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 Post subject: PNF Here a 'mite, there a 'mite, everywhere a 'mite Dec '12
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:35 am 
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It all started early morning of Friday 23 November. We had got up early and P had gone to the kitchen to switch on the kettle for tea and coffee. Suddenly there were some interesting comments from that part of the house – apparently the power had gone off – A G A I N. For the last two days we had struggled with intermittent electricity which was not doing any good to things like freezers and fridges. Luckily, being campers, we were well equipped with gas cylinders, cooker tops, battery and gas lights etc.etc. so could make do until the power came on again. P went outside to get some fresh air when along came a car from a few houses away. The couple greeted P and gleefully told him that they were on their way to Punda/Shingwedzi and Satara for ten days and they’ll see us when they got back.
P came back into the kitchen and casually remarked that he felt like going to KNP for a couple of days and couldn’t I check the SANParks website and just see how full were Punda or Shingwedzi for the next week or so. I didn’t need any urging and logged on – camping was available at both but Punda’s bungalows/tents were full. Shingwedzi had a chalet for 5 nights from Sunday…….. It was now decision time – do we camp or go for luxury? For 5 nights? Not a choice – “luxury” it was! At 7.30 a.m I was dialling reservations and had credit card in the other hand…..within a couple of minutes, the booking was made and paid for! In 25 November out 30 November……………..Ahhh, Bliss!
The rest of that Friday and the whole of Saturday were spent packing and shopping with some washing and ironing when the electricity allowed. We also managed to move the contents of the freezer to a friend’s house and packed it into her empty deep freeze – in case the power continued to misbehave during our absence.
4.10 A.M Sunday – we exited the gate and headed for the highway. The NI to Polokwane was quiet but we ran into a swarm of flying ants and had to stop twice to clean the gooey mess from the windscreen. It was only at Polokwane that we decided to go via Phalaborwa instead of our normal route via Punda, and so – we turned off onto the R71 to Tzaneen.

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 Post subject: Re: Here a 'mite, there a 'mite, everywhere a 'mite
Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:08 am 
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Here is the first section of a “different” TR – I am going to put similar info: into sections instead of doing a daily diary:

ROAD REPORT
The R71 is a good road up to Moria. The first stop/go is between Moria and Haenertsburg and entails a wait of about 15 minutes if you’re unlucky. The closed section has been partially tarred but towards Haenertsburg it becomes a “ditch” for about 1 km – this may be completed before the holiday season but wouldn’t count on it. At Haenertsburg the road is, to put it mildly, a bit of a mess! Here there is another stop/go just passed the turn-off to George’s Valley on the Magoebaskloof road. There is a large sign recommending the George’s Valley route to Tzaneen due to the road works and blasting on the other road. We took the advice and went on the George’s Valley road – not bad, a few potholes but it is narrow and there are very few passing places. Depending on the day of the week and the time of day, one can get caught behind logging trucks and have to travel very slowly. From Tzaneen to Gravelotte and Phalaborwa the road is in a good condition with very few potholes. The usual “bush robots” (traffic lights) are present – cattle; goats; dogs; pedestrians etc. and, as usual there are speed restrictions here and there.
Our return journey from the KNP started at Punda Gate. We travelled for about 38kms towards Tohoyandou before turning onto the R81 towards Giyani; about 15kms along this road on the outskirts of Malumalele, there is a 4-way stop where we turned right to Vuwani – travelling straight on this road through Vuwani and Elim, we met up with the N1 after about 90/100kms. There are no major roadworks on this route – we did encounter a couple of minor stop/go’s where people were busy painting road markings or filling in a pothole but these stop/go’s were of the type that would disappear within half an hour! On the whole the road is in a good condition with very few potholes – the main ones being in the vicinity of Elim. There is construction work on the side of the road where a pipeline is being laid but the construction vehicles shouldn’t be a problem over the holiday season as they should also be on holiday! Speed restrictions and “bush robots” are found in places but the volume of traffic is considerably lower than on the roads through Giyani or Tohoyandou.
For those of you heading to Punda or Shingwedzi with or without a trailer/caravan, the route via Elim is the easiest and probably the quickest. Unfortunately, you do catch all the toll gates but the roads are quieter – for those towing, this road has the least hills and what there are, are minor in comparison to Magoebaskloof!
By the way, the road from Malumalele to the N1 has no number but is tarred all the way........

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