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Re: Camp choice ..... Croc Bridge or Malelane

Unread post by Bundi » Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:26 am

There is no comparison.

Croc Bridge is one of the best kept secrets in the park.

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Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread post by Asking81 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:32 pm

We will be travelling to Kruger in November 2014, our first visit, and are unsure which restcamp is better to stay in: Shingwedzi or Mopani. We are keen to be based in the northern part of the park for the first half of our stay and are torn between camps.
Any advice would be much appreciated.
Thanks

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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread post by Carol g » Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:38 pm

Welcome to the forums Asking81, I do hope you have a lovely trip

Mopani and Shingwetzi are both lovely camps, my favorite is Shingwetzi, I've always had great sightings there

Why don't you try and spend a few nights a both of them, I'm sure you will be rewarded with wonderful sightings
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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread post by PNF » Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:43 pm

Hi Asking81 and welcome to the forum!

Carolg has given you good advice - try both Shingwedzi and Mopani. Although they are only about 60kms apart their different environments give you a good choice of sightings. From Shingwedzi, you can easily get to Pafuri/Crooks Corner and back in a day. Mopani is close to several good waterholes - specifically Mooiplaas and Tihongonyeni.
Whatever you choose - enjoy!
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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread post by Yoda » Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:08 am

Carol g wrote:Have you considered spending a night or two at Olifants, it is on a hill and has the most beautiful view of the Olifants river, and the sunrise and sunset views are breathtaking


Olifants is my fave camp :thumbs_up:
The views are spectacular.

If you have the time, stay at Shingwedzi and then move a bit further south to Olifants for a few nights.
Shingwedzi will give you plenty of Elephants, big Buffalo herds, and rare antelope.
From Olifants you can head south towards Satara where there will be more plains game and possibly associated predators.

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Re: Which restcamp is better: Shingwedzi or Mopani?

Unread post by anne catherine » Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:10 pm

Whatether you choose and seems for now your choice is Shingwedzi and Letaba,it will be nice.

I find Shingwedzi and Letaba are more "old"atmosphere and have more characters than Mopani and Olifants,inside camps speaking and like a lot these two camps.

Mopani and Olifants are great for their view,over a beautiful dam with dead trees for Mopani,and a stunning view over a river at Olifants,but i don't find their general atmosphere special.
Olifants is more crowded than Mopani where you can feel a little alone sometime,specially in the restaurant in the evening :(
At Olifants,you can have great drive with Lourens who is back there :D
Near Mopani camp you have two Hides,good for birds and the Tropic of Capricorn loop is usally great sightings wise.

I will also be in the park in november - beginning of december and for the north center i have choose this time Punda,Sirheni,Mopani and Letaba...i will stop for snacks at Shingwedzi and Olifants.

Punda is the lonely camp where i will stay four nights,in the others generally two.

I will drive at the beginnig of my stay untill Skukuza where i will stay 3 nights; i must say it was the only camp i really hated before,but i have change my mind a little about it now...a lot of nice roads to drive from there.

For now,seems there are still a lot of place available in November in camps;where you are in a camp,for exemple Shingwedzi for four nights and change your mind wanting mooving earlier,you can go to the checking office of Shingwedzi and ask them changing one or two nigths for Mopani,and they will arrange you if they can.Same at Letaba.I have already done this without any problem.

Wish you a very nice stay in the park,i will have my yellow ribbon flying from 21th november to 7th december :D

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Re: Orpen or Biyamiti - End March 2015?

Unread post by gjorgi » Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:57 pm

Biyamiti for sure!! As Suebfly said the roads, specifically the private road to Biyamiti, are a bit of a problem. We were there about a month ago in a Golf6 and trying NOT to scrape the bottom of the car at meant driving so carefully that it took as 1.5hours to do the 18km to Biyamiti coming from the north.

Will still go with Biyamiti though!!! Just need a care with a little bit of clearance....sure my Toyota Tazz would have done much better than the golf!! :D

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Re: Orpen or Biyamiti - End March 2015?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:17 pm

hilda wrote:Biyamiti would be my choice for sure, if you could get a booking! :dance: :dance:


ditto :thumbs_up:
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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:48 pm

Our nicest Camp is 100% proudly Kruger. It is Shingwedzi.

All the other Kruger Camps are nice too even the other one starting with a S followed by a K.
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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by Carol g » Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:09 pm

For me it's Olifants closely followed by Shingwetzi, also like Satara for the plentiful game viewing it has around it
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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by JeanniR » Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:46 pm

The nicest camp :hmz: Really a tough decision!

But my No. 1 is Tamboti, followed by Mopani and Olifants. 8)
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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by pietert » Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:41 pm

Sorry, you are all wrong. You don't get the prize. Try again next time. :lol:

The best camp is Punda Maria, since it has its own in-house waterhole issued with its own hide.



This is what happened some time ago. Keep an eye on the tiny little one. Very much the same happened last night.

Hope to see you all soon in Punda! :)

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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by alexmagda » Fri Aug 15, 2014 6:22 pm

No doubt:Letaba.
Once we were on the deck near the restaurant and there was also a grandpa sitting in one of the seats.
He said to his daughter :" .... this must be like heaven.Never in my life I was so close to God" .
Wonderfullllllllll !!!

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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by Crested Val » Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:07 pm

saraf wrote:I always have difficulty in decided between Shingwedzi and Punda Maria but I think Punda edges it. Just.


I'm the other way round Sara.
Shing just beats Punda, though it is a very close second. :dance:

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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by tent dweller » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:31 am

.....................has to be Berg en Dal, not the deepest swimming pool but the cleanest, the best accommodation that we have ever stayed, our best camping experience ever..................
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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