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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:33 am 
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Hi all,

Have made a booking from 6 - 9 May in Malelane camp. I have been reading through all the comments and would appreciate some comments and also queries I have

I love the small quiet camps, however it does concern me that it is so close to the outside world.

The reason for booking into this camp is that I am going with my sister and her husband is in remission with cancer and they both so need a break. He does have special needs right now and needs to be not too far from a bathroom.

We would not be going on too many long drives and this is my concern in that the camp may be too small and he could get bored?? He is an avid bird lover .

There is a cottage become available at Lower Sabie and just wondered if I should change the booking.

Your input would be greatly appreciated :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:45 am 
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Hi Marge

Personally I would take the cottage at Lower Sabie. It has a restaurant and beautiful river views where he can sit and relax if not on a drive with you. Lots of bird life in the camps as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:06 pm 
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Hi Marge, if you cannot get a cottage at Lower Sabie, why not consider Skukusa. Great views over the river, and good birding as well.
Malelane is a great little camp, but does not have the view over the river as Lower Sabie and Skukusa have.
If you want a small camp and good birding then you may consider Crocodile Bridge.


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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:58 pm 
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Thanks for your input Foxy and WildThing

I tried to change the booking to Lower Sabie but unfortunately it has already been snapped up.

Crocodile Bridge is also a beautiful camp, but I think all taken.

Skukuza is another option, but such a big busy camp. Will look at this camp for availability.

Once again, if nothing else comes up, I am sure we will have a great time. Nothing beats the bush in Kruger

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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
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Malelane is a lovely little camp. Later in May/June we often get the annual cane burning and harvesting in the fields near camp which shatters the peace for several days at a time! Otherwise disturbance from outside is minimal. Birding in camp itself is good, and the Crocodile river is right in front of the camp too.

If you want to be sure of parking right next to the bungalow then ask for number 1 or 2 or number 5 (the only 3-bed bungalow).

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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:09 pm 
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Thanks ecojunkie you have made me feel a lot better regarding Malelane camp. As we will be there beginning
May we should miss the harvesting :clap: and not have a problem.

I just cannot imagine staying in Skukuza with all the heavy traffic in that area.

Really looking forward to the stay. Thanks very much


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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:34 am 
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Hi All

We camped there in Dec 2012 for three nights and were wonderful. We weren’t really bothered by the outside world, you still feel like you are in KNP. Our campsite was against the fence facing KNP so we didn’t even see the sugarcane. The quietness and animal life around the camp is great. We had hyenas every night at the fence, monkeys during the day, hornbills, squirrels (lots), woodlands kingfisher and elephants next to the camp. The facilities were very good. There was a large deep freeze in the kitchen for our meat and this also ensured cold cool drink the whole time. The ranger told us that there was a leopard one night close to the fence during our stay as he saw the leopard tracks close to the fence.

Here are some general photos.

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View of the park from our camp, when you camp on this side of the park you don’t see sugar cane field.
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IMG_2236 by coisjvr, on Flickr
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_DSC4400 (2) (1024x678) by coisjvr, on Flickr
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These elephants were between the camp and the Crocodile River and opposite the river is the sugar cane. These photos were taken on the opposite side of the Malelane Camp from where we camped.
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_DSC2891 by coisjvr, on Flickr
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_DSC2903 by coisjvr, on Flickr
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_DSC2904 by coisjvr, on Flickr

I hope this helps and gives you a better idea.
Keep well.

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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
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We spent 2 nights there at the end of feb.............it is a wonderful little camp!!!
Very well maintained and very quiet while we were there.
We really weren't worried that we were so near the outside of the park, and when we did look in that direction, I can think of worse things to see than rolling cane fields and mountains!!!
As said before, we had many animal and bird sightings. :thumbs_up:
We will definitely make a return visit next trip!! :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
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On our last 4 trips we have always tried to book Malelane first, followed by Biyamite, then we fit all the other camps around that. We love the quiet and solitude of the camp and the added benefit of being in front of the first cars out of Berg N Dahl, which can be a bonus.

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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
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Lovely pics Coisjvr!
Thanks for sharing! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
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Thanks for all the lovely experiences at Malelane camp and the lovely photos - looks great!


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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:40 pm 
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Unsure about where to book in for Malelane: At the Malelane gate or at Berg-en-Dal camp? (On SANPARKS booking website it states the gate, but on the forum here, at Berg-en-Dal....or has it changed in recent years?).

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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:53 pm 
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Hi Rooikat...
We were in malelane camp over the weekend, check-in has to be done at the malelane gate...
Must say that i really enjoyed the peace and quiteness of the camp.


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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
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shaheen wrote:
Hi Rooikat...
We were in malelane camp over the weekend, check-in has to be done at the malelane gate...
Must say that i really enjoyed the peace and quiteness of the camp.


.....and you did not say 'hello' to me!!!! Did you have a yellow ribbon?

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 Post subject: Re: Malelane Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:03 am 
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Hi Ecojunkie

Sorry :( , didnt know you were in malelane, only saw your location now.
Forgot the yellow ribbon at home :wall: :wall:
Next time I will make sure I come to say hello :thumbs_up:


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