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Re: January 11-12 RAIN kruger

Unread postby Ronniec » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:05 pm

Hi, I have never visited Kruger National Park during Summer.
This year though we have decided to book a few days from 17 FEB onwards.
We will be staying in Pretoriuskop and would like to know whether we made a big mistake seeing it falls in the raining and mosquito season.
We were also told that P/kop area is not a very good game viewing area.
Give us hope someone. Regards, Ronniec

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Re: January 11-12 RAIN kruger

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:45 pm

Ronnie, its a lovely time to visit, we have been going every Feb for many years now, its going to be hot, even very hot at times, could be a lot of rain, or just the occasional storm which does help to cool things down.
My advise would be, just go, take precautions against the mozzies, expect a wonderful experience and enjoy P/kop its a beautiful part of the park. :thumbs_up:
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Re: January 2013 RAINS in Kruger

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:40 am

Ronniec, I have a very soft spot for Pretorius Kop and enjoy the beauty the area offers. There are some potentially wonderful drives and it is not far from places like the Transport dam and the productive S65. The S1 can also deliver any time of the year.

Sightings close to Pretorius Kop.

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close to Mestel dam

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Re: Do you prefer Letaba or Shingwedzi?

Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:28 am

A limited choice, and one that is easy to answer. When both available, I prefer both equally. Letaba has The view from the restaurant that is perhaps only exceeded in awe-gasping delight by Olifants'. Both camps have a lovely ambience, although the magnificent shade trees and birding opportunities leans a tick the way of Letaba. Shingwedzi has the marvellous Kannidood Dam, Red Rocks, and Mphongolo Loop roads, while Letaba has the Engelhardt Dam, Phalaborwa road, Olifants tar and riverine drives; both superb. Given a choice, I have no choice; whichever one I go to I am inspired. Sadly, Shingwedzi will be out of commission for a while; let's hope it will get back to its former glory.
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Re: Pretoriuskop and Tsendze first timer

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:52 pm

If you have a look Here there is a very good topic that gives great pics and info of all the camping sites.

Also have you had a read through Pretoriuskop Camp and Tsendze Rustic Camp

Sure you will find lots of great info and advice in there.

Good luck with finding the dogs. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Pretoriuskop and Tsendze first timer

Unread postby Len Loader » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:06 pm

Supertrooper

Below is the best I can provide - two phodies of our campsite at Pretoriuskop, right next to the Northeren fence.

Wild dogs : we have seen them in June and July around the Shabeni koppie (S10) and on the H1-1, about 10km from Pretoriuskop.

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Re: Bataleur and Sirheni

Unread postby kallis1786 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:26 pm

Hi Anna

Since you will be spending your time within the camp and immediate surroundings, I would suggest you to stay at both camps, Sirheni is amazing and Bataleur has a charm of its own.

Sightings wise, I find Sirheni a better camp, but other people have had amazing sightings around Bataleur as well.

By splitting you'll also get a slight change of atmosphere, and therefore I would suggest split your booking if possible.

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Re: Bataleur and Sirheni

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:31 pm

Annaluisa wrote:Many thanks for your reply - I get the impression that Bataleur has even more of a remote, quiet feel to it .



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Re: Which camp is recommended in the late July - early Augus

Unread postby SAF » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:53 pm

For game viewing I think Lower Sabie, Satara and Skukuza
For peace and tranquility I would suggest Talamati, I really found inner peace when I was there
Olifants is also a really good option
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Re: Which camp is recommended in the late July - early Augus

Unread postby Carol g » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:12 pm

I agree with Heksie on this one, lower sabie and Satara are great camps with lots of lovely drives around them.

Game viewing is great around both camps.
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Re: Which camp is recommended in the late July - early Augus

Unread postby schooms » Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:44 am

Thanks guys, really appreciate the input. We normally book into Byamiti or Talamati or Shimuweni its great to find out which main camps are best to go for. This is probably a stupid question but is Satara quieter than Lower Sabi or is it possible to avoid the masses of crowds? I know we are going in the Krugers "off-peak" time which is between the SA and International school holidays but really want to avoid Sandton traffic jams to see a Lions ear.
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Re: Which camp is recommended in the late July - early Augus

Unread postby Carol g » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:24 am

scooms I think LS and Satara are equally busy, but there are lots of drives around both, so you might not find it so busy on the roads, especially the dust roads.
Even if these camps are busy, the sightings around them are great, just go and enjoy :gflower:
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Re: Which camp is recommended in the late July - early Augus

Unread postby Pjw » Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:04 pm

I would spend a couple of nights at least at Biyamti. The camp is in big 5 area and we have seen the big 5 on the private road to the camp everytime we've been there. It is quiet and peacful as well. The perhaps the grasslands of Satara for the sheer openess of the area and great viewing in the area. Or perhaps Letaba for something completly different. Its a big camp, but we have seen a lot from the camp in the river bed
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Best KNP northern camps

Unread postby Terry73 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:28 pm

Hi fellow travellers
I am planning a trip to the Northern Kruger and need some advice on the best camps to visit north of Letaba. I would definitely like to stay at Punda Maria, but am toying between where else to go.
I don't like to jump too much, so would like to preferably keep it down to 3 camps, possibly staying 2 nights at each.
In the Mopani area, would Mopani or Shimuwini be better?
Any advice would be most welcome.
Terry.

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Re: Best KNP northern camps

Unread postby chirinda » Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:37 pm

Welcome to the forums, Terry73.

Have you considered Shingwedzi? It is a lovely old camp and almost finished with the refurbishing after the flooding in January. There are very nice drives in the area. Bateleur is also a lovely camp, I haven't stayed there myself but have it on good authority. Mopani is also nice with lovely views of the dam and I have heard that the restaurant there is good.

Have a look at roaneric's trip report Roaneric's annual KNP visit as she takes you on a drive through several northern camps using a dashcam in the car. Cheetahlady also comments on some of the northern camps in her recent trip report Water, water everywhere ...


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