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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:20 pm

Has anyone stayed at the Doherty Bryant house in Pretoriuskop? Is it similar as for example Waterkant1 in Skukuza where the rooms are also separate? Thanks :thumbs_up:.
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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby squirrel81 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:09 pm

Dear Grantmissy,
it might be very possible that you will be disappointed. Please have a look on the official pictures from SanPark. The Video you will also find there will give you a real idea of what to expect.

To my opinion you can`t compare it with Waterkant 1 (Skukuza).

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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby wildebeeste » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:45 am

We have also stayed in guesthouses, Stanley in Satara and ABSA in Skukuza.
We took our children and grandchildren to Kruger (all 10 of us) in May 2012 and they were gob-smacked by these two guesthouses.

ABSA had incredible views of Sabie River with many sightings of Hippos, Crocodiles, Buffaloes and Elephants.
We were entertained by Banded Mongooses and countless birds.
Although there were a few maintenance problems, the majority of the facilities were to die for.
Our housekeeper Veronica was very special and assisted in every way she could.

Stanley was very, very special and our family was even more delighted with it.
The fittings were magnificent, with carved wooden doors and remnants of the Stanley Family's presence.
It had views of a nearby waterhole with a constant parade of animals.
We even had a Honey Badger in our garden.
We had no problems with maintenance and were well looked after by our helper Betty.

Our biggest regret is that we don't have anybody to justify booking these guesthouses in the future.
If anybody would like to volunteer to share them with us, we would be absolutely delighted.

How about some Forum members developing such a system?

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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:53 am

In 2010 we stayed at Wells Guest House in Satara.
The house had a brand new lounge suite, dining room table and chairs and a new TV set.
The rest of the fitting although old looking, were in perfect nik.

One day while everyone took a mid afternoon siesta, I read through the guest book.
There were many complaints about the condition of the house.
Then 2 entries before what would be ours, we saw an entry by the camp manager that went along the lines of; thanks for the feedback, in response new furniture and some repairs.

So, it might take a while, but some camp managers do pay attention to feedback.
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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby AlexNBM » Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:21 am

Thanks for the info! I haven't stayed in ABSA, Wells or Stanley for at least 10 years as these were the older houses and I figured that if the newer ones are in such a state of disrepair then the older ones can only be worse!
I will definitely give them a try in the future!
Most of the guest houses have fabulous locations - either on the River or at Waterholes - this is just another reason why they are our favourite spots!
And Roodewal is very special - as you hire the whole camp for yourself and there is nobody else there.
I think it sleeps 16 and it's on a dry riverbed.
We didn't see any animals pass the camp, but it was my favourite camp ever.
Only downfall - no electricity so in the summer heat you will die of heat up there as there are no air-cons.
But highly recommend the camp in the cooler months!

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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby suebfly » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:25 pm

I splashed out in December so we could have the Fish Eagle Cottage at Letaba - a HUGE expense for so few people.
It was worth every cent.
Our own private hide and we had that incredible area all to ourselves.
Owls, bushbabies, dwarf mongoose, an albino squirrel that we called Flash, all sorts of other things and right at the fence so you felt as if you were IN the park.
Sadly will not be able to justify that expense again :cry:

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Re: P.Joubert Guest House (P'kop) vs ABSA Guest House (Skuku

Unread postby wbevents » Wed May 01, 2013 10:37 am

hi beeerad

been in both,altough only once in joubert.

for me/us, ABSA house by a mile. Last time our family have been to Absa we were 8 adults and 10 children.

Nicer view...awesome river view with sightings of various animals
Big boma for bushveld braai
house and bedrooms in overall better condition
in general beter game viewing in the area (personal exprerience)

Have a look at the guesthouse topic, photos and discriptions on both...

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Re: P.Joubert Guest House (P'kop) vs ABSA Guest House (Skuku

Unread postby MarkusF » Wed May 01, 2013 11:08 am

Agree with wbevents on ABSA guest house as a better option.
Also stayed at both a few years back and at the time ABSA were in better shape.
Don't know the current conditions or if both were revamped a bit.
Even though that Skukuza is a very busy camp, I would opt to stay at ABSA.

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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby Rubicon » Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:40 pm

Hi All some recent feedback on some houses we stayed in this year:

January Rhino Berg en dal and Waterkant Skukuza

Rhino is a nice house and in good condition but the view is not great. Overall not recommended if you are like us that like sitting and watching animals from the stoep all day.

Waterkant 1 rates in my books as one of the best. The house is in great condition and the view is good but slightly restricted. We had leopard and Lion sightings one night

April Nshawa Olifants and Frankel Satara
Nshawa is not in great shape and very neglected but if you can look past this , it is the best view in Kruger. 270 degrees of private viewing and a very tranquil experience. Feels like you can entertain 300 people on that deck.

Frankel is in good condition and one of my favourites. you have a water hole right infront of the house and we were lucky (unlucky for some) to have two fully grown Hoyinas inside the camp infront of our house for one night and 2 honey badgers visiting us at supper. We had leopard come a drink water and elephants every day.

May Keerlands Lower Sabie
In my opinion the best for game viewing and we saw lion and leopard for 4 nights every night. The house is also the most neglected house in kruger and smells like elephant pee :D

Hope this helps a few people. Please feel free to ask more questions if you want to.

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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby Chickadee » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:03 pm

Thanks for the update Rubicon. If you had said the Rhino House was falling down we would still be looking forward to it!. The Waterkant is on our last night, I am so looking forward to celebrating what I know will be an awesome trip!


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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby Rubicon » Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:10 am

Hi all

Can anyone comment on ABSA guest house? The view the yard? Is there grass for the kids? Maybe som photos of the view and overall condition?

Thank you

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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby Elsa » Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:46 am

In the meantime have you had a look at the pics on the website Absa Guest House
It will give you some sort of idea.
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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby wbevents » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:53 am

Hi Rubicon

Have a look in previous pages of this thread, did post some pictures of absa house and its general condition.

Just returned from another stay at Monis house, what a cosy gem !! Just need some upgrading on the deck and braai area, huge rooms, awesome view, all neat and clean and in working condition, great staff, and so quite!
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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby Rubicon » Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:46 pm

Thank you. Monis vs absa?

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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby wbevents » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:54 am

depends on how many children in your group rubicon ?, and their age, absa got bigger area to play, last time at absa we had 10 children in our group..monis deck can be tricky with youngsters , but for view from rooms, togetherness, overall house experience etc... Monis hands down.
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