Kruger v. Chobe

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Aug 4th, 2005, 10:07 AM
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Matt,

I checked that link and got a map of the reserve with sightings info, but didn't see anything indicating Kirkman's traversing area -- am I doing something wrong? I went to www.malamala.tv

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Aug 4th, 2005, 10:55 AM
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Julian,

I've uploaded a map to my FTP server that shows the traversing area of Kirkman's. Kirkman's is located on Toulon farm and shares a common traversing area with MalaMala on Charleston farm (hatched).
ftp://www.podszuck.de/po/podszuck.de...Mala-2003.jpeg

You should compare this with the slightly modified map on the MalaMala website:
http://www.malamala.com/lieofland.htm

I would call this another case of visitors' disinformation.

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Aug 4th, 2005, 10:57 AM
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PS: Don't be irritated by the date of the map. Kirkman's has still the same traversing rights.
 
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Aug 4th, 2005, 11:10 AM
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Mitch, I just looked at that map and I never realized that Ulusaba, which I understand is one of the most expensive lodges, is at the westernmost edge of the Sabi Sands. Do you know anything about their game viewing since it seems all animals have to venture quite a way to get there.

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Aug 4th, 2005, 11:15 AM
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Sorry, Michael, no idea.

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Aug 4th, 2005, 02:03 PM
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Julian

When I referred you to the map I just meant that Kirkmans traverses the bottom 1/3 which is Toulon and Charleston. If you wanted to get an idea for game viewing the Mala Mala sightings diary features the sightings from the whole of the reserve, though they get to the far south less often, usually going because there is something to see, rather than as regular patrols.

As for Ulusaba, it is the most westerly property and so has the boundary fence, which can ruin the experience for some. The sound of cow bells, may not add to the wilderness experience. In addition with no river front I am not sure how good the game viewing is. What I do know is that the area has one of the highest bed densities in the Sabi Sand, so if all lodges in the area that share traversing rights are full, the vehicle pressure will be quite challenging. But again that is a matter of luck.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 02:15 PM
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That's what I thought about Ulusaba, and I have no interest in visiting. I suspect that some visit because of the Branson name and the high price -- many equate high price with quality, and the higher the price, their logic must go, the better the viewing.

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Aug 4th, 2005, 02:17 PM
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Sounds familiar to me.
 
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Aug 4th, 2005, 08:39 PM
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Thit_cho

Perceptive.

Mitch

I hadn't spotted the lie of the land map. It is accurate, but you are right a hatched area over Charleston to show Kirkmans traversing rights would be correct, but so would a hatched area over toulon to show Mala Mala's rights. So the disinformation comment may not be that fair, I just dont think they could be bothered to make the map anymore complicated.
BTW - I have seen the same map with bed densities added - that is quite an interesting piece of reading.
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Aug 5th, 2005, 01:51 AM
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Matt,

Thanks for the map -- it's the same one MalaMala sent me when I asked about the Kirkman's sale (which was unfortunately lost when my computer died). Out of curiosity, do you have an electronic version of the map with bed densities? It sounds like it would be interesting indeed...

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Aug 5th, 2005, 04:10 AM
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Matt,

My uploaded map is from the MalaMala website as published after the Kirkman's sale. I remember that the accompanying text explained the traversing rights on Charleston and Toulon. Nowadays MalaMala obviously no longer find it necessary to mention this. This could be disturbing to some clients who expect a more exclusive adventure. And this is why I call it disinformation.

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Aug 5th, 2005, 06:59 AM
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Mitch

I hear you, though in my experience a very small proportion of drives get to Charleston and even fewer get to Toulon, with Mala Mala having 80% occupancy and Kirkman's averaging below 50% you are unlikely to feel outnumbered by Kirkmans vehicles, but that could be a consideration. But sets of rangers work together to follow the 2 and 3 vehicle maximums at sightings to avoid too much vehicle contact. For the most part I am amazed at how few MM vehicles we see on a game drive, when there are the maximum nine operating.
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Aug 5th, 2005, 07:00 AM
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Julian

I will try and find my copy and get it scanned.
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Thanks Matt!
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