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Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Feb 05, 2015 11:16 am

According to Sanparks the historic TEBA facilities and the old SAPS House at Punda Maria are being renovated. I was not aware that there is an old SAPS House at Punda Maria. I assume when renovated, those heritage Sanparks facilities will be made available to Kruger visitors to book like any other Kruger accommodation through the normal Sanparks reservation system. It will be an enriched experience for Kruger visitors to be able to stay in those heritage/historical houses/cottages. Has anyone stayed in the Old SAPS Punda Maria House before?
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Unread postby Grantmissy » Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:13 am

I can't find any historical information on the old SAPS house but in the book Neem uit die Verlede it is written that in 1935 new huts in the Knapp style were built in Skukuza, Crocodile Bridge and Letaba. These huts were square with corrugated iron roofs and the walls were built from hollow cement blocks. Apparently these huts were exceptionally ugly and were not popular at all :)
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Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:41 pm

I have been to the old police house two years ago when it still was in ruins. I believe it has been restored. It would have been a major project as it was not in a good condition. The plan is to make it available as guest accommodation.

It is just outside of the fence of the camp. It is visible from the road before entering the camp itself.

I believe it will be a great place to stay.
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Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:13 am

Thank you Imberbe :thumbs_up: . This old house, once restored, could be popular with visitors to Punda Maria Camp.
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Unread postby Lepardfan » Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:50 am

Is there maybe some pics of these buildings.

I would love to see what they look like or used to look like.
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Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:59 am

Such photos if they exist, would be interesting to see Lepardfan.

Some of the guest houses in the Kruger are also becoming historical in a sense as some were built more than 25 years ago. Staying in the Stanley Cottage in Satara is like being transported back in time. Those Balule Rondawels are all historical and they remain very popular with many Kruger visitors. In Lower-Sabie those one person huts grouped together like finch nests are also very old Kruger style. When entering Pretoriuskop a person gets a feeling of days gone by with all those classic Kruger Rondawels there. Some of the family cottages behind the outdoors “in true Kruger fashion” cinema towards the fence has a sign indicating that they were built for the visit of the British Royal Family in the 1940’s.
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Unread postby Lepardfan » Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:18 am

Very true Grantmissy.

I love the old charm of Balule and PK. they are some of our favourite camps. Just staying in these old huts makes one wonder just how awesome it must have been to go Kruger parking in those days.
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Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:38 am

Lepardfan staying in all those Kruger huts do have a very strong appeal and a person can very easily start thinking and imagining those days way back in history when sitting at the braai fire in front of your Hut or Rondawel in the evening. And now Sanparks is adding the Old Police House at Punda Maria and the Old TEBA cacilities at Pafuri to the Kruger charm for those who would like to stay there . When we were in the Kruger in December there was a book that was sold in the Camp shops about the history but when we went to Skukuza on our last day in the Park the book was sold out. Perhaps they will get new stock when we visit later this year. I do not know whether they have included all these historical Kruger architecture in the book though.
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Unread postby Philip1 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:54 am

:thumbs_up: Thank you Grantmissy for "Historic Houses/Cottages/Rondawels of the Kruger". :clap:
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Unread postby arks » Wed Feb 11, 2015 3:49 pm

Here are pix that I took of the new Punda Maria guest house in early November 2014

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Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:51 pm

Arks thank you for posting the photos :thumbs_up: it looks like a great place to stay.
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Re: Historic Houses/Cottages/Rondawels of the Kruger

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:25 am

The 1930’s Wolhuter Hut in Pretoriukop is a classic example of Kruger style of Rondawel accommodation in the Rest Camps. Likewise the Campbell Hut in Skukuza with now rusted Chamber Pots under the Riempies beds still on display as those pots were the only Convenience back in those days, winter and summer, rain or shine. No flushable WC’s in the rooms or nearby. I guess that the clatter of tin dishes rattling at meal times were a familiar sound in the huts in those days as it was prior to the introduction of the white china plates with the Green Kudu Kop on them. Just as familiar as the smell of the oil lamps at night or burning white candles made from ox fat.

In historical pictures a person always see the familiar thatch structure of the Tshokwane Tea Room wrapped around the large sausage tree. Always a feel good flutter on the stomach for some of us to stop there seeing the wide open spaces of the Kruger knowing that there are Lions in the veldt around Tshokwane. And that those lions almost look like the Roaring One that they had on the brown paper bags of years ago that were handed out at the entry gates to remind all visitors of the importance of cleanliness.

It is good that the historic Struben Cottage in Skukuza has been restored as it is also a fine example of classic Kruger Architecture It is just almost impossible to book it as it is seldom if ever available on the Reservations Availability site.
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Unread postby chirinda » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:01 pm

GM, I've just read through the "Old photos of Kruger" thread and on the current page 7 Chip has posted a picture and story about staying in the guest house just outside the gate at Punda in 1958. It looks like the same building as Arks's photos.

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Unread postby Hugh » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:13 pm

when we stayed n Pretorius kop in 1970 the hut allocated to us was the wolhuter one.. after a few OBs the walls actually began to look straight Also stayed in the square huts n Letaba with coir matrasses and in Malelane when the huts had no en suites and the Long drop loo was right in the corner of the camp Times have changed
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Unread postby Grantmissy » Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:08 pm

Thank you Chirinda :thumbs_up: it is very interesting. Hugh I think a visit to the long drop in the dead of night must have been an adventure as a person did not know what was waiting in the room or beneath :slap: :doh: :lol:
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