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    Default Mapungubwe NP - My attempt at a video Trip Report

    If you havent been to this park, go. Its one of our favourites.

    here is my attempt at making a video about our trip there

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    Default Re: Mapungubwe NP - My attempt at a video Trip Report

    Hi Bruce, thanks for the video. Which camps did you stay at? It seems like Vhembe is accesible by 4x4 only (althoug they state "high clearance or 4x4"). The other camps are accessible with a non-4x4? I drive a Terios, same clearance as Hilux but not 4x4.

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    Default Mapungubwe NP - My attempt at a video Trip Report

    We stayed at Vhembe 3 weeks ago a normal sedan vehicle is fine. Actually all camps are accessible with a standard sedan.
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    Default Re: Mapungubwe NP - My attempt at a video Trip Report

    Is the "Sky Walk" at the confluence open?

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    Thank you for sharing your holiday with us.
    Very interesting, and has me thinking!

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    Default Re: Mapungubwe NP - My attempt at a video Trip Report

    Agree, thanks for sharing and it must go on the bucket-list
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    Default Re: Mapungubwe NP - My attempt at a video Trip Report

    Really enjoyed that.
    the one and only time I visited that park was about 14yrs ago now in my defender v8. The bushes of the radius arms had just disintegrated and I had made a plan with ratchet straps to keep the axle vas, all with my brand new girlfriend (now wife) watching on and Im sure considering phoning her dad to fetch her.
    we splashed through HUGE puddles. Found a swing attached to a baobab, and saw the great grey greasy Limpopo.
    really need to get back there again!
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    Default Re: Mapungubwe NP - My attempt at a video Trip Report

    Quote Originally Posted by RonS View Post
    Is the "Sky Walk" at the confluence open?
    The sky walkway was the highlight of the visit to the park. At the tented camp we also had lions across the river in Tuli Block keeping us awake all night.
    Beautiful trees along the river.

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    Default Re: Mapungubwe NP - My attempt at a video Trip Report

    Quote Originally Posted by Danielle View Post
    Hi Bruce, thanks for the video. Which camps did you stay at? It seems like Vhembe is accesible by 4x4 only (althoug they state "high clearance or 4x4"). The other camps are accessible with a non-4x4? I drive a Terios, same clearance as Hilux but not 4x4.
    We stayed at Mazhou Campsite.

    I would say most of the park is accessable by a normal sedan but in some places you will need a bit of clearance. Also some of the roads are pretty badly corrugated so no low profile mag wheels.
    I am sure the terios will be fine. I just would not drive down onto some of the banks/viewpoints like where we watched the sunset as the sand is a little thick. When we were there a 4x2 bakkie got stuck on one of the banks and had to be recovered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonS View Post
    Is the "Sky Walk" at the confluence open?

    RonS I assume the skywalk is also called the tree top walk? Anyway if yes it has been damaged by floods unfortunately and is only about half of its normal size. Im not sure when it will be fixed unfortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian.McM View Post
    Thank you for sharing your holiday with us.
    Very interesting, and has me thinking!
    Its a pleasure. Thank you for watching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCTheron View Post
    Agree, thanks for sharing and it must go on the bucket-list
    Thank you. Just do it. Its a great SANPARK that allows a bit more adventure. The staff there are also amazing, and super friendly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    Really enjoyed that.
    the one and only time I visited that park was about 14yrs ago now in my defender v8. The bushes of the radius arms had just disintegrated and I had made a plan with ratchet straps to keep the axle vas, all with my brand new girlfriend (now wife) watching on and Im sure considering phoning her dad to fetch her.
    we splashed through HUGE puddles. Found a swing attached to a baobab, and saw the great grey greasy Limpopo.
    really need to get back there again!
    Thank you. She is a keeper. What an adventure and brilliant memory for you guys.
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    Default Re: Mapungubwe NP - My attempt at a video Trip Report

    A few things I would suggest:

    - Do the Mapungubwe hill walk/tour. Our guide was brilliant and the walk to the hill was also fun.
    - try spend at least one night camping at Mazhou campsite - its not your typical behind the fence Sanparks type camping. We heard lion and hyena most nights and had many little animals visiting. Just watch out for the monkeys
    - go and watch the sunset over the Limpopo
    - Mapungubwe is less rigid than other Sanparks. So enjoy more freedom but respect where you are
    - Take pictures of everything. I am still trying to learn this stuff so I regret not taking a lot of pictures as there was lots we did that I would have liked to include in the video.

    I have now upgraded to some slightly better equipment. This video was shot using only a gopro and some apple airpods to record "voice over" at home. I have now got a proper mic and will now try and do some more "live" voice over.

    Thank you all for the support and positive feedback. Its really motivated me to try and improve and do it some more. So any hints or tips or things you would like to see please let me know and I will try and make it happen.
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    Default Re: Mapungubwe NP - My attempt at a video Trip Report

    Thank you Bruce for a tremendous video which brought back so many awesome memories, well done! We did the same routes and exploring, is the bird hide close to Mazhou still open? Guess where we will be in 9 days time?
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    Default Re: Mapungubwe NP - My attempt at a video Trip Report

    Can you post the Trip Log from you GPS.
    Would give us an idea where the tracks were.

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    Default Re: Mapungubwe NP - My attempt at a video Trip Report

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    If you havent been to this park, go. Its one of our favourites.

    here is my attempt at making a video about our trip there

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juDvjXMyQL4
    Great vid, watched it last night. The track to the Limpopo is great. I did that in March when there was still some water on the track and very overgrown. Was by my self so was very conscious about getting stuck without help close by... and to top it had a Lion roaring early morning
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luka View Post
    Thank you Bruce for a tremendous video which brought back so many awesome memories, well done! We did the same routes and exploring, is the bird hide close to Mazhou still open? Guess where we will be in 9 days time?

    thank you very much Luka.

    yes the bird hide is still open. One of those places that i should have filmed but didnt. Enjoy the trip, im jealous
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Botha View Post
    Can you post the Trip Log from you GPS.
    Would give us an idea where the tracks were.
    Sure kevin. Will check if I have any and will post them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Defender TAZ View Post
    Great vid, watched it last night. The track to the Limpopo is great. I did that in March when there was still some water on the track and very overgrown. Was by my self so was very conscious about getting stuck without help close by... and to top it had a Lion roaring early morning

    Thank you. Awesome and i think thats why this park appeals to me so much. Its pretty rough and not as manicured as say Kruger National park, which is also great but totally different.

    We didnt see any lion but others i spoke to in the camp showed me a pic of a femal lion they had seen less than a kilometer from the camp. We did hear them at night quite often though.
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