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Re: Best KNP northern camps

Unread postby anne-marie » Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:00 pm

welcome to the forum Terry73 :D

going to the North, what a good choice :clap:
I love it, no crowded... contrario of the South

I love Mopani for the view (if you ask for a bungalow with it)
Shimuwini is nice too, I love too
both well situated, near Mooiplaas and Tiongonyeni
and what about Bateleur, nice for birding and Sirheni
don't forget the S56 (between Shingwedzi and Babalala) for me one the most beautiful road in the park
from Punda Maria (I love the tents) don't forget to go to Pafuri... and say hello to Franck, please :wink:
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Re: Best KNP northern camps

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:22 pm

Hi Terry and a very warm welcome to the forum! :clap:

Lots of great advice from fellow mites who love the north as I do! :thumbs_up:

Maybe have a read through some of the choices that have been suggested.

Mopani

Shingwedzi

Shimuweni

Bateleur

Sirheni

Just remember the bush camps do not have restaurants if that is what you require but are very quiet and remote.

Good luck but whatever choice you make it will be :thumbs_up:
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Re: Best KNP northern camps

Unread postby Terry73 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:28 pm

Thank you Chirinda, Elsa and Anne Marie for your valuable advice. I would love to stay at Shingwedzi but unfortunately there is not much in the way of accommodating 4 together :-(, so I will need to opt to stay close in one of the bush camps. I will request a bungalow with a view in Mopani; I stayed there many years ago and had a magnificent spot.

Thanks again!

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Re: Best KNP northern camps

Unread postby cheetahlady » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:12 pm

Terry73

I am not sure if your 4 people include kids or not. If not, consider two x 2people units. Most camps try to keep groups together and you can email / call with specific hut requests as long as the numbers you request match your unit type.

At Punda Maria, regular accom is either 2 or 3. Tents are 2 people and there are two family units that can accommodate up to 6 people.

Shingwedzi used to have units for 4 people. The 2 people huts are great as well.

We have stayed at all the northern camps. They all have pros & cons. depends on what you are looking for.

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Re: Best KNP northern camps

Unread postby Terry73 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:58 am

Thanks Cheetahlady.
The group includes kids, too young to sleep in their own bungalow. I worry they may be too disruptive for the bush camps but unfortunately the Shingwedzi has little availability to sleep 4 together. At least Mopani caters well for families from what I can see (larger bungalows, pool, etc).

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Re: Best KNP northern camps

Unread postby cheetahlady » Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:44 pm

Hi Terry73,

Punda Maria - try for one of the family units. A 3 bed maybe okay if SANParks lets you have an additional person. The 3 bed units are a reasonable size.

We stayed at. Bateleur in July. The family next to us had small kids. No issue- in fact a bigger issue was a bunch of 20somethings who decided to party until 11pm, music included. :roll: When our son was small, we would let him run around during the day, but in the evenings we expected him to keep the volume down. We have stayed in bush veld camps since he was 18 months old. Usually the huts are sufficiently spaced out that it is no issue.

Mopani. Is a great camp for families. I would recommend a 6 bed as it has plenty of space. We stayed in a bd4v (no 49). It had a main room with double bed, and a small alcove with bunk beds, so it does fit 4 but not much space inside.

Sirheni is also good.

Shimuweni had a great lawn area in front of the huts (we last stayed there in 2006). May still have that since the floods, but I am not sure.

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Re: Best KNP northern camps

Unread postby Terry73 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:19 pm

Lovely! Thanks so much for all your advice.

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Re: Camp Choice??

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:41 am

Talamati is a beautiful, peaceful bushveld camp, and the game viewing is often good around there. I do however have slight reservations about the lack of road variety there, and that parts of the road from Talamati to the Rabelais Hut is often very corrugated. Not sure what its state is at the moment.
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Re: Camp Choice??

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:28 am

Talamati does have two bird hides and is in a productive game area ..... might be a nice experience, and will be peaceful. But in my mind, Talamati and Satara are very much in the same type of 'area'.

Is it possible to book us into the same unit in one camp, but separate units in the second camp? On the booking page I get the impression you have to do one or the other for a trip?!
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Re: Camp Choice??

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:04 am

I am still toying with a plan for Kruger. Instead of having a stopover outside the park, we are considering using Berg en Dal, Malelane or Crocodile Bridge for 1 night in order to give us an extra day in the park. I wonder whether it is possible to do:

Berg en Dal/Malelane/Crocodile Bridge 1 night
Olifants/Satara/Talamati 2/3 nights
Lower Sabie 2 nights

I'd love to hear your views as the permutations keep going round and round in my head!!
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Re: Camp Choice??

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:08 am

Hi Graham, I agree with OWN and DB about Satara. I love Talamati as a camp, but you will have newbies with you. Going anywhere from Talamati is going to take time. From Satara you can point the car in any direction and just hit the road.

The first night at Malelane or Croc Bridge sounds good. Lower Sabie tents are my favorite treat. 8)

My suggestion would be Satara and Lower Sabie and possibly Malelane or Berg n Dal. I have a bit of a soft spot for Malelane and of course it is Eco junkie's stomping ground.

If it was going to be 6 nights I would suggest

Malelane
Satara 2 nights
If you can get a perimeter bungalow Olifants 1 night
Lower Sabie 2 nights.
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Re: Camp Choice??

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:52 am

Just to let you know what we decided:

1 night Berg en Dal
3 nights Satara
2 nights Croc Bridge

Sadly the equipped Malelane units are unavailable next August, same with Olifants BBD2V and LS LST3U. We could always swap later, but I think for newbies, what we have is pretty good! Hopefully I can change one of the Satara units to a BD2V before August..

Thanks for all your suggestions! :D
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Re: Camp Choice??

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:56 pm

Looks good Graham and I think will give you all a good overview of the prime game viewing areas! :thumbs_up:
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Planning: Which camps?

Unread postby Magriet » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:44 pm

So I needs my fellow Kruger mites to give some advise again please.....

If you had give or take 10 days in the park (camping with tent or caravan) which camps would you go to.

The following factors must be kept in mind pls:
1. We will have 2 kids with us (4 and 6)
2. We would prefer going from middle(not higher than Letaba/Olifants) to the South.
3. We would like 2 nights in a camp but not more than 3.

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Re: Planning: Which camps?

Unread postby Foxy » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:20 pm

Balule is a must.

Satara and the bonus of a swimming pool if you are there is summer with lots of roads to travel.

Crocodile Bridge, a lovely little camp.


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