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 Post subject: Re: Letaba or Olifants?
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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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 Post subject: Re: Letaba or Olifants?
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Letaba or Olifants?
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yoda wrote:
I say Olifants.

We had the same thoughts as rcrRodrigo regarding our upcoming Kruger trip ......Letaba or Olifants :hmz:

Only thing, we don’t have kids, yet…….

The debate between me and SO went round and round in circles.... :slap:
Lush Letaba with its local camp inhabitants, stunning bird life, river views, Elephant Hall, so-so game viewing and that sparkling cool pool......or
Olifants with its breath-taking vistas, surprisingly abundant wildlife and star gazing potential (and soon new pool) ... we eventually decided on Olifants as the better option for us (okay the fact that we’re fortunate to always see our fair share of leopards around Olifants was the deciding factor :P ).

However, that being said..... if we had kids, I wouldn’t have hesitated taking them to Letaba instead
(As a child it used to be my favourite camp) :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Letaba or Olifants?
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Thank you everyone for all the tips. I'm gonna take it into consideration before take my decision.


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 Post subject: Re: Letaba or Olifants?
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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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 Post subject: Re: Letaba or Olifants?
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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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 Post subject: Re: Camp Choice??
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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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 Post subject: Re: Camp Choice??
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If I had a choice of camping at LS or Skuk, I would definitely choose Croc Bridge.......

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 Post subject: Re: Camp Choice??
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Bush Baptist wrote:
If I had a choice of camping at LS or Skuk, I would definitely choose Croc Bridge.......


:lol: :lol: :lol: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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I agree with Bush Baptist

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 Post subject: Re: Camp Choice??
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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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 Post subject: Re: Camp Choice??
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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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 Post subject: Re: Camp Choice??
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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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