Skip to Content

Mathekenyane lookout

Discuss the different camps and roads of the Kruger National Park
User avatar
Guinea Pig
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1628
Joined: Sat Jan 29, 2005 12:52 pm
Location: My business...

Mathekenyane

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Fri Apr 29, 2005 6:55 am

Not sure where to post this as there don't seem to be any geology fanatics amongst us.

We've noticed that all the rocks on top of the "koppie" have what look like "lines" criss-crossing it. It looks like someone took a paintbrush and painted lines in white paint on the rocks. What are these lines? Are they a regular feature of granite?

User avatar
Tieger
Posts: 10
Joined: Wed May 04, 2005 4:30 pm
Location: Sasolburg

Unread post by Tieger » Thu Jun 16, 2005 9:47 am

On the older maps it is Granokop on some of the new ones it is Mathekenyane.

User avatar
DinkyBird
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 42954
Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Location: The Beautiful Cape

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jun 16, 2005 8:06 pm

On the H1-1 near De Laporte waterhole.

This is what the get out point that I had driven up ( a huge granite hill) is marked as on my KNP map - previously known as Granokop.
It is really worth driving off the H1-1 and up to the top of this hill.
One has a 360 degree view of the Park around one.
Spend a while just sitting looking through your binocs. Wonderful!!

User avatar
bert
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 14292
Joined: Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:02 pm
Location: mind in SA, body in The Netherlands

Unread post by bert » Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:31 am

macho mouse wrote:For me it is Mathekenyane.


Discovered it during the firs hours of day as a gem to see the bush coming alive. Feast your eyes on Kruger and you can see as far as the Drakensberg . Best place imo to feel and hear the wind.
Image

User avatar
Meandering Mouse
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Angel of the Year (2015)
Posts: 13253
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Location: meandering between senility and menopause

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Oct 02, 2006 2:23 pm

Thanks for the picure Bert. I have sat on that rock and seen some of the most stunning sunsets of my life. I hope to see another one in just over two weeks time.
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.

User avatar
bokkie_ac
Posts: 9
Joined: Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:58 am
Location: Herts UK. Born in Welkom
Contact:

Unread post by bokkie_ac » Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:07 am

This is my mothers most favorite part of the park and on each trip I visit the hill.
She has always said that is where her ashes are to be scattered as it is that special.

It is fantastic to be their on your own switch of the engine and just listen and watch.
Its a MUST if you have the time
We have not inherited the earth from our fathers we have borrowed it from our children

Richprins

Granokop

Unread post by Richprins » Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:55 pm

This is a strange place for me. One always sees at least something from the top, but I've never seen any big and hairies.

However, on the way past, I've seen excellent lion, cheetah, and rhino near the road below the koppie...

User avatar
Meandering Mouse
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Angel of the Year (2015)
Posts: 13253
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Location: meandering between senility and menopause

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:53 pm

It is my favourite sundowner spot.

I am privelidged to have watched at least 5 sunsets here.
Each one has been magic.

Maybe some of my ashes could be spread here, that is how special the place is.

If you are in Skukuza in August, there is enough watch the sunset and get back to camp.
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.

User avatar
Bush Baptist
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 6748
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:38 pm
Location: In the shadow of Table Mountain

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:04 pm

Sunset rides often use(d) it as the perfect sundowner spot. I was there a few years ago and heard lion roaring on the breeze, but couldn't see them. The guide, in those days a final year student, told us that a few days previously a pack of wild dogs appreared and ran through the gathering of tourists enjoying their sundowners. He shouted to all to freeze and reached for his rifle. The dogs just sniffed around and left as suddenly as they had appeared. :mrgreen: Timing......
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".

User avatar
Meandering Mouse
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Angel of the Year (2015)
Posts: 13253
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Location: meandering between senility and menopause

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Apr 28, 2007 8:10 pm

let me talk about Mathekenyane.

There are places where heaven touches earth.. and this is one of them.
There are times, times of consumation, when life is changed.. forever. This happens in the sunrises, when we meet the dawn with joy and expectation... and the sunsets... when life holds its breath.

I left Mathekenyane with the final blessing, "Pax Vobis" .. go in peace, to love and fill the earth.

I loved this place from my first meeting. Then, I went with a party of hikers. We sat drinking our sundowners, and I though, "if I die this minute, it would be in a state of grace".

There are pilgrim places thoughout the earth, Mecca, Lourdes, the Ganges... places with an energy so special that it penetrates every pore. So too, Africa breathes through our pores in certain places. One is New Bethesda, another is Howick falls, many I do not know.. and one is here.

