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Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

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Re: Pafuri to Mapungubwe

Unread postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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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