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Best bushveld camp

Unread postby Amedeus » Sun Jun 22, 2008 7:59 pm

Going to KNP next year in June/July! :dance:
What are the 3 best camps of the following:
Bateleur
Byamati
Shimuwini
Sirheni
Talamati
Balule
Tamboti
Prefarebly the 3 camps must be closer than 100 kilometres from each other.Have visited the main camps but not one of the bushveld camps yet.

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Unread postby Freda » Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:06 pm

I would go:
Tamboti, Balule and Shimuwini, all less than 100kms and totally different experiences and three of my favourite camps :D
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Unread postby Pjw » Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:22 pm

Don't miss byamiti! Its my favourite 8)
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jun 23, 2008 6:15 am

KNPSM on best Bush Camp Award wrote:Bateleur – Best Bush Camp
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Best bushveld camp is ....

Unread postby leelee » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:28 am

All the bushveld camps are winners!!!
Far nicer than the bigger camps as you can still enjoy the night sounds and have a better chance on spotting your own game.
In Talamati there are a few resident Scops Owls and Bateleur is an absolute gem(both camps have a permanent water hole, tx to solar panels)!!
I have twisted my hubby's arm and we are off to Talamati one of these days :D
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Unread postby gerharddb » Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:03 pm

I would go will go with tamboti, Balule and then tzendse although the last is not on you list.
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Unread postby Amedeus » Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:41 am

Thanks gerharddb
I will remember Tsendze as another option :roll:

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Unread postby oddesy » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:17 am

Sirheni is by far my favourite!!! although i have not stayed there for many years. I remember when we stayed there last about ten years ago . we were sitting on the veranda of the chalet and watching a leopard in the river bed go about her business , we saw her almost everyday in the late afternoon while watching the sun set, there was also a pride of about ten lions with a buffalo kill not even 300m from the entrance to the camp as well while we were there.

Very special memories from that camp, some of my most memorable in kruger. :D

Wish i could be there now :pray:

But i would say any of the bush camps are very special, so any you choose to stay at will make for a memorable holiday. :D
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Unread postby Amedeus » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:23 am

The thing that I like about Sirheni is that it is in the north.Myfavourite area in the park :P

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Unread postby ruud » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:56 pm

We've been in Bateleur and Byamiti. Both are great and next time we go there again!!
Both good places!

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Unread postby Kathy » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:49 pm

Hi - only been to Talamati, Biyamiti and Shimuwini - all three wonderful. Shimuwini is probably the prettiest camp in the park, however, aside the hippo that are VERY close, we never saw much other game in the area. Talamati and Biyamiti are fantastic, and I have it on pretty good authority that Tamboti is one of the best!!!!
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Unread postby ndloti » Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:05 pm

Bateleur
Sirheni
(Above 2 are a CLOSE MATCH)
Mbyamiti
Not actually classified as bushveld camps according to KNP :
Tsendze
Balule
Tamboti
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Re: Best bushveld camp

Unread postby Kingfisha » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:28 pm

Have been to all the bushveld camps :D
I will summarize them:
Sirheni - lovely accommodation, peaceful, some units have good view on the dry river bed. Lots of game. Nightsounds are great. I agree, its in the north, my favourite part of the park.

Bateleur: One of my favourites! Also the smallest bushveld camp and I think, the oldest. The units are far apart and were upgraded a while ago. Aircon in the main rooms. You do not really have a view on a river/dam, but a lovely area of the camp infront of the units which is great for birding. Lots of game around the camp - birdlife is the best. It has a nice boma and birdhide. I love this camp!

Shimuwini - I agree, must be one of the most beautiful camps! The units are good, the rolling lawn and the dam infront of the camp is wonderful. No aircon, only solar power. I have seen lots of game from this camp including huge herds of ellies and leopard. Very quiet and peaceful.

Tamboti - not really a bushveld camp. But the tented units with bathroom are great. It is small and the tents are very private and isolated. You feel a bit 'lonely' there sometimes. The braai and kitchenette is on a small platform infront of the tent. Not all units have a good view, but it is very quiet and this camp is totally different from the others, with lots of bush, big trees etc.
(no 'gardens')

Talamati - The game viewing is great here. Once experienced a herd of about 800 buffaloes at the waterhole. The camp is more 'open', but the accommodation is great and the camp is very peaceful. I thought that there was not a lot of privacy between the units though. Also good birdlife.

Biyamiti - This is a great camp, were there quite a while ago. It has a lovely view and is also, as all other bushveld camps, very peaceful. I am not sure if the units have been ungraded since I have been there.

I will choose Talamati, Shimuwini and Bateleur
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Re: Best bushveld camp

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:43 pm

Talamati - The atmosphere, that typical Kruger views and the overall peacefulness are great.
Bateleur - A person cannot help but feel you are in a very remote and special place in Kruger.
Shimuwini - The view, the unpredictability and slow pace of what you may see in the Letaba River in front of the Camp makes it also a favourite with us.
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Re: Best bushveld camp

Unread postby jaybabe » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:00 pm

My fav has got to be Sirheni! BTW they have won the award for the best bush camp in KNP for the last couple of years in succession.
I like Shimulwini and Talamati and Tamboti...but I would choose one in the North one central and one in the South so my choices would be...
Sirheni
Talamati
Biyamiti.
I don't think it matter where you go...but be warned once you have been you will find it tough to go back to the BIG camps :big_eyes:
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