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Re: Mapungubwe to Pafuri/Punda Maria

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:38 pm

Arks, we stopped at a nice little Spar in Musina which was well situated on the road for us considering we were towing. It has a parking area, and is on the corner of the main road and where you will turn to take the road to Pafuri in Musina. There were other grocery shops in the town too along the main road.
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Re: Mapungubwe to Pafuri/Punda Maria

Unread postby arks » Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:50 pm

Thanks, DB! Sounds perfect. :thumbs_up:
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Urgent advice needed please Mapungubwe

Unread postby Indiajane » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:26 am

Morning, hope someone can help at this late stage - we are going to Mapungubwe tomorrow for the first time, but are Capetonians and don't know this part of South Africa very well - two questions - which is the better route to Mapungubwe, via Mussina or Dendron, Alldays? Secondly, is the Den Staat road very bad - I have read reports to that effect but we have 4x4's? Many thanks

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Re: Urgent advice needed please Mapungubwe

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:42 am

Dear Indiajane,

Many thanks for your query. I would suggest the Dendron & Alldays route to be most direct, but it's quite busy especially first section from Polokwane, so take care. If you have more time, try the Louis Trichardt one. We did it once from Louis Trichardt and Waterpoort but from Waterpoort that is gravel. Otherwise striaght to Musina and then westewards. The road through Den Staat linking east to west is quite scruffy in places, but if you have 4x4's you'll be fine! Enjoy you Mapungubwe visit!

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Re: Urgent advice needed please Mapungubwe

Unread postby bert » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:57 am

Done both routes and once you are away from Polokwane the Alldays route is relaxing.
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Re: Urgent advice needed please Mapungubwe

Unread postby Indiajane » Sat Jun 02, 2012 4:55 pm

Thanks so much Joep and Bert for your quick responses - shouldn't have left it so late! We will take the Alldays route and try the Den Staat Road - can't wait now and one more sanpark visit on my bucket list to visit them all!

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Mapungubwe Road Access

Unread postby coolmoon » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:45 am

hello dears

can anyone tell me more about the damaged bridge on r572 from musina to mapungubwe? Is there any chance the bridge is reopened in first week of october? any other road access ? via venetia mine there is a lot of km more...

thanks for your help!!

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Re: Mapungubwe Road Access

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:13 am

Hi Coolmoon and a warm welcome to the forum........... :gflower:

Please see NetEk's answer here

I do hope this is in answer to your question.

NetEk wrote:If you want to travel from Map to Muzina and the bridge is still "down". There is one of the farmers at Weipe that allows you to drive over his farm. It's a detour but not nearly the extra 40 km to go around Venetia. Please just be friendly and adhere to the rules. I know they ask that you drive slowly ect. Some of us will want to use the detour as well and if this good willed farmer closes the way through it will mean a lot more km to get the shopping you need to do.
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Re: Mapungubwe Road Access

Unread postby rwentzel » Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:34 pm

We are visiting Map. in 3 weeks time for 3 nights at Leokwe. Our first visit. From there we go to Punda Maria, Mopani and home to Johannesburg.

I understand the road from Map. to Musina is still closed.

Looking at the map the best way for us seems to go back through Alldays and turn East at Vivo and go on the R 522 to Makhado ( L.Trichardt). Then onto the R524 via Thohoyandou to the Punda Maria gate.

Is this the best route ? Condition of these roads ? How long will this take us ?

Is there a good supermarket and butcher in Makhado ?

Any comments most appreciated.

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Re: Mapungubwe Road Access

Unread postby NetEk » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:29 am

Vivo has a small supermarket and butchery.
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread postby MartinP » Sat May 03, 2014 8:25 am

Hi
We are going to Mapungubwe (Limpopo Tented Camp) for the first time in a few weeks. We will then go on to Punda Maria.

We will be travelling in a normal car from Johannesburg. What is the best route from Joburg to MAP, and then on to Punda. As there were heavy rains in October, what are the roads in and around MAP like at present? Are there any which may be difficult to use with a normal car?

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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread postby NetEk » Tue May 06, 2014 10:59 am

There are roads mark 4x4 only that I would not advise you try with a normal (read low car).

not sure about getting to Punda you will probable have to go via Weipe or back via Venetia just check with the staff if the Weipe road is still open.

We travel from JHB to Polokwane then on through Vivo & Dendron on to Alldays and from there on to Map.

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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread postby lemonbalm » Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:23 pm

Just a quick update on the roads to Map. - We came from Marakele via Ellisras and Alldays - the road between Ellisras and Alldays is a total disaster - Avoid at all costs!! :evil:

The road from Alldays to the Musina road Map's main gate is on is also slow driving due to potholes, but not quite as bad as Ellisras to Alldays. :(

The Musina road is open but still with the detour for the washed-away bridge. :)

The road from Alldays to Vivo is fine. :)
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread postby arks » Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:14 pm

Is the best route from Joburg (Melville) to Mapungubwe still the N1 to Polokwane and then the R521 to Alldays and then onwards to the R572? Any detours or other problems?

And is the bridge still out on the R572 between Mapungubwe and Mussina? Is the detour there well marked? I'll be travelling from Mapungubwe to Pafuri via the R572, R508 and R525. Any other problems or detours that I need to know about?

I'll be driving a normal sedan, most likely a VW Polo.
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread postby NetEk » Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:15 pm

Just letting you know the bridge between Map and Muzina that was washed away is still away but you no longer need to go around to Weipe they have created a new "road" on the shoulder next to the bridge.

You don;t need a 4x4 a normal car will be able to use the "new" road. Ok maybe a Ferrari will have trouble but the rest is fine.
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