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 Post subject: Historic Houses/Cottages/Rondawels of the Kruger
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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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 Post subject: Re: Historic Houses/Cottages/Rondawels of the Kruger
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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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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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 Post subject: Re: Historic Houses/Cottages/Rondawels of the Kruger
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Thank you Imberbe :thumbs_up: . This old house, once restored, could be popular with visitors to Punda Maria Camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Historic Houses/Cottages/Rondawels of the Kruger
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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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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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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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 Post subject: Re: Historic Houses/Cottages/Rondawels of the Kruger
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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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:thumbs_up: Thank you Grantmissy for "Historic Houses/Cottages/Rondawels of the Kruger". :clap:
:( Some people should see it through your eyes, because their eyes don't see it. (Only animals)

Lepardfan, I loved it when the staff came around to light the Lanterns at Balule. :D

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

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The camp gate is to the left.

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

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