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Re: Roodewal

Unread post by Rondavel » Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:43 am

Hi everyone,

I got the following information directly from the "main man's" mouth, so to speak....

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Roodewal has 3 chalets with 2 separate bedrooms en suite and sleep 4 people in each. Total 12

1 chalet with 2 separate bedrooms en suite and sleep 3 people in each Total 6

GRAND TOTAL 18



Each chalet has an enclosed kitchen plus braai stand outside

There is also a large communal dining room and communal kitchen

Please note you must be self sufient in all food stuff, wood etc

Roodewal is run on solar power and has a stand-by generator there are no electric plugs and only fans in the rooms

2 staff members live on site and service the chalets

Good idea to bring gas lamps for additional lighting

Morning walks and Sunset drives can be arranged from Roodewal –please contact Satara for bookings

Please contact me should you need any further info

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by Anne D » Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:04 am

A group of us has recently returned from Roodewal. On the whole we enjoyed our stay there due to it being in such a fantastic spot. I am not sure wether we just had a bad experience or if it's always so badly run. There was only 1 lady looking after the camp whom was extremely unfriendly and unhelpful. Most of the time we had no power at all. If we had known this we would have taken more torches or candles. When we arrived, there were 2 dead rats in the sleeping units. The main kitchen fridge and the fridge in the dining area were not working. There were a lot of little irritations which, are no problem on their own but put together, lessened our enjoyment. We have often stayed at Boulders and find that camp better looked after and better planned, although it is not in such a good location as Roodewal.
I don't think it right that there was only 1 lady looking after the camp. She said that she had no way of communicating with Satara,, except with her own cell phone and using her own air time. None of us had cell reception there. I found that for a newly renovated camp it was seriously lacking. They have only upgraded the bed rooms, with things I feel, are totally unnecessary. You book for the whole camp, why would you want to sit in your own unit and braai. If staying there I would advise people to take any battery charges they have, that can be used with the car cigarette lighter. Unlike Boulders which is also solar powered there are no power points at all.
Be prepared to be invaded by the monkeys, you can not leave anything out!
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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by JBL » Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:48 am

Finally,some pictures.These pictures are mostly of the Chalets,dont have pictures of the camp itself.Might have to go back and get take some of the camp. :lol:
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This is the 6 bed chalet.
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This is the lounge as you get in.
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Then to your right is the kitchen.
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Bedroom 1x double bed 1x single bed x2
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Bathroom with shower,toilet and basin
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This is the view of the riverbed from the camp.

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by Kingfisha » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:28 pm

The photo's are great, first to be seen! Thank you JBL.

I agree Francois, we have been asking many questions about the booking of the camp (individual units) and no official response. I see that you can only book the total camp when checking on availability on the website.

When I phoned reservations now they say that you can only book the whole camp. The guy even checked with his supervisor and they told me that you cannot book individual units. WHAT is the situation? Please can someone help. I am sure there are many people who would like to go to Roodewal, but dont have R4000 for one night for 4 or 6 people? :hmz:

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by wbevents » Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:36 pm

Hi, here some photo's of the communal area at Roodewal, with the kitchen in the background, braai area, view to the deck , and the bungalows nearest to the communal area.

Really a awesome place if you are a big family or group of friends.

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by Kingfisha » Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:23 pm

Hi Roodewal junkies...
After DuQues gave me the great news that units in Roodewal can now be booked individually, but only through Reservations, I phoned them with great enthusiasm. Reservations referred me to Satara camp.

The news is bad and good....

I phoned Satara. I spoke to Gordon, the Duty Manager. He said that they will only consider the units seperately 2 weeks before the time, depending on availability. So if the whole camp is not booked 2 weeks before, you can then book 1 unit only. I specifically asked him about booking 1 or 2 units for example in November, he said no, that's not possible.

Question is - if one unit is now booked through Satara, will it show as FULLY booked on the system preventing other people from knowing what's going on?
This means that you can never include Roodewal into your normal bookings (planned in advance) because no-one knows if it will be available :wall: .

