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Re: thulamela guided tour

Unread post by CurtisDillon » Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:14 am

Hello papop
papop wrote:I did not find a lot of information about Thulamela excursion. As I‘d like to visit that place, if anybody could give me info about it. How long is the excursion? How much is it? And any more advice that seems to you helpful for me. Thanks in advance.


Cultural Heritage in KNP
Kruger National Park is best known for its big game sitings and large expanses of wilderness; however, Kruger has a unique cultural and historical landscape and diversity, with well over 255 recorded archaeological sites ranging from early Stone Age (roughly 1 million years ago) to various Iron Age settlements and recent historical buildings and sites. Many of these sites hold cultural and spiritual importance, while others reveal an exciting and romantic history of the area.

Conservation of these sites is imperative due to their cultural and spiritual value and the historical importance. As national stewards of the conservation of the area we are legally bound to protect these sites.

Sites that are currently open to the public are:

Albasini Ruins
Masorini
Thulamela

There is a lot more information about Thulamela at this site. I called reception at Punda Maria Rest Camp this morning and they said you will have to book a guided tour with them at the camp to see the ruins. :lol:
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Unread post by Nico » Sat Jan 21, 2006 11:45 am

Two years ago, we had a tour to Thulamela. I was with my wife and son and a fieldguide. The tour is amazing. The start is in Punda and after a drive, we had to walk to the ruins of Thulamela. What you see is amazing. Lots of Baobab trees, and between the rocks you will find the Yellow spotted Hyrax Dassie. After a climb you enter the place where the ruins are on the hill. It's a beautiful lookout point. The atmosphere is incredible and the guide is telling the beautiful story over the people who lived there.After the walk, there is a tour to Pafuri [picnic spot]There is so much to see. This trip is a must when you visit the north. :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by CurtisDillon » Sun Jan 22, 2006 11:25 am

I called Punda Maria Rest Camp again this morning and they confirmed that you should make the bookings at Reception for the Thulamela guided tour.
The tour will take about 4 hours and it costs R250.00 per person.
According to them, that is all the information you need.

Thulamela is a stone walled site is situated in the Far North region of the Park and dates back to approximately 450 to 500 years before present (BP).
This late Iron Age site forms part of what is called the Zimbabwe culture which is believed to have started at Mapungubwe.
Mapungubwe's decline coincided with the increase of Great Zimbabwe importance.
When Great Zimbabwe was abandoned about 300 years later, possibly due to political break down, several groups moved south across the Limpopo river into the North Eastern areas of South Africa (and Northern Kruger) and established new smaller chiefdom's such as Thulamela

(extract from SANParks website.)

There is a museum in Pretoria with more to see about this site. :lol:
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:29 am

I cannot find the Thulamila ghost story now, but I know that it is quite well documented. Apparently the Baobabs there are the hosts of the spirits!

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Unread post by Wild about cats » Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:26 am

I did this tour last December.

It was a magical experience. Unfortunatly, there were a few flaws. We left later than normal because the guide was late and then the vehicle was late and then we had to set it up.... Gee wiz! :roll: We were about 1 or 2 hours late already. We set off and the first sighting was a buffalo in a mudhole (first thing in the morning! :shock: :wink: ) and as people who have been there before will know, there isn't much game.

We arrived at a no entry walkway on Nyala Drive by the chemical toilet. We put our insect repellant on, go to the loo, take off our jackets etc. The weather was already very warm. We made our way up the path, climbing the mountain. It was exausting and truly annoying with all the insects around us but we still had a stunning time. The guide, Eric, showed us plants and dung along the way. Surprisingly, there was elepahant dung all the way up and we were shocked that he could climb so well.

