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    Question Mapungubwe area bush camping

    Hi Folks,

    I want to review a few bush / rustic camps around the Mapungubwe area. This is my itinerary, any feedback on these camps or other suggestions would be appreciated;

    Serendipty bush camp 1 night (just a quick look and stopover)
    Blouberg Nature reserve 2 nights
    Ratho bush camp 2 nights
    Hillstone bush camp? 1 night (not sure about this one)
    Mapangubwe 4 nights (been here before, just want to do a review of Mazhou campsite)
    Mapesu Private Game Reserve 3 nights
    Serendipty bush camp 1 night (stopover again)

    I've reviewed quite a few other bush camps in Limpopo already http://bit.ly/2AhQQah

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    No feedback but I'd love to know more - we go to the Tuli every year and I want to extend our next trip!
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    Buzzard Mountain Retreat

    Moriti Bush Camp

    and if you take your passport with there is also a couple of nice spot just over the Limpopo in the Tuli block
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    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    Buzzard Mountain Retreat

    Moriti Bush Camp

    and if you take your passport with there is also a couple of nice spot just over the Limpopo in the Tuli block
    Thanks, will check it out! Hmm, might be interesting to pop over as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew5336 View Post
    No feedback but I'd love to know more - we go to the Tuli every year and I want to extend our next trip!
    I'm tentatively planning this for end May - early Jun (bookings dependent). I'll post my reviews on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/getoutgo and update the map (https://bit.ly/2AhQQah) with more detail and any comments afterwards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christoff View Post
    Thanks, will check it out! Hmm, might be interesting to pop over as well...
    the border posts up there is just a quick formality
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    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    the border posts up there is just a quick formality
    Any suggestions of places across the border?
    Last edited by Christoff; 2019/05/07 at 01:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christoff View Post
    Any suggestions of places across the border?
    African Ranches River Camp
    Limpopo River Lodge Campsite
    Molema Bush Camp

    there are quite a few, best to do a Google search, names changes and new ones pop up every now and then, others go private.


    On this side, Boelamien River Camp
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    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    African Ranches River Camp
    Limpopo River Lodge Campsite
    Molema Bush Camp

    there are quite a few, best to do a Google search, names changes and new ones pop up every now and then, others go private.


    On this side, Boelamien River Camp
    Awesome thanks!

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    Default Re: Mapungubwe area bush camping

    perhaps Kaoxa campsite also qualifies...
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    Okay, so I've booked Serendipity, Blouberg, Ratho, Mapungubwe and Mapesu. Will start publishing the reviews when I'm back (one every 2 weeks). Decided to do the others on subsequent trip(s) so I have some content left.

    Will let you know how it was in two weeks!

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    Had a great trip, I have the trip video ready but I have to wait until the 18th to post it if I want to stick to my release schedule

    I'll do 5 subsequent videos of all the campsites (released every 2 weeks)

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    So too bad for the schedule, here's the trip video
    https://youtu.be/R9KWXU7uhho

    As I mentioned, there will be 5 campsite reviews from this, released every 2 weeks

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    First campsite review in this series, Serendipity; https://youtu.be/mybLkDjaWnw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christoff View Post
    First campsite review in this series, Serendipity; https://youtu.be/mybLkDjaWnw
    I get the idea that you were not overly impressed
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    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    I get the idea that you were not overly impressed
    Nope. Donkey at the bush camp wasn't working well (cold-lukewarm). There's a power outlet (for cell phone charging) and light at the scullery, wasn't working first evening. Light fixed second, power outlet still out. Not a biggy though, is a bush camp after all. The 2 Toilets need maintenance. There's only one working (open air) shower so it's going to get real busy if all 3 campsites are full. I feel that if you're going to provide facilities I expect them to be working and clean, otherwise just do a wild camp like B'sorah (and charge accordingly).

    Specifically confirmed that the river camp has electricity (as this was just a stopover on my return leg), confirmed. When I arrived, no power and no hot water. Campistie was a mess, looked like baboons got into the bins. a Madala arrived eventually and told me the power hasn't been working for some time and he had to start a donkey (another one) for hot water. Phoned them 3 times, no answer, left messages. To this day, no one's called me back. I left and found another overnight stop.

    So if you're doing the trails, just want a sleepover and you're self-sufficient you can stay there but considering you pay average camping fees (R140 pppn and R250 per vehicle whether you do the trail or not) I don't think it's worth it

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    I am fully self sufficient but it has happen in the past that they, for example, advertise hot showers, only for me to find its not working (and I left my stuff at home to save time/space/weight), this makes me furious. (Now I carry all my stuff everywhere, no more surprises)

    Thanks for your honest reviews. Like I commented on your video on YouTube:

    "If you don't do honest reviews you will get caught out and viewers won't trust you any more. The fact that this review is only 2:25 minutes tells me you were not impressed. People spend a lot of money to go camping, they want to know what they are in for. The owner had his chance, this is probably how things are normally."
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    We stayed at Hillstone during Easter 2017. It is a bushcamp with flush toilet and donkie shower. One plug point but you require a long lead. Beautiful trees with ample shade.(Almost to much if you want to use your solar) We were satisfied with the camp as it was rustic, bush camp and absolutely quite.
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