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Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:26 am 
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I did this tour last December.

It was a magical experience. Unfortunatly, there were a few flaws. We left later than normal because the guide was late and then the vehicle was late and then we had to set it up.... Gee wiz! :roll: We were about 1 or 2 hours late already. We set off and the first sighting was a buffalo in a mudhole (first thing in the morning! :shock: :wink: ) and as people who have been there before will know, there isn't much game.

We arrived at a no entry walkway on Nyala Drive by the chemical toilet. We put our insect repellant on, go to the loo, take off our jackets etc. The weather was already very warm. We made our way up the path, climbing the mountain. It was exausting and truly annoying with all the insects around us but we still had a stunning time. The guide, Eric, showed us plants and dung along the way. Surprisingly, there was elepahant dung all the way up and we were shocked that he could climb so well.

At the top he explained everything about the old village, and it sure was very facinating! The view was undescribable. We saw the elephant migration trail and leopard middens. The heat was unbearable though and my sister and I were struggling a bit. Here's a tip: If you ever go on this trail, ensure that you leave EARLY. It is shocking how hot it gets. So we eventually made our way down again. My dad asked the guide to take us to the border to Moz. NEVER go there at midday. The heat is not for sissies, its really bad. Make sure you take enough to drink, you always seem to run out. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Thulamela Guided Tour
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:44 pm 
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Can any one confirm the price of this tour more recently?

My SO and I would like to do the tour in April, but it would be good to be able to budget for this.

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 Post subject: Thulamela Archaeological trail
Unread postPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 2:50 pm 
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Mites help me with this one.
I have tried to find out via the forum a few bits about this site.. I know I have to book at Punda but
(1) how much ??
(2) is it advisable to book in advance
(3) is there a minimum number of peeps who must book before the trail will go .
And of course any other advice would be great

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 Post subject: Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail
Unread postPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 3:56 pm 
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I wonder if it is not publicised much because of the impact that many people may have on the site , the entrance is on a no entry road , perhaps with this in mind and the long distance from Punda Maria where the nearest infrastructure is located ..
I imagine low visitor numbers make it not viable to set up guides to accompany the tourists .

Perhaps phone Punda Maria ?

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 Post subject: Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail
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Good questions, Hugh. I would also like to know more about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail
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Thanks Ndloti ..Super photos I will phone Punda nearer the time.. I should imagine if peeps knew where to go they would ruin the spot completely .. But I do hope to go . We do the Nyalalnd trail and then three days in Punda .. there would be nothing better than going on this visit too.
Hello there Andreas.

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 Post subject: Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail
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Just spoke to Punda. Thulamela trips are R 240 per person.

Bad new though ... it is not available at the moment. I do not know why. They could not tell me when it would become available again.

Sorry! :(

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 Post subject: Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail
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Thanks Imberbe . We are only going in September maybe things will have changed and maybe if I nag them a little !!!! :D or start the woman thing ... snot an trane( a tear or two) !!

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 Post subject: Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail
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It is a very special place, and I suspect that not every guide/ranger could tell much about it, and appreciate the sensitivity of some areas there. Possibly they have nobody at the moment with the right expertise?

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I know EJ thats why I would like to visit but I also understand that not everyone knows its history and also the culture .. But if there is no one so be it .!! Imagine if everyone just pitched up there ... Shudder . an awful lot of history would be lost ..

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I was fortunate to visit in October with a man who was one of the main archeologists involved in the site. Very interesting....

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We paid a visit to Vembe (now known as Mapungubwe) 25 years ago, and it was a wonderful experience. I am fascinated by Thulamela too, and envy those (like Ndloti and EJ) who have had the opportunity to visit this magnificent site.


http://www.chaos.co.za/archaeology/thul ... ulamel.htm


Hugh, I truly hope that you will be able to go in September. :clap: :clap: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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I do hope so Elzet .. in the not too distant furture the real Hugh and I will find it difficult to manouver our wheel chairs and Zimmer frames up the hill. and when we get there we wont be able to remember why we were there in the first place. !!

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:funny: :funny: (Somehow it applies to the Oom and I too, Hugh). :wink:

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