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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Jumbo » Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:26 am

Meandering Mouse wrote:My advice would be a couple of nights at both Limpopo and Leokwe. Good luck and enjoy :thumbs_up:


I agree with MM….and maybe, for a BIG treat, at least one night at Tshugulu Lodge (really one of the most amazing SANParks offerings) :wink:

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by stephan groen » Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:18 pm

Hi. I am visiting Mapungubwe for the first time in August. We are camping at Mezhou.I drive a Corolla, so will I be able to drive on any roads with a sedan?

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:57 pm

Hi Stephan :D and a warm welcome to you.

When you get to reception they will point out which roads are safe for sedan. Some are not. The roads to the important sites such as the confluence and canopy walk should be fine.

There are also places that can only be done on a tour, such as Mapungubwe hill. I highly recommend it.

I hope that you enjoy your stay. It is a most magical place.
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Re: Mapungubwe roads

Unread post by besembek » Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:37 am

Hi, stephan groen.

Been to Mupungubwe, Mazhou, in an Atos. We had no problem doing most, if not all, "non-4X4" routes. We even did the short stretch of river road between Maloutswa and the camp BUT it was dry - I would not recommend doing that when it is wet in a normal sedan. (our little Atoz loves playing with 4X4's, and go where they go!)

We are going to Mazhou again in September, and taking my dad with. He wants to take his caravan rather than tent like we do, but is concerned about the stretch of gravel from the tar road at Pondrift and the western gate. When we were there in March the road was fairly corrigated at places. Does anybody know (I never bothered to measure) the distance of that stretch of road, and caravaners, is that road OK for normal caravan (I think so)?

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Gila » Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:01 pm

Do you think it's REALLY necessary to take Malaria tablets? It should still be chilly, I'm going next week Sunday for a week......what do you think?
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:54 am

Hi Gila :D
this is not really Maleria season and there have not been any rains for some time. When I last visited in June I did not take precautions. Do however cover yourself up at dawn and dusk. It can get very warm during the daytime, but the nights have a bit of a nip.

Have a great time, it is such a special place :thumbs_up:
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by PJPE » Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:43 pm

Hi Everyone,

I need some advice. A colleague and I will be working at a client close to Alldays in Sept. We are staying over the weekend, as it just doesn't make sense to drive back to Joburg for 2 days. We are considering visiting Mapungubwe for one or 2 nights. Thus, 3 questions:
>I drive a Fiesta, will the car cope in the park?
>Which camp is best? (I saw Vhembe is available, which looks pretty cool and cost effective :), but most of the other camps have accomodation available )
>Whats the game viewing like?

We were in the same situation last year. and went to Punda, but felt it was a little bit too far for the amount of time, though still great!. But this is also definitly an option??

I apologise for repeating questions already asked, would just like some up to date info and some of the great advice I always read on this forum.

Thanks!!

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by johanclassen » Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:16 pm

Hi PJPE,
I drive a Punto and I went everywhere except where it clearly stated that it is a 4x4 route. I even went to Crooks Corner. Just take it easy.
I can only tell you that Leokwe is a super place to stay, as we were there in Feb. We will be moving in at Limpopo Forest Tented camp on the 5 th of September and will only be able to tell you what thats like after the 10th, but I have not seen any negative remarks abt any of the camps in Mapungubwe. :clap:
Game viewing is not Kruger Park, but it has its own beauty and we saw Klipspringer, Kudu, Elephant, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Sable, Steenbok etc.
There are stacks of birds, The Treetop Walk, The Hide,etc, for 2 days you shld see enough to keep you busy.
Unfortunately you must decide. Enjoy.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:43 am

Hi PJPE :D and a very warm welcome to you.

I would be cautious about Vhembe without a 4x4, the last bit of the drive is very challenging and it could damage the under carriage. I would suggest Leokwe or Limpopo tented camp. Both camps have a lot to offer.

