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 Post subject: Re: Planning: Which camps?
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:33 pm 
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Hi there Magriet

Done this trip quite a few times and have found the following to work well (especially with kids)

1) Letaba 3 nights (assume you get there late) Kids love Letaba the pool and elephant hall, film shows etc keeps them well occupied. Letaba also IMHO has the best camp site in Kruger.

2) 3 nights at Balule It still has a wild feeling to it and this apeals to the kids, if you need all the big camp facilities *(shop etc) then Olifants is right there. The game viewing south of here is great, a good day trip is down to Satara and spend the mid day there and drive back up to balule. ( a very special camp)

3) 3 nights at Berg n Dal A great camp with all the normal attractions for the kids(pool , film shows etc) it also has a great walk along the perimeter fence. the game viewing is lso gret around here

You need to spend more than 2 nights ina camp, as the packing up and pitching camp becomes a mission.

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 Post subject: Re: Planning: Which camps?
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:02 pm 
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Not much I can add to the suggestions already made. I would try and choose camps in game rich areas so the kids have a lot to view on the drives; and camps that have good birds and creatures in them also for the kids entertainment.

Letaba is a good suggestion, and I am a sucker for Satara and Lower Sabie, but I see you are doing them in Dec, so you might prefer to visit different camps.

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Hi Magriet

I have given this some thought this evening and went back to the trip we did with our grandson - although he was a bit older than your children (he was 10 at the time) but still at an age when to spend an entire day in a vehicle was definitely not an option. So, my suggestions, for what they are worth:-

Letaba - a lovely atmosphere, the walk along the perimeter and out across the river bed (great for the kids to do a bit of their own spotting) the Elephant Hall and our grandson just loved the bushbucks who roam around the camp. Lots to see in the area and you can break up the day with stops at Oliphants or the big hide close to Phalaborwa Gate (having a senior moment and forget the name).

Balule - a lovely wild feeling camp and close enough to Oliphants and Satara for breaks to eat or look at river views or a pool. Then when you get back to camp at night, various animals come close to the perimeter fence and then a quiet place so the kids will sleep well.

For the final camp I am torn between Crocodile Bridge or even Skukuza. In the past we always avoided Skuks because it is so big but having stayed there on several occasions in recent years, once the camp gates have closed, it is actually really quiet. Sam loved walking along the fence to see what was about in the river bed and during the day, especially if it is very hot, a spell at Lake Panic would keep everyone entertained for as long as you want. If they need another walkabout, then the Nursery is somewhere for another break.

Wherever you decide to stay, may I wish you all a fantastic trip. It is now more than 3 years since we brought Sam and he is still talking about it!

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Magriet, I'm not sure which month you're planning to go, because I change itineraries according to season. Assuming it is before your next trip, I'd take into account the approaching summer heat when travelling with children. Sure, perhaps you keep your windows up and use aircon, but I like to drive with windows down to absorb the sensory diversity. Then again, if you're only planning on two nights per camp - I prefer a minimum of three when camping because of the setting up and packing out and in - I wouldn't travel vast distances between camps. Of course, everyone's advice is based on their own preferences, so this is but a guideline which you must adapt to suit your needs. Since you're already visiting Satara, Lower Sabie, and Skukuza - and assuming you don't want to repeat most of these camps, I'd personally go with:

Either:

Letaba/Olifants/Balule - 3 nights
Satara - 3 nights
Berg-en-Dal/Crocodile Bridge - 3 nights

or

Crocodile Bridge - 3 nights
Berg-en-Dal/Malelane - 3 nights
Lower Sabie/Skukuza - 3 nights

Game viewing is excellent in all these areas, there are suitable viewpoints to relax at, and many of the camps have swimming pools, beautiful shade trees, and good bird-watching.

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Hi Magriet,
Oh how I love camping and I believe that you are making the right choice to go camping with the kids :thumbs_up:
If it is summer it is best to go camping in camps with swimmingpools :D
So I would say:
-3 nights Letaba
-4 nights Satara
-3 nights Lower Sabie

As all these camps are in animal rich areas and they have shops if something is needed. They are also not near gates so you will 1 to 2 hours of peace and quiet before day visitors bother you :w:

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Hi there Magriet :D

I am going to rather go with Heksie's suggestion.

Balule is one of my favorite camps, but your children are still at an age where they need lots of activity. Many people who choose Balule do so because they want the peace and quiet. Keeping children entertained... and quiet at that age is going to pace a lot of stress on you all. (been there and done that)

I would also consider Skukuza, because it has a lot going in it for little ones.

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Biyamiti Bushveld Camp is also very nice to stay at.

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 Post subject: Re: Planning: Which camps?
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Thanks so much for all the advice so far.....

The trip some of you are seeing is my signature is what we did Dec last year.. :wink:

The one we have started on planning now is for Dec 2014.

So far I am agreeing on Letaba as my kids are normally not a problem, but I also thought Balule might not be entirely suited for them at this stage.

Last year was our first visit to Satara and we loved it will def go back. The last camp is still gonna be a challenge.......so please keep any suggestions coming...

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So how does the following sound:

3 nights at each of these camps which will then give us 12 nights

Letaba
Satara
Berg en Dal
Crocodile Bridge

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Sounds good to me, but then Croc Bridge is one of my favourite camps. :dance: :dance:
The staff are all so helpful, and it just feels like the bush somehow!!! :thumbs_up:

Wherever you decide............I wish you and the family a blessed time, full of wonderful sightings. :thumbs_up:

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Magriet, I took some Kruger novices to Croc Bridge in November and wished that I had booked into a camp with a pool. The temperatures can reach 44 degrees and it became quite unpleasant. It is a trip I never want to experience again. I am ok with heat, but many are not and children can get cranky.

I would consider thinking carefully about Croc Bridge. I love the camp, but it has very little for small children.

In high season the camping area can get quite crowded. I once stayed in a tent at the perimeter and 2 families, 12 people, squeezed in-between the 2 permanent tents. It was most unpleasant. This small area is not even suitable for 1 small tent.

Croc Bridge, like Pretorius Kop, is often a first night option. It is not a school holiday choice for me.

My suggestion would be to go the Lower Sabie option. The pool is a life saver.

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Hi Magriet

We spent many parts of holidays at Pretoriuskop when the kids were small and, a couple of years ago, introduced our one grandson to Kruger by staying there. The pool is a great drawcard and the resident Impala "herd" also entertained them immensely. Also close enough to Skukuza for a day/half day trip in that area.
Our suggestion is:
Pretoriuskop 3 nights
Letaba 4 nights
Satara 3 nights

.......but whatever you choose -Enjoy!

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Hi Magriet

We spent many parts of holidays at Pretoriuskop when the kids were small and, a couple of years ago, introduced our one grandson to Kruger by staying there. The pool is a great drawcard and the resident Impala "herd" also entertained them immensely. Also close enough to Skukuza for a day/half day trip in that area.
Our suggestion is:
Pretoriuskop 3 nights
Letaba 4 nights
Satara 3 nights

.......but whatever you choose -Enjoy!

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Magriet, I like the choice of camps, especially with regards to camping with kids.....except for Croc.Bridge.

I would add a day to each other camp - 4 days in one camping spot makes it enjoyable!

My vote is thus:

4 days Letaba
4 days Satara
4 days Berg-en-Dal

So many choices!

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I think a few nights at Olifants would be great too.

You can view game coming down to the river.
And the roads in the area, particularly to the south, are quite productive.


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