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Update on Mata Mata

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:10 pm

I haven't been to Mata Mata for 2 years, but will be back in 4 weeks with our annual Helderberg High School Photography Club tour...
Last time it was so dry there wasn't a blade of grass at Mata Mata, and hardly an animal to be seen apart from the cheetah mom with her 3 cubs...
Questions:
1. Can anybody give us an update on the latest weather/rain conditions please...?
2. With the renovations in camp, have the campsites at last been given electric plug points?
3. Stupid question, but have they by any chance added the type of camping kitchen that is common in Addo, Kruger etc? Need to get 14 school children fed, so will have to bring own cooking gas etc..
Looking forward to your answers, and maybe we will meet at some special sighting!
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Re: Update on Mata Mata

Unread postby barryels » Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:47 am

Morning Friedrich von Hörsten,

We were there on the 14th and 15th of February 2015 and it was quite green then :thumbs_up: .

I am not sure about the plugs and ablution facilities and will send your questions to SANParks PR for a reply.
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Re: Update on Mata Mata

Unread postby NadiaL » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:12 am

Hi Friedrich von Hörsten,

1) With the occasional rain we had recently Mata Mata and surrounds are quite green.

2) Every campsite is equipped with an electric plug point

3) Mata Mata boasts with new ablution blocks - toilets, wash basins and preparation area.

ENJOY THE TOUR :D :cam:

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Nadia

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Re: Update on Mata Mata

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:12 am

Barry and Nadia,
Thank you so much for the good news about the greener Kalahari! 4 more weeks and we will be there.
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Friedrich von Hörsten

ps. Even opened my tent last night to check -- it was full of Kalahari dust from our last tour, lol
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Re: Update on Mata Mata

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:32 am

Hi Friedrich,

We should probably run into each other in 4 weeks time.............. :dance: :dance: :dance:

Mata Mata area was indeed very green when we were there end January, with showers every second day!!
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Re: Update on Mata Mata

Unread postby Son godin » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:31 pm

Hi Friedrich,

We will be in Mata-Mata after Easter. Hope we will still see you there.
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Re: Update on Mata Mata

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:48 pm

Hi Lionqueen,
Will be lovely to meet you there. Last time it was Bush Baptist... but we missed Tobieo.
Son godin, sadly, we have to be back at Hartenbos for Easter Weekend... but we will tell all the cheetahs to wait for you at the gate at MM!
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Re: Update on Mata Mata

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:03 pm

Perhaps I can add one more question:

Are there any cheetah families in the area of Mata Mata at present? Last time we saw the mom with her 3 cubs a number of times. Always good to know what to look for!
Thanks and God bless,
Friedrich von Hörsten
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Re: Update on Mata Mata

Unread postby barryels » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:02 am

Morning Friedrich,

When we were at Urikaruus we did find a mom and two cubs in the riverbed with a kill, 1.2km north from the Urikaruus turn-off on your way to Mata-Mata.

We also found her again two days later approximately 3.5 km south of the Urikaruus turn-off with her two cubs in the riverbed with a kill again.

This was on the 8th and 10th of February 2015 respectively :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Update on Mata Mata

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:49 pm

BarryEls,
Thank you so much -- that is exactly what I need to know, so we can be on the lookout for them. Late last year I read that there was a sighting of a female with 3 cubs at Kamqua, and on the same day another female with small cubs about 15 km further south... good to know that at least some of them are still alive!
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Re: Update on Mata Mata

Unread postby barryels » Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:10 pm

It is a pleasure :D .

Enjoy the trip and hope the team has many beautiful sightings :thumbs_up: .
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