I watched the sunset on the evening of my trip. There was a silence that was tangible... I could embrace it and at the same time it contained all my hopes, failures, challenges... the very essence of my being and all those close to me was connected to this moment through me. It was a moment of consecration.
l was aware of the sacredness of all life.. and the experience of essence.

This is from an earlier post, but I felt it belonged here.
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.

User avatar
KNP Spokesman
Guru
Guru
Posts: 291
Joined: Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:18 am
Location: Skukuza

Re: Matekenyane (Sand Flea) viewpoint - what's happening?

Unread post by KNP Spokesman » Thu May 10, 2007 9:32 am

Fish Eagle wrote:Anybody know what's happening at this viewpoint? :shock:
I believe that it has been closed "indefinately" since 19th April.

This is one of our favourite spots - it'll be really sad if it's either closed permanently or developed - it was really special exactly as it was.


Hi Fish Eagle and others

Again I owe you all an apology for taking so long to answer this post but I have been wrapped up in the arrangements of organising with the KNP Birthday Celebrations.

Although there are OFTEN problems with the road leading up the side of this huge rock due to its steep gradient and resultant erosion problems, this isn't the reason that this popular lookout point was closed last month.

The Skukuza Section Ranger Albert Smith took the decision to close it as a leopard has chosen the rock as its home and we are a bit concerned that, firstly, human safety and secondly, the safety of the leopard itself.

Leopards do tend to move on from time to time and I am sure that Albert will reopen this viewpoint when he is convinced that the dangers are no longer apparent, if he hasn't done so already. I will give you feedback on this as soon as I have it.

Hope this explains.

Incidentally, as you drive past the Skukuza Reception Building and gaze at the faces of the Founding Fathers brass faces that can be found on the outside wall of the Northern wing of this building, think about the following interesting fact.

The original idea was to carve these faces out of the side of Mathekenyane a la Mount Rushmore in the USA but the then National Parks Board didn't have the funds to do this so the project was downscaled to the bronze statues you now find on the Skukuza Reception building.

Kind regards
KNP Spokesman
Kruger National Park
110 Years of Conservation Success - Now isn't that worthy of a Celebration!

User avatar
KNP Spokesman
Guru
Guru
Posts: 291
Joined: Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:18 am
Location: Skukuza

Unread post by KNP Spokesman » Fri May 11, 2007 3:58 pm

Hi Everyone

The lookout point was opened again on the 3rd but quickly closed this morning when one of our rangers saw the leopard again, this time with an impala carcass.

Kind regards
KNP Spokesman
Kruger National Park

110 Years of Conservation Success - Now isn't that worthy of a Celebration!

User avatar
Bennievis
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 398
Joined: Sat Dec 16, 2006 1:06 pm
Location: Zululand

Unread post by Bennievis » Sun May 13, 2007 8:22 am

We were at this lookout point in January just after Skukuza's gates opened. What a sunrise! Were lucky enough to have had a kudu ram as company. What an experience. Also saw a solitary buffalo below.
Can't get the place out of my mind since then.

User avatar
Liesel Mulder
Posts: 15
Joined: Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:29 am
Location: Johannesburg. but my home is where my heart is...

Mathekenyane

Unread post by Liesel Mulder » Fri May 18, 2007 12:12 pm

Hi all
This particular koppie has a very special place in my heart: My SO & I got married in Skukuza on 16 December 2006 and our guests were taken out on game drive vehicles to Mathekenyane for sundowners.
We also had the lone kudu bull at the bottom of the rocks - unfortunately no other uninvited guests, although wild dogs would have been nice!
Etched into my memory is this unforgettable afternoon: It was cloudy as we arrived and then, as if magic, the sun broke through just as it set over the horison bathing everybody in its golden glow....
We visited "our" spot over easter weekend when we were in KNP to walk the Metsi-Metsi & no other visit will ever be complete without a quiet moment at this lookout.
LM
Tamboti 27-29 April,
Skukuza 30 April to 3 May 2014
Counting the days...!
Tamboti 7-9 July
Lower Sabie 10-13 July 2014

User avatar
Donny
Posts: 114
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 3:15 pm

Unread post by Donny » Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:41 pm

Was there in 1st week of Aug.04-06 in Skukuza.
An absolutely magical place. Just being there is reward enough.
The solitude, silence & breathtaking panoramics are just awesome. A MUST VISIT !!!

To add to the magic black rhino was seen at the base & well as lions roaring in the distance. Soon enough the lion were seen near "renosterkoppies dam".


Return to “KNP Camps & Roads”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


Webcam Highlights

Addo
Submitted by Kiepersol at 09:50:17
orpen
Submitted by Leopardess at 09:12:53
satara
Submitted by Anonymous at 08:27:51
nossob
Submitted by vacation at 15:02:01