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Re: satara Rudy Frankel Guest House

Unread postby mattmillielibby » Mon May 28, 2012 6:03 am

If as you stated you are actually staying in Wells...then look at this quote about the satara webcam kill recently...

Post subject: Re: Satara Cam HighlightsPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 5:39 pm

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Posts: 9 Great to see the pics posted of the lion kill at Satara on 15 May. My husband and I were staying in unit G167 right on the fence. I was making early morning coffee at 5.10am when I heard the sound of hooves - ran inside to get a torch only to find a buffalo surrounded by four lions. I had no sooner shone my torch when the largest of the four male lions jumped up onto the buffalo's back. Two of the lion did all the work, while the other two watched from a distance. The buffalo ran with the two lion jumping on it from behind. They ran the buffalo into the fence in front of the Wells Guesthouse a few times and then, the buffalo ran again, this time, in the direction of the webcam in front of the restaurant. The lions pulled the buffalo down in the waterhole and we thought this was the end, but the determined buffalo got up again and charged the lion. The next time they pulled the buffalo down was where it finally died. However, the buffalo was still alive when there was a distant roar from another lion. The buffalo eventually gave up and died about 5 minutes after the lion left. I think the buffalo died of shock and maybe blood loss. The lion all made off except for one, which was eventually driven away by hyenas who settled down to feast. Four of five hyena fed all day, until just after dark when the lion finally returned to take possession of their kill. We watched as they fed, and then a pack of 13 hyena returned at first dawn and the lion left once again. The vultures flocked in behind the hyenas having had a few scuffles with the hyenas over who was going to get the remains. The lions returned that night to what was merely a couple of shiny bones, but guarded them and chewed on them until early the next morning. Really was watching the whole thing come full circle.


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November 2012 trip
3 Nights Olifants
2 Nights Satara
2 Nights Bergendal
3 Nights Pretoriuskop
1 EXTRA night Skukuza

3 nights sabie river bungalows

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Re: satara Rudy Frankel Guest House

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon May 28, 2012 7:24 am

What an amazing experience MaryMattMillie :thumbs_up:
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Elsie Clarke Skukuza accomodation

Unread postby granny » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:10 am

Could anyone tell me if the Elsie Clark Guest house is worth booking.
It looks really nice, but would appreciate any feed back from people who have stayed there.
Many Thanks.

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Re: Elsie Clarke Skukuza accomodation

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:26 am

Granny I would say yes, it is worth booking - it is comfortable and has a good view of the river 8)
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Re: Elsie Clarke Skukuza accomodation

Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:11 am

Bert agrees , Grantmissy :D
Had the Elsie Clarke cottage twice already
Really love it.
No other accommodation to your right, so its nearly free standing
Only setback is that the Selati is close and once had a noisy evening till 10.00

Good thing is that you can walk to the restaurant
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Re: Elsie Clarke Skukuza accomodation

Unread postby STORMA » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:50 pm

Great location and amazing views. Would book this unit any time again!

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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby ALFEL » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:53 pm

Waterkant 2 is in a wonderful position - stayed there in March 2012 - it has fence on 2 sides and animals are spotted from the lawn. A very sought after cottage

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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby ossendryver » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:12 pm

Frankel Guest House in Satara

This is happening as we speak!

18th September 2012

10:50pm
5 Lions on buffalo kill which hyenas killed
next to satara fence, can see them from camp opposite frankel guest house in cement dam
Tinged by Nelmari
Reported: 3

21:35pm
5 Lions on buffalo kill which hyenas killed
next to satara fence, can see them from camp opposite frankel guest house in cement dam
Tinged by Nelmari
Reported: 2

21:00 pm
Lions on buffalo kill which hyenas killed
next to satara fence, can see them from camp opposite frankel guest house in cement dam
Tinged by Nelmari

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Re: Satara Camping

Unread postby ossendryver » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:58 pm

A view of it in the Morning
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Re: Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby Rubicon » Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:44 pm

We stayed at Rhino , waterkant1 and the one at LS. Best view was LS but best over all was waterkant. We booked olifants geust house Nshawu in April for 4 nights , then 4 nights at Frankel at Satara, 4 nights at Absa and 3 nights at Dohethy house. Cant wait.

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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.

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/camps/pretoriuskop/tourism/availability.php

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

Hope that helps, Brigitte
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14 - 17.09 Shimuvini, 17 - 20.09 Shingwe
20 - 23.09 Punda, 23- 26.09 Mopane
26 - 28.09. Olifants, 28.09 - 01.10 Satara
01 - 03.10 Talamati, 12 - 14.10 Skukuz
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Guest Houses in Kruger

Unread postby AlexNBM » Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:29 pm

We are regular visitors to Kruger (approx 3x a year) and love to stay in the bigger Guest houses like Waterkant, Monis, Frankel, Keartland and Fisheagel.
These houses are very difficult to get and I have noticed in the last few years that they are severely run down. I have complained about Waterkant to the Customer Service, and my complaint was answered and I was assured that they would rectify the issues.
6 months later when I went back there, the exact same issues were worse than they had been 6 months prior. NOTHING had been done.
This shows a severe lack of management.
And I have no doubt that when I go back to Waterkant, nothing will have changed.
Secondly, I cannot understand why Kruger management has not realised that these bigger houses are so popular and taken some of the smaller bungalows that are always available and converted 4 of them into a bigger house, as these would clearly be as booked up as the few bigger houses that they have.
I know that these bigger houses were "Donor Houses" in the past and I have no doubt that there would be hordes of people prepared to build these donor houses again.
I would be the first in the queue!!

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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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