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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza LR2W chalets - which one to choose
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I think that we must book Lion Cottage on our next trip.............sounds lovely. :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza LR2W chalets - which one to choose
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Why is that one called "Lion Cottage"? Is there a story here?


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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza LR2W chalets - which one to choose
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This is what Joep Stevens wrote, iLoveMeerkats! :
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Dear Grantmissy,

Thanks for the enquiry about Lion Cottage. It was built in 1969 and donated by Lady Bridget Oppenheimer. After the 7 February 2000 floods severly damaged much of Skukuza's riverview cottages as well as ABSA and Monis Guest Houses, Lion was rebuilt in a new design (like the other riverview chalets) on the same footprint as the original Lion Cottage. I remember it to be a quaint little unit, much liked by the guests.

KInd regards.

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza LR2W chalets - which one to choose
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Thanks! That was fast! :gflower:


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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza LR2W chalets - which one to choose
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Many thanks, Wildebeeste, DB and gatita, for your detailed replies. Lion Cottage sounds absolutely perfect and I shall definitely request it. Holding thumbs! :pray:

Thanks also to Matthys for the historical background :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza Rest Camp
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The lion cottage is great arks

If you are worried about noise from the boma then check SA sporting events before hand as the primary noise would be from a televised rugby match, which would normally be over the weekend. I have never experienced noise there during the week.

I was staying around 150m from the boma at Skukuza the weekend of the soccer world cup final (and play off for 3rd/4th) and couldn’t sleep until after 1am both nights due to boma noise, so the people in the Lion cottage certainly weren’t asleep.

The boma can be rented from the restaurant by the group looking for a venue to get together (R500 for an evening the last time I checked), so it’s hard to predict the noise levels, however the odds are on your side, therefore you should have peace.

Enjoy :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza Rest Camp
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Thanks for the head's up, here's hoping there's no sport on 14 & 15 November :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza Rest Camp
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Hi Arks,

Mid to late November is normally the time the Springboks have their end of year tour, and I see that they will be playing England at Twickenham on the 15th.

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza Rest Camp
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Arks - I have stayed in Lion 3 weeks ago. A wonderful chalet, but very near to the boma.

If you are concerned about the noise, you can really request any of the other LR2W's - they all have the same view on the river, maybe even better. Lion has a limited view to the right - bush and trees!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza Rest Camp
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Bush and trees = birds and bees! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza Rest Camp
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Thanks Patto, Leana and kite for your advice and local knowledge of the LR2W chalets :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza Rest Camp
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I see that Pumbaa rates number 87 as better than the Lion cottage in her current trip report :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza Rest Camp
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Hi arks

Of all the LR2W we prefer unit 90 and 91 :tongue:
Unit 90 is somewhat more private and 91's view is better....with the old bridge in the background
(With sunset, one can see the baboons settling in for the night on their bridge :lol: )

Both are somewhat sheltered form any potential noise, not too far a walk from the restaurant and a decent view.

Pm me and I can email you some pictures of both :cam:

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza Rest Camp
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Thanks, RemiE, but could you please post your pix here, so others may also benefit from them? The whole point of a forum IMO is to share with all other members :D

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27-30 Oct Mapungubwe: Limpopo forest tented camp, Leokwe camp
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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza Rest Camp
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Hi Arks
True that, I've never posted photos before on the forum :slap:
Heksie showed me the ropes, so here goes........... :pray:

Unit 91
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View towards Unit 90
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View towards the river (All photos taken from the patio of Unit 91)
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Unit 91 Interior
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