pm

ndloti wrote:A week ago I saw Narina Trogon & roan alongside Kanniedood dam road .


We also saw Roan on this road the last week in Sept. Unfortunately this guy was very skittish, and did not allow for any photo opportunities. And no Narina Trogon... :mrgreen:

But we did also have a lovely leopard sighting :dance: - just South of camp on this road...

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We spent an hour and a half with him - nothing skittish about this beaut!
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Mads » Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:39 pm

For those in the Shingwedsi area, do not miss thongonyeni ( not sure of the spelling) on the Capricorn loop (S144). It is paradise.. I know it is a little bit far... But around Shing it is very dry! Up north of Shing it looks better so all the elephants breeding herds ( for those in Punda) are between babalala and Shingwedsi. We were on the 21st for 1 night at Punda, and had amazing sightings. A leopard 8 km for Pafuri gate, and a leopard mom with a tiny baby 2km for Punda. Also A broadbilled roller feeding a baby on the Mahonie Loop!

Okay to come back to Shingwedsi, It is very dry and quiet at the moment. My best sighting was ELand 8km north of the Shing bridge.. And side-striped jackal on the night drive last night..

At Thongonyeni, you can stay for the day!! But the best time is round about midday!! Yesterday when we were there, we had 500 buffalo, 100+ elephant bulls (including Tuskers)!, 500+ Zebra, Wildebeest, 50+ white storks, wooly necked storks, tsessebe, ostrich... I will post photo when I am back, Since I am writing this Letaba.. But photos do not do justice, to this spectacular!!

This morning we were there around 10:00 and we had 50+ elephant bulls. ( Including 6 tuskers, 200+ zebra, storks, wildebeest, ostrich, S kori bustards, buffalo, etc. We had the nicest inter action witj a young martial Eagle dive bombing a kori bustard... Not sure why.. But spectacular.. If you are in the area, make sure you visit this waterhole!!
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:10 am

Thanks for posting those incredible sightings Mads, that area is certainly the one to beat! :dance:

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue May 07, 2013 5:20 pm

And it is still much the same now Ndloti. We are in Punda at the moment. Very thick and lush bush, lots of water still in the pans and little streams and marsh areas.

A very green and lush Mahonie Loop - lots of water everywhere, in the spruits and also in the pans and swamp areas
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Since Sunday we have seen ellies - more in this area than on our entire 3 weeks making our way north through the park - big herds of buffalo, and lots of impala, and good kudu sightings.

At the bird hide in camp we have seen buffalo, zebra and marabou storks :D

One has to work hard for sightings at the moment sammuri - but still just wonderful to be here and see the area looking like this.

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