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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:19 pm 
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Hi there. Has anyone been to the Pretoriuskop area recently? I have two nights booked there in mid-August but am having some doubts. I do not care so much for the potential lack of sightings in the area (some may disagree that this is the case) - I am more concerned about the scenery. I remember driving through there last year that there were quite a few burnt veldt areas. Is this still the case? My provisional itinerary is Satara (x2 nights), Lower Sabie (x3 nights), Pretoriuskop (x2 nights) and then last night at Biyamiti. I look forward to hearing from you.


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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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JR_CPT, we have visited Pretoriuskop lots (at different times of the year), the scenery is always good, we love the Fayi Loop, we love the Mestel Dam (especially very early mornings and just before gate closing time) and also the road from the Numbi gate to Phabeni gate (don't know the road number). There are lots of loops around Pretoriuskop. The last time we were in Pretoriuskop was December 2012.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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Can anybody help? :hmz: :hmz: We have booked a hut (sleeps 3,with a fan and a fridge,no bathroom), is the fridge inside the hut or outside? :doh: :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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I am sure the fridge is inside TD. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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tent dweller wrote:
Can anybody help? :hmz: :hmz: We have booked a hut (sleeps 3,with a fan and a fridge,no bathroom), is the fridge inside the hut or outside? :doh: :doh:


Dear Tent Dweller

Please note that the fridge is inside.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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Stephens.L, thank you for the info

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:31 am 
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Hi JR_CPT

We stayed at Pretoriuskop on Thursday (18 July) and found that the area was quite lush and not burnt as it has been in previous years. The only thing that alarmed us was the absence of the resident impala herd. On previous stays at this camp we always came across the herd wandering freely inside the camp but this time we saw none and only 3 impalas on the outside of the perimeter fence which appeared to be very tame. Also, on previous visits we saw warthogs in the camp but none this time.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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FRUITBAT, when we stayed in Pretoriuskop in December 2012, the resident impalas were also absent :( :(

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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Maybe another forumite could shed some light on why there are no more impalas wondering around Pkop?


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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:12 pm 
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Well I've just looked at our photos and we have pics of a group of 20 or so adults and babies on the grass between the pool and the rondawels taken 5th January this year.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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When I was there a month ago there were a few females roaming about :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:30 pm 
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Hi Fruitbat,

One of Pretoriuskop's biggest attractions was the herd of impalas in camp. I have spent hours lying on my stomach about 5m from them in camp, watching interaction between ewes and lambs in December...

Went again last September, but they were erecting a grid at the gate, most likely to keep the impalas out! On our previous visit one of the workers told me (I heard shots in the night on the previous visit to that) that the resident leopards had become too keen on the impalas, and were becoming a threat to staff, so 4 had been captured and removed elsewhere; the shot had been to scare a leopard off that was at the staff housing quarters... who knows?
I suspect the grid is keeping most impalas out, especially the babies.

What a pity!

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 Post subject: Pretoriuskop easy to visit spots
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Hi Mites ( shld be mates)
We have stayed at Pretorius for quite a few times and wonderfull. :clap: Jan van Wyk is going a great gallery on Lake panic.But not all of those images are from the last few weeks. We will be there from the 17th of Nov, just a few sleeps, so please, anyone been there in the last few days, say Nov?..ie Lake panic?? :cam: Then I must admit, I have never been at Mesteldam, what is the condition there? Water level? Birds? :cam: From this you can gather, its a 7 day stay, hoping to :cam: as much as we can. Your input will be very much appreciated. Ribbons will be flying. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop easy to visit spots
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:00 pm 
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We have not been there in the last 7 days but have stayed often at P/kop on many previous trips including last Nov-Dec. We have always been very lucky in the area although less so at Mestel Dam..others I know have been lucky here. However, our favourite drive out from this camp is take the H1-1, sit for a while at Shitlhave, continue on and spend time at Transport, continue on the tar for a comfort/food break at Skukuza, onward to Lake Panic (could stay here all day but try to limit it to a few hours as it is usually busy), then back via the S65 and check out Transport and Shitlhave again before back to camp for gate closing. I am currently racing to complete our TR for this trip and will soon reach the P/kop section so you will get an idea of what we found. Have a wonderful trip and travel safely.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop easy to visit spots
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We were in the area in December 2012,we visited Mestel Dam twice a day, very early in the mornings and the last thing just before gate closing time. We once saw a herd of breeding elephants swimming and playing in the water, just park at the dam and wind down your windows and absorb the smells and the sounds :D :D , the day visitors picnic area is also a very good place to stop and make breakfast. It is well run, very clean and just a lovely place to sit and relax, the Fayi loop is a must. Drive it early in the morning and also late in the afternoon, wonderful scenery, We will be in Pretoriuskop in December, just can't wait.................

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