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Mapungubwe: ADVICE

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Re: First time Mapungubwe visit

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:00 pm

PantoffelSlippers, I really do recommend that you try the Mapungubwe Hill tour. It is quite a climb, so it is not for anyone with health problems. It will be an experience not forgotten.

We took a drive out to Pont Drift, just for curiosity. It is really not far from Mapungubwe. It is well sign posted.

The hide close to Limpopo tented camp is a must. In the dry season it is the main sourse of water for many creatures and there is a constant stream of animals.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by huntsman » Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:05 pm

Is the tented trails camp mentioned in the first few pages still being used for accomodation?

This place sounds worth a visit... 8)
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by NetEk » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:46 pm

Best person to ask is:
Mr Norman Mudau, the Hospital Services Manager at 084 700 4367
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Dave Moore » Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:07 am

I haven't stayed at Vhembe for a while but it is a beautiful camp with positives and negatives.
Positives: Secluded, great views from the huts, nice drives near to the camp, tiny pool a necessity in summer :D
Negatives: Huge rocks behind the kitchen area turn the camp into a sauna in summer. Fridge is not effective in summer. Baboons cause problems so everything needs to be locked away if you go out. Solar power is unreliable. Take lighting with incase. Huts are very hot in summer.
The best time to visit Vhembe would be in winter I think.

Having pointed out the negatives, I would definitely go back here again. We saw a leopard try and take a baby wildebeest from this camp and that memory will stay with me forever :D

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Dave Moore » Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:23 am

Another bit of advice for those who didn't know. I heard that the filling station and shop at Dongola is now closed. If you need to buy anything such as ice, fuel or wood, you will have to go to Alldays. The coal mining company who own it have discovered that they had some serious flaws in the coal washing plant and have mothballed the mine for 18 months in order to fix the problem. As a result they have laid most of the workers off and the petrol station is now closed.

I remember that firewood was available at the Tented camp but not sure if this is still the case?

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by pixelpower » Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:52 pm

NetEk wrote:We were there over chrismas the road is still closed. But you can use the detour through Weipe.

Is there anything specifiek you wanted to know, ecept the road.



Can you give is some directions on that "Weipe" thing? Is it a farm? A town? We're not grom SA and Weipe does not show up on Google Earth...

Thanks a lot!

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by NetEk » Fri Feb 14, 2014 5:59 pm

Weipe is a group of farms between the tar road and the river. If you take the road from Muzina as you normally would just before the bridge that was washed away they are large oil drum standing in the road (road closed) right at this road closure you will find a road turning right which becomes a dirt road. Just follow the road it makes a loop through the farms then back to the tar road after the broken bridge. You then turn right back onto the tar road and continue as per normal to Map.

Enter Weipe in Google Maps it will show you here's a map as well (sorry scanned from the book)

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by arks » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:07 pm

That's great, Netek. :thumbs_up: Is the farm road as clearly marked if travelling in the opposite direction (towards Musina), as I may be later this year?
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Johan K » Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:34 pm

There is no other turn-off other than the Weipe turn-off. Just follow the Weipe dirt road. It will bring you back onto the tarred road after approximately 16km. You cannot go wrong. Also have a look on Google Earth. The dirt road and the farm are clearly visible. :)

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by NetEk » Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:36 am

Thanks JohanK yes there's only the one road and it clearly mark. When going in the oppisite direction same instruction just turn left not right . There's a oil drum in the road at the turn off from the other side as well. Once on the dirt road you will see you follow the main stream of the road the only turn off from the dirt (farm road) leads to houses.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by awie » Sat May 03, 2014 2:32 pm

Can anyone who visited Mapungubwe during the past 4 weeks, please say indicate the condition of the access road when travelling from the Alldays side. Thanks in advance will really appreciate it.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by NetEk » Tue May 06, 2014 10:53 am

From Alldays the road is fine has pot holes so just don't drive to fast when you leave alldays and hear the call of the wild (my husband always says when he leaves Alldays he can allready smell the camp fire and tend to go to fast)
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by MartinP » Tue May 06, 2014 11:02 am

Thanks for the advice on the Alldays road. We are going to Punda Maria after Mapungubwe. Which is the best way to get there? We will be in an ordinary car, not a 4x4.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by awie » Tue May 06, 2014 12:16 pm

Dankie, NetEk vir die inligting oor diepad vanaf Alldays.

Regarding the route from Mapungubwe to Punda Maria via Messina: According to my map there is a tarred road from Messina to Tshipise, numbered R508. From there I would take the R525 to the Pafuri entrance gate of the Kruger National Park. I have travelled that a long time ago and if the tarred road has deteriorated as many others have, I can imagine that, unless repair work was done, there could be many potholes. So one should drive carefully. Punda Maria is the most northern camp of the Park. I hope this helps.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:54 am

This is a comprehensive and excellent update on the roads to Mapungubwe.

viewtopic.php?f=42&t=19529&start=75
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