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Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

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Re: Pafuri to Mapungubwe

Unread post by arks » Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:48 pm

Thanks Elsa, but the last post in that thread was in 2013, which is before I last travelled that route (in November 2014). I'm hoping for current conditions :pray:
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Re: Pafuri to Mapungubwe

Unread post by Tdgraves » Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:57 pm

We did it (in reverse) in September 2014 and there was only one detour, through the village (basically left, right then right again) if that helps....
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Re: Pafuri to Mapungubwe

Unread post by arks » Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:38 pm

Thanks, but I last drove the R525 in November 2014 (ie, several months after you did) and what I'm looking for is what the conditions are NOW? :wink:
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread post by giraffee » Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:28 am

Hi Arks. We drove Pafuri to Mapungubwe last year October. I think nothing much would have changed since then unless lots of rain falls. The bridges have not been repaired. The bridge on the R525 is still out. Just follow dirt road detour, keep left and head back to the tar. There are lots of good wood for sale from the local community at very low prices. The bridge after the Dongola Ranch is also still out. Good, wide, short detour down the side. The bridge on the Den Staat also down. Good detour available.
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread post by arks » Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:49 pm

Thanks so much for your detailed refly, giraffee :gflower:

A further question about the Den Staat road. I remember reading that with the bridge out, it was not useable with a sedan, but then have read elsewhere that so long as it has not rained recently, it's now fine with a sedan. I'll be staying in Leokwe but would like to visit the western part of the park as a day trip and it's far shorter to reach the western part via Den Staat. What do you think?
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread post by Imberbe » Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:23 pm

The Den Staat road was severely damaged by floods and is not currently usable, especially by sedan.
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread post by giraffee » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:20 am

Hi Arks. We didnt go down Den Staat all the way so I dont know how it looks outside of the park area. We did day sorties and we also had high clearance. The detour down the Den Staat bridge is do able with a sedan.
Campers with a Jeep found the Den Staat not bad if you consider it to be a 4x4 route. Also the road building company is in full swing in the Western side. The roads should be perfect when you get there although I dont know if theyre doing Den Staat. Rather travel by tar and do day sorties down Den Staat.
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread post by arks » Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:41 pm

Thanks Imberbe and giraffee. :gflower:
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread post by George_Brits » Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:42 am

Hi 'mites,

Any updates wrt the road linking both sections (Den Staat), I am sure it will passable with a 4x4?

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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread post by arks » Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:47 pm

George, when I was there recently (20-25 April), I was told that Den Staat is now impassable for ALL vehicles, 4x4s included. There are apparently no plans to restore this road to link the two parts of the park.
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread post by Hippotragus » Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:20 pm

That is a great shame, arks. It is a very long way round, if one is not able to drive the den Staat road. Maybe we will get some further feedback.
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread post by NetEk » Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:13 pm

I have also heard a rumour that the Den Staat Rd will not be repair and will be "closed" to the public at some stage. Partly to keep unwanted people from entring from the ""back end" but this was just a rumour not official ......
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread post by barryels » Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:14 pm

Dear All,

I have send a request to SANParks PR to respond on this topic and a reply will be posted here as soon as available :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

Unread post by RosemaryH » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:47 pm

Thanks Barry :thumbs_up:
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From Marakele to Mapungubwe and then to Punda Maria

Unread post by charamal » Sun Jul 10, 2016 5:37 pm

Hello,
Please could you give me some advice about the best route to take from Marakele to Mapungubwe please?

I would also like to know if it is possible to get from Mapungubwe to Punda Maria (via Crooks' Corner) in a reasonable day's drive?

Many thanks!


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