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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:57 pm

It is difficult to take pics of it as it is like a maze. It is huge!! Beautifull I have to add too.

Here is the swimming pool.

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Unread postby KNP Spokesman » Thu Jun 23, 2005 3:12 pm

Hi Everyone

I am so glad you all speak so fondly of my hometown.
And its also interesting that you find Satara to be busier than Skukuza. Fascinating ...

Our official stats say that Skukuza has a slightly higher occupation than Satara but the difference is that Satara is seasonal and Skukuza is right through the year.
This is probably because - and this is my theory! - Skukuza is a generic term for the KNP whereas Satara has its loyal visitors, particularly during school holidays.

Just a little interesting story about the train restaurant - called Selati Grillhouse by the way - it was the original railway station at what was then known as Sabi Bridge.
The railway line - which went from Hoedspruit to Komatipoort - was called the Selati Line and you can still see the old stone foundation of this railway line from parts of the H5 and the S114.

The other interesting titbit of history is that the original driver of the locomotive still visits his former "office" and tenderly gives it a polish.
I have my "sources" looking out for him and will interview him for an article next time I hear he is in town (if he agrees, that is ...).

The truck was until a little while back used as a "Sundowner Experience" that crossed the river bridge and back with a group of people every afternoon.
I hear what Simon says about it being a possible safety risk and will see whether we can store it somewhere else.

Has anybody seen the group of white-tailed mongooses near the Papenfus Clock Tower?
They are often there - my wife and I often treat ourselves to a dinner at Selati, just like city dwellers go out to pizza, we go to Selati - and I suspect they live in the bush between the road (to Selati that goes through the camping sites) and the petrol station.

That reminds me (again). The Papenfus Clock Tower - the stone clock tower at the main crossroads in Skukuza - was at one stage the entrance to the camp!
I am not going to say anything more about Papenfus - there is a plaque at its base and the book "Neem Uit Die Verlede" (available at the Skukuza Library) will give you the full history.

I know they are aimed at the R890-odd per night market, but can anyone give us feedback on the Luxury Riverside Units? These units were upgraded to that standard - in order to provide guests with a more comprehensive choice in accommodation - after the original units were washed away during the floods.

I look forward to your responses ...

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Unread postby arks » Fri Aug 26, 2005 1:58 pm

I've never been bothered much by noise at Skukusa, perhaps just been lucky in the bungalows I've been allotted. Of course it's not the same as being by the fence in the camping areas, but I've had smaller night sounds, likely frogs and insects, and seen what may have been mongoose scurrying accross the grass, and had a chorus of birdsong with my early morning coffee and rusks.

One year I had a riverside bungalow and last trip I was at the end of a row, which is a quiet spot to be. You do hear your neighbors whilst they are braaiing, but I've been far more disturbed by noisy neighbors at other camps - and that fortunately INfrequently.

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Sep 02, 2005 2:23 pm

I would recommend Skukuza for people with young children. There is just enough activity to keep them happy, but enough quiet to keep the rest sane.
I have always been surprised at just how quiet it is at night. Over all I have had mainly good memories of the camp.
It also has a tangible air of excitement. Its amazing how each camp has its own special atmosphere.
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Unread postby Krokodile » Sat Sep 17, 2005 11:10 pm

Don't know about the Elsie Clark guest cottage, but if there's at least 4 of you (base rate), it's worth booking the Absa Guest House. It stands on its own at the far left of the camp facing the river and is ENORMOUS, with its own private garden and river frontage.

The accommodation is arranged in an "L" shape as a bedroom block, and a separate lounge/kitchen/dining room block.
It's very private and quiet, so it feels like you're in your own exclusive camp.

