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 Post subject: Re: Guest Houses in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:21 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Guest Houses in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:25 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: P.Joubert Guest House (P'kop) vs ABSA Guest House (Skuku
Unread postPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 10:37 am 
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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...

Enjoy !!

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 Post subject: Re: P.Joubert Guest House (P'kop) vs ABSA Guest House (Skuku
Unread postPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 11:08 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: P.Joubert Guest House (P'kop) vs ABSA Guest House (Skuku
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 1:16 am 
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MarkusF & wbevents - many thanks for your response.
Looks like its 2 out of 2 for ABSA so I'll go with that option.
Thanks again


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 Post subject: Rhino Guest House
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Can someone please update me on the general condition of the house as we will be there from 10/6/13 to 15/6/13.Because we are a large group (12 adults) we also booked FA6 no:22 right next to Rhino. :hmz: Thanx


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 Post subject: Re: Rhino Guest House
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Kooscra we stayed there in January (2 days) and the house is in good condition, also the service is good. The house is very close to the perimeter and we saw animals every day in the riverbed in front of the house - baboons, elephants and waterbuck. Enjoy your visit :cam:

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 Post subject: Re: Guest Houses in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:40 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Guest Houses in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:03 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Guest Houses in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:10 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Guest Houses in Kruger
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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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 Post subject: Re: Guest Houses in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:53 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Guest Houses in Kruger
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Thank you. Monis vs absa?


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 Post subject: Re: Guest Houses in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:54 am 
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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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 Post subject: Struben Historical Family Cottage GSG - Skukuza
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Hi there

Anyone have any photos of this unit or have stayed there or any other info.
It is the only family unit available in Skukuza for when we are wanting to stay there, but I would like more info before we book it.
Especially with regard to the layout. Website states "Bedrooms 5 m away from kitchen. Open lounge".
Does this mean that the two bedrooms are together (as in you don't have to go outside to get from the one to the other)?
Also, being on the junction behind Papenfus Clocktower, is there even a possibility to have some privacy?

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