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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread post by o-dog » Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:34 pm

Nice pics Cheetah2111,

Those are great male lions!!

A tip that helped me for Babalala was...if you see herds of zebra etc on the bushline from the picnic site or close to the area...stop your car and scan those herds carefully... you will be surprised at what you will find amongst the 'same old' game species...
The last 2 times I did this and believe it or not the one Zebra herd contained 2 huge male Roan and the other time 2 Tsessebe!
Its unexpected sightings like these that makes me keep going back to this picnic site and surrounding roads!!
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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread post by okie » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:00 pm

cheetah2111 wrote:Its just under 40km to Baba from Shing on the tar :hmz: a bit early for brunch if you leave at Dawn's crack :hmz: Take the Mphongolo road back to camp once the aMiNals have woken up :D
It has to be one of the most scenic roads in Kruger :dance:


Actually , its no more than 25 km from Shing to Babalala along the tar road . We usually take to Mphongolo loop up to Babalala , have brekkie , and leisurely go back , often the same way again . That road along the river is pure magic :dance: :dance:
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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:00 pm

I had better not start.......

Once when I was there, we had to step over a steaming 'mopani pie' to get to the 'lookout' area, and I read on the forum of an ele that terrorized the elderly making them run for the cover of the ablutions once.
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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread post by vanderw » Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:51 pm

Hi All

Only saw this thread now and thought that I would share my experience. It was the year when Kruger had the 100% solar eclipse. The 100% zone was just south of Shingwedzi and as luck would have it there were clouds everywhere. Areas along the road were marked and guests were allowed to get out of their vehicles to take photo's. Traffic outside Loftus just before a big game comes to mind. Me and my mates decided we would settle for 95%..... and silence. We ended up at Babalala and there was not one single person. The next thing we know everything went dead quiet. No bird noises, no nothing and then the darkeness came. At that exact moment the clouds broke slightly and we had a good 10 second glimpse of the eclipse. It got really dark and it felt very, very eery standing there all by ourselves. The birdies started chirping again as soon as it got lighter and it was like another sunrise within a few hours.

I am having goose bums as I write this and the memory will stay with me forever.

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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:19 pm

Flutterby wrote: I am really starting to rethink this trip to the north...how does anyone make it out alive with all these rogue ellies??? :big_eyes: Or is this just another ploy to keep us down south? :hmz:


Flutters, I really don't think you need to stress, we have been up North many times now and honestly can say, have not had any experiences with the Ellies that we haven't had a time or 2 down South. Just try and keep a safe distance and remember how many visitors there have been there, say in a year and how often does one hear of any real damage having being done. 8)
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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread post by okie » Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:21 pm

The ellies up north are certainly bigger and more intimidating than those down south , but as long as you keep your distance ........ :whistle:

Enjoy it . Last year we saw one with enormous tusks come to drink at Babalala . He was a new one , and Aat gave him a name Mavatsani -

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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread post by Flutterby » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:38 am

Lovely tusker Okie...and we will just keep our eyes peeled...not hippy eyes....everything would look hazy then! :lol:
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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:07 pm

rufie wrote:Anything interesting seen here?



Yes, Roan Antelope and Eland, though I don't know how things are at the moment with the Anthrax outbreak. :hmz:

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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:02 am

We stopped off there in Feb this year for brunch and were the only people there the entire time.
Even the attendant only came to give us our skottel and then disappeared again.
Everything was as neat and tidy as ever but I must admit, while it was wonderful to have the peace and quiet it was a little unnerving being there on our own and the little wooden fences around the area looked very very inadequate plus our car was parked some distance away. :whistle:
Some ellies did wander across the road and over to a waterhole while we were there but slightly below the actual picnic area.

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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:11 pm

Great photo’s Elsa. I think it captures the spirit of Babalala in a very perfect way :thumbs_up:
You did not perhaps see the python in the thatch roof that was there some time ago :D

Crested Val wrote:lovely in one way to be so peaceful, but we also found it a bit unnerving............if I'd seen your ellies, we would have been outta there


I am also a bit cautious of the ellies but Crested Val have you ever met those at Mooiplaas? :doh: :shock: :pray: - run to the toilets
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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:19 am

Grantmissy wrote:You did not perhaps see the python in the thatch roof that was there some time ago :D
No, we did have a look where it was before and the thatch didn't look at all disturbed so it looks as if might have moved but we still didn't sit under the original spot just in case! 8)

Some interesting reading on the Mooiplaas Picnic Site :wink:
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