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 Post subject: Camps With Swimming Pools
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:43 pm 
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Quick question
Can those in the know please confirm for me exactly which camps definitely have pools that are currently in use or in service.
My list from website Activities and Facilities lists reads
Pretoriuskop. Lower Sabie. Berg en Dal. Skukuza. Satara. Orpen. Letaba, Shingwedzi. Punda Maria and also a small one at Shimuwini?
So its basically Croc Bridge and Olifants of the main rest camps that don't actually have pools Is this correct? -------


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 Post subject: Re: Camps With Swimming Pools
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:thumbs_up: Mopani also has one


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 Post subject: Re: Camps With Swimming Pools
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I've always liked the Mopani, Berg-en-Dal and Letaba pools.
Very spacious and big enough grass areas :D

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 Post subject: Re: Camps With Swimming Pools
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Skukuza day visitor's area also has a lovely big pool. It's worthwhile remembering it if you need to stop for a quick cool down.

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 Post subject: Re: Camps With Swimming Pools
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The thinking at the moment for the way back out the park is hinging on whether or not Skukuza would just be too busy even though it is great for the kids to have so much stuff to do...A lunchtime swim though and then maybe on to P/Kop for the last 2 nights might just fit in perfectly with the current itinerary.


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 Post subject: Re: Swimming pools?
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Hi Kathy,

Lower Sabie
Skukuza
Pretoriuskop
Berg-&-dal
Orpen
Satara
Letaba
Mopani
Orpen
Shingwedzi
Punda Maria

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 Post subject: Re: Swimming pools?
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Yes Orpen does have a pool, it is right behind the shop.

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 Post subject: Re: Swimming pools?
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 Post subject: Swimming pools in the camps
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I don't know if putting swimming pools in the camps was a good idea.
I have found that a lot of people who are not wildlife enthusiasts come to the park for a holiday where they get up late, go for a short game drive and then come back and spend the day in camp around the pool.
This prevents the wildlife enthusiasts who would spend the best past of the day viewing game from getting accommodation.


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 Post subject: Re: Swimming pools in the camps
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Garrow, I understand your concern that the swimming pools might attract people who are just out to "have fun".

My experience has generally been that it just adds quality to an enthusiast's stay. I have never had a bad experience at a pool... a few amusing ones, but never bad ones.

I know that when my children were younger it was a life saver. I also know that on my next trip, I am rather grateful that I have booked into camps with swimming pools.

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 Post subject: Re: Swimming pools in the camps
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I have posted about this before, but I feel the principle applies here too.

Kruger, fortunately, is a huge place. As big as some smaller countries in the world. There is place for everyone to enjoy themselves there. If one does not like busy roads, there are quiet roads one can enjoy. If one prefers to have some people around, there are 'busy' roads to use. As with accommodation ... there is a variety of types of camps.

Certain rules apply when visiting Kruger - silence after 9pm being one, and the many rules to protect the animals and visitors alike. These should be respected at all times.

However, imo, it is short sighted to think Kruger should only be kept for a certain type of visitor and all other visitors who do not fit into this profile should not be there. How on earth will folk ever come to love nature and peace and quiet if they do not start off somewhere? And if conservation is to be supported and developed, it needs the buy in and support of the majority of the people.

I took my brother and his two little ones to Addo recently - a first time visit for them to a national park. It was a good exercise for me to appreciate what it is like to be a first time visitor again. We tend to forget this after 20 years of visits. Certain appreciations need to be developed just as we developed them, over time.

If we wish to share our National Parks with all those who are perfectly entitled to visit them, we must guard against developing a superior attitude here and also be careful not to criticise people who in fact keep within the rules of the parks, but spend their time differently to how we do. There is no single one way to adhere to to qualify as a true nature lover or as a visitor to Kruger.

The world constantly changes, and as everyone knows, South Africa is a country undergoing many changes. So will Kruger. Its life. Noting remains as it was.

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 Post subject: Re: Swimming pools in the camps
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Ice, I like pools, plus I consider myself to be a nature lover of note. I welcome people, big and small who fall in love with nature.

I do understand Garrow's concern from the perspective of turning Kruger into a pleasure resort. That, however is unlikely to happen.

I also think that we must be quick to understand and slow to judge. Deciding who is and is not the "ideal" visitor, is short sighted. I cannot stress enough that I believe that one of Kruger's greatest responsibilities is to be teacher to children.. old and young.

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 Post subject: Re: Swimming pools in the camps
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Yes, I agree. People differ and SANParks cannot just cater for the people who are "like me". Giving infrastructure such as swimming pools is an excellent way of enriching the experience without detracting from nature. And believe me ... I think water is to shower in ... that's it!

There are activities in the parks which have a much bigger impact on nature than a pool. I am thinking of game drives, night drives, bush walks .... all the things I and I expect a few others participating in this thread love. Lets not be "holier than thou," and realise that all of us have an impact.

Having the kids having fun while in camp is just great. We are raising the next generation who must take responsibility for this wonderful gift.

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 Post subject: Re: Swimming pools in the camps
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About the noise at the swimming pools
During the holiday season july-august i hardly ever see any Saffies in the pool.
A few europeans
So dont really understand this bit about disturbance and noise
So this only leaves december and a few weekends :whistle:
If i understand correctly kids are not allowed to have fun while in the water.
For those who feel that the noise of playing kids and adults in swimming pools is to
much please use your camp map and request accommodation as far away from the pool as possible :huh:

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 Post subject: Re: Swimming pools in the camps
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I think i is quite healthy for kids to run around making a noise and using up energy at the pool. It makes it more likely that they will be quiet in the car on game drives and go to bed early. I have to say that the pools are great. My kids love them and so do I. I agree with the seniment that if you dont like the pools stay at camps without them or dont go near the pool. There is plenty of space for everyone.


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