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satara or lower sabie campsites

Unread postby nature guy » Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:20 pm

Hi all i need some advice i have reservations for both satara camp site and lower sabie campsite , which one is the best to camp at thanks

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Re: satara or lower sabie campsites

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:29 pm

The campsites at Lower Sabi are not very nice :slap: The game viewing is second to none though!
Satara is more comfortable camping, and a chance to camp by the fence 8)
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Re: satara or lower sabie campsites

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:58 pm

Try keep both and stay at both, if you can.

Totally different areas of the park, so you will expand your experience in the park.

LS camping is not that bad :lol: And with it comes the fact that you can walk along the camp fence and see the river, and enjoy the view from the deck.

Camp sites on the fence at Satara are super, but like hens teeth ...
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Re: satara or lower sabie campsites

Unread postby isinkwe » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:10 pm

I like both Satara and Lower Sabie, but then again, I always make whatever camp site I end up on, my own and comfortable for myself. I thought I might not enjoy camping at Lower Sabie (always want to be next to the fence) I enjoyed Lower Sabie, as a camper, I find it easy to adapt to my campsite, especially in Kruger. Both camps will definitely see me again. Its what you make of it :thumbs_up: :D
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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread postby Nyala » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:11 pm

We have been camping for a very long time, mostly tent, but Caravan as well. I have to agree with Grasha on the arrival time at camps. On our departure day, we are long gone by 10am, but usually arrive early. If we are made to wait untill 2pm, there will be chaos at reception. For sure new arrivals will be waiting in line for the 2pm check in. Rules are rules, but surely arriving early and occupying a vacant site does not impact on anyone?
Next year we will be taking the Caravan to KNP for the 1st time and hope we can occupy a site earlier.




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Re: Facilities at Kruger camp sites

Unread postby Hansie11 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:07 am

Hi there,
If there is a "p" next to "camp site", then there is power. There are communial kitchens and water.
Hope it helps.

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Re: Facilities at Kruger camp sites

Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:00 am

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Re: Facilities at Kruger camp sites

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:55 am

Hi s200ap.

If it doesn't say it, then it most probably is not available.

Safari tents for instance have no crockery, utensils nor kitchen. There is a private braai (barbecue) where you can build a wood/charcoal fire and use the attached grid to cook on, and/or go to the communal kitchen which has hot plates and usually boiling water on tap. You need to bring or buy your own pots, plates etc.
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Re: Facilities at Kruger camp sites

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:03 pm

Warm welcome s200ap. :clap:

If you are going to be camping then another topic that will be of interest together with what has already been suggested is Communal Kitchen
and what you will find there.
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Re: Facilities at Kruger camp sites

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:27 am

The camping sites also each have a braai stand. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Facilities at Kruger camp sites

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:24 pm

Communal kitchens are where I gather 'intelligence' for the next day.
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Re: Camping in Kruger - Sleeping Bag recommendations

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:47 am

Hi Kelly :D

Welcome to the camping club.

The coldest I have ever been in Kruger was Tambotie, so I understand your discomfort. Being next to a river, even if it is often dry, means the temperature can drop very low.

I was looking to see what kind of sleeping bag I used, which is quite adequate. I think that it is currently with my daughter. I think it was -5. I bought it at Outdoor Warehouse, if I remember correctly.

I take an empty duvet cover in summer for really hot nights and thermal clothing for winter. If need be I will pack a duvet in winter, just in case. I also take a wooly hat and thermal socks for winter. Although I have camped frequently in winter, nothing has compared to Tambotie. When I left later in the morning, my car thermometer registered -8.

It is not only what we put on top, but also what goes underneath. I saw in a thread a few years ago that newspaper made an excellent insulation against cold.

I no longer use an air mattress, but when I did, I found them to be quite comfortable. Do take a puncture kit with you. Even though I am a very small person, mine regularly sprung a leak.
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Re: Camping in Kruger - Sleeping Bag recommendations

Unread postby lemonbalm » Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:15 am

From my personal experience (which may be unique to me!) I prefer just using my duvet whilst camping. I have one of those 'packs small' sleeping bags meant for hiking and I find it very uncomfortable for camping - even if it is really cold I sweat a lot in it which makes things really uncomfortable. So if I were going to buy a new one I would look for a cotton inner one, and I would probably land up using it as a duvet (hence my not rushing out to buy one over my duvet :wink: ). In summer I also use an empty duvet cover to sleep in as I tend to kick bedding off, so if I'm in the cover I know my feet are protected from mozzies. For winter camping we used the newspaper and an old blanket (one of those cheap grey jobs from Pep) trick underneath and added a Woolies fleece blanket on top - these pack small and are surprisingly warm! Plus fleece pajamas and beanies - we camped in the Karoo and Mountain Zebra at the end of May, where this set up worked very well. Good Luck deciding, and have a wonderful time camping!
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Re: Camping in Kruger - Sleeping Bag recommendations

Unread postby Gemma T » Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:54 am

I'm not sure about the temps in March but we have always camped in Jul/Aug. For that we've taken 2 season bags which go to -5/+10 comfort range. The first time we went we took 0/+15 bags and froze for some of the time. I'd always rather have a bag where you can be too hot, unzip the side and stick your leg out to cool down than be too cold, as that makes for a rubbish night's sleep.

The coldest we got in August was -2 in Lower Sabie, that was in 2009.

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Re: Camping in Kruger - Sleeping Bag recommendations

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:02 am

We also take a duvet for camping (unless I'm hiking). They're more comfortable and easier to regulate your temperature. We bought a special (green) duvet cover set for camping :)

I'd also recommend rubberized canvas airbeds instead of the Intex-type, the canvas lasts much longer (and is worth the extra, have a look at Checkers at the Bush Baby range).
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