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Accommodation for a family group of 10

Unread post by steveireland77 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:57 pm

Hi,
We've been to Kruger several times as a couple, and have raved on about it so much that were planning our next trip with company. Our daughter and husband with sons 8 and 4, and their friends with daughters 8 and 10.

10 seems an awkward number as most bungalows are for 2 or 3 and 4 bed units seem few and far between.

Were sure we've seen family groups of 4 staying in BD3 bungalows on previous trips.

Could any families or anyone else advise us? We'd be flying from UK.

Thanks in advance can't wait to introduce two more generations to Kruger.

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Re: Accommodation for a family group of 10

Unread post by Hugh » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:17 pm

Hello there
There are 6 bed cottages at Pretoriuskop , Orpen , Skukuza , Letaba and guest houses at most of the large camps . these are very popular though so you have to book 11 months in advance . Letaba and Taboti have 4 bed tents with a communal ablution block and kitchen area
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Re: Accommodation for a family group of 10

Unread post by steveireland77 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:21 pm

We're probably looking at August or September next year so bookings won't be open yet.

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Re: Accommodation for a family group of 10

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:41 pm

There are really only a few of the bush lodges that could accommodate you all together, like Boulders, Roodewal etc
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otherwise you would need to take separate bungalows but can always ask for them for be next to each other once booked.

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Re: Accommodation for a family group of 10

Unread post by steveireland77 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:55 pm

More than happy with separate bungalows. I think the main question is could we get away with 3 x BD3 with the 4yr old sharing or not. I'm sure I've seen families of 4 or more in BD3 units.

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Re: Accommodation for a family group of 10

Unread post by inyanga 1 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:37 pm

we are going around that time in 2017 and booked fish eagle plus nearby bungalow at letaba and melville for the convenience of a big braai area and somewhere for kids to roam around.

We were surprised to find all of august completely booked out for melville the hour bookings were open - we suspect that either sanparks had reserved it for 'important' people or the travel trade had done their book tens of weeks and hope to sell more than half at two-three times the normal rate (as seen at campsites elsewhere in KNP)

Another is to book two/three of the ff6d in the secluded area at pretoriuskop. the big guest houses there are a bit of a monkey habitat. ok for adults but not with kids.

shingwedzi is brill by the river (dryish in august) in bd3s or even rentmeister.

Boulders is really great with separate units. its only drawback is it's well off the beaten track ... a longish drive out to see much in the winter.

Having some chalets to each family rather than all in one big one is a good idea.

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Re: Accommodation for a family group of 10

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:10 am

steveireland77 wrote:We're probably looking at August or September next year so bookings won't be open yet.


Hi steveireland, it sounds as though this is going to be a most enjoyable holiday.

The first Saturday in August is the weekend of the Skukuza half marathon, so the south is very booked up during this period. It is followed by 'Woman's day' on the 9th and the private schools have their school holidays. For this reason, the bookings might be rather full.

steveireland77 wrote:More than happy with separate bungalows. I think the main question is could we get away with 3 x BD3 with the 4yr old sharing or not. I'm sure I've seen families of 4 or more in BD3 units.


I cannot see that a 4 year old will be a problem to have as an extra in a room with adults. We have often been allowed to add an extra person, as long as we provide our own bedding and stretcher.

I really do like Letaba for children, although the game viewing is not as robust.

My choice, if you can manage, would be the central areas. Satara, Talamati and Tambotie sit is great predator sighting areas. This is great when you have children to keep entertained.
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Re: Accommodation for a family group of 10

Unread post by Horrace » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:12 am

Hi Steveireland. We have consistently over the last 10 years slept 4 of us in 3 bedded bungalows. The procedure is quite simple. We paid for an extra child, and then requested an extra mattress from the camp. In this regard, mattress are on a 1st come 1st available basis. While we have never not got one , it is possible that you will not get one.

Because of this, for the last year or 2 we have always taken a camping stretcher with us which our youngest child uses.

We were in Skakuza in April, part of a large party, and this is exactly how we did it.

The other option is to look for guest cottages or family bungalows which often sleep 4/6 people. Most of the bush camps have units which sleep 4 people comfortably, often 5 as well.

Hope you enjoy the trip.

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Re: Accommodation for a family group of 10

Unread post by Cape of Storms » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:57 am

It depends on the camp. Olifants for example has some mattresses that can be requested and fit into a BD3U unit. Same with Satara. They don't have mattress at Lower Sabie but do not mind if you bring your own(we have popped a blow up mattress in many times and just pay for the extra child when we check in) another option is also Orpen Camp where you could get 2 x GC6 units. Awesome camp or Biyamiti you could get 2 x 5 sleepers. Also Talamati has 6 sleepers and 4 sleepers. Shimuwini has 4,5 and 6 sleepers. Just remember if you got to the bigger camps you will need to book the same kind of unit for example at Olifants 3 x bd3u to be near each other. The different codes are not always near each other. Hope you get it right ! You will have a blast. If you go out of school holidays and not when it is the Marathon you could get lucky with a large guest house.
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Re: Accommodation for a family group of 10

Unread post by DougJ » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:15 am

steveireland77 wrote:Hi,
We've been to Kruger several times as a couple, and have raved on about it so much that were planning our next trip with company. Our daughter and husband with sons 8 and 4, and their friends with daughters 8 and 10.

10 seems an awkward number as most bungalows are for 2 or 3 and 4 bed units seem few and far between.

Were sure we've seen family groups of 4 staying in BD3 bungalows on previous trips.

Could any families or anyone else advise us? We'd be flying from UK.

Thanks in advance can't wait to introduce two more generations to Kruger.



Hi Steve

We went with a family of 9 from New Zealand a couple of years ago. (. grandparents, children and grandchildren)
We booked Wild Fig Guest House in Skukuza which has 5 bedrooms
Keartland Guest House in Lower Sabie ( which sleeps 7 and booked a separate bungalow for the grandparents, and they came to eat in the big house)
Nshawu Guest House in Olifants ( sleeps 8, but they were happy to bring a sleeper bed down, and I am sure would do 2)
Rudie Frankel Guest House in Satara sleeps 10, and Fish Eagle Lodge inLetaba ( sleeps 8) is also amazing.
It is actually cheaper to book the guest houses if you can, compared to multiple bungalows, and they are generally all in the best positions. The Nshawu Guest House has about the best view in Kruger.
If you want to be able to book the Guest Houses, you need to be on the phone to CentralReservations, as soon as they open on the 1st of the month , 11 months in advance. Try and avoid South African School Holidays if you can
We were also able to book a 10 seater van through Avis, which was great to keep everyone together to share the excitement.

Doug

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Re: Accommodation for a family group of 10

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:02 am

Excellent advice Doug and sure it will be help with decision making! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Accommodation for a family group of 10

Unread post by cheetahlady » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:07 pm

The Joubert guesthouse in Pretoriouskop sleeps 16 (4x4 bed chalets, central kitchen, lounge, dining).
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