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    Default Exiting Kruger through Punda or Phalaborwa please advise.

    Hi Mites

    In December I will for the 1st time stay in the North of Kruger with 2 nights in Shingwedzi. I then have one more night in the park and can either stay in Letaba exiting via Phalaborwa ennroute to Jhb, or stay at Punda Maria for one night and exit at Punda Maria and then head to Jhb.

    Please help as I have never traveled Jhb-Punda (or even been to Punda) and don't know what I would be getting myself into by going this route.

    Any advice either way would be greatly welcomed...

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    Default Re: Exiting Kruger through Punda or Phalaborwa please advise.

    Punda Maria, Thoyando, Louis Trichard/ Makhado. N1 to Joburg. Easy! You will be doing yourself an injustice by staying only one night in Punda. There is a waterhole right next to the fence with a hide and has a yellow light on the whole night. It's like Joburg station. The traffic never stops.
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    Default Re: Exiting Kruger through Punda or Phalaborwa please advise.

    Thanx PieterK

    It's a bit of a crisis for me. I Can either do 2 nights Shingwedzi and 1 night Punda or 2 Nights Punda and one 1 night Shingwedzi.

    I haven't stayed at either before....

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    I will be leaving Punda on Thursday 8 August. I will probably come back to Bela Bela via Giyani and Mooketsi joining the N1 at Polokwane. I haven't been on that road for a number of years so don't know what it is like these days.

    Edit: I would stay 1 night Shingwedzi & 2 nights Punda.
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    Default Re: Exiting Kruger through Punda or Phalaborwa please advise.

    Seriously considering that option.

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    Default Re: Exiting Kruger through Punda or Phalaborwa please advise.

    Quote Originally Posted by horrace View Post
    Seriously considering that option.
    1 Night Shingwedzi and at least 2 Punda Maria.

    Itís an awesome area.

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    Default Re: Exiting Kruger through Punda or Phalaborwa please advise.

    Like they said above, no question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtber View Post
    1 Night Shingwedzi and at least 2 Punda Maria.

    Itís an awesome area.
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    Default Re: Exiting Kruger through Punda or Phalaborwa please advise.

    Thanx to everyone for their input.

    Would you suggest 3 nights in Punda rather than 1 night in Shingwedzi and 2 in Punda?

    Right now I have just changed my booking to be 1 Shingwedzi, 2 Punda. Getting accom is not a problem....

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    Default Re: Exiting Kruger through Punda or Phalaborwa please advise.

    Yes, three night at either place is better than the split!

    Shingwedzi has probably a better camp site over all (not by much) but NOTHING beats the Punda setting with the water hole. Thus making Punda the best choice.
    You can in any case visit the Shingwedzi area from Punda if you really must see it.

    Either way, at both camps its going to be flippen hot - but worthwhile

    Oh yes, on your question of exiting: As mentioned - either via Thohoyandou or Giani. Same/same give or take a few kilos - Giani being slightly shorter. A few months ago there was some unrest on the Giani route. Thohoyandou you travel (safely) for many km's through the town, but look out for pedestrians and animals.
    In both instances stick to the speed limits.

    The third optuion is to exit at Pafuri gate, then via Tshipise and Louis Trichardt. Bit further, but much more relaxed.

    Take note that traveling over weekends is always slower through the urbanised areas.
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    Default Re: Exiting Kruger through Punda or Phalaborwa please advise.

    Punda all the way. Travelling through Thohoyandou is going to be slow and long but the road condition is reasonable. We will be at Punda later on this year and will exit at Pafuri this time.
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    Default Re: Exiting Kruger through Punda or Phalaborwa please advise.

    If you have time on our hands, you can also exit at Phalaborwa. You have the benefit of staying for longer in the Park.
    If you leave early and use cruise control to stay just below speed limit, you can be at the gate well before lunch. I often do that when leaving the Park. The long distance travel through different regions of the Park, has without fail, produced very good sightings.
    From there either via Tzaneen/Polokwane or Lydenburg.



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    Default Re: Exiting Kruger through Punda or Phalaborwa please advise.

    Punda - 10 m from the campsite fence

    https://www.sanparks.org/webcams/cams.php?cam=punda
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    Default Re: Exiting Kruger through Punda or Phalaborwa please advise.

    Thanx once again to all those who have posted.

    As it's stands will do 3 nights Punda and exit either Punda or Pafuri on way back to JHB.

    Will see which route offers me the quickest route home...

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