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Thu Jun 16, 2005 6:18 pm Unread post
Probably a stupid question, but I have searched everywhere and cannot find the answer to the following:
If a cottage for TWO people has Adult min. rate: R620.00 and Base rate number of people: 2 does this mean it is R620 or R1240 per night?

At the bottom of the availability search screen it says:
Adult min rate refers to the base rate, which in this case is 2.

Sorry, just find it highly confusing to identify how much the unit is for two people.

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Muz
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Thu Jun 16, 2005 6:23 pm Unread post
Hi Muz and welcome to the forums. The base rate covers whatever the base number of people is for the particular accommodation. so if the base number is 2, then that's the cost for 2 people. If the base number is 4, then that's the cost for up to 4 people. HTH

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Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:07 pm Unread post
biyamiti
talamati

Both have ceiling fans according to the website. I haven't stayed there though.



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Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:40 am Unread post
On my last couple of trips I've taken units with a kitchenette and bathroom.
Towels,soap and toiletpaper are provided. Changed daily if you wish so, but preferably not, we need to conserve as much water possible.

Units with cooking facilities vary as some have hotplates and sinks and some only have sinks. The ones I used all had hotplates. Units with kitchenettes include the following: (electric sometimes) kettle, crockery & cutlery (set of four: plates, side plates, pudding bowls, glasses, cups & saucers, knives & forks, spoons and teaspoons), 2 pots and frying pan, salad bowl, bread knife, tin opener, water jug and braaitongs.

I think that's all of it. If anything is short you can just report it to reception and they will try to replace it as quickly as possible.



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Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:08 pm Unread post
All accommodation has it's own braai close to the verandah.
You may need to use the communal kitchen for hot water for coffee, they have a geyser (I take my own electric kettle to use in the bungalows :wink: )
Have a great trip!



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Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:26 pm Unread post
BUSHBRO this answer is more to help others also wondering what the accomodation has , as you say you will be prepared .

The communal kitchen blocks have sinks for washing up , 2 plate stoves for cooking side dishes etc and a boiling water dispenser ( you can fetch boiling water in a thermos flask ) to make beverages . Always one close to your bungalow and a great place to talk to other people about who saw what.

All bungalows have braais - supply your own wood/charcoal
firelighters , matches and tongs (or use a fork etc) .

Some bungalows have own kitchenettes usualy with utensils .
You can hire utensil sets at reception offices but it is a "schlep" and you must hand them in next morning which wastes game viewing time. It is worthwhile having your own set
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You definatly need your own utensils at picnic spots so in my opinion take a set with. You can buy them in hypermarkets cheaply.

Picnic spots all have skottel braais for hire and this tradition (bush-breakfast) should not be missed. They also have basic kitchen wash-ups etc. Invariably these attendants would like to do your washing up for a fair consideration .

The most important appliance is the fridge to keep food fresh and the drinks cold . Every single accomodation unit (except Balule ) has one with a small deep freeze compatment .

The one piece of equipment all visitors should take is the humble coolbox . It is necessary to keep food cool between overnight camps , and also to have a supply of cool drinks at stopping (get-out) places . Buy one or two at hypermarkets when you get your utensils is my advice.

Otherwise the KNP has enough facilities including shops to supply your needs.


Re: Accommodation types: Skukuza

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Wed May 03, 2006 10:43 pm Unread post
Bird Song wrote
What are the pros and cons of the communal kitchen?.

Pro: in a communal kitchen you will meet other Kruger visitors and you can exchange stories about your sightings in the park.

Con: the kitchen is not right by your bungalow (but usually not too far away either.) Bungalows without kitchen don't have cutlery, so you'll have to bring your own or rent cutlery.

P.S: The communal kitchens have hot water boilers that are very useful. You can also use them if you have your own kitchen.

Enjoy your stay in Kruger! :)



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Thu May 04, 2006 2:38 pm Unread post
My recomendation is take the 3 bed bungalow with designation
BD3 on the Availability link .
These have a full kitchenette on the open verandah which is great, being the latest renovated models .
Only consideration would be that the 3 beds are in one bedroom , but that is unavoidable unless you take 2 units which pushes up the costs .

The bungalows with enclosed verandahs have gauze netting on the outside wall which was put in decades ago to keep insects out but they are claustrophobic .
An additional bed in one would be a very tight fit as the fridge is also there and the verandah is narrow and circular.



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Sat Sep 16, 2006 2:58 pm Unread post
There are two luxury (in inverted commas) cottages at Satara - the Rudy Frankel cottage and the Stanley.
The Rudy Frankel burned down but has subsequently been rebuilt - it has 5 main en suite bedrooms now whereas before it used to have 4!
It has its own private garden with a floodlight that is controlled by only whoever is staying in the house and it is situated directly behind the waterhole which when you look at Satara from the main tar road is to the right of the main entrance.

The other cottage is the Stanley and this has three bedrooms each with its own bathroom - it is a little old fashioned but positively charming and full of history - it has a HUGE lounge and dining room but quite a small kitchen.
It also has a floodlight and its own private garden with views of the same waterhole as the Rudy Frankel.

I hope this answers the query on the luxury bungalow.

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Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:10 pm Unread post
Elad, this must vary from camp to camp. I have only used the laundry at Olifants and it very definitely has both washers and dryers. Perhaps others will add info on other camps.

@bert: at which camp did you not have a dryer?


Re: Braai Facilities

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Sat Jun 23, 2007 8:02 pm Unread post
Schnooks wrote
Please advise if the Safari tents (cheap one) at Tamboti and the Huts (cheap ones) at Shingwedzi have braai facilities.

Yes and yes, have stayed in both.
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I have just read under Tamboti that there are communal braai facilities.

There are. I took a big group there in 2005 and we were able to braai together
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I would like to be able to sit outside our tent and hut and braai rather than schlep all the stuff off to a communal area.

Can do, that is the norm.



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Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:13 pm Unread post
Hi & Welcome DWB. :D
If you've booked one of the Semi-luxury Safari Tents they are fully equipped, if you've booked a Budget Tent then you'd need to either take your own or arrange a Cutlery and Plates Hampers to be collected at Orpen.

Have you had a look at Tamboti Satellite Camp



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Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:05 am Unread post
Utensils includes everything you would need in a kitchen - including dish washing soap and cloths etc.
If the bungalow has a kitchen it will be fully equipped.
You just have to bring your food, drinks, cooler box, clothes and towels for swimming.
I don't think paper towels are supplied but loo paper is.
I would take an extra roll of loo paper just in case there is none at the picninc sites.

Some bungalows (not the budget huts) have a communal kitchen, you will have to bring your own utensils.



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Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:45 pm Unread post
Yes, bath & hand towels are provided. Not sure which camp you're looking at, but if intending to use a swimming pool, you will need your own towels for that.



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Mon Oct 01, 2007 8:22 am Unread post
HI Lovehyena (love your name)!

There are pools at Letaba and Pretoriuskop as well.

Regarding utensils, there are certain things I always take with me - it seems they are the popular items that go home with some of the guests:
Peeler
Corkskrew/bottle opener
Tin opener
Braai tongs
Steak knives / sharp knife for cutting veggies etc.
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