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Sep 18, 2005 12:25 pm

I always enjoy Skukuza. There is an air of excitement and expectation. I have also been fortunate with the accomodation and have had no experience of noisy neighbours.
The museum is also a wonderful place to browse and relax in the heat of the day. Last time I was there the midday temperature was 38 degrees.
I did a lot of browsing :)
Then there are the bats which always give a little more flavour to the place.
I was also very fortunate in being allowed to see the buffalo breeding program and Rhino waiting to be relocated last time I was there.
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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Thu Oct 13, 2005 7:44 am

I keep telling you guys I don't know why you're all avoiding the place like the plague. I'll find the pic I took infront of the take away restaurant on New Year's day. If there were 10 people around it was a lot. As I said before,maybe I should just allow everyone to keep believing Skukuza is a commercial hubbub of tourists then I have it all to myself everytime we go there. We shared the ablution blocks that weekend with 2 caravanning families! :lol:
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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:01 pm

From KPT Vol 2 Issue 21

New Skukuza Boardwalk To Showcase Wetlands

A wetland boardwalk is due to be launched soon in the Kruger National Park, starting in the Skukuza nursery car park.
Over 260 metres long, the boardwalk will be more than two metres off the ground in some places, to allow hippo and buffalo to graze underneath, and will be wheelchair friendly.

The boardwalk was initially the idea of Ona Davies, in charge of the Skukuza nursery. After a long planning process, money to build the boardwalk was sourced from the department of environmental affairs’ poverty relief fund.
The boardwalk showcases the importance of wetlands using the wetland created by Lake Panic as an example.
Basically a long loop of decking, it will be two metres wide and have several lookout points, which command a great view of the wetland and the nearby golf course.

These points will be combined with information boards that explain the functions of a wetland, and their importance in maintaining the health of river systems.
Wetland rehabilitation processes will also be outlined on the boards.
Plants, animals and birds associated with wetlands will be explained at the interpretative points.
The main purpose of the wetland walk is to act as an educational tool, to raise awareness with the public of how they can help conserve these valuable areas.
Progress on the walk was halted by heavy rains in January, and so the boardwalk will not be opening as intended on World Wetlands Day on February 2, but is expected to be completed by the end of the month.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:32 am

The statue standing in Skukuza, close to the shop and restaurant was nearly damaged in the 2000 floods. The water rose up to the statue, but fortunately did not do any damage to it.

Anyone with the history behind this? I know I know I should have taken a shot of the description at the foot of the statue as well. :lol: :redface:
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Unread postby reinette » Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:13 pm

The plate says: Oorwone Oorwinaar - meaning that the bull who conquered the other didn't win at all because his horns are locked with the defeated bull's and both will most likely die of hunger. So, who did win?
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Unread postby molpol40 » Mon Jun 26, 2006 4:33 pm

Have just returned home this morning from SA :( stayed in Elsie clarke guest house, really great with lovely view of the river, says in description 2 rooms both with single beds, but one room actually has a double bed. It has an indoor sitting and lounge area, gas cooker, even sherry glasses and gravy boat :o on last night hyena walked past the fence, excellent 8)

Also Vaatjiie asked about Waterkant 1 guest house, went and had a look at that and also Waterkant 2 and have to say they look :D fantastic. :D will possibly try and book that next year. Also good views of river, very quiet and relaxing.

Also must mention the Deli cafe at Skukuza, its run by Natures Cafe. The food was very good, exceptionally clean and well maintained. Must admit very good service from staff, keep up the good work :D

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Unread postby bert » Tue Aug 01, 2006 1:19 pm

Have visited Skukuza for the first time and wont be my last
Had the Elsie Clark Cottage. Big and the last one near the Selati and very quiet with the pool within easy walking distance. The cottage even had a gas oven/stove, which was a blessing to us europeans. We always manage to burn our food on electrical stoves :?

I was a bit afraid of the crowds etc. The only hectic periods were round lunchtime. And the view across the river was great . I found only when exiting and entering on the tar to and from the gate it got crowded.

Reception and shop were effecient and friendly.
And dont forget to search for the bats near the Deli
They are adorable.
And birding in the trees along the riverbed is very rewarding.

And if you can spare the money the Selati is a must.
For the cold months i would advice a jumper. We didnt need one but for us 18 degrees is already warm and T-shirt weather

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Unread postby bert » Thu Aug 03, 2006 8:35 pm

Had a few request for a pic of the Elsie Clark Cottage
Dont mind the washing
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All the cottages next to it are the same


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