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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by MSI » Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:08 pm

Thanks as always for the replies!

On more question-looking for your opinions...

I have 2 nights booked in the following camps and in this order:

Pretoriuskop, Olifants, Punda, Letaba, and Sabie. Finally I have 3 nights booked at Berg-En-Dal. I'm kinda thinking I may want to cancel 1 night at Berg and book a single stay in another camp. Thinking Skukuza, C. Bridge or Biyamiti? Any thoughts? Thanks!

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by kite » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:38 pm

For me, 6 camps and 13 nights is more than enough! Packing and moving on limits relaxing in and around the camp.
I think you are wanting to go from the south to the north and back in one trip.
A 3 night stop in one camp will be great. It's up to you to decide if that should be at the beginning, middle or end depending on your travel plans.

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:30 am

Hi MSI, I agree with Kite about single nights. It is just such a waste of time packing up and booking in. Many of the camps overlap on the roads they cover, so your itinerary looks good.

I would possibly swop the three nights in Berg n Dal for three nights in Lower Sabie though. Berg n Dal is a lovely camp, but it does not have the variety of roads found at Lower Sabie. You also have to cover a fair distance to get onto other roads. It is not always obvious looking at maps, but if you think of approximately 25 kms/hr in the Park, you are looking at a long time traveling on one road to get away from Berg n Dal.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by MSI » Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:23 pm

kite wrote:For me, 6 camps and 13 nights is more than enough! Packing and moving on limits relaxing in and around the camp.
I think you are wanting to go from the south to the north and back in one trip.
A 3 night stop in one camp will be great. It's up to you to decide if that should be at the beginning, middle or end depending on your travel plans.


Thanks for the reply. Traveling solo and being a male, I keep the packing to a bare minimum! :dance: Last year when I was in the park I found that I got "bored" with the area if staying more than 3 nights. I'm not one to lounge around camp at all, I much prefer to be out exploring the roads around camp. :D

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by MSI » Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:27 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:
I would possibly swop the three nights in Berg n Dal for three nights in Lower Sabie though. Berg n Dal is a lovely camp, but it does not have the variety of roads found at Lower Sabie. You also have to cover a fair distance to get onto other roads. It is not always obvious looking at maps, but if you think of approximately 25 kms/hr in the Park, you are looking at a long time traveling on one road to get away from Berg n Dal.


Excellent point. When I was last at Berg n Dal, I only had one night and wished I had more. You are correct about having to drive quite a ways away from the camp to get to different roads. I'll look into another night in Sabie. :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by bondm » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:50 pm

Hi MSI,
Berg-en-Dal is a great area for seeing the elusive leopards. Also make a trip up to Mpondo dam- it always has a good level of water and hence attracts many animals and birds. There is excellent parking close to the water and on our last visit in December a coalition of male lions were courting a female on the opposite side of the dam. Take some refreshments as when you get there you will be reluctant to leave. Bondm.

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by ryry2003 » Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:41 am

Hi Bondm

We were at Berg-en-Dal in July 2013 when there was an extensive burn off of the area and sightings were minimal .

How well has the place recovered in the 3 years since.

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Unread post by PHVDM » Sat Oct 01, 2016 7:58 am

Planning to head up to Satara for the last week of November. I saw on the Satara Camp thread that some of the BD3B units in the B- circle are renovated. Are all the units renovated?
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Unread post by Elsa » Sat Oct 01, 2016 12:03 pm

I would think they have all been renovated by now and we stayed in one of them a couple of years ago

Here

Do also have a look through the Satara Accommodation pics for some more info.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by elpaco » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:57 am

I had been watching the accomodation availbilities several times a day for more than a whole month as I was hoping to change camp on one particular night (the 24th of October).
For weeks, that night had been fully booked in Skukuza (except for campsites). But suddenly last week more than 10 bungalows (including some large ones) had become available, apparently all at once.
I was wondering if there was a specific reason why large numbers of accomodation suddenly become available (tour-operator large booking ?) or if it was just a matter of coincidence ?
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:00 pm

Not entirely sure myself Elpaco but it could have been a large group book and who either haven't paid the deposit on time or had a change of mind?
but that is why we always tell members to keep checking availability on a regular basis and often something will come up to suit.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Flori » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:01 pm

Hello,

I tried to check available accommodations in Krueger NP for September 2017 today, But it is not open yet.
Should October 3rd not be the date ?

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:47 pm

Hi Flori - Online Bookings open a day after the call centre; so you will be able to check from tomorrow.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by BLUENOSE » Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:32 pm

New here and new to South Africa for Feb to April. Landing in Jberg and planning a week or more in Kruger. We are seniors who have travelled extensively. Kruger would be first up in February. Planning to stay in huts in three different locations. I see accom. disappearing and want to act soon. I don't see too much accounting given of the huts. Plainly they are very tight, but I assume they will beat the heat and provide sleep. It seems to me that accommodation is mainly for sleeping, but I can see that a night trip to the ablution areas may cause concern. Can anyone share experience with huts (clearly with a purpose to cost cutting). Thinking of Lower Sabie, a Central camp and Punda Maria for the birds (if heat is not a factor). Have wintered in Costa Rica on the coast where temperature hits 35C every day, so not unfamiliar with heat even if Canadian, (although I do know there are different kinds of heat). Thanks.

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:02 pm

Warm welcome to the forum Bluenose. :clap:

Have a look Here for an example and pics of one of the huts in Lower Sabie.
You will see they are also listed as not providing utensils so you would have to either provide your own or hire a cutlery box if available.
there is a restaurant and a reasonably well stocked shop in camp so that could always be an option.

Satara is a good central camp to choose and again Here is an example of what to expect.

but Satara to Punda Maria at 247 kms is a long drive by all accounts especially when one is driving slowly to maximise game viewing and stopping for sightings.
so you might want to consider either stopping off at one of the camps a bit further north and then on up to PM.

Moving to the ablutions at night is fine as long as you carry a good torch with you and watch where you are walking.
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