At the top he explained everything about the old village, and it sure was very facinating! The view was undescribable. We saw the elephant migration trail and leopard middens. The heat was unbearable though and my sister and I were struggling a bit. Here's a tip: If you ever go on this trail, ensure that you leave EARLY. It is shocking how hot it gets. So we eventually made our way down again. My dad asked the guide to take us to the border to Moz. NEVER go there at midday. The heat is not for sissies, its really bad. Make sure you take enough to drink, you always seem to run out. :)
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Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail

Unread post by ndloti » Fri May 13, 2011 3:56 pm

I wonder if it is not publicised much because of the impact that many people may have on the site , the entrance is on a no entry road , perhaps with this in mind and the long distance from Punda Maria where the nearest infrastructure is located ..
I imagine low visitor numbers make it not viable to set up guides to accompany the tourists .

Perhaps phone Punda Maria ?

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Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Fri May 13, 2011 6:18 pm

It is a very special place, and I suspect that not every guide/ranger could tell much about it, and appreciate the sensitivity of some areas there. Possibly they have nobody at the moment with the right expertise?
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Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail

Unread post by Elzet » Fri May 13, 2011 9:00 pm

We paid a visit to Vembe (now known as Mapungubwe) 25 years ago, and it was a wonderful experience. I am fascinated by Thulamela too, and envy those (like Ndloti and EJ) who have had the opportunity to visit this magnificent site.


http://www.chaos.co.za/archaeology/thul ... ulamel.htm


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Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail

Unread post by Thobeka » Tue May 17, 2011 9:17 am

Hi Hugh,


1. Payment -R240-00 per person at Punda Maria camp.
2. Booking-It is advisable to make prior booking at least a week in advanced.
3. Age group -from 12 years above.
4. Minimum no- per group start from 2.to 8.
5. Pick up point -Punda Maria and Pafuri picnic site.
6. Departure time-07H00
7. Transport-We do provide transport an open ten sitter or you also entitle to use your own vehicle.
8. Food and snacks are not served.
9. Degrees- Winter 22 to 30 and summer 28 to 36.
10. Requirement:

-Preferable Safety boots. Cap and camouflaged clothing.
-Water bottle.

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Should you have further questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,
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Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail

Unread post by jaybabe » Tue May 17, 2011 10:24 am

Hi Hugh
I am extremely envious! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: It was one of our highlights on our Kruger trip last year. It is truly a special place. Even f the guides are not highly briefed on the history I found a reasonable amount of info on the history in the Getaway guide to the Kruger National Park. I f you wish to pm me I can scan and mail the relevant pages to you.
The walk itself is not at all taxing but just to be among the ancient boababs and ruins is very very special. We didn't book ahead because when we called Punda they said no worries we could book when we got there. We also drove up with the guides.
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Re: Thulamela Guided Tour

Unread post by Lesego » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:53 am

Hi Jen,

Hope you are well. You can only make your booking for the Thulamela Tour on arrival.

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Re: Thulamela Guided Tour

Unread post by Bushbaby30 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:44 pm

When we were there in October there was a sign outside reception saying something in the line of There will be Thulamela tour until further notice.


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Re: Thulamela Guided Tour

Unread post by johanrebel » Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:13 pm

Thulamela visits can also be arranged from Pafuri Camp in the Makuleke CNP, provided you are staying there of course. The advantages are several:

- it is only short drive from camp, over the bridge and around the corner, so to speak.

- tours can be arranged any day and at very short notice (so you can take the weather into account).

- no worries about getting together enough people, the minimum is one.

Thulamela is rather nice, although mostly for the views in my opinion. I've seen more impressive ruins. Besides, the elephants have been busy kicking down stone walls, so SANParks needs to send a team up to fix them.

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Re: Thulamela Guided Tour

Unread post by johanrebel » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:25 pm

Nyala Drive is still closed, but they may perhaps make an exception for SANParks game viewing vehicles. Thulamela is on a hill (people must have known a thing or two about floods in those days), so not likely to have been much affected.

Worth R240? That's debatable. Where I live, every second person has a stone wall around his property, so I do not necessarily see any need to pay to look at even more stone walls.

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Thulamela archaeological site

Unread post by Dionni » Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:09 am

While entering Kruger through Parfuri Gate, do I have to go to Punda Maria to go to the Thulamela site?


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