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Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:32 pm 
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We will be making our first trip to Kruger this May and we're so excited! We will be staying at Skukuza, Satara and Biyamati 2-3 nights each. We would like to pre-book some activities and we we're wondering if anyone had a favorite for a morning walk, a sunset drive and an evening drive. Is one camp better than the others for any of these activities?


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 Post subject: Re: Best Camp for activities
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Edited for manners - Welcome to the forum Lepages.

Biyamiti without a doubt. Do a sunset drive at least from here. The reason is - you will get one of the small 10 seater trucks, a much more exclusive experience and you may be the only ones on the drive.

For walking I would say Satara. Again the walks are limited to 8 (I think) guests and the walking around there is very good.

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A warm welcome to you, lepages :gflower:

I think that you have a super choice of camps and agree with Saraf's recommendations.

If the Selati restaurant in Skukuza is open, I would suggest a meal there. It really is a place of great historical interest.

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Sunset drives from ANY of the camps in the South can be very productive. I'm always amazed at what people see on them! We've also been very lucky on Satara sunset drives but would like to do a walk from there. We've never done so but again, reports on those are very good.


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Hi and a very warm welcome to the forum lepages! :clap:

Do have a read through sunset/night drives taken from camps and Info on walks from camps where I am sure you pick up lots of wonderful info and advice in addition to what you have already been given.

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Meandering Mouse wrote:

If the Selati restaurant in Skukuza is open, I would suggest a meal there. It really is a place of great historical interest.


Is it currently ok as a restaurant? It was problematic quality wise, especially for the price, when I ate there some years back and in July 2013 it was still closed for post morning drive breakfasts and it was a nuisance to drive up there again to go an book for dinner, so we just braaied when we got back from our day drives.

I do agree that it is a very interesting place and one that is well worth visiting. I just wish it were more user friendly.

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Two weeks ago the Selati Restaurant (recently re-named Ciao) was closed and there was no indication if or when it would re-open. Don't know what the problem was, but big notice in Skukuza reception and mention of it on the Forum.

I have enjoyed sunset drives from most camps. I agree either Biyamiti or Satara for sunset drive.

I am sure you will enjoy your activities, whichever camps you choose to do them from.

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Thanks for the replies..this exactly what we were hoping for. I will check out those links provided!

Suzanne


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If you do a Sunset drive from Biyamiti, you may be lucky enough to be driven by Bridgeman. He is so passionate about wildlife, knowledgeable, and presents detailed information in a really interesting way.

I wrote the following review about Bridgeman and his inspiring approach:
viewtopic.php?style=2&f=132&t=73922&p=1970010&hilit=bridgeman+inspiring#p1970010

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Moira de Swardt wrote:
Meandering Mouse wrote:

If the Selati restaurant in Skukuza is open, I would suggest a meal there. It really is a place of great historical interest.


Is it currently ok as a restaurant? It was problematic quality wise, especially for the price, when I ate there some years back and in July 2013 it was still closed for post morning drive breakfasts and it was a nuisance to drive up there again to go an book for dinner, so we just braaied when we got back from our day drives.

I do agree that it is a very interesting place and one that is well worth visiting. I just wish it were more user friendly.

Moira I am not sure of the situation at the moment. As Hippotragus mentioned it is closed. It had a few recent rave reviews and now seems to be closed again I hope it is just a matter of time before it reopens.

This is from Kaapsedraai's trip report where he talks about Selati.

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=77922&start=15

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