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 Post subject: Thulamela Guided Tour
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:44 am 
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I did not find a lot of information about Thulamela excursion. As I‘d like to visit that place, if anybody could give me info about it. How long is the excursion? How much is it? And any more advice that seems to you helpful for me. Thanks in advance.


I posted this topic in "camps&roads" forum, but it was maybe not the right place!
If you have any information for me, or who to contact at San Park office?

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Hi papop, I think you need to contact reception at Punda Maria.
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Hi papop. :) In one of the earlier discussions about historical sites in KNP, I found this reply from francoisd about the Thulamela site, but nothing else which suggests how much it costs or how it's arranged, etc. Maybe the best for you would be to send a fax to the Hospitality Manager at Punda Maria (his name is Erik Kelder according to this website) and ask him all your questions. You can find his fax number at the bottom of this page. I'm sure he can answer all your questions.

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 Post subject: Re: thulamela guided tour
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Hello papop
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I did not find a lot of information about Thulamela excursion. As I‘d like to visit that place, if anybody could give me info about it. How long is the excursion? How much is it? And any more advice that seems to you helpful for me. Thanks in advance.


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Cultural Heritage in KNP
Kruger National Park is best known for its big game sitings and large expanses of wilderness; however, Kruger has a unique cultural and historical landscape and diversity, with well over 255 recorded archaeological sites ranging from early Stone Age (roughly 1 million years ago) to various Iron Age settlements and recent historical buildings and sites. Many of these sites hold cultural and spiritual importance, while others reveal an exciting and romantic history of the area.

Conservation of these sites is imperative due to their cultural and spiritual value and the historical importance. As national stewards of the conservation of the area we are legally bound to protect these sites.

Sites that are currently open to the public are:

Albasini Ruins
Masorini
Thulamela

There is a lot more information about Thulamela at this site. I called reception at Punda Maria Rest Camp this morning and they said you will have to book a guided tour with them at the camp to see the ruins. :lol:

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Hello,

Many thanks for your help.
I already tried to use Erik Kelder Email link but it does not work!
It’s a bit expensive to phone to SA just for one information! So I think that I’m going to send a fax.
It is Nice from you Curtis to phone to Punda.
If I can get more useful information I post them for the next visitors to Thulamela.

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Two years ago, we had a tour to Thulamela. I was with my wife and son and a fieldguide. The tour is amazing. The start is in Punda and after a drive, we had to walk to the ruins of Thulamela. What you see is amazing. Lots of Baobab trees, and between the rocks you will find the Yellow spotted Hyrax Dassie. After a climb you enter the place where the ruins are on the hill. It's a beautiful lookout point. The atmosphere is incredible and the guide is telling the beautiful story over the people who lived there.After the walk, there is a tour to Pafuri [picnic spot]There is so much to see. This trip is a must when you visit the north. :thumbs_up:

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papop I called Punda Maria Rest Camp again this morning and they confirmed that you should make the bookings at Reception for the Thulamela guided tour. The tour will take about 4 hours and it costs R150.00 per person. According to them, that is all the information you need.

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Thulamela is a stone walled site is situated in the Far North region of the Park and dates back to approximately 450 – 500 years before present (BP). This late Iron Age site forms part of what is called the Zimbabwe culture which is believed to have started at Mapungubwe. Mapungubwe’s decline coincided with the increase of Great Zimbabwe’s importance. When Great Zimbabwe was abandoned about 300 years later, possibly due to political break down, several groups moved south across the Limpopo river into the North Eastern areas of South Africa (and Northern Kruger) and established new smaller chiefdoms such as Thulamela

(extract from SANParks website.)

There is a museum in Pretoria with more to see about this site. :lol:

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Many thanks Curtis.
I know it is a very interesting place, that’s why we want to go there. I’ll post feed-back about it after the trip in SA.
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I've never been there :redface: But it sounds like a wonderful place. Have already made a note to self to visit there on my next trip :lol: :lol:

@ papop, looking forward to your posts! :wink:

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Thank you for the information, a very interesting article. As I think that ghosts really exist. I'm going to be very mindful of what I hear or feel around the place and maybe if I'm lucky would I meet a ghost? Who knows!

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I cannot find the Thulamila ghost story now, but I know that it is quite well documented. Apparently the Baobabs there are the hosts of the spirits!

Good luck in your quest and please come share your experiences here with us.

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papop, you have certainly aroused the curiosity of many Saffies. I hope to put it on my agenda. I am hoping to go to "Baroque in the Park" at Shigwetzi one year and it will be on my list.

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Hi

I have done the thulamela guided tour. You indeed have to book for the tour at Punda. I t is really a interesting outing and I can recommend it.

We gathered at Pafuri picnic spot and frank accompanied us. We had the advantage of a knowledgeable guide as well as Frank's knowledge on birds.

My mom of 74 accompanied us. She made it all the way to the top. Is she the oldest female who has done it?


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 Post subject: Re: thulamela guided tour
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Pieter how much does it cost maybe I can organise it when I'm staying at Pafuri next week....who at Punda do I speak to as I will have to Radio as there are no phones at this Camp so maybe i could also phone before I leave. It will be an ideal opportunity to get photographic material for the book on Kruger I will be doing in 5 years time.

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hallo peter

In Jan. 2006 the cost was R150.00 per person. Do not know if it has changed. Although I do not think so. The annual price increase come into effect in Nov. as far as I know.

The guides are excellent and eager to share their knowledge with you. They have answers on all your questions. language spoken by the people ext. It is worth the money to go up Thulamela. One story that they will tell you is how the wall was build overnight by ghosts.

You can phone Punda's reception and make your booking with them. All the other camps are more than willing to assist you either by radio or by phone. You can also pay at the camp where you make the booking.


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