We just returned from probably one of our most amazing Kruger trips.
We stayed in Stanley (Satara), Fish Eagle (Letaba), Rentmeester (Shingwedzi) and Nshawu (Olifants).
Regarding the Stanley…we enjoyed our time there and it was quite awesome to have the wildlife come to drink at the waterhole…
But, I can honestly say I’m glad we stayed there first and not after we visited all the other houses…then our experience might not have been so “happy”.
We all have different views and “standards”…to us the Stanley did not at all match up with the quality of the other houses.
It was not nearly as well equipped and maintained as the others and considering that you pay the same price, we will probably not go and stay there again.
As for the “wildlife experience”…the Rentmeester beats the Stanley hands down…again, that is our opinion.
The two houses that came out on top for us, was the Rentmeester and Nshawu.
Sheebs, I missed your report-back on Nshawu…I completely agree.
The Olifants management has indeed pulled up their socks and the house in a much better condition than what we found it February 2009.
Nshawu has always been our favourite…but this was also the only guesthouse we have stayed in before LOL…now, after also staying at the Rentmeester, it is a bit more difficult to choose a favourite…if I have the money and time to again go and stay in a guesthouse in Kruger, it will be really difficult for me to choose between Nshawu and the Rentmeester.
The Fish Eagle is also a lovely house …but there are also a few things that needs attention…like for instance, it is a hassle that most of the lounge doors do not have keys and cannot lock…one thus have to cart all your valuables with you.
But even with this, the Fish Eagle beats Stanley…well, that’s our opinion.
When I have more time next week, I will post some pix of the different houses.