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    We're almost on our way to the Kruger North(Punda Maria & Tsendze).

    This will be our very first visit to the Kruger NP.

    Earlier this year somebody posted that the road to Crooks Corner is closed due to heavy rains. This place is at the top of our must see list.

    Anyone knows if the road has been opened in the meantime?
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    Yes Tina, been open for some time, lovely drive.
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    Does anyone know if this little loop is now open? When we were there around Easter it was closed and didn't look like there were plans on opening it..

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    Stephan, if nobody replies, I will give an update when I'm back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook View Post
    We're almost on our way to the Kruger North(Punda Maria & Tsendze).

    This will be our very first visit to the Kruger NP.

    Earlier this year somebody posted that the road to Crooks Corner is closed due to heavy rains. This place is at the top of our must see list.

    Anyone knows if the road has been opened in the meantime?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Groenman View Post
    Does anyone know if this little loop is now open? When we were there around Easter it was closed and didn't look like there were plans on opening it..

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    Yes it is open. Drove it the last week in July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Condor View Post
    Yes it is open. Drove it the last week in July.
    Thanks - our favourite piece of our in favourite road in the Park.
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    Here, (as in the photo above) at Crook's Corner and at nearby Pafuri picnic site the birding is great for those rarer species only found in the far north of SA. Often the camp attendants in the past, were keen bird guides for a small gratuity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Weakley View Post
    Here, (as in the photo above) at Crook's Corner and at nearby Pafuri picnic site the birding is great for those rarer species only found in the far north of SA. Often the camp attendants in the past, were keen bird guides for a small gratuity.
    Frank (the previous Picnic spot attendant) showed us our first Pel's accross the Pafuri picnic spot back in 2011.
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    This is one of our (many) favourite areas in KNP.
    Hope to be returning sometime yet again.
    Thank you for posting this - interesting historically as well.
    If I remember correctly there was a place near to the Pafuri picnic site as it is today where one of the original rangers pitched camp way back.
    There used to be a short walking trail to the spot where he camped from the picnic area.
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    I walked through the Limpopo before crossing it in 2010, that is just a few km's downstream from Crooks Corner in Moz. We went into Moz at the Pafuri border and crossed the Limpopo
    and drove on the Eastern side to Vilanculos unlike the more popular drive on the western side and crossing at Mapai.

    Wife gave me a large tentpeg to defend me against the crocodiles, there are many there, but I don't think it would have helped me.
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    Was there over the long weekend in August. All roads were open along the Livhuvhu floodplain.


    Quote Originally Posted by Spook View Post
    We're almost on our way to the Kruger North(Punda Maria & Tsendze).

    This will be our very first visit to the Kruger NP.

    Earlier this year somebody posted that the road to Crooks Corner is closed due to heavy rains. This place is at the top of our must see list.

    Anyone knows if the road has been opened in the meantime?

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    For a first timer Punda Maria came as quite a shocker. Had an electric campsite booked, but will need a lead that's 100m to get power. Decided to go solar for the 4 nights. This is our viewClick image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook View Post
    For a first timer Punda Maria came as quite a shocker. Had an electric campsite booked, but will need a lead that's 100m to get power. Decided to go solar for the 4 nights. This is our viewClick image for larger version. 

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    100 m ?
    I have parked along that fence line a few times in the past and the electrical points were a bit further away than I would have preferred, but not that far.
    Maybe the closer ones were out of order when you visited ?
    I have not been back to KNP for over two years now so maybe it has deteriorated in the maintenance aspect.
    Anyway, nothing wrong with going solar - a good test for your setup and prep. for your first real bush camp somewhere in a remote area where there is no power supply at all and you are "out there" for a week or more.
    Some years back we spent 7 days at Chizareira campsite in Zim. without power, water or any usable ablution apart from gravity shower (If you had enough water!!).
    We managed with 2x 100 AH batteries, a 1000 W inverter, 90 W solar panel and gas burners. Obviously wood and charcoal for fire as well.
    Admittedly the batteries were discharged more than they should ideally be, but they still lasted a few years more.
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