We have recently returned from Roodewal and I would just like to follow up on the numerous issues pointed out by pamelajane.
Showers: All showers we used had hot water. There are no baths which is a consideration if you are taking younger children.
Fridges and Freezers: The dining room had 1 fridge and 1 freezer and the kitchen had 1 freezer. All were working fine. 2 days in, 2 of them failed but they had just run out of gas, once this was replaced they were working fine again. I'm not 100% sure on the room fridges but I think these were working correctly too.
Green Bins: I agree that these are STUPIDLY placed as they do obstruct the view.
Gravel piled outside rooms: this has been sorted out
Monkeys: Still a problem, and unfortunately caused by us silly humans. I did my best to prevent them getting their hands on anything, but once they grabbed a rusk off the table as I was carting things back into the kitchen, and another time they grabbed a bag of cashews from my car as I was loading it. They are VERY fast and seem to only be scared of men. Water pistols work, but only as far as they squirt, and only while they are squirting. The monkeys sit just out of range and as soon as you stop, will move back into their attack positions!
I found that throwing a couple of stones, or just pretending to do so would keep them at bay for the longest.
So, since pamelajane's visit SanParks have corrected a lot of issues. At the price one pays for this camp one expects these small conveniences.
The lighting was sufficient for indoors and was functional all the time. We had a gas lamp and solar lantern for outdoor lighting and an inverter which we set up indoors to charge cameras, phones, tablets etc.
Satara were willing to send a vehicle to do a morning walk (or game drive if you want), but for a minimum charge of R4300 we decided this was a bit steep - even if we had 8 people wanting to go this comes to R537.50 pp.
I absolutely loved Roodewal. Due to the exclusivity and remoteness of this camp, it is a complete gem and we had a wonderful stay there. The camp has loads of shade and open space for kids to run around. There are also nice trees to climb. There is no grass which is understandable.
In terms of game, this camp is in a prime area. We had a bull elephant around camp for most of our stay, feeding from the lush new bush (there must have been good rains) and digging a hole in the river bed to drink from.
The drive along the Timbavati river has always delivered good sightings for me and this time was no exception. The area was literally teaming with general game, and so therefore the predator numbers are also high. The impalas had just started lambing and I finally witnessed my first birth. It was a real privilege to watch an impala lamb take its first steps
There was a group of 3 male lions in the area and we saw them on 3 occasions and heard them on our last night.
If you have a group of 8-18 people, definitely consider Roodewal. It is difficult to book, and remote to get to, but well worth it!