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Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail

Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri May 13, 2011 8:13 pm

I was fortunate to visit in October with a man who was one of the main archeologists involved in the site. Very interesting....
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Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail

Unread postby 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 postby Thobeka » Mon May 16, 2011 10:04 am

Hugh wrote:Mites help me with this one.
I have tried to find out via the forum a few bits about this site.. I know I have to book at Punda but
(1) how much ??
(2) is it advisable to book in advance
(3) is there a minimum number of peeps who must book before the trail will go .
And of course any other advice would be great



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I've received your post. Will get back to you shortly.

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Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail

Unread postby 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.

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Re: Thulamela Archaeological trail

Unread postby 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 Archaeological trail

Unread postby Andreas_79 » Tue May 17, 2011 11:16 am

Thobeka - this is good news. Thanks a lot for the information and we will keep that in mind for our next trip in 2012.

Hugh - enjoy your trip. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Thulamela Guided Tour

Unread postby Jen » Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:18 pm

I am trying to make a booking for the Thulamela Tour for December - I have emailed the Duty manager at Punda (Themba) but I get no reply. Don't really want to call from overseas as it is expensive - anyone have another email address or contact persson I can try get in touch with to make my booking.
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Re: Thulamela Guided Tour

Unread postby 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 postby Hugh » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:24 pm

Hello all. See letter from Thobeka dated 17th May. Lesego We were in Punda in September and we specially booked three nights there so we could go on the tour. When we arrived to book in for the wilderness trail we asked to book for the tour .. and shoulders were shrugged and total disinterest shown .. There is no tour .. and asked when it would be .. We dont know . Hasn't been one for a while...BUT on the outside notice board were all the particulars for the tour . Why advertise if there is no tour. But Chris of the wilderness trails heard me and while on the trail he took us to another historical site which was magic . Please check and see if they have a guide to take the tour and that it is actually going . We were so diappointed especially after being given all the information. Now that we are retired there is very little chance of us ever going to Punda again.
I just feel sorry for overseas folk who have read all about it and get there to be disappointed .
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Re: Thulamela Guided Tour

Unread postby 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 postby Hugh » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:25 pm

Bushbaby 30 did you say there will be a tour ??? or did you forget the not. I did tell her that she should remove the notice and maybe she did add something... I was most polite all the time though inside i was very very disappointed .
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Re: Thulamela Guided Tour

Unread postby Bushbaby30 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:01 pm

Oops! Sorry left out the not... It said there will NOT be any tours until further notice.
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Re: Thulamela Guided Tour

Unread postby 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 postby Schalk 1 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:24 pm

Is the tour affected by the floods and is it worth the R240 per person ?

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Re: Thulamela Guided Tour

Unread postby 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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