The Limpopo tented camp offfers lovely riverine forest and a spectacular waterhole a few kilometres away.

Leokwe camp is closer to the main attractions such as the confluence and the canopy walk. There is also the highly recommended Mapungubwe hill tour. The accomodation is extremely comfortable and the camp itself is unfenced and relaxing.

Sightings wise, it does not produce as much as Kruger. It used to be a hunting area and the animals are still a bit skittish. It is a spectacular area for its scenery though and well worth visiting.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by PJPE » Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:10 am

Hi Everyone,

So we made a booking for the weekend in the Tented Camp, really looking forward to it! We went on a little "test" drive in the park after work one day (just to the picnic spot and back). The park is incredibly beautiful. On our hour an a half drive we must have seen about 40 elephants, some eland, zebra, impala and what I think was Red Hartebees.

I would now just like some extra info on the camp: Do you use the same entrance gate as for Leokwe? Is the camp fenced (hope not :lol: )? Can you buy wood, ice etc in the park? And lastly, any routes/special spots to recommend?

Thanks for all the advice!

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:14 am

Hi PJPE :D I am so pleased that you enjoyed the Park so much. It really is a gem. Last time I visited I was told that many of the Elephants had gone over to Botwana, as they do occasionaly. It sounds as if they are back 8) .

In terms of provisions, once the new centre is open, there should be more available, but at the moment that is not the case. Take everything that you need. There are no shops. I used the little shop at the petrol station for cold drinks, but they were also low on most things.

I have not yet stayed at the tented camp. It is most definately on my "to do list". Maybe someone can comment more on the facilities. I did look around though and was impressed. Just be very careful about not leaving your provisions where baboons can get them. They have had rather a major problem.

The hide close to the tented camp is probably one of the highlights in terms of sightings. It should attract a lot of animals now that it is dryer. The canopy hide is also a must.

All that I can say is just enjoy this jewel.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Imberbe » Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:47 am

You need to sign in at reception at the main entrance. There after you take the outside tar road and head to Pontdrift. There is one T-junction where you turn right heading to Pontdrift. Just before reaching Pontdrift there is a road to the right leading in to the western section of the park (Rhodes drift). It is a dirt road. You follow this road through some farms and then in to the park. Shortly after there park entrance (which is not gated) you will find a turn of to your left towards the Limpopo Forest Tented camp.

The camp is not fenced. There is an elephant cable, which is supposed to keep them out.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by ndloti » Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:53 am

There is a seperate entrance to LFTC which can be accessed via a very corrugated gravel road called "Den Staat" road .
The recommended route is to return to the main Alldays / Pontdrif road , shortly before the border there are sighnposts to the right to Rhodes Drift / LFTC .

LFTC has a (2 or 3 strand) electric (?) fence to prevent excessive elephant damage - in fact the elephants have to be excluded from major parts of the forest canopy to prevent them denuding the area - the surrounding areas are mostly commercial farmland and human settlements - thus there is little natural vegetation available for elephants outside the park and they would over utilise the riverine vegetation were it not for the fence ...

Edit : Oops , Imberbe - I see we have allmost simultaneously offered more or less the same advice .
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by JoelR » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:29 am

Pollux wrote:Can we register and pay the Conservation Fee when we go to Leokwe on the second day?

That would definitely make sense in your case, but unfortunately that's not allowed. You will be considered a no-show if you don't check in at reception and driving through the Western Section of the park will also be illegal without paying conservation fees. It's a bit of a nuisance but I would recommend driving to the reception by tar road from Pont Drift and then take the Den Staat road on the way 'back' to the camp site - which is basically already a game drive.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Michelle V » Sat Oct 30, 2010 4:42 pm

Hi,

Am going to the Vhembe camp in December but cannot find much info on it. Is the pool still there? Our daughter is 5, is the camp suitable for her?

It is our first time going to the park and my husband wants to do the 4x4 trail. Do we have to book at the gate or is it available while driving?

Cannot wait to get there.


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