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Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:10 am 
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This might seem like a mundane question :redface:, does one hire a skottel at the picnic spots or should I lug mine from camp?


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Not a mundane question at all, Figjam. Yes, you can hire a skottel.

Another picnic spot worth thinking about is Skukuza day visitor's area.

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Yes Skukuzas day visitors area is really nice!! between the bushes and the birdlife are great!


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 Post subject: Picnic Spots, Orpen & Satara
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We stayed at Skukuza at the end of May and managed to have breakfast at two picnic spots namely Tshokwane and Nkuhlu,
We really had a great time at both picnic spots.
Now my wife to be and myself will be spending part of honeymoon at Tamboti for five nights.
My question is are there any picnic spots in the Orpen and Satara area that could compare with the last two that we 'picniced' at?
Any that we should consider?

Any advice will be quite helpful as it would allow me to plan my routes effectively.
Although route plans always fall by the weigh side!

Thanks in advance

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 Post subject: Re: Picnic Spots, Orpen & Satara
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There are three in that area Figjam.
The one is the Timbavati picnic spot up the S39 as you are heading towards Satara from Orpen.
I have been there and it is really a great spot and sometimes if you are lucky it will be very quiet.

The second I have not been to but it is on the S36 downwards as you are heading towards Satara from Orpen called the Muzandzeni.

The last is the Nwanetsi picnic spot.
I love this one as the view is really beautiful and the drive towards the picnic spot is very rewarding as well.

Hope this helps :)


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Near Satara you have two decent picnic spots
Timbavati and Nwanetsi, with toilets.
At Timbavati you can buy cold drinks.

But they both dont have the take-a-way (food) facilities like the two you have visited.

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I had a look at the map earlier on and saw all three in the area.
I'm not to concerned about the takeaways as we prefer to do the whole bacon and eggs breakfast anyway.
Do any of the three spots have skottel hire as an option?

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Another one you can go to is Nhlanguleni.
Depends on how far you want to drive in a day :D
Also a very basic, peaceful picnic place with no take-aways.


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There are also many picnic spots and other visitor get out points distributed throughout the park.
At the picnic spots visitors can (for a nominal fee) hire gas skottels (outdoor elevated frying pans) to cook meals on.
These pans are cleaned by the attending staff, thus meaning people don’t have to worry about carrying cumbersome and greasy pans in their vehicles.

Timbavati and Nwanetsi have skottles.

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We have often cooked breakfast out at Muzandzeni, and there are definitely skottels available there.


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When in KNP in April 2008, we found Muzandzeni and Nhlnaguleni an absolute joy.

They are very much "old Kruger" and both sites are definitely on my next KNP to do list.

From now on, next time and every time I stay at Satara, I will be having brekkie at Muzandzeni instead of Timbavati.

Don't get me wrong, Timbavati is 8) . Just not as special as the other two.

As for the s39 and s40, never seen anything special on either road, ever.

While at Tamboti / Orpen, take a spin down to Ngenyeni Dam the day you have brekkie at Muzandzeni. I loved this place.

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 Post subject: Re: Picnic Spots, Orpen & Satara
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Were at Muzanzedzi in September 2010.
Had skottels then for hire.
Very nice spot.
Nice and quiet out of season.
Waterhole close by and had giraffe looking at us eating breakfast.
Enjoy your trip and honeymoon


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I have checked out Nwetsi, Timbavati and Muzadenzi in November :D :D

Nwanetsi has a stunning view!! Braai skottels and everything was in order :thumbs_up:

Timbavati is also an enchanting spot in the park! all was in order here! Enjoyed watching a tame bushbuck, bataleur in the sky, and elephants in the river bed whilst at the picnic spot :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Muzadenzi is the most inviting!! When I was there in the morning I could hear the lions roaring! :big_eyes: One cannot judge how far away they were, but we didn;t know if we should carry on at the picnic sight or go back to our car :big_eyes:

All three are fantastic!! :D :D

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 Post subject: Not enough picnic spots in the north
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And this is where I now see that basically , up north, there are only two - namely Pafuri and Babalala .
Further south, especially around Satara, there are at least 4 or even 5 to choose from and all within a ( relatively short ) driving distance of about 20 kilometers from camp.
But up north, those picnic spots are some distance away - Pafuri is about 50 km from Punda , and Babalala about 40 km.
Shingwedzi , certainly one of my favourite camps , is even worse off - 30 km from Babalala , 60 km from Mooiplaas , and a whopping 90 km from Pafuri :big_eyes:

So where else up north ?
Maybe Tshanga ( about 30 km ) can be developed into one :hmz:

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Tshanga has a table and a few benches to sit down and have brekkies at, but you would need to take all your own cooking equipment.


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