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Re: Orpen or Biyamiti - End March 2015?

Unread postby gjorgi » Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:57 pm

Biyamiti for sure!! As Suebfly said the roads, specifically the private road to Biyamiti, are a bit of a problem. We were there about a month ago in a Golf6 and trying NOT to scrape the bottom of the car at meant driving so carefully that it took as 1.5hours to do the 18km to Biyamiti coming from the north.

Will still go with Biyamiti though!!! Just need a care with a little bit of clearance....sure my Toyota Tazz would have done much better than the golf!! :D

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Re: Orpen or Biyamiti - End March 2015?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:17 pm

hilda wrote:Biyamiti would be my choice for sure, if you could get a booking! :dance: :dance:


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Letaba or Olifants?

Unread postby rcrRodrigo » Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:20 pm

Hi, I'm planning a trip for next year and I really can't decide betwwen Letaba or Olifants. I like views, but I will be with a children ( 5 years old boy) and I'm not sure witch Camp is a better option with children. Can anyone give some tip? After this camp, I'm going to Satara.

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Re: Letaba or Olifants?

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:30 pm

My vote would be Letaba for children.
Apart from nice grounds to run around in, there is also the Elephant Hall which they should find very interesting.
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Re: Letaba or Olifants?

Unread postby saraf » Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:32 pm

Hi rcrRodrigo, welcome to the forums.

I think that perhaps Letaba's lay out will be better for him to run off some energy, it has more open spaces and a pool (although I believe the Olifants pool will be finished soon).
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Re: Letaba or Olifants?

Unread postby Mellory » Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:58 pm

Welcome rcrRodrigo. I agree Letaba better camp for children regarding layout, Oliphants for view.
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Re: Letaba or Olifants?

Unread postby Stark » Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:37 am

I agree, Letaba is very nice for children. :thumbs_up: My son (then 11) enjoyed the pool, elephant hall, walkway along the river, and the in-camp wildlife.
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Re: Letaba or Olifants?

Unread postby yoda » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:28 am

I am going to go against the trend here......

I say Olifants.
It must be my fave camp in Kruger.

The view is fantastic. You can spend hours watching the river, and game coming down to drink.

From Olifants, you can either go visit Letaba - the Elephant Hall etc.
Or go south to the productive plains towards Satara.

Letaba is quiet. It is Elephant country, but I find general sightings a bit sparse. But from my experience kids can get bored without regular sightings.

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Re: Letaba or Olifants?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:40 am

Lepardfan wrote:Hi rcrRodrigo, depending on how much time you are going to be spending in the camp, Letaba will be a great option.

Should you decide to drive around a lot, then I agree with yoda, children do get bored if there is very few sightings.


That is a good point, which is why I would suggest drives towards the south of the Park.

I would always prepare very well for the period in the car. Before a certain age, my children could be bored at lion sightings.

I would still go with Letaba, as it has lots of place for little legs to run around and under a certain age, children often don't understand the concept beautiful view. They just want to have fun.
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Re: Letaba or Olifants?

Unread postby RhymeZA » Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:58 pm

Hi rcrRodrigo

having just visited both Letaba and Olifants with an 18-month old I have to agree on Letaba:
1) Large garden areas to play + they're flat, meaning less falling down :wink:
2) Elephant hall
3) Lots of animal visitors in camp (bushbuck, guinea fowl, vervets, bush babies and even a water monitor!)
4) Lovely swimming pool
5) Sightings wise Letaba probably edged Olifants during the last week

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Re: Camp Choice??

Unread postby 123 » Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:34 pm

Hallo everybody

Advice please.
If you have a choice between camping ( caravan ) @ Lower Sabie or Skukuza in October, which would you choose and why?

I need some help to make up my mind ( the part that i have not lost yet ) please!

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Re: Camp Choice??

Unread postby Carol g » Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:27 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:If I had a choice of camping at LS or Skuk, I would definitely choose Croc Bridge.......


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Re: Camp Choice??

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:03 am

I would as well, but I have learnt from bitter experience that for some people more facilities are essential... like a swimming pool in summer.

Skuks has better camping facilities and more on offer if you have children.

Lower Sabie has some of the best roads for sightings. The camping is quite cramped though if you like a bit of space.

Skuks is rather pleasant for evening strolls. Watching the animals at night can be quite entertaining.

If I were to be staying in bungalows or permanent tents, I would not hesitate to choose Lower Sabie. My dislike of people crowding my personal space, would make me choose Skuks for camping. :hmz:
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Re: Camp Choice??

Unread postby 123 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:39 pm

Thank you for the advice everybody.

I take note of the Crocodile Bridge suggestion :lol: but i have to consider the rest of the family when deciding. Pool, restaurant, shopping etc.
Meandering Mouse wrote:My dislike of people crowding my personal space, would make me choose Skuks for camping.
I think i will stick with my current reservation @ Skukuza as i also do like a little bit of personal space around me.
I must admit that the roads around Lower Sabie and the Mugg & Bean might just convince me to tolerate "invaders" for a night or two in future.

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Re: Camp Choice??

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:58 am

123, when I think of camping at Skuks, it is usually with a sense of fondness. I have also found the ablution facilities clean and well looked after. The camp itself has some beautiful gardens that are havens for birds and smaller mammals.

There is a group of banded mongoose that seem to have made a home close to one of swimming pools.

The night time activity includes lots of bush babies and it is really worth taking a stroll down the promenade to look for activity on the Sabie river. Take a good torch to look for night time creatures.
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