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Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:46 am 
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I believe there is one at Letaba Day Visitor area . And the pool at Olifants should be ready soon.


I saw on a FB post over the weekend, that Olifants swimming pool will only be finished 2015 January 31st. :wall:

Can someone maybe get clarity on this?

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According to the SANparks technical department the swimming pool will only be operational at the end of Jan 2015. Another thing is why should I have to pay to swim at the day visitors pool when in Letaba? I have paid entrance/conservation fee, I am not a day visitor, I am spending almost 2 weeks in the Kruger? When out driving for the day and we stop at a camp to use the bathroom or the shop and there is a pool, we always swim, are we not allowed to? I thought if you are overnighting in the park you can make use of any pool, the rule only applies to day visitors?

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Fair comment, I wasn't aware you had to pay at letaba.

However as I understand it unless you are booked into that particular camp you are considered a day visitor. The swimming pools are only set up to cope with the visitors that can be accommodated in that particular camp and in the height of summer even then can become overcrowded.

Put it this way, if I am staying in a camp I do not want hoards of people tramping past my accommodation or wandering around where they have no business being.

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Tent Dweller, we were there two Decembers ago and were waved in when we showed our entry permit. Unless things have changed, it should not be an issue.

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MM, we stayed in Letaba over Dec 2013, we swam in the pool at the Day visitors area after paying a R10.00 entrance fee each, the pool in the camp itself was very, very full and busy. We were the only ones in the day visitors pool, maybe because of the R10.00 per person charge?

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We intend staying two nights in Pretoriuskop an two nights in Lower Sabie and want to plan a final night quite close to one of the exit gates. If you were to choose between one night at Skukuza or one night at Crocodile Bridge, which camp would you choose? (I am aware of the the fact that CB has no pool and restauarant. We will be more than happy to do without such luxuries if we would have more memorable sightings).

We chose Pretoriuskop soley for the fact that it offered budget accommodation large enough to accomodate the entire family, with its own bathroom, however I've read that sightings in the area are not very good. Are we making a mistake by choosing this camp? (My sister and her family will be joining us, and this will be their first ever visit to the Kruger and first overnight stay in a national park, so I would like to ensure they have amemorable trip.)

Your advice will be greatly appreciated.


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Hi ilovenationaparks.

Pretoriuskop is one of our favorite camps, and yes sometimes the sightings might not be that "good". Of course it all depends on being on the right time at the right place, just like all other areas in Kruger. we once had 4 of the big 5 in one trip towards Transport dam :mrgreen: . Your opportunity to see Sable is also quite good in that area, as well as cheetah.

Both Skukuza and CB offer great opportunities regarding game viewing, CB is a lovely camp but being close to the sugar cane plantaions might be a mood spoiler for some but still the game viewing in the area will make up for it. Skukuza can be very busy but again at night time the camp, for me is quite quiet. :) .

If it was me I would have gone for CB, have a wonderful stay :thumbs_up:

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Totally agree with Lepardfan.

The Pkop area is good for all of the so called "big5' except leopard, but the grass can get thick so you might have to work hard. It is also one of the few areas to find tsessebe, Lichtenstein's hartebeest and sable.

Fayi loop, Transport Dam & Mestel Dam roads could well be productive.

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I've come to realise over the years that EVERY part of Kruger is special in its own way, and I have seen magnificent sightings at every camp I have stayed. I enjoy the atmosphere at Pretoriuskop and a swim in the rock pool is like no other. The drive to Skukuza from there can be very rewarding - especially if you'e looking for cats - and don't forget to stop over at Transport Dam on the way. Also, I've seen cheetah regularly on that tar road and the dirt roads that go north. The Napi Loop can often throw in a surprise as well.

Between Skukuza and Croc Bridge is a difficult choice, especially for only one night. Both areas are superb for game viewing. I assume you're staying in huts/chalets, in which case I might prefer Skukuza especially as Croc Bridge, as has been mentioned, is close to the farmlands and sometimes outside noises. Yet, I absolutely love the lawn areas around the chalets at Croc Bridge as well. My advice is to go with whatever you choose, and it will be the right choice!

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Thank you to everyone for your valuable inputs.


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I always stay at Skukuza on my last night.
It is in the south, so not too far back to Jhb.
And one has a 2/3 hour drive to Melalane Gate so still one last chance for special sightings.


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