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Re: Best swimmingpool in Kruge

Unread post by SPOTS! » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:01 pm

I would say Berg En Dal, Pretoriuskop, Mopani, Lower sabie ( heard of Shingwedzi,but havn't been there)..... All in that order.
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Re: Best swimmingpool in Kruge

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Re: Best swimmingpool in Kruge

Unread post by Sprocky » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:07 pm

Maybe a bit late, but my two favourites in order are- Pretouriuskop and then Mopani. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Best swimmingpool in Kruge

Unread post by twigga » Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:41 pm

For 24 years it was Pkop, but got beaten by Shingwedzi :thumbs_up:
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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by Grantmissy » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:24 pm

It is summer time in Kruger and the swimming pools are popular in particular during the December holidays. Most of the camps have swimming pools but we like the following ones:

1) Pretoriuskop – Classic Kruger
2) Shingwedzi - Next to the perimeter
3) Orpen - The view over the Kruger veldt
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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:31 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote: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.


So does Letaba's Day visitor's area. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by JeanniR » Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:42 pm

My favourites... 8)

1 - Mopani
2 - Pretoriuskop
3 - Shingwedzi
4 - Orpen
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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by tent dweller » Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:46 pm

Just a tip to remember when visiting Skukuza Day Visitors area :wink: in December 2012 it was R10.00 per person to gain entry to the picnic area and pool 8)
PRETORIUSKOP 20 - 21 December 2015
TAMBOTI 22 - 24 December 2015
OLIFANTS 25 - 27 December 2015 (with a view)
LETABA 28 - 31 December 2015
MOPANI 01 - 03 January 2016 (with a view)
PRETORIUSKOP 04 -06 January 2016

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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by wbevents » Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:15 pm

Took only my 2 kids (6 and 4) to the park for a week earlier this month, we swam in 5 different pools, their favorites were...

- Pretorius Kop
- Orpen
- Letaba day visitors
- Satara
- Lower Sabie
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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by mizzbee » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:16 pm

I had the pleasure of being in the Kruger in December 2011 and these are my preferences and why.

The Pretoriuskop pool is a beautiful feature but way too cold for my liking even in Summer.

The pool at Berg-en-Dal has access issues. I could not find a safe entry point but enjoyed my swim there nonetheless.

Satara’s pool is far too small for the number of visitors in December. The kids mulling around the access steps made entry into the pool dangerous.

The pool at Letaba is a firm second favourite. It is relatively spacious and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The day visitors pool looks even better.

One day I hope to use the day visitors pool at Skukuza.

I do like Lower Sabie’s swimming pool and it is my favourite. The water quality has always appeared good and I have never experienced any adverse side-affects from swimming in this pool. In August 2012 I gave an impromptu swimming lesson to some of the local kids whose water safety and swimming ability appeared a little suspect.
Actually, I would quite happily provide swimming lessons and life guarding services during the school holiday months in exchange for accommodation. Now there’s a thought.
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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:14 am

Mopani pool was a life saver for us last December. We were staying at Tzendze and the temperatures were averaging 44 degrees. I quick jump in the pool before retuning to camp made the evening that much more pleasant.

Even though the pool was somewhat crowded, it was always clean and well managed.
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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by DRIESV » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:57 pm

What are the rules re overnight visitors swimming at a camp if you're not a resident in that particular camp??
We're staying at Tamboti in December and naturally we swim at Orpen.
What if we go to Nwanetsi or Timbavati for brunch and return via Satara and stop for a swim to cool down before returning to Tamboti late afternoon ?? Last year we did it and nobody stopped us, but while we were laying there I noticed that HR's were stopping people at the gate to check whether they were day visitors or not. There was one man and his family who had a heated argument with them and eventually even the camp manager got involved. The man showed them papers and I heard him say that as an overnight visitor he can swim where he wants.
Can someone please give clarity as I will also not be amused if I'm turned away.

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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:18 pm

I always assumed if you were an overnight visitor you could swim in any of the pools but I might be wrong so let me see if I can get an official response for you. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by Joep Stevens » Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:00 pm

Dear Elsa & Dries & others,

Overnight guests in the Park, are most welcome to use swimming pools in other camps during their stay. Please ensure that they keep their travel docket/ permit with them in order to be able to prove this.

With kind regards.

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Re: Camps With Swimming Pools

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:06 pm

Thanks for that info Joep, most helpful. :thumbs_up:
Les was enquiring as well.


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