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by pamelajane » Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:03 pm

Hi Click Click -we were at Roodewal in May this year and loved it so much that we are also going again Sep 2011.There are 4 cottages,each with 2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms and a kitchenette with kettle,fridge.etc -nice for morning coffee.So there are 8 bedrooms (16 beds)There is also a large communal kitchen and a large dining room if the weather is bad otherwise you eat outside at the braai area.I have uploaded some Roodewal photos to Picasa and will try to post the link http://picasaweb.google.com/heuningklip ... directlink" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by pamelajane » Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:36 pm

I'm trying to remember - the gas bottles and pots are ours -they had a tablecloth and I had the other one.The kitchen was very well stocked so they probably had a potjie pot as well.We never used their lanterns as we had our own gas lights and torches. We had 4 nights in Roodewal and as I mentioned it was wonderful.There were 9 of us and we were able to have a cottage for each couple with only one having to share. We didn't see much gamewise in camp besides baboons and the odd antelope but was so beautiful it really didn't matter.We found the Timbavati run very rewarding -lions on a kill, herds of zebra,wilderbees, giraffe,etc AND a bushpig! Another great drive is to Nwanetsi -also herds of animals and plenty of lion -last year we also saw cheetah.Both picnic sites are perfect for a break.I really can't remember hearing the generator at all -slept like a baby!
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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:29 pm

The base at Roodewal is 1-8.
So if 8 people book Roodewal that costs R4715,
its only R560 per person about! and to add an adult is R470 where the max people is 18.
So it is cheaper to book out Roodewal than bungaloes! And the more the cheaper!
What a place for a meet :D
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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:32 pm

As I see it Here it is
R4400 per night for up to 8 people which amounts to R550 per adult and if you add another 10 people at R470 each to book the entire camp out then it will be R505.50 each. if my maths is correct :wink:

I think that is more than the average price per bungalow in the main camps but I think one needs to assess whether one wants the tranquillity and ambiance of this camp vs one in a busy main camp.

I guess it comes down to a personal choice.

For myself I think unless I could book the entire camp out, mini meet, :thumbs_up:
I would opt for one of the other bush camps where one has ones own facilities.

As an example a bush camp such as Bateleur GA6 with a base rate of 4 the cost of would be R336.23 per person and if you added 2 more people then it comes to a little over R314 pp

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by Kingfisha » Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:11 am

We stayed in Roodewal for 5 blissful days during April.

The place is very peaceful! We spent hours on the wooden deck that extends towards the dry river bed, built around a HUGE tree (think it is a Jackalberry?)

We utilized the kitchen in the unit as well as the communal area. The only problem was the presence of a troupe of Vervet monkeys. They were quite aggresive, especially towards me (female) and the big male did not budge when I tried to chase it away from eating my onions - YES ONIONS!

The riverbed is always dry (due to the river been dammed upstream). But we saw wonderful game from the camp. The elephants dig holes in the riverbed and stand there for long periods of time to drink water from their own little waterhole.

We saw giraffe, nyala, kudu, impala, elephants, baboon, vervets, bushbuck etc. just from the camp. The birdlife was also amazing!
I will post pictures in the Topic Accommodation photo's.

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by Stark » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:51 pm

Has anyone organized an activity (game walk or drive) for their stay at Roodewal?
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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by Catriona » Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:02 pm

Yes, the last two times we have arranged a night drive from Roodewal. They came and picked us up from the camp. It was pretty costly, but lovely, especially as it was obviously just our party on the drive. We arranged it beforehand this last time (via email - it took some persistence but it was booked for us in the end), the first time we just booked it as we booked in at Satara.

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Re: Roodewal?

Unread post by Stark » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:14 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum, morgandy! :thumbs_up:

I'm staying at Roodewal in June and had many of the same questions you have. Others may have better detail, but here is what I know. :)

Roodewal is along the S39 north of Timbavati. It is about 75km from Orpen Gate. Check-in is at Satara.

Base price for the camp is R4715.00 for 8 people, with an extra R504 per adult/R252 per child if you have more than 8 people. You rent out the entire camp ( :dance: ).

There are restaurants and/or takeaway at the main camps in the park, although not exactly close to Roodewal. Your best bet is to bring food and cook it yourself for your main meals, and you can always resupply at the main camp shops or get a bite to eat at their restaurants when you're in the neighborhood. There isn't a place to pop out of Roodewal and get a bite to eat and then pop back, however.

As for parking, you simply drive right into camp. No arrangements needed if you've booked the camp.

Hope this helps!

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/camps/roodewal/default.php
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Re: Roodewal?

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:49 am

Hi morgandy, and a warm welcome to the forum!

There is a nice Printable map of Kruger that you might find useful.

Also Here

This bush lodge is usually booked out for 1 large group.

Lots more info and pics Roodewal

As Stark has already said you do your own catering here, there are on site staff for the servicing of the camp.

If there any other questions please do ask.


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