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Re: Double Beds??

Unread post by BushChicken » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:36 pm

Hi Mitch, The bungalow number at Shimuwini is number 9. If you look at the thread Shimuwini Bushveld Camp on page 6 there are some lovely photos of number 9.

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Re: Double Beds??

Unread post by Kingfisha » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:13 pm

Hi Mitch
I have just booked GC6D units in Sirheni and GA6 in Bateleur - they both have double beds in. I have also stayed in the Family cottages in Letaba and one bedroom had a double bed.
The family unit (FF4) in Shingwedzi has a KING size bed...
Was on honeymoon in KNP 17 years ago and I must be honest, the size of the beds did not really matter - now it does and I always book a unit with double bed where possible.

Previously we tried to get the staff to replace the single beds with a double (the booking said that they can do it on request) and we were told that its not possible....

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Re: Honeymoon Safari

Unread post by skywalker2251 » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:24 am

honeymoonk wrote:Hi
We're planning our honeymoon!!! We're going to be in South Africa end of Sept to mid Oct. It will be our first time in the Kruger and we're hoping for some help in choosing where to stay. We have about 8 days (ish) in the Kruger and hope to go north and south. Any advice about the best (romantic) camps to stay, animal sightings (its my first safari and Im soo excited), and as we are in SA for a few weeks we're also boringly watching the pennies would be really appreciated.
Thanks :mrgreen:

8 days is a little short to go north to south. Kruger is a big place.

If you want to get a little of both, I would recommend either Sirhini or Shingwedzi, and Satara. Keep in mind that there are lower animal densities in the north. The north is great for birds, and there is far less traffic, but has far fewer animals than the south. If you're interested in birds and the smaller things, the north is great. Otherwise, I'd recommend the south.

There are a couple camps in the south that tend to be quieter. I love Biyamiti, and Croc Bridge is also a very nice camp in the south.

Option 1
4 nights Shingwedzi/Sirhini
4 nights Satara

Option 2
3 nights Satara
3 nights Croc Bridge
2 nights Biyamiti

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Re: Honeymoon Safari

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:19 am

A warm welcome to you, Honeymoonk :D What a brilliant way to start your married life together.

I am going to differ slightly from Skywalker and Inyati and I am sure that you are going to get lots of advice.

My advice is based on animal density, which is best in the central and southern park in Sept/mid October and finishing in the north. I am also thinking of the most "romantic" camps.

I agree that Biyamti is a good choice. It is a small camp, private and in an excellent animal zone. My other choice would be Tambotie. It is in the central Park, private and wild. My larger camp suggestion would be Olifants. Its a camp with atmosphere and the best view in Kruger. For the last 2 nights, I would think of Sirheni. It has often been brought up in the context of "romantic" camps.

So, for what its worth:
2 nights Biyamiti.. if you cannot get there to try for a " luxury tent" at Lower Sabie, one over looking the Sabie river. Even if not on honeymoon, I have a problem leaving for drives, it has such a beautiful view and stunning outlook.
2 nights Tambotie
2 nights Olifants
2 nights Sirheni.

Good luck on your new life together and have a great day 8)
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Re: Honeymoon Safari

Unread post by nightjar » Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:27 pm

Hi honeymoonk, and welcome to the forum.

I would like to suggest a different itinerary, just to give some options if a lot of accommodation is already booked. My suggestion is to stay at just 3 camps, as packing and unpacking every day or two is not the most romantic option.

I would start at Lower Sabie and get one of the recently refurbished riverside bungalows (codes BD2U or BD3U I think). Game densities are very high around here with a good chance of the big five – lion and leopard are often seen around camp, especially on the sunset drive, and on the roads south toward Crocodile Bridge and north towards Tshokwane you are sure to see plenty of rhino. There is a lovely deck overlooking the river with a cafe, and a restaurant if you want to dine in the evening. A great introduction to Kruger.

My next suggestion is Talamati, as it is bush camp and has a lovely quiet atmosphere and also a hide overlooking a waterhole which is partly lit at night. When we stayed there elephant, rhino and lions were seen at the water after dark and lots of grazing animals including sable antelope in the day time. As a bush camp you will need to take all your food there with you as do not sell anything other than firewood (and possibly ice).

