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Re: Vhembe pots/pans?

Unread post by Imberbe » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:56 am

Agree 100% with Ndloti.

Firewood can also be bought at the reception and at confluence (if the kiosk is open).

Buy your provisions in Polokwane!!!!!

Vhembe's kitchen is fully equipped.

One of the best places to stay in the entire SANParks setup ... but don't tell anyone. There is a small rock pool just at the top of the hill, take your costumes ... or if you are alone ...
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Re: Vhembe pots/pans?

Unread post by ndloti » Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:04 pm

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Re: Vhembe pots/pans?

Unread post by ndloti » Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:39 pm

Mapungubwe has its charms , but cannot compare with KNP as far as game , human influence etc. is concerned .
If you want seclusion and tranquility , Vhembe is far superior in this area to tourist camps in KNP .
You could be fortunate and have the camp to yourselves .
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Re: On line booking Mapungubwe Vhembe cabin

Unread post by Imberbe » Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:09 am

:( I have had considerable challenges contacting Mapungubwe myself in the past. The telephone service there is very unreliable at times. Do take in to consideration that it is in a very rural area, far from major towns and basic infrastructure.

My advice is, keep on calling. It will eventually work, and the service I have had from the personnel when I have reached them has always been great.
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Re: On line booking Mapungubwe Vhembe cabin

Unread post by ndloti » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:27 am

Is it possible that they may be reachable via e-mail ?
Phone Sanparks and ask for an e-mail address ....
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Re: On line booking Mapungubwe Vhembe cabin

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:17 am

I will concur that I have had challenges myself with Vhembe camp. I eventually insisted on talking to someone at Mapengubwe. I think there is confusion as it is also a trails camp..
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Re: On line booking Mapungubwe Vhembe cabin

Unread post by ndloti » Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:49 am

I suspect Sanparks prefers not to publicise the single cabin availability too far in advance - the concept was originally a trails camp where a group would book out the whole camp en bloc . When on the rare occasion people do want to book a single cabin , any block trail bookings cannot be accomodated .
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Re: On line booking Mapungubwe Vhembe cabin

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:55 am

Limpopo is :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :dance:

Remember that Vhembe is preferably booked for groups. Mapungubwe is a small park, and there is no separate staff for Vhembe. There is no permanent staff there, and not even a telephone. All bookings will be done by Mapungubwe reception.
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Re: On line booking Mapungubwe Vhembe cabin

Unread post by ndloti » Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:12 am

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Vhembe camp .
Daffy , although I have not been to Limpopo Forest Camp my personal choice I would be for Vhembe for as many nights possible . Judging from your posting on the "What car .." thread you are could be happy at either . Try each on seperate visits ?
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by JoelR » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:33 pm

Bushsmurf wrote:Hi all,

I have just joined and in need of some advice. We are going to the Forest tented camp soon and I am not sure which gate we should go to when we enter the park. Can anyone assist?

Thanks.

Hi there Bushsmurf and welcome to the forum. You have to drive to the main gate first to check in. They will give you a map at reception. From the main gate turn back onto the tar road in westerly direction and...
a. Turn right at the 'Den Staat' signpost and follow the gravel road over the first cattle grid until you reach the turn off for the Limpopo Forest Tented Camp (and the second cattle grid will eb in sight by then.
b. Drive all the way to the t-junction, turn right towards Pontdrift and 1 kilometer before the border turn right, also signposted 'Den Staat' Drive a few kms until you reach the turn off for the Limpopo Forest Tented Camp, just after crossing the first cattle grid.

Option a. is shorter but more corrugated gravel roads to deal with. Option b. is longer and easier. More chance to see your first animals when taking option a. Both take about the same time (about 45 minutes).

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Imberbe » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:41 pm

Welcome! :thumbs_up:

In my opinion: Take option b. Joel described. It has some of the most spectacular views, even though you drive outside the park and look in. The road is much better, and the game viewing is not spectacular on the (very unpleasant) Den Staat gravel road in option a.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Cherries » Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:14 pm

Hi Johan

We have just returned last Saturday from our first visit to Leokwe Camp. We stayed in Bungalow 12 and found it superb!

Here are a few photos taken at the confluence and looking back to the hide at the end of the tree top walk.

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The ellies were on the Den Staat Road and knee deep in grass and water.
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I saved the best photo for last.... taken from #12 and looking straight up the rock face in front of our braai area.

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Enjoy your stay. Let me know if I can help with any queries.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Cherries » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:13 am

Hi JoelR

Is that the pan with the bird hide? I don't know all the names in that park yet as it was our first visit. :redface:

If so, this is what it looks like at the moment.

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My first breeding male combduck :lol:

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It was also my first ever leopard in any park! :dance:

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Unread post by Liziwe » Sat May 01, 2010 12:58 pm

Hello everyone. Found everyone's posts so far very helpful and inspiring!

Can you let me know if one can go straight to Mazhou if you have already booked your campsite online?

Most people will come from Alldays, and just to go the Main Gate and then back to Mazhou requires a detour of 70kms, which is a lot after a long drive from Joburg. :shock:

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat May 01, 2010 1:27 pm

No, you have to report at reception.

But believe me, the drive there and back is more than worth while! You will be driving past some of the most spectacular parts of the park, which is actually only visible from outside the park.
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