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Discuss the different camps and roads of the Kruger National Park
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Re: Camp choice ..... Croc Bridge or Malelane

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:38 am

My first ever wild dog sighting was at Gardenia hide.

As Kite pointed out, there is no restaurant at Croc Bridge. I sometimes pop into Komatiepoort Spar if I have run out of food. It is only 8 kms from Croc Bridge Gate on a fairly good and quiet road.
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Re: Camp choice ..... Croc Bridge or Malelane

Unread postby NJVermaak » Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:14 am

Hi deamole, both camps offer a good stay!

My only problem with Malelane is the view of the sugar cane plantations across the river, but they times we camped there was good and we had good sightings.

Croc Bridge is my favourite camp between the two, the camp is quiet and the roads around has given me plenty memorable sightings! Try and book in one of the Safari Tents along the fence.

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Re: Camp choice ..... Croc Bridge or Malelane

Unread postby Bundi » Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:26 am

There is no comparison.

Croc Bridge is one of the best kept secrets in the park.

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Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread postby Asking81 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:32 pm

We will be travelling to Kruger in November 2014, our first visit, and are unsure which restcamp is better to stay in: Shingwedzi or Mopani. We are keen to be based in the northern part of the park for the first half of our stay and are torn between camps.
Any advice would be much appreciated.
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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread postby Carol g » Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:38 pm

Welcome to the forums Asking81, I do hope you have a lovely trip

Mopani and Shingwetzi are both lovely camps, my favorite is Shingwetzi, I've always had great sightings there

Why don't you try and spend a few nights a both of them, I'm sure you will be rewarded with wonderful sightings
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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread postby PNF » Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:43 pm

Hi Asking81 and welcome to the forum!

Carolg has given you good advice - try both Shingwedzi and Mopani. Although they are only about 60kms apart their different environments give you a good choice of sightings. From Shingwedzi, you can easily get to Pafuri/Crooks Corner and back in a day. Mopani is close to several good waterholes - specifically Mooiplaas and Tihongonyeni.
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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:49 pm

A very warm welcome :gflower: Asking81.

As has been stated, both camps are lovely. As I first timer to the north I would go the Shingwetwi route. Far more eco diversity, more roads to choose from and because of the eco diversity, a greater spread of animals. Whatever you choose, enjoy. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread postby umtali1 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:00 pm

Welcome to the forum Asking81 :thumbs_up:

Shingwedzi any day. You would have more time to reach Pafuri and crooks corner from Shingwedzi.

We have never found Mopani very fruitful for game.
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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread postby gmlsmit » Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:32 pm

I agree with PNF and Carol g.

We will be visiting the KNP during April 24 and part of our reservation is :

Punda Maria - 3 days
Shingwedzi 2 days
Mopani - 2 days.
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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:44 pm

Looks like the vote is unanimous so far - and who am I to disagree? Shingwedzi - especially for a first time visit to KTP. Mopanie is a beautiful camp, but the wildlife is much more scarce. As Meandering Mouse said, the biodiversity and wildlife has more to offer around Shingwedzi! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread postby Crested Val » Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:04 pm

Shingwedzi is our favourite camp in Kruger, as I always feel more "in the bush" there, and as has been said, you can visit Pafuri/Crooks Corner as a day visit from there.

We also like Mopani, as the view over the dam is stunning, and Thongonyeni waterhole always delivers!!

It depends how many days you have to play with?

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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread postby Asking81 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:58 pm

Thank you all for such kind and informative comments! They have really made our mind up.

Sounds like Shingwedzi it is then :lol:

We have already booked 4 nights there and were prepared to move based on feedback so will give this a shot and go with our initial feeling. Our second stop is Letaba but a friend from SA told us to limit the no. of camps we stay at as moving around too much is a schlep.

Thank you again! :lol:

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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread postby umtali1 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:32 pm

Moving around can be a nuisance. Good few nights in your choice of camps will give you plenty of time to explore the area at your leisure.

Shingwedzi and Letaba are lovely camps with great access to the surrounding bush.

Take the opportunity to drive out as soon as the gates open when all is still fresh and the animals are not hiding from the heat of the day.

Allow yourselves time to sit and watch and listen whenever you choose to stop instead of rushing off. That way you'll really get a sense of the richness and diversity of the African bush. You might then notice some of the little creatures that are just as fascinating.

Whatever you decide, just enjoy the trip and have a great time. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread postby Carol g » Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:41 pm

Have you considered spending a night or two at Olifants, it is on a hill and has the most beautiful view of the Olifants river, and the sunrise and sunset views are breathtaking
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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread postby Carol g » Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:49 pm

I don't mind moving around, we stay at a camp for 2 or 3 days then move on, otherwise one gets bored with the same roads everyday, gives one the chance to see more of the park too
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