Thirdly, and to get further north as you wanted, I would suggest either Letaba (for the wonderful river frontage and old trees) or Olifants for the fabulous views. There are getout points on the high water bridges over the Olifants and Letaba rivers, and many interesting drives which will give you a feel for the mopaneveld or the open grasslands. The BBD2V units at Olifants have amazing views. At Letaba there are many perimeter bungalows available and some newly renovated units (but not perimeter) in circle E (BD3, but you will need to request that circle in advance). From here you could leave the park via the Phalaborwa gate if that fits with your other plans.

Whatever you decide you will have a fantastic and unforgettable experience. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kruger Honeymoon

Unread post by Bettyspaghetti » Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:20 pm

Congratulations on your engagement and planning! :clap:

Personally I love Olifants as if you get number 14 (it is a double rondaval so for 4 people but we always just had it for 2 of us with a room for cases and to use as a dressing room etc..
It has a lovely large area just to relax and watch the river below while the wildlife comes to drink - sometimes I find you just need to stop for a while and be able to relax in your 'own' place and watch from there rather than driving around. It's not that far North either that it is still do-able.

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Re: Kruger Honeymoon

Unread post by DuQues » Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:02 pm

Welcome, and congrats! :gflower:

Personally I would change it a bit...
At the moment we are thinking :
- 3 night Biyamiti
- 2 night Pretoriuskop
- 3 night talmati
- 2 night either Lower Sabie or Croc bridge.

That is all in the south. The distances between those camps are so small that you will see them a couple of times, and worse, will stay in the same ecozones mostly.
Now as a honeymoon you probably do not care too much about money, and you two do have time to save up just a little more. But you do want privacy for some reasons... ;)
May I throw in this schedule?

- 3 nights Biyamiti (that takes care of the south)
- 2 nights Talamati (the middle)
- 2 nights Roodewal (expensive, but totally worth it)
- 2 nights Tamboti
- 1 night Lower Sabie, to get you slowly back into "civilisation"

That way you will see more of Kruger, but have tons of privacy.
Actually I would send you north further, but... This will be your first visit to Kruger I think?

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Re: Kruger Honeymoon

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:39 am

Mad4wildlife :D a very warm welcome and my congratulations to you both.

I do rather like Duco's suggestion. If Roodewal is not available, Olifants is the other option.
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Re: Kruger Honeymoon

Unread post by Waterbuck » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:50 am

Phewwww - so much choices to make.
love all the suggestions that have come through.
Many moons ago I had the great honour of spending a good part of my honeymoon in Kruger.
We slowly worked our way from north to south in an old 200D Mercedes (our ship)(with loads of room on the back seat :redface: ).

Just sense that you have some apprehension to going north, but please don't.
Yes, it is a bit off the civilised track, but we still entertain our friends with our honeymoon stories from Punda Maria and Pafuri and Crooks Corner ( :redface: ).
One night in Punda we decided to eat at the camp restaurant - the only guests for the night.
They served us ostrich steak (didn't ask where it came from or the authenticity) and boiled up mielie pips......and that's it.......while sitting on those white plastic chairs and only the sound of the roof fan to quench the silence........and we still laugh about how "nice" the food was.
To top off the experience, there was ice-cream on the menu.
Well, we ended up with a bowl of Napoleon ice cubes :dance: :dance:
What I am really saying is that to me a honeymoon is all about experiences and not just about plush five-star stay-overs.

Anyway.....I would also get up north a bit.
If you are looking for private luxury in the north you may also want to consider the lodge that Wilderness Safaris run in a concession area near Pafuri. It is costly though, but certainly worth it for something like a honeymoon (just save up). We also go back to Shimuwini year after year because it is sooooo peaceful and outside of big-five country.
It is a small camp, just a handful of cottages and you can literally sit on the grass watching animals come down to the river to drink and find your soul.

