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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread postby Bushcraft » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:45 pm

I have stayed in both and 222 (any of the GC4V’s) are better IMO.
The GC4V’s have separate bathrooms, where as the GW2 has a back passage connecting both rooms to a separate shower, toilet and bathroom.
The kitchen and lounge of the GW2 are also accessed from outside the unit, which for me, with kids wasn’t ideal.
The “lounge” ended up being a waste of space. (If you know the FU5 units at LS, the GW2 is the same, but with a shared bathroom).

The GW2 has a view of the river, but due to thick bush and trees, it’s not as good as the GC4V’s, but you are in the corner of the camp, so you have a duel fence line.
I found it a little close to the staff village and noise pollution filtered through, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.

Don't compare the quality to a guest house as it's not even close.

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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread postby Bomsevrou » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:19 am

ABSA house is ideal for a group that size with ample room for kids to run and play as well. My favourite guesthouse in Kruger.
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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread postby Weltenman » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:39 am

Kite, regarding the name GW2, as far as I can work it out it:

G - Guest House
W2 - Waterkant 2

Now the unit is not a guest house, as it only has 2 bedrooms and one bathroom and that is why it is sold as a family cottage. It does border and is part of the same building as the Guest House Waterkant (GW1), so you can book both the guest house and the cottage to make use of the extra space.
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Re: What do you think of Skukuza?

Unread postby wbevents » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:36 pm

Skukuza maybe a little "town" in the kruger but offer some of the best game viewing in the park. Got to see the "big 7 " in one morning drive in July. The different type of accomodation also a bonus, ABSA house one of the best guesthouses in kruger, so much space and privacy for the children to play, ride bikes look for birds etc and even for a short golf trip skukuza offer everything. Some of the best routes to travel in kruger are around skukuza.
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Re: Booking a specific safari tent in Skukuza

Unread postby Graeme & Nicky » Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:06 am

We stayed at #316 which was not to bad,
Although # 312 looked onto the perimeter fence at
about 3 meters if not less ( Both are 2 sleepers)
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Re: Booking a specific safari tent in Skukuza

Unread postby Andreas_79 » Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:33 am

I can only recommend tent 313.
We stayed there in April and it was great. The braai is very close to the fence and in front of your tent is a hyena path.
As soon as there is meat on the braai it is only a matter of time until the first hyena sneaks out of the bush.
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Re: What do you think of Skukuza?

Unread postby o-dog » Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:01 am

Bush Baptist wrote:I used to stay there a lot, but as one 'matures' in Kruger, one likes things a bit quieter.
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I have to disagree in some ways. Skukuza to me is great and my folks and older members of my family have rediscovered the greatness of this place. The huts near the Selati restaurant are very quiet in Summer and the views over the river are amazing. If you are up and at the gate at 430 you generally get to the gate first and if not then you have about 10 routes to take to avoid other cars.

I also love the great history of Skukuza and the area is great for viewing.

I think the reason people have a bad time in Skukuza is because they expect the same as other other camps in the park. This is a big mistake as each camp has its own personalitiy and you have to appreciate the, for what they are.

Skukuza is a town with all the things like a police station, post office, airport etc. I think its great that there is a town in South Africa completely in the middle of the bush. If you look at it this way Skukuza is a real gem.

I also used to have to visit Skukuza during work to go to the police station, drop staff at the doctor and organise post and banking stuff. It was an absolute highlight for me arriving there and I used to organise it so I had 30mins for a quick toasted sandwich under the fig trees on the river bank - it was always the best - such great memories!!
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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:21 am

