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A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby vlakvarksegat » Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:13 pm

A lot has happened since I last engaged on the forum. SO and I divorced, got married again, three months later in 2 Rivieren….I know, don’t ask it’s a long story. Just know that we are very happily married and ecstatic to have had the chance to right our wrongs.

We also transferred from Malelane Sugar Mill to Pongola Sugar Mill and cannot visit Kruger as often as we used to. The Kruger nostalgia hit home and we really needed to get back to where we belong.

We were invited to a friend’s son wedding at Malelane on the 31st of October and that’s when the idea was born. Why don’t we take extended leave and make a trip out of it? SO was suitably impressed and we started exploring various options.

Going straight to Kruger and back would mean travel the same route twice. We discarded that idea within seconds.

We wanted to get to Shingwedzi again and that would mean driving up north outside the park. We have never camped at Punda and I suggested to SO that while we will be driving north outside the park, we can just as well start right up north. SO thought about my suggestion for a second, literally, and very excitedly said YES…….that’s when the planning started.
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Re: A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby leervis » Sun Aug 02, 2015 5:14 pm

Punda is a great camp for campers. Big sites, spotless ablutions, a great hide on a busy waterhole and amazing drives in all directions. Can be hot in Summer, but it has a really nice pool area to help with the summer temperatures. Only one thing to be aware of. If you need a power point, Punda has a unique setup. Instead of having one point per site, they have points around the camping area with each point catering for 6 sites. This can mean that you are really far away from your connection and when we were last there, our 30 meter extension was not nearly long enough. Work on 50 meters and you should be fine. Other than that, it is great. Lots of trees for shade, really cheeky thieving monkeys to keep you on your toes, and if you are a birder, the best that Kruger offers. Enjoy and I look forward to your trip report when you get back.
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Re: A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Aug 02, 2015 5:20 pm

:dance: :dance: Looking so forward to reading all about this adventure!!

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Unread postby leervis » Sun Aug 02, 2015 5:22 pm

By the way, the two best drives from Punda, imho are, up to Pafuri via Klopperfontein and then onto Crooks Corner, and the Mahonie Loop, a wonderful 2 to 3 hour drive.
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Re: A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:00 pm

vlakvarksegat, this will be an interesting trip. :D

We also will be visiting the north in camping style, so very much interested in your experience. :thumbs_up:

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Re: A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby hilda » Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:55 am

What a lovely surprise! A trip report from Vlakvarksegat! So glad to see you on the forum again! Looking forward to read all about this trip! :clap: :clap:
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Re: A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:27 am

VVV, lovely to see you back. :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Re: A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby barryels » Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:28 am

I know that you read the forums when you can, but great to see you back with a trip report my friend :clap: :clap: .

Really looking forward to read all about it :D .
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Re: A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby isinkwe » Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:45 pm

Hi vlakvarksegat
And I thought you were scared away from the forums and Kruger by morecat Image
Nice to see you back, I will now stop blaming morecat Image
Looking forward to this trip :thumbs_up:
I hate it when the voices in my head go silent.......I never know what they are planning. :roll:

So when is old enough to know better supposed to kick in ?

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Re: A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby vlakvarksegat » Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:30 pm

leervis wrote:Punda is a great camp for campers. Big sites, spotless ablutions, a great hide on a busy waterhole and amazing drives in all directions. Can be hot in Summer, but it has a really nice pool area to help with the summer temperatures. Only one thing to be aware of. If you need a power point, Punda has a unique setup. Instead of having one point per site, they have points around the camping area with each point catering for 6 sites. This can mean that you are really far away from your connection and when we were last there, our 30 meter extension was not nearly long enough. Work on 50 meters and you should be fine. Other than that, it is great. Lots of trees for shade, really cheeky thieving monkeys to keep you on your toes, and if you are a birder, the best that Kruger offers. Enjoy and I look forward to your trip report when you get back.


Great feedback thank you Leervis. We are so looking forward to camping next to the fence and watch who visits the waterhole. I also heard that sturdy tent pegs is an absolute necessity to drive into the hard ground. After your advice, we will arrive well prepared, 50 meter extention included. :thumbs_up:
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Re: A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby vlakvarksegat » Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:38 pm

Kaapsedraai wrote:vlakvarksegat, this will be an interesting trip. :D

We also will be visiting the north in camping style, so very much interested in your experience. :thumbs_up:

Seat booked... :wink:


Welcome onboard Kaapsedraai, the furthest north SO and I camped has been Shingwedzi and during August.It was beautiful but dry. We promised each other then that we will return during Spring.
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Re: A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby vlakvarksegat » Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:43 pm

Hi DB, MM, Hilda and Barry, glad you noticed the report. Very glad to see you too :dance: I've been away to long and really missed the interaction on this great forum. :thumbs_up:
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Re: A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby vlakvarksegat » Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:49 pm

isinkwe wrote:Hi vlakvarksegat
And I thought you were scared away from the forums and Kruger by morecat Image
Nice to see you back, I will now stop blaming morecat Image
Looking forward to this trip :thumbs_up:


Hi Isinkwe :hello:

Poor Morecat did nothing wrong....we assumed that she was very shy, that's why she hid on the floor of your bakkie when we met. :hmz:
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Re: A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby vlakvarksegat » Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:52 pm

that’s when the planning started.

We discussed every possible route going north, trying to avoid driving highways and sticking to byways. We would also have to stay over one or two nights but the idea of sleeping outside the park did not appeal to us at all.

We could always drive from Pongola to Numbi and pop into Pretoriuskop the first night and maybe Orpen the next before reaching Punda. Such short stays in the park felt like we would be cheated out of possible sightings and the desire to go for a quick drive before hitting the long road would be impossible to resist.

To overcome this dilemma required some out of the box thinking…….
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Re: A 2700km round trip to wedding 300 km away

Unread postby barryels » Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:20 am

This is what I love about visiting the parks. The pre planning of where you should start and the route to get there in one peace without to much interference from the outside world :D .
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