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 Post subject: Best KNP northern camps
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:28 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Best KNP northern camps
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:37 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Best KNP northern camps
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welcome to the forum Terry73 :D

going to the North, what a good choice :clap:
I love it, no crowded... contrario of the South

I love Mopani for the view (if you ask for a bungalow with it)
Shimuwini is nice too, I love too
both well situated, near Mooiplaas and Tiongonyeni
and what about Bateleur, nice for birding and Sirheni
don't forget the S56 (between Shingwedzi and Babalala) for me one the most beautiful road in the park
from Punda Maria (I love the tents) don't forget to go to Pafuri... and say hello to Franck, please :wink:
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 Post subject: Re: Best KNP northern camps
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Hi Terry and a very warm welcome to the forum! :clap:

Lots of great advice from fellow mites who love the north as I do! :thumbs_up:

Maybe have a read through some of the choices that have been suggested.

Mopani

Shingwedzi

Shimuweni

Bateleur

Sirheni

Just remember the bush camps do not have restaurants if that is what you require but are very quiet and remote.

Good luck but whatever choice you make it will be :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Best KNP northern camps
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:28 pm 
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Thank you Chirinda, Elsa and Anne Marie for your valuable advice. I would love to stay at Shingwedzi but unfortunately there is not much in the way of accommodating 4 together :-(, so I will need to opt to stay close in one of the bush camps. I will request a bungalow with a view in Mopani; I stayed there many years ago and had a magnificent spot.

Thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: Best KNP northern camps
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Terry73

I am not sure if your 4 people include kids or not. If not, consider two x 2people units. Most camps try to keep groups together and you can email / call with specific hut requests as long as the numbers you request match your unit type.

At Punda Maria, regular accom is either 2 or 3. Tents are 2 people and there are two family units that can accommodate up to 6 people.

Shingwedzi used to have units for 4 people. The 2 people huts are great as well.

We have stayed at all the northern camps. They all have pros & cons. depends on what you are looking for.

Enjoy the north.

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 Post subject: Re: Best KNP northern camps
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Thanks Cheetahlady.
The group includes kids, too young to sleep in their own bungalow. I worry they may be too disruptive for the bush camps but unfortunately the Shingwedzi has little availability to sleep 4 together. At least Mopani caters well for families from what I can see (larger bungalows, pool, etc).


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 Post subject: Re: Best KNP northern camps
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Hi Terry73,

Punda Maria - try for one of the family units. A 3 bed maybe okay if SANParks lets you have an additional person. The 3 bed units are a reasonable size.

We stayed at. Bateleur in July. The family next to us had small kids. No issue- in fact a bigger issue was a bunch of 20somethings who decided to party until 11pm, music included. :roll: When our son was small, we would let him run around during the day, but in the evenings we expected him to keep the volume down. We have stayed in bush veld camps since he was 18 months old. Usually the huts are sufficiently spaced out that it is no issue.

Mopani. Is a great camp for families. I would recommend a 6 bed as it has plenty of space. We stayed in a bd4v (no 49). It had a main room with double bed, and a small alcove with bunk beds, so it does fit 4 but not much space inside.

Sirheni is also good.

Shimuweni had a great lawn area in front of the huts (we last stayed there in 2006). May still have that since the floods, but I am not sure.

Enjoy :)

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 Post subject: Re: Best KNP northern camps
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Lovely! Thanks so much for all your advice.


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