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Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:57 am 
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please look at this now from my point of view.
The waterhole IMHO looks pretty natural.
We all know that Punda Maria has an avg annual rainfall of 532mm.

BTW: here it is in comparison to other camps in Kruger.
PUNDA MARIA 532
SHINGWEDZI 504
LETABA 458
SATARA 547
SKUKUZA 553
PRETORIUSKOP 746

Now if you take its rainfall into consideration it means that the waterhole will be empty at some stages of the year.
Good.
They replenish it with water from the camp whenever the natural water sources seems to subside.

Now look at the 2 problems being created.
First of all the surrounding area of the waterhole is affected in an unnatural way.
It gets more water then the rest of the area.
Vegetation grows better and faster then in the immediate surroundings around it.

thus meaning that an unnatural water supply now enforces unnatural environment destruction(Vegetation being chopped down).

Adding more problems, more animals enter the area of the waterhole cause it holds water, thus more traffic, creating an over grazing problem.

The hide(which is one of my top 3 hides in Kruger, btw) idea is good and well, but isn't it causing a problem which Kruger officials are counteracting in other areas?
Many unnatural waterholes and windmills has been closed down in recent years because of this whole vicious circle.

If the hide's purpose is to attract game year round, I am sorry, but its not a good idea.
If the hide's waterhole's function is left to natural influences then it will be reaping the positive results its trying to achieve.
Whats the use of having a great hide but with destruction on the other side of the fence as a result of luring animals into the vicinity unnaturally?

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A few photos taken in Punda Maria...

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Safari tent #2

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Inside the tent

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 Post subject: Re: Tent? Dumb question at Katja...
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christelsabine wrote:
This "home" is a TENT?

Katja is away in Iceland at the mo', but yes... TENT! 8) They're brilliant. Here's a pic of the outside:
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 Post subject: Re: Tent? Dumb question at Katja...
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christelsabine wrote:
This "home" is a TENT?
Means, fabric walls etc....?? :shock:
Pls tell me, thx
Christel

Hi christelsabinel,
Yes, it is a tent that is on a wooden deck. Most of the walls are canvas only but as far as I remember the tent I had in Punda also had some wooden walls that were covered with canvas.

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 Post subject: Witsand waterhole [Arks Quizz #5]
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My pix were taken in the very early morning (0626) and Witsand doesn't get early morning sunshine. I think it's very true that places look quite different depending on time of day, time of year. But DQ did recognise it immediately.


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Visitors to Punda birdhide's waterhole.

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From what I heard you're best off with tent #1 or 2, but have a look here, Arks reported on them from a recent trip.
Camping there is good, just make sure you have a long extensioncord as there are few outlets. I'll have a look if I can put the pano I made at the campinggrounds together and will post it if that works.

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The tents are quite nice ... not having camped there before ...

Taken in March ... Stayed in Number 3 but imho Nr 2 looked better...

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 Post subject: Punda Maria tents and camping
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Thanks very much. Can anyone comment on the outlook of tent no.4 and whether the boardwalk is a long or short distance from the car parking.


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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria tents and camping
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I didn't stay there but walked around and looked at some of the tents. No. 4 has no view of the valley but is close to the fence and has a bush view. The boardwalk was pretty short.

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Taken for the Punda Maria accommodation page
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Campsites
Tent or caravan sites, with or without power point, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, maximum of 6 persons per site.

Bungalows
Eighteen 2 bed rooms. Equipped with ablutions (all with showers), air-conditioning, communal kitchens and communal braai area.
Four 3 bed rooms. Equipped with ablutions (with showers) and air-conditioning. All have sinks and hotplates with kitchenette and communal braai area.
Family Bungalow
Two 4-bed units, with air-conditioning in main bedroom, bathroom (with shower), kitchenette, 2 single beds in dining room/lounge and own braai area.
Safari Tents
7 x 2-bed permanent furnished canvas tents on stilts, fully equipped, with shower, fridge and cooking and braai facilities.

As to the shop
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Mangwa Restaurant
The Mangwa (Zebra in Shangaan) Restaurant and Shop ............shop will cater for the basic needs from Curios to meat, cleaning material, unscheduled medicine, liquor and more, 7 days a week.

Perhaps the descripton could included "very limited supplies of fresh produce and of some other food stuffs"

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I've not been prepared the first time I've visited Punda, but found wood, beer, Chicken & steak as well as bread & cheese, and had a lovely braai.

Since the shops were privatized I take all my foodstuf along as the range is now seriously limited in some shops. Still the basic "braai" stuff I've never found a shortage off, and i visit Punda more frequent than anually, the last time being January.

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Possibly the most "relaxed" camp in Kruger.

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When at Pafuri Picknicspot talk to Frank Mbasa if you are a birder. I was there in early june, and his years (!) list had run up to 340 already... (And if you're not a birder talk to him anyway. He's a very nice guy. :D )

You can easily recognize him by the Yellow Ribbon on his binocs.

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