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 Post subject: Re: PAFURI ANYONE STAYED THERE ?
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:24 am 
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We just spent 4 nights in Pafuri in early December.
It was wonderful.
The camp is great and the fever tree forest is amazing.
We also saw a Pel's fishing owl.
A first for me!
In April we are going back to Kruger and will spend 2 nights in the tents at Punda.
Went there 2 years ago and can't wait to go back.
The tents are magic!


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 Post subject: Re: PAFURI ANYONE STAYED THERE ?
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:59 pm 
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Hi,

We stayed at Pafuri for 3 nights and absolutely loved it.

The Fever Tree Forest is something that you must see and also Lanner Gorge.

There isn't a lot of game up there but lots of birds.

Samantha


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 Post subject: Re: PAFURI ANYONE STAYED THERE ?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:53 pm 
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North of the Levuvhu river is the Makuleke Concession which entails that Punda Maria is the northernmost SANParks camp in KNP.
However; there are private camps in the Makuleke concession and I assume that it is through one of these camps which are not part of SANParks, that some of the forumites organized to visit Lanner Gorge, because Punda Maria doesn't organize trips to Lanner Gorge as far as I know -
only when you go on a Nyalaland Wilderness Trail can a trip to Lanner Gorge be organized with the Trails Guide and Section Ranger's consent?

I love the North of the Park; don't go there expecting loads of animal sightings - go for the birds and you'll be pleasantly surprised by what other jewels you discover and drink in the scenery. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Concessions in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:37 pm 
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Any information on the Shishangeni Lodge? :huh:


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 Post subject: Nwanetsi Concession in the Kruger National Park
Unread postPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 8:49 pm 
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I have noticed a ad in the Sunday Times of 22 May 2011 , in the business section page 10 , that SANParks intends to form a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in terms of which a selected party will be granted the rights to the commercial use of the Nwanetsi Concession in the Kruger National Park.

This agreement is at present between SANParks and Singita where Singita operates two lodges, Singita Lebombo and Singita Sweni. Singita wants to enter into a new 20 year lease in the 15000 ha
Nwanetsi Concession with SANParks but SANParks state that the tender is open and they are reviewing the current agreement as the financial structures have changed.

I would like to wish SANParks the best in there negotions to achieve the best results for Kruger National Parks.

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 Post subject: Re: Nwanetsi Concession in the Kruger National Park
Unread postPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 10:56 am 
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DuQues wrote:
I have not had the pleasure to stay there, but if I look at the reports I have read about Singita, including on this site, I want to stay there!
Nor have I, and yes, I should like to as well. The current rate is R 11,875.00 per person per night sharing. Any takers?

Despite, or perhaps because of, these rates, they are apparently bleeding money, and are therefore trying to weasel out of the current contract, hoping to renew at a lower rate. They are probably betting that any other interested parties will be at a disadvantage, given Singita's investment in the infrastructure, and that a new operator would have to start marketing the lodges from scratch under a new name.

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 Post subject: Re: Nwanetsi Concession in the Kruger National Park
Unread postPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 7:59 pm 
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I am sure the people paying those prices feel they are getting their monies worth :wink: Supply and demand. If no one buys your product, you need to review it. But if it is selling .... then you have a market.

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 Post subject: Road and gate to imbali please
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:08 am 
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Please advise which gate I should enter KNP through to get to Imbali lodge so as to enjoy maximum game viewing en route from Sandton, Johannesburg.
How long does it take from Johannesburg to KNP and specifically the gate of entry that you advise?
Thanks a mil.


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 Post subject: Re: road and gate to imbali please
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:47 pm 
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The easiest gate to Imbali is Orpen, take the turnoff to Talamati. Just a little past Fairfield (on the right) is the turnoff to Hoyo Hoyo and Imbali.

But if you leave early enough you can of course enter at Malelane and drive up from the south.

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 Post subject: Re: road and gate to imbali please
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:27 pm 
Or enter at Kruger gate and drive to Imbali on the S36. Good chance of seeing Sable on that road.


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 Post subject: Re: road and gate to imbali please
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:04 pm 
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We went to Hoyo-Hoyo last year and thoroughly enjoyed it (sister camp to Imbali).
The concession is in a lovely area and game-viewing is excellent! :thumbs_up:
Orpen gate is the closest gate to Imbali.
If you will be leaving early morning from Sandton and driving via Orpen gate - you should be able to reach Imbali at around 1-2pm, and still be in time for your included afternoon drive.

When we went last year, we drove the previous night up to Nelspruit (a mere 3 hrs from Pretoria), and then left the next morning early from Nelspruit, entered at Phabeni and enjoyed the scenic route up to Hoyo-Hoyo.

Hope it helps, and hope you enjoy it! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: road and gate to imbali please
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:54 am 
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I did spend a few days at the Imbali safari lodge in the Mluwati concession.
I entered the park through the Orpen Gate.
The road from Mpumalanga to the Orpen gate can only be described as an absolute disgrace and a poor reflection on road maintenance services.
The potholes are as huge as a car.
It is clear that road repairs were commenced in many areas and then just abandoned.
I ripped a tyre completely in the Delmas area as a result of going over a piece of metal that had presumably fallen off one of the trucks.
The going was very slow.
I exited Kruger through the Malelane Gate.
The drive was absolutely superb.
The game viewing and facilities at the Imbali safari lodge made up for all the troubles getting there.
Just as an aside, I note that the Imbali Safari lodge does not have a gate that can be secured at night.
On at least two nights, an elephant had come into the site.
On the day that I left, a whole pack of lions were seen about two hundred metres away from the gate.

I must thus advise those traveling from Johannesburg contemplating the trip into Kruger through the Orpen Gate to reconsider.
Rather use one of the more southerly gates as an entrance point.
Now to pay for the expensive tyre from the hired SUV...


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 Post subject: Re: road and gate to imbali please
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:45 pm 
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Thanks to all who contributed to the initial enquiry and subsequent to my the report of my personal experience. This was my first trip to the Kruger and I now wonder why I waited so long.
I suspect that it is going to be the first of many trips that will follow in the future.
I am unable to speak with any authority on any of the other regions of the Kruger, but can safely say that my expectations of the game drives and the game viewing including mammals and birds, (the latter being my favourite pursuit) was completely satisfied during my stay in the central area of the park.
Now to plan my future visits to the other areas of the Kruger.


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 Post subject: Concession East of Crocodile Bridge Gate
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:50 pm 
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Has anyone been lucky enough to be in this concession area?
You have to stay in Sishangeni lodge in order to gain access to the concession area.
Does anyone have stories to share regarding this area? Never been there :):)


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 Post subject: Re: concession East of Crocodile Bridge Gate
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:38 pm 
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Was lucky enough to stay there in June 2008, did not see many animals but it was a wonderful stay. I do remember one trip to the "edge" of Kruger, on the corner between the border of RSA and Mozambique. Will try to find pictures to post. :D

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