Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

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Hi all, looking for a refresher to some of the information above

Traveling in late June 2018 JHB to Mapungubwe, 1st stop Leokwe (total 6 nights Mapungubwe), then 2 nights stop Leshiba, then 10 nights in the Northern Kruger camps.

1) Best route JHB to Mapungubwe - -> Polokwane -> Alldays -> Mapungubwe?
2) Best spot to pick up supplies on the way? We have a car refrigerator.
3) Den Staat Road - current situation?

Our vehicle is a 4*4 diesel HiLux

First timers to Mapungubwe and the Northern areas of Kruger.

Thanks in advance
22/10/19 Mopani 3 nights
25/10 Satara 3 nights
28/10 Lower Sabie 3 nights
31/10 Biyamiti 2 nights
2/11 Skukuza 2 nights
Out of park 4-8/11
9/11 Skukuza 3 nights

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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

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Hi tetrol88 and welcome to the Forums!

We normally go through to Musina on the N1 and then turn off onto the R572. The advantage of this is that you can fill up on the way into Musina and do your shopping at Shoprite (agree that is currently the best place!) On the R572 there is a filling station about 30/40kms before the main gate to Mapungubwe. The disadvantage is that the R572 tends to deteriorate badly should heavy rains fall in that area .......in which case the Polokwane/Alldays option is the only alternative. Would suggest that you check closer to your departure time with someone in Musina - we normally try to phone a tyre place as they usually know the state of the roads!
As for the Den Staat Road........we've never seen it in a good condition but, on the other hand, 4x4 is not necessary either! Corrugations are appalling and, here and there, there are a couple of "craters".
This info is a little out of date so maybe someone who has been there in the last month or so can update it for you.
Enjoy your trip!
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

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Dear tetrol88 ,

Welcome to the forums :thumbs_up: .

Below is a map with directions to get to Mapungubwe and I agree with PNF that the option via Musina might be the best for you because you planned to pick up supplies en-route :thumbs_up:

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@Arks, To ensure that there will be no uncertain-tee about the Den Staat Road, I have forwarded a request to SANParks PR for an answer :thumbs_up: .
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The petrol station that used to be between Musina and the Mapungubwe entrance is gone, you can't even see where it was. We were there in Aug 2016. You need to fill up either in Musina, or Alldays if you go that way (R521/572). It is a quieter road than the N1, but the N1 is the main road (with tolls).

There is a bridge down near to Mapungubwe on the R572, but in dry weather the detour into the river bed was perfectly safe. I doubt they have rebuilt the bridge, and don't know how this year's rainy season might affect it, although in June it should be ok.

If you are staying at Limpopo Forest Tented Camp you still have to book in at the Main Entrance, so if you drive the Alldays route you have to backtrack to get to the western section.

Mokopane is a good place to pick up supplies, they have all the main supermarkets on the main street.
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

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Thanks for the replies to all who have done so.

I will keep an eye on the thread over the next 6 months. The fact that most seem to recommend going via Musina is helpful as Google maps suggests it would be at least an hour longer, and the SANParks map as posted above also shows it to be a fair bit further - but local/experience knowledge will beat that.

Yes, we are going to Limpopo tented camp, and also Vhembe, but first stop is Leokwe.
22/10/19 Mopani 3 nights
25/10 Satara 3 nights
28/10 Lower Sabie 3 nights
31/10 Biyamiti 2 nights
2/11 Skukuza 2 nights
Out of park 4-8/11
9/11 Skukuza 3 nights

and Kgalagadi booked June-July 2020 :)
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

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hello Everybody,
we need some advice. We will go in may to Tshugulu lodge in Mapungubwe. we will be coming from Ponts Drift since we will stay a few days before in Botswana. Is there an entrance in the west of Mapungubwe or do you have to go to the main entrance??
and for shopping for fresh food-groceries (meat, bread, drinks etc). Is it best to go to alldays to the south? or to go to Messina, past the main entrance and then turn back?
I hope to hear from you and any advice on our stay is welcome
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Dear habee5,

Welcome to the forums :thumbs_up: .

Unfortunately you will have to report at the main entrance gate of the park and then backtrack along the R572 tar road and enter at the Tshugulu lodge gate.

I agree that it would be best to do your shopping at Alldays and remember to fill up with fuel because there is no fuel station closer to the park.

Enjoy the visit :thumbs_up: .
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Only 5 weeks to flying over now :lol:

Any updates on Alldays (R521 -:> R572) vs Musina (N1 -> R572). Previous posts suggest the longer trip on N1 is better than R521. We have to go via Leokwe (check in) despite our first night at Limpopo Forest Camp. As we leave to go to Leshiba it looks like the best route is via Alldays so we will be going that way once anyway.

Any comments on alternate routes selection Louis Trichardt to Punda Gate KNP appreciated as well - will also post in the Kruger forums for that.

Thanks in anticipation
22/10/19 Mopani 3 nights
25/10 Satara 3 nights
28/10 Lower Sabie 3 nights
31/10 Biyamiti 2 nights
2/11 Skukuza 2 nights
Out of park 4-8/11
9/11 Skukuza 3 nights

and Kgalagadi booked June-July 2020 :)
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Re: R572 from Musina to Mapungubwe non negotiable until further notice

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Hi we are driving from Pafuri camp and planned to go via Musina to restock before heading for Mapungubwe. Would you recommend we take a different route? We will have a 4x4 but prefer not to drive through water being scardy cats from the UK. :shock: thanks Pen
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Anyone been to LTC lately who can give me an update on the condition of the roads in the western area? Also the R572 from Musina to Leokwe - what is the condition currently??? Thanks
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

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Ellie1 wrote:Anyone been to LTC lately who can give me an update on the condition of the roads in the western area? Also the R572 from Musina to Leokwe - what is the condition currently??? Thanks


Hi Ellie1,

The roads in the Western Section is more or less the same - a high-clearance 2x4 will get you in most of the places. The R572 is not that great at the moment with quite a lot of potholes - at present mostly along the park boundary with Mapesu Nature Reserve and more or less between the two Weipe turn-offs. The bridge that washed away during the floods (pre-2015) have been fixed.
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

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Hi Ellie1,

The roads in the Western Section is more or less the same - a high-clearance 2x4 will get you in most of the places. The R572 is not that great at the moment with quite a lot of potholes - at present mostly along the park boundary with Mapesu Nature Reserve and more or less between the two Weipe turn-offs. The bridge that washed away during the floods (pre-2015) have been fixed.[/quote]

Thanks Letsie - appreciate the quick response!!!
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My pleasure! :)
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

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As at June 2018

The roads around Limpopo Forest Tented Camp, Maloutswa Hide and along the river were all ok for any standard 2wd car. Across the Den Staat road to the South gets more problematic - some loose sand sections would trouble a 2wd vehicle. Then there are the Eco trails (around Tshugulu lodge, but accessible from the Den Staat road as well) which have sections better suited to low ratio 4wd.
22/10/19 Mopani 3 nights
25/10 Satara 3 nights
28/10 Lower Sabie 3 nights
31/10 Biyamiti 2 nights
2/11 Skukuza 2 nights
Out of park 4-8/11
9/11 Skukuza 3 nights

and Kgalagadi booked June-July 2020 :)
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Re: Mapungubwe: GETTING THERE

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Hi!

Can anyone tell me if it's possible to travel the R521 to Mapungubwe?

We will be there in 4 weeks.

Marion
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