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Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by AjayB » Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:43 pm

Quick question
Can those in the know please confirm for me exactly which camps definitely have pools that are currently in use or in service.
My list from website Activities and Facilities lists reads
Pretoriuskop. Lower Sabie. Berg en Dal. Skukuza. Satara. Orpen. Letaba, Shingwedzi. Punda Maria and also a small one at Shimuwini?
So its basically Croc Bridge and Olifants of the main rest camps that don't actually have pools Is this correct? -------

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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by Boorgatspook » Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:52 pm

:thumbs_up: Mopani also has one

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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by Rob C » Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:48 pm

I've always liked the Mopani, Berg-en-Dal and Letaba pools.
Very spacious and big enough grass areas :D
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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:21 am

Skukuza day visitor's area also has a lovely big pool. It's worthwhile remembering it if you need to stop for a quick cool down.
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Re: Swimming pools?

Unread post by Senyetse » Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:42 am

Hi Kathy,

Lower Sabie
Skukuza
Pretoriuskop
Berg-&-dal
Orpen
Satara
Letaba
Mopani
Orpen
Shingwedzi
Punda Maria
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Re: Swimming pools in the camps

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:16 pm

I have posted about this before, but I feel the principle applies here too.

Kruger, fortunately, is a huge place. As big as some smaller countries in the world. There is place for everyone to enjoy themselves there. If one does not like busy roads, there are quiet roads one can enjoy. If one prefers to have some people around, there are 'busy' roads to use. As with accommodation ... there is a variety of types of camps.

Certain rules apply when visiting Kruger - silence after 9pm being one, and the many rules to protect the animals and visitors alike. These should be respected at all times.

However, imo, it is short sighted to think Kruger should only be kept for a certain type of visitor and all other visitors who do not fit into this profile should not be there. How on earth will folk ever come to love nature and peace and quiet if they do not start off somewhere? And if conservation is to be supported and developed, it needs the buy in and support of the majority of the people.

I took my brother and his two little ones to Addo recently - a first time visit for them to a national park. It was a good exercise for me to appreciate what it is like to be a first time visitor again. We tend to forget this after 20 years of visits. Certain appreciations need to be developed just as we developed them, over time.

If we wish to share our National Parks with all those who are perfectly entitled to visit them, we must guard against developing a superior attitude here and also be careful not to criticise people who in fact keep within the rules of the parks, but spend their time differently to how we do. There is no single one way to adhere to to qualify as a true nature lover or as a visitor to Kruger.

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Re: Swimming pools in the camps

Unread post by Imberbe » Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:36 pm

Yes, I agree. People differ and SANParks cannot just cater for the people who are "like me". Giving infrastructure such as swimming pools is an excellent way of enriching the experience without detracting from nature. And believe me ... I think water is to shower in ... that's it!

There are activities in the parks which have a much bigger impact on nature than a pool. I am thinking of game drives, night drives, bush walks .... all the things I and I expect a few others participating in this thread love. Lets not be "holier than thou," and realise that all of us have an impact.

Having the kids having fun while in camp is just great. We are raising the next generation who must take responsibility for this wonderful gift.
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Re: Swimming pools in the camps

Unread post by klotzof » Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:22 am

I think i is quite healthy for kids to run around making a noise and using up energy at the pool. It makes it more likely that they will be quiet in the car on game drives and go to bed early. I have to say that the pools are great. My kids love them and so do I. I agree with the seniment that if you dont like the pools stay at camps without them or dont go near the pool. There is plenty of space for everyone.

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Re: Swimming pools in the camps

Unread post by Nungu » Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:48 am

I don't have a problem with the pools - if the people want to use them, go ahead and enjoy.... less traffic jams on the roads :dance:

In the 30 odd years I've been going to Kruger I've never put a foot in any of the pools - I actually haven't even seen 80% of them :big_eyes:

We leave when the gates open and when we get back, they have to close the gates behind us.... there is NO TIME FOR A SWIM!!!!

We have 2 kids (3 and 5) and even they have never taken a swim in the pools.... if we want to cool down on a hot day we sit at a waterhole or picnicspot and listen to the birds and bugs - we can swim when we go on the beach holiday :hmz:
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Re: Swimming pools in the camps

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:59 am

Nungu wrote: if we want to cool down on a hot day we sit at a waterhole or picnicspot and listen to the birds and bugs

This reminds me of someone who visited Kruger and it was extremely hot there. Chatting to them one evening, they told me they had been in the shower for two hours to try and get cool :shock:

So, perhaps pools actually help in saving water, if folk use them to cool off in, rather than take an unnecessary shower to cool toff.
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Re: Swimming pools in the camps

Unread post by christo » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:23 pm

Nungu wrote:- we can swim when we go on the beach holiday :hmz:


My youngsters prefer the bush above a beach holiday. They are 3, 5 and 5 years old and I let them swim. I let them dive. I let them have all the fun they want to in the pool.

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Best swimmingpool in Kruge

Unread post by serv » Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:57 am

Hello,

the most things my son (9) loves on a holiday is a swimmingpool. So what is the most beautifull swimmingpool in Kruger?

Thanks in Advance
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Re: Best swimmingpool in Kruge

Unread post by DRIESV » Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:12 am

Must be Pretoriuskop!!!
Then Berg & Dal, Mopanie, Punda Maria, Lower Sabie, Shingwedzi.

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Re: Best swimmingpool in Kruge

Unread post by pathfinder » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:27 am

They are all very good, but I am partial to Orpen! The pool is very deep and it has a lovely view of the waterhole in front of camp.
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Re: Best swimmingpool in Kruge

Unread post by forestgump » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:37 am

Pretoriuskop definately the best for kids.

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