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 Post subject: Re: Little Elephant Bathing with herd at Punda. (Video)
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Man that is cute :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: what joy, what utter, utter bliss.

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 Post subject: Life at Punda's Waterhole (Video)
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Punda's waterhole can be a wonderful place to see wildlife from nearby. Many species visit together to make this a good place for animal lovers to see.


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 Post subject: Re: Life at Punda's Waterhole (Video)
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Teeming with wild life, what time of year was that Pietert?
We are mostly there in Feb and usually see very little.

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 Post subject: Re: Life at Punda's Waterhole (Video)
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:clap: :clap: :clap:

Cannot wait to go there. Thanks for sharing!

Pietert, did you take this all in one day? The lighting is sooo good 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Little Elephant Bathing with herd at Punda. (Video)
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Thanks everybody for the encouraging remarks. It was really wonderful to be at Punda while it was the only waterhole in the vicinity with open water. I know it is not like that all the time, but we were lucky to be there early in November to experience all these animals and birds concentrated at one place.
Maybe it will be a good idea for Sanparks to create such a waterhole and hide combination in all the camps? That will bring more people to the camps and also lessen the number of cars on the roads if driving around becomes less important.

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 Post subject: Re: Life at Punda's Waterhole (Video)
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Maybe a day or two apart. Cannot remember but that was early November and the temperature was arounf 42C every day with real good sunshine.

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 Post subject: Re: Life at Punda's Waterhole (Video)
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pietert,

Waterhole was really very rewarding revealing such a wonderful variety of animals. :clap: :clap:

Sigh....Looks absolutely awesome there. :hmz: loved the video. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Life at Punda's Waterhole (Video)
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Pietert, I really am enjoying your videos. Thank you very much :thumbs_up:

Naughty ellie :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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BushBabe wrote:
Hi all
As usual, Punda's boards are rather quiet. We have been out of SA for some time and need some good REST time, just enjoying the bush.
Is everything at Punda up and running after the floods?
Has anybody been there recently and can share about what is happening in the area?

We will hopefully be able to go pitch a tent, sit in wonder at the bird hide and just recover some humanity for a while in just a few weeks...


We were in Punda at the end of May; everything was fine and functional. The bird hide is still there, and the camping site is as it always was (dry and dusty). As Saraf said, the Pafuri Picnic site is open, at present the section of the H1-8 between the S63 (tar to border post) and the S64 at the Levuvhu bridge is apparently closed. You can, however use the S64 (Nyala road) to bypass this section, and then get to Pafuri picnic site via the gravel S63 (next to the river) (or that is as I understand it). The S63 east of the Pafuri Picnic site (towards Crookes Corner) was still closed when we were there (and looks like it will be closed for quite a while still).

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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what is the maximum time in which I can get to Pafuri gate to get to Punda Maria Camp?

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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It is a 76km trip NogardGio, so allow about 3 hours for the drive from Pafuri Gate to Punda Maria Camp. And a lot more if you are going to go to the Pafuri picnic site and do the Nyala loop.

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Just to update on Punda area. All is fine as of end July'13 (just been :D ).

The Pafuri area is still a wonderful day trip, but about 2/3rds of the Luvuvu / Crooks Corner meander is closed and looks like will be so for a while. We just circled the Pafuri picnic spot and the open roads several times and were rewarded royally.
The S64 to the west of the tar is fully open (and was also acting as a detour as that section of the tar was under re-construction).
The Border Road was still closed which was a nice bonus, as the traffic on the tar road to/from Punda and the S60 was much quieter than in the past (despite the visit being when Punda was full) ... and slower! the S60 was also pretty much corrugation free for long sections which was a first for us.


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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Can a person ask for a specific Safari Tent to be allocated to them at Punda and how far in advance does one phone the camp in order to secure their preference?


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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Yes you can and I would say around 2 to 3 weeks prior to your trip. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Hi LeftyLynn

What I would do is move from Punda Maria to either Shingwedzi or Mopani for a night (or more :D ) and then go to Forever Swadini and not Forever Blyde River Canyon Resort. Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre is about 15 - 20km's from Swadini. Swadini is amazing and there is also a lot to do around Swadini and is our 2nd best place to visit after Kruger. After Swadini and surrounds, you could then move on to Blyde River Canyon Resort. You can do the exit via Palaborwa.

We did the above but drove straight back to Jhb. You can read a bit about our trip at the following address: -
http://www.glynsay.co.za/Holidays/09-06-Punda%20&%20Shingwedzi/Main%20Page/index.htm. As mentioned in the first page of the above link, we left Palaborwa at 11h30. More then enough time to get to Maholoholo. On my web site, you will also see links to our Swadini holidays with a Kruger visit attached :lol:

Would I do it again... Definitely. Already looking at availability at Punda Maria for the 2nd week Dec :dance: .

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