Your honeymoon is all about memories, so plan carefully.
Ahhh memories.......some friends of ours got hold of our honeymoon itinerary and with the help of SANPARKS turned our very modest one-night two-bed rondavel at Satara into the most amazing surprise.
They carried a double bed in, put rose petals all over the place, enough cold champagne to drown a buffalo and decadent Swiss chocolate all over.........and the rest, as they now a fond memory that we will never forget.

So.......go out there.
Try and choose some great camps, but remember to go with the flow and make memories.

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Unread post by FCLoretz » Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:50 pm


I am getting married in November. We decided to spend the first week of our honeymoon in the KNP. My wife-to-be has never been to the KNP and I haven't been in 6 4 years.

Now as it is a honeymoon we obviously want to make it a memorable and special time. We are going to the Natal Midlands afterwards.

My question is as follows:

If coming from Johannesburg where would you enter the KNP, what activities would you recommend, where would you stay and which gate would be the best to exit on our way to the Midlands.

We do not mind traveling, so we do not have to be based in one camp for the duration of the 7 days we want to spend in the KNP.

Thank you.


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Re: Honeymoon

Unread post by Leanawel » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:41 pm

:D Frederick - what a good choice for a honeymoon - your bride to be is a very lucky woman :thumbs_up:

:hmz: Now lets see :whistle:

My choice will be: entrance gate MALELANE. From there you can consider either Biyamiti Bush Camp or Croc Bridge or Lower Sabie. The LST2U's will be perfect, but I do not think you will get one open at this stage - very popular. The BD3U or BD2U's are stylish, modern and all have a wonderful view on the river - though not very private :twisted:

From there I shall also recommend Talamati or Tamboti, but make sure you get a luxury tent (own bathroom), the other tents are great but not for honeymoon :naughty:

Olifants, unit with a BV (best view) in the code or if not available, one with only a V (view on river) will do and I am sure will impress the bride :D

Letaba or Sirheni - both are beautiful, see what accom you can get where.

Sorry, cant help with the exit gate, but the other "Mites" will help - probably also Croc Bridge or Malelane.

Happy planning :think:

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Re: Honeymoon

Unread post by saraf » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:44 pm

The problem with the bushcamps is that you have to cook (and prepare the food and clean up afterwards) and if I was on honeymoon it wouldn't be high on my to-do list.

I would say any gate from Phalaborwa south is accessable from Jo'burg. Stick to Letaba/Olifants and south if it is your wife's first time, while the north is beautiful it can take some getting used to.

If you can get a perimeter (U) or river view unit (V) at Olifants that would be very nice. And the safari tents at Lower Sabie would be a good option. The semi-luxury bungalows at Skukuza would be a nice treat as well. I know - Skukuza can be a bit busy for a honeymoon but mid-week it tends to be quieter.

Try a bush braai from Lower Sabie (just because I know they do them from there). I've never done it but I've heard good things about the Olifants River Walk as well.

Congratulations on your wedding and I hope you have a fantastic honeymoon.
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Re: Honeymoon

Unread post by FCLoretz » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:12 pm

DuQues wrote:Welcome and congrats Frederick!

As it is a honeymoon I assume there is some budget, but a little wider than for a normal vacation?
Knowing that would make it easier to make some suggestions. I would for instance suggest Talamati, but if budget is tighter switch that to Tamboti.

Is there a real urge for privacy (I mean during the day! :wink: ) or do you not mind busier areas?

My budget is about R20k for the 2 week holiday. We are campers and nature lovers. We will be on honeymoon from 9 November - 27 November.

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Re: Honeymoon

Unread post by Scipio » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:24 pm

FCL, Camping, NOW you are talking, I got a few ideas there. :twisted:

But seriously, try Shipandane at least one night, it is awesome. :thumbs_up:

Then also Tsendze, Balule and Punda, although it is north, it is just great stuff.

PS: There are some open air showers for a moonlight bathe at Tsendze. :wink:

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Re: Honeymoon

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:33 am

A warm welcome FCL.. I would also suggest a bush braai. 8)

I would go for Biyamiti in the south and/or Sirheni in the north. Both are camps with a wonderful atmosphere.
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