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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread post by wbevents » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:09 am

Hi Helen

we stayed in most of them, they are the same, number 222 the best !
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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:33 pm

We also stayed in #222 in May this year and can confirm it was fine. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread post by Bushcraft » Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:53 pm

Unit 222 doesn’t have a neighbour on the left and the second room and lounge is twice the size of the other GC4V’s, so the best in my opinion. The showers are a little dodgy though.

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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread post by CuriousCanadian » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:20 pm

We had that one too!!!!! :dance: It's lovely...and the view....Image

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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:09 am

Another pic of the view seen from #222

Early morning..

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and a bit later in the day..

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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:34 am

How does number 222 compare with the GW2? We have a booking in GW2 in November but it seems like number 222 is preferred by forum members. Perhaps someone lucky has stayed in both :tongue: :D and be able to comment on the two? Thank you :thumbs_up:
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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread post by 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.

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Re: Skukuza cottages/guest houses

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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