We would really appreciate some advice...I have been visiting the Southern Park on an annual basis ever since I was a toddler and since then continued the tradition with our own family and we do absolutely love it... but we have never explored the North (only ever gone as far as Orpen Gate) and after reading all the fantastic TRs we have decided that next year (2015) we need to intoduce ourselves to the Northern part of the Park!
We will start off as always with a week at our timeshare at Ngwenya Lodge which is very close to Crocodile Bridge (16 Oct to 23 Oct 2015) and then we want to head North...I have looked at the map and read a little and am considering this itinerary:
23 Talamati Tented Camp
24 Talamati Tented Camp
30 Punda Maria
We planned two nights at Talamita as the drive from Croc Bridge on the first day will be a long one. Is the rest too ambitious, only spending one night at all the latter camps? Should we rather spend two nights at Olifants or Letaba rather than one at each? and ditto for other camps? Is there somewhere else that we should consider that is not on the list?
I know that some camps are more basic than others and I am certain that the kids would enjoy a dip in a swimming pool to cool off - which camps have swimming pools? Are you allowed to use the pool at a nearby camp if there is no pool at our smaller camp? We usually head out at the crack of dawn, and return for a swim in the heat of the day before heading out again for a final drive before the gates close?
Will we need to have all our food packed for the week or are the shops at the camps stocked with meat/charcoal/wine/water etc?
Any other advice for us Northern Newbies?!! (we Southern Sissies need an Induction plan please!)
Really appreciate your thoughts...Thanks!!