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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Advise
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:04 pm 
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Hi

Pretoriuskop is very different from the mentioned camps as the game viewing is not the best, there is no river waterhole view and camp is not the scenic. That being said, it is one of my favorites. You must get one of the great bungalows overlooking the veld on the way to the pool. A braai is great idea. Also a swim in the best pool in kruger is a great idea! So spend time at the right bungalow, swim by the pool and do the voortrakker road drive!

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Advise
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I always like to stop at Mitomeni on the Voortrekker road. Its a lovely peaceful place surrounded by Jakkleberry trees.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Advise
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Seen Leopard on the Fayi loop, and lots of bird life early morning at Mestel Dam.

One of the few camps that has retained its charm


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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Advise
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I have a very soft spot for Pretorius Kop. It has a charm all of its own. It is possibly a camp that can be enjoyed at every level. The historical significance of the camp is enormous. It is Harry Wolhuter's stomping ground.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Advise
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:53 am 
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Hi Riaan

Pretoriuskop is not a Gameviewers paradise as such, but a really awesome experience.

Seen sable from there twice(shabeni loop and Shitlave dam), Tsetsebe on Voortrekker and all big 5 in the vicinity, also Cheetah near Mestel. So yes the animals are all there, just look.

Shabeni loop is a must, and I love the Fayi loop, see all the plains game.

Best interaction with ellies on Shabeni. Grass was long (higher than a Nissan X-Trail), so before I realised I was in the middle of a breeding herd, switched off the engine (not much more you can do :roll: ), got ready to take a snap or 2. Then it happened, I heard the grass next to my drivers side move and a strange noise. i slowly turned my head and looked smack bang into an ellie trumpet barely outside the window(my windows are always open). He stood there and smelled the car, looked me straight in the eye and then left as quietly as he came. I never breathed so softly in my life. Just proof that the "boring"(lot of people do not like the area at all) Pretoriuskop can also deliver amazing experiences.

IN OTHER WORDS GO AND ENJOY WHEREVER YOU GO!!!! HAVE FUN!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Advise
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:17 am 
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We have seen cheetah several times on the main road near PKop Camp, and loads of rhino.

The pool is indeed the best in the park, for when you have finished your game viewing.

We also love Shitelhave Dam, though sadly sundowners (of the alcoholic nature) are no longer permitted!! :cry:

Safe travels and hope that you have a wonderful stay! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Advise
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:29 pm 
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Hi Riaan,

I am sure you will have a wonderful time at P-Kop - it really does have a charm of its own.

For what it's worth from our experiences, I would be ready to leave at camp opening and head towards Numbi gate and then take the Albasini road (past Mestel) where we have seen cheetah and serval, turn eastwards along the Doispane road and stop off at Lake Panic. Retrace your route for a while and take the S65 southwards (have had wonderful lion and giraffe sightings along this road), then on to Transport Dam for an hour or so (just never know what will come to drink here, both birds and mammals) then slowly back towards camp calling at Shitlhave and a quick look around the Fayi Loop. That should give you some good sightings for day 1. Day 2 I would try the Fayi loop to start, thern amble along the Voortrekker road, have a break at Afsaal and then go north either on the tar H3 or the sand S114 to check out Biyamiti weir and back to camp via Transport, Shitlhave Dams. We have also been lucky with bird sightings actually in the camp itself. I am sure you will have a fabulous time whichever road you travel.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Advise
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:19 pm 
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Hi Riaanf31

Pretoriuskop is a very special place! Birding inside the camp is spectacular...
We were there last December, and you can glance at what we experienced. Will be back this coming December for another 7 nights!
TR: viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=50662&start=45

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Advise
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:09 pm 
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Hi Cheetah,

Your speedy cat was seen on the Mphongolo Loop about 1km north of the Sandpiper waterhole. There was a Hyena den nearby too, but can't remember the exact distance North of the waterhole, but approx 1km and the den was in the piping under the road for water overflow.

The S56 was teaming with a massive herd of buffs as we approached the Babalala picnic and waterhole. Not the first time, we had to wait a good 30 minutes for them to clear off.

To all,

What are 5 good birds to look out for in Pretoriuskop area and when is the last time anybody has seen a Pel's Fishing Owl, never seen one and odds are getting smaller.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Advise
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Pretoriuskop is one of our favourite camps, it has the most fabulous pool and last year we saw 7 wild dog about 3km from camp and we were with them for about 20 mins on our own!! :D
we've had fab rhino sightings also
My girls love this area because of the history of 'Jock of the Bushveld'
It may be hard viewing in the summer time but we have had some fantastic sights there.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop rocks!!!!!!!
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:53 am 
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KDJ, I am sure if you have a look Here you will be able to get a pretty good idea what the sites are like.
Enjoy your trip. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop rocks!!!!!!!
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Hi KDJ

Pretoriuskop is such a nice place to camp. It is clean and friendly (has one of the cleanest ablution blocks I have seen in Kruger, the top one that is) and the staff are always helpfull. Just watch out for the more hairy inhabitants i.e. Vervet monkeys, they are a nuisance so dont keep any food stuff inside your tent :tongue:
Fortunately, it is not as popular as some of the other camps in KNP but that is perfect for me as you dont tend to get the hoards of obnoxious 'Lion hunter' types who have little or no respect for anyone and take up half the camp grounds with one caravan (well in my experience at least).

Some camp sites tend to be on a bit of a slope but if you are lucky there are some really nice level ones and most are shady enough.

Enjoy it :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:53 pm 
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Hi Anne-marie
No photo's but about 5 min of video-yes the trip report wil come in due course
Friedrich-the new Picknick spot is not finished yet-was closed when we passed it and looks like lots of building still going on.
The area seems to have escaped a lot of burning this year with just small patches here and there that was burned-grass was very long still in places that made game viewing difficult,even from a double cab.


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 Post subject: Pretoriuskop Camp Layout
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Can someone please tell me which bungalows have been assigned to the BD2Z range. Much appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Camp Layout
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Hi Tollie,

I am not sure if you mean what type and the facilities of that particular bungalow?
but here are the details as per the website.

Here

Hope it helps.

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