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Re: Advice needed for kruger honeymoon

Unread postby Tony Park » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:41 pm

Shimuwini bushveld camp. Most beautiful, romantic setting in Kruger. Nice and quiet.

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Re: Advice needed for kruger honeymoon

Unread postby Dan » Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:04 am

Hi Mars!
I had my honeymoon in Kruger and you cant go wrong!
Think if we should ever divorce I will bet the thing we will always agree on, is that Kruger is the place!

Inside Kruger, any camp with a river view is magic at dusk and dawn, if you will be awake by then.. :lol:
Punda with its rustic chalets and tents is very special,
Shingwedzi with Kanniedood dam night drive and Tshanga lookout is a winner.
Also much more quiet up north.
Lots of "alone" time on the road and lookout's.
Pafuri and the fever tree forest is absolute magic all the way to the confluence at Crook's corner.
Lower Sabie and a sunset at Sunset dam, oohhh, and not to mention a sundowner next to the river at the restaurant, followed by a movie at Letaba, where you can sit so close to each other..
But that's what so special about Kruger, so many places with so many different views and things to do, believe me you can't go wrong, no matter where you go! Just enjoy it!!
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Honeymoon in Kruger!!

Unread postby ishwinder » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:11 am

Hi All,

This is my first query/post on this forum. I am planning a 5 day honeymoon trip to SA in feb. I come from india, and having covered a lot of parks, ranging from tiger reserves to Gir (lion Sanctuaty) here, m looking forward to my first overseas game sighting trip. had the following queries:
1. Where to stay in Kruger: being a honeymoon, would want a comfortable acco!
2. Would be flying in to Jo'burg. whats the best way to reach kruger from there?
3. Should i Couple 2 days at Sun city with kruger to add a different flavor to the trip?

Looking forward to some informed advices!


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Re: Honeymoon in Kruger!!

Unread postby Skillie » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:30 am

Hi ishwinder and welcome to the forum.
February is a lovely time to visit the park, you will have a wonderful time!
Where to stay?
This depends on what your wildlife interests are.
As a general rule the further south the more animals you see, the further north less wildlife but more birds.
Satara is a good base as it is fairly central and you can travel up or down.
Depending how long your stay is dictates whether you stay in more than one place but I would recommend staying at least two nights in each camp on a first visit as moving every day can be time wasting, booking in etc as well as hard work.
Re accommodation the park has all sorts of accommodation from luxury river bungalows in Skukuza(a very large camp) to quiet bush camps, again a matter of personal taste.
In the south I would recommend Biyamiti bush camp as it is small and quiet and perfect for a honeymoon and Crocodile Bridge shop is close enough for supplies.
Further north Talamati Bush camp is also lovely and fairly off the beaten track.
At Olifants the river view bungalows are terrific and the newly renovated Lower Sabie river bungalows are also very comfortable. Spoilt for choice!

From Joburg, presumably you're renting a car?
For game viewing most people recommend a combi or similar as you sit higher.
The N12 and then the N4 takes you all the way to the Kruger.
They are toll roads so you'll need Rands to pay.
We use them as it's much faster and considered safer than the smaller roads, it depends on the experience you want and the time factor.
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Re: Honeymoon in Kruger!!

Unread postby saraf » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:33 am

Hi Ishwinder, welcome to the forum and congratulations on your wedding.

Firstly if you are planning for Feb 2010 then you need to book fairly soon.
Availability in the various camps can be seen here.

If you are on honeymoon then you want as little stress as possible so I would suggest flying into one of the 3 airports that serve the KNP. KMIA for the south, Hoedspruit for the central area and Phalaborwa for the north/central north areas.

For peace and quiet then I would go for the bush camps like Biyamiti, Talamati, Sirheni, Shimuwini or Bataleur .
The down side of these is that there is no restaurants in these camps and it depends if you want to cook for yourselves on your honeymoon.

If you want to go for the main camps then I would recommend Lower Sabie and Olifants and try to get perimeter accommodation (any accommodation with a code ending with U).
To me these are the camps that combine spectacular views from the camp with good game viewing roads nearby.

Try also to get accommodation with WC and shower.
This all depends on what is available so have a look what is left as soon as possible.
If Lower Sabie has Luxury Safari tents (LSTU) then book those as they are something different.

Those are my thoughts but I'm sure others will have different views.

Have a great trip.
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Re: Honeymoon in Kruger!!

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:55 am

Hi Ishwinder and a very warm welcome :D
You have been given very good advice there.
February is one of the hottest months, so units with aircon would be essential.
I would check on that before making a booking.

In terms of driving down, that would not be a problem at all.
Once out of J'burg, the roads are fairly straight forward. 2 nights in 2 camps sounds great.
Feb is not such a busy month, so I am sure that you can find something good.

If you would consider "fans" in luxury tents, rather than air con in bungalows, I would recommend Tambotie and the river side bungalows at Lower Sabie.
They must be my all time favourites.
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Double Beds??

Unread postby mitch » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:38 am

Hi All

Hope everyone had a good weekend.

Myself and SO are planning our honeymoon in September this year, which we hoping will include a few days in KNP. Obviously because it is our honeymoon, a double bed is a necessity. Now we know by experience that you can push the 2 single beds together, but as those who have done this also know that it isn't exactly ideal.

So my question is: Does anyone have a solution to this?
Have checked at all the accomadation and can only find a double bed at Tambotie.
Can some camps place double beds in rooms on request?

Any info would be a great help
Many thanks.


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Re: Double Beds??

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:44 am

Morning Mitch, I had the same problem during my honeymoon and had single beds throughout the trip.
The only other camp we found double beds was Talamati and really don't know if camps offer the choice between between room with two single or double beds.
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Re: Double Beds??

Unread postby molpol40 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:04 am

Hi mitch

the luxury bungalows at skukuza have double beds, my mum and dad stayed in one of these bungalows, they have a river view. also, pretoriuskop have some accommodation with double beds.
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Re: Double Beds??

Unread postby iNgisi » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:23 am

Hello Mitch
Try BD2D accommodation in Shingwedzi, it is also perimeter.

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Re: Double Beds??

Unread postby Hugh » Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:02 pm

We usually take a king-size mattress cover and and King-size fitted sheet with us .. and then we push the beds together and we have a King-size bed..!!!
Otherwise we share a single bed!!!
BUT on honeymoon that would not necessarily be ideal .
We did it 40 years ago and in those days all the mattresses were coir and if you wanted a innerspring it was 1/6 extra. !!!
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Re: Double Beds??

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:07 pm

Rolling up a bedspread and putting that in the gap between the matresses sort of works.

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Re: Double Beds??

Unread postby pnm » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:16 pm

Hut A27 in Shingwedzi has a double bed - and I have a photo to prove it. I stayed there last year July It is a brilliant hut - stand alone on the perimeter. Thatched roof, lovely verandah to sit on and a resident tree mouse in the Mopane that abuts the verandah. There is a thicket right nearby filled with birds.

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Re: Double Beds??

Unread postby BushChicken » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:57 pm

We stayed at Shimuwini up north in October last year. I cant remember the number but it was the only one with a loft upstairs. It was situated right in the middle of the row of bungalows. The main bedroom downstairs had a double bed. The bedroom and lounge both had sliding doors overlooking the river. The swimming pool was right behind this bungalow. This was the only bungalow that had a lounge inside. All the others only had chairs outside. Certainly can recommend this bungalow for a honeymoon.

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Re: Double Beds??

Unread postby wacktazz » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:19 pm

Berg n dal family cottages has got one double bed
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