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Re: Letaba Rest Camp Accessible Accommodation

Unread postby JimS » Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:52 am

The best place to research the Accessible Accommodation is on the website www.disabledtravel.co.za.

This website shows only Accessible Accommodation with photographs and measurements of both bathroom and bedroom. To search for Kruger National Park click on either Mpumalanga for the south of the park as far north as Satara, to search of accessible accommodation north of Satara click on Limpopo. Not all Accessible units are shown on the site but very many are shown.

The website is run by a volunteer who receives photographs and measurement from other volunteers. There is no charge for the use of the website and it is approved by SanParks.

Other National Parks are also on the website, again search by Province to find a National Park in the area you are visiting.

Unfortunately SanParks do not have any "standard" for Accessible Accommodation. Each Camp in Kruger have their own interpretation of universal access. This where the website is so valuable.

SanParks designates the "Z" suffix to Accessible Accommodation but this does not ensure that the unit allocated are suitable for wheelchair users. Most "Z" units have a roll-in shower, but many still have a bath which is not suitable for most wheelchair users.

Accessible Units cannot be booked via the SanParks website. So reservations must be made at SanParks central reservations.

Hope this helps to clarify the situation regarding Accessible Accommodation at SanParks.

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Letaba Rest Camp

Unread postby squirrel81 » Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:23 pm

Dear all :gflower:

I wonder :roll: if someone can help me : CICADAS

Letaba in November

We stayed 2012 in Letaba in a Guest Cottage for 3 nights. During the whole time we had cicadas in the trees. The noice was horrible and without a break :wall: I must say that the noice was especially loud around the Guest Cottages because of the Mopane trees. But you could hear them (but not so loud) as well from the restaurant.
We stayed from 21. - 24.11. and we know that the cicadas made already their noice during 16.- 18.11.

We very much loved Letaba Rest Camp untill Nov. 12 and avoided 2013 and 2014 to stay there again.
Now we plan again a stay in the month of Novwember. because of the region

Can anyone tell me if the cicadas are there every year in November ?

I hope someone knows about that and
many thanks for an answer,

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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread postby Dassie » Fri Jun 26, 2015 4:58 pm

Yes Brigitte. They are there every year at that time of the year....love them.
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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread postby tent dweller » Sat Jun 27, 2015 6:45 am

They are there all the time, it is there home :whistle:
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TAMBOTI 22 - 24 December 2015
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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread postby GlenD » Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:10 pm

Hi All

Hopefully some of the Letaba campers can answer this.

I am sure that at one stage the camping sites at Letaba were split into electrified and non-electrified sites. I only see electrified camp sites at Letaba now in the availability page, do all the campsites now have electricity?

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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:35 am

GlenD, it seems that is the case. From the Letaba camp page on the website:

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60 x tent or caravan sites, with power point. Communal ablutions and cooking facilities. (24-hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities) Maximum of 6 persons per site.
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Re: R.I.P Shine

Unread postby leervis » Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:27 am

We met her soon after she was adopted by Frank and Brenda, I think it was in '96 or '97, and our family looked forward to seeing her each time we returned to Shuminwini. We knew her as Bokkie for years, and the name Shine was only given to her after Frank and Brenda moved South.
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Re: R.I.P Shine

Unread postby Tessa G » Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:38 am

We also met Shine during Frank and Brenda's time at Shimuwini but don't recall exactly the year. So sad that we were unable to see her recently. The wild is a harsh environment and our natural instinct is to protect but that is not the way it goes.
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Re: R.I.P Shine

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:00 am

Very sad news indeed, she is going to be sorely missed at Shimuwini.

I include a pic from our last visit and pic of her! RIP little one.

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Re: R.I.P Shine

Unread postby Dream Weaver » Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:05 pm

That is such sad news.

Shine honoured us with a visit at least once a day each time we have stayed at Shimuwini, often just lying beside us on the lawn, hooves neatly tucked beneath her, quietly keeping us company.

Rest in peace sweet little lady. You are going to be greatly missed.

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Re: R.I.P Shine

Unread postby George_Brits » Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:42 pm

I agree with you DB, its the circle of life.

She made a trip to Shimuwini magical and she crept into the hearts of many a visitor.

I was taking a walk around the camp after dark but on a moonlit night, and I was looking at Ellies across the river that was very noisy for some reason, and, I got the fright of my life when I felt this cold wetness pushing against my leg. My mind thought, LEOPARD, my leg thought, SNAKE but I wont say what the rest of my body did, after recovering my composure I realised it was Shine...

She will be missed.

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Re: R.I.P Shine

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:57 pm

George, also got a huge fright when she quietly emerged out of the shadows on our last trip. For a split second I had all sorts of (scary) creatures run through my mind, until I recognized her!
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Re: R.I.P Shine

Unread postby Waterbuck » Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:39 pm

Hi all. Its been so great reading the stories about Shine. I didn't expect such an overwhelming response - more than 2500 views in less than 24 hours!! I am sure there are still many stories and pics of Shine out there. Leervis, funny, we also knew her initially as Bokkie (even after Frank and Brenda moved), but came to use her newer name over time. The stories tell of countless people having enjoyed her humble company........
In reception at Shimuwini is a photo of Shine investigating a grandly set candlelit dinner table with red roses - she on her back feet almost looking like she is smelling the roses. Does anybody know who took this pic or perhaps the story behind it? Does anybody have a copy of the pic?
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R.I.P Shine

Unread postby inyanga 1 » Thu Aug 06, 2015 6:49 pm

Shimuwini is one of our most favourite KNP camps.. :dance: :dance:

Not only is it quiet but we, not knowing Shines background, were astounded to see a duicker each time we visited.

She used to come seeking nibbles at all times of day and night.

I'll have to scan in some transparancies from before digital but here are some from September 2008

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Re: R.I.P Shine

Unread postby inyanga 1 » Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:12 pm

and from 2005...

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and another isinkwe helper pic..
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and why we loved her coming to say hello and give us a lick...

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