We have stayed in the Waterkant 2 (GW2) family cottage for three days last week :D .
We liked the enclosed kitchenette on the stoep in front of the braai and it was nice sitting outside during the evenings.
We saw a thick tailed bush baby chasing a mouse in the tree at the braai one night and a lonely bushbuck next to the perimeter fence late one afternoon just before nightfall.
It was interesting to see the old Selati railway tracks right next to the perimeter fence of the cottage for historical reasons and perhaps also to dream of and to remember the steam train safari’s of days gone by as a bit of nostalgia can do no harm.
There is also a green iron structure almost like a bench to be seen next to the tracks but we do not really know what it is or whether it is indeed historical or not.
It was full moon during our stay which added to the overall character of the cottage and surrounding bush. It was very hot :shock: .
The smell of the sun drenched veldt was very distinct at dusk.
At 18:30 one evening we returned from the shop and the thermometer in the car still indicated a sultry 35 degrees Celsius!
Early mornings when we went to explore the surrounding roads we could see and feel the mercury rising as we prefer open windows to aircon when in Kruger to match the freedom of the never ending veldt or at least it seems like it is never ending.
Nevertheless we had such a great time with many good sightings.
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Re: Skukuza Rest Camp

Unread postby kite » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:01 pm

Which will be a quieter more wooded spot?
A bungalow, BD2E, on left /west side of camp on main road to most bungalows (and Convention centre), across road from dog cemetary or:-
A bungalow, BD3, on east /right of camp near road to Selati restaurant and close to camping area?
Has anyone stayed near these areas? :hmz:
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Re: Skukuza Rest Camp

Unread postby rakesh » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:55 pm

Hello Kite,

I did stay in BD2E in unit no 4. That corner was really quite and at night i could hear a hyena close by. Have no idea bout BD3 as i haven't stayed there.

i guess it depends on your neighbours too :) we were lucky to have quite ones.

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Re: Church in Skukuza

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:53 am

Yes, just to confirm. There is a church in the staff village opposite the primary school. Though it is a Dutch Reformed Church (NG Kerk) anybody is welcome to attend. Services are in Afrikaans in the mornings, though there used to be English services in the evening. I am not sure whether this is still the case.

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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread postby suebfly » Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:10 pm

Hi there - some advise please. We are staying at Skukuza later in the year. I am looking for BEST view possible - I think it is between LR2W (SEMI LUXURY RIVERSIDE BUNGALOW ) or GC4V (Guest Cottage)
any suggestions which option to go for?? many thanks in advance

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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread postby Leanawel » Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:36 pm

Hi there Suebfly

I have stayed in both. The LR2W is located west of the restaurant, while the GC4V cottage is lower down on the bank of the river to the east side of Skuz.

My opinion is that both have almost the same view on the river.

The GC4C is a very nice cottage with a kitchen, 2 bedrooms en-suite, big patio and braai on the grass. We had a wonderful stay there. On the other hand, the LR2W is a unit with one bedroom, big bathroom, patio with a modern built-in braai on the patio. It is much smaller, but very stylish and modern. It was very nice to stay there too :lol:

But again :doh: the view on the river is the same :hmz:

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Self catering in Skukuza bungalows

Unread postby VicRob » Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:50 am

Hello to all.

We are newbies to the forum so hope we are posting in the correct place.

We are travelling from Australia, and in April will be coming for our second [but not last] stay in KNP. We have booked four camps over two weeks and cannot wait. Our last stay was only for 5 days, when we stayed in Lower Sabie and Satara bungalows.

My question relates to the cooking facilities in the LR2W [semi luxury riverside] bungalows at Skukuza. We are hoping to do quite a bit of self catering this time and at all camps have booked bungalows with kitchens again. However on looking at photos of the LR2W kitchens it appears that some do not have stovetop/ hotplates which we would need for cooking and heating food. There appears to be some kind of oven in the wall but not quite sure, also we are not quite sure if there are utensils, crockery, pots and pans etc provided in these bungalows.

The other camps we have booked do mention all these items so it just a little confusing, can anyone please enlighten us on this.

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Re: Self catering in Skukuza bungalows

Unread postby lion queen » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:03 am

Hi VicRob,

Have a look here

This is a photo of one of those units taken by roaneric

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The oven thing is the build in braai........................ :thumbs_up:
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