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 Post subject: Re: Camp Choice??
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:04 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Camp Choice??
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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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 Post subject: Re: Camp Choice??
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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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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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 Post subject: Planning: Which camps?
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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.

Thanks for help!!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Planning: Which camps?
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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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 Post subject: Re: Planning: Which camps?
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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?
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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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 Post subject: Re: Planning: Which camps?
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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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 Post subject: Re: Planning: Which camps?
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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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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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