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 Post subject: Re: Which Camp?
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Hi Yocheez :D what a choice.

I agree with OWN about each camp's uniqueness.

Because you are coming from so far and will not have too many opportunities to visit, I would veer towards the predator rich south of the Park. Biyamiti is in a game rich area and it is quite easy to access many excellent roads.

Talamati is also in an area know for good roads, but it does take a bit longer to reach some of the more productive areas.

May is a lovely month in every way. It is starting to show signs of the changing seasons. The dams are still quite full, there is plenty of green and the grass is still high. It can make sightings a bit more difficult, but I find it a good month for a bit of everything.

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 Post subject: Camp choice ..... Croc Bridge or Malelane
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Well in October I will be bringing a few American tourists to our Beloved Kruger. This will be the third year in a row that I have done this. Sharing the beauty of Africa with my fellow Americans never gets old.

I would like a bit of advice on accommodations.

We will be staying the 1st 2 nights in BD2V units at Olifants and then 3 nights in BD2V units at Satara. There are no perimeter units available at Lower Sabie for our last 2 nights and I have had poor experiences with the restaurant service at Lower Sabie in the past, so I am looking at booking the final 2 nights at Malelane or Crocodile Bridge. I have stayed at Malelane in the past, had great sightings and really enjoyed the camp. I have never stayed at Croc Bridge before but have had good sightings on that side as well.

Any opinions between Malelane and Croc Bridge? Final option would be Berg en Dal as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Camp choice ..... Croc Bridge or Malelane
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Hi deamole.

Sounds like a great itinerary.

I like both camps. Malelane is a lovely intimate little camp with loads of atmosphere. Croc Bridge is slightly larger, but still filled with good bush feel.

As much as I really enjoy both camps, my preference would be Croc Bridge. It really is the most prolific in terms of the potential for interesting animal sightings. If given a choice, Croc Bridge is my first preference. It has greater road diversity, greater sighting potential.

The S28 between Croc Bridge and Lower Sabie has been one of my most productive roads. It has regular Cheetah sightings, as well as Lion and Leopard. It is worth taking a drive to Duke's waterhole, another interesting place. I have had most of my wild dog sightings in the Croc Bridge area.

A drive out to Hippo pools as a sundowner drive will be the perfect ending to your trip.

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 Post subject: Re: Camp choice ..... Croc Bridge or Malelane
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deamole, I would suggest Berg en Dal, I had the pleasure of staying in Berg en Dal in December 2014 for 2 nights. The accommodation was superb, clean, well looked after, the restaurant served good food, the service was faultless and the prices were very acceptable. The shop was very well stocked with friendly, helpful staff. The swimming pool was sparkling clean, we enjoyed it so much that we have booked for longer in December 2014.

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 Post subject: Re: Camp choice ..... Croc Bridge or Malelane
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Bear in mind there is no restaurant at Croc Bridge nor Malelane and the offerings at Lower Sabie should be much improved with the new franchise in operation!


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 Post subject: Re: Camp choice ..... Croc Bridge or Malelane
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Meandering Mouse,

Sounds like we are thinking alike. My only Wild Dog sighting ever was this past November on the S25 before the Gardenia Hide. On that same trip I was also blessed to see a good part of one of the mega prides (14 of them) on the S25 about 1 km off the H4-2 tar road.

Last year we spent 2 nights at Berg en Dal which were good, but the sightings were not as prevelant and I did not enjoy Berg en Dal as much as Malelane in 2012. Thank you for helping!


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

Enjoy the trip!

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 Post subject: Re: Camp choice ..... Croc Bridge or Malelane
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There is no comparison.

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


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