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Re: New Years in KNP

Unread postby Massimo » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:44 pm

Hey guys, im not looking for a party :) i was wondering if there were any special drives / dinners that one might find at camps for the old/new years. I know two years ago at Lower Sabie there was a 10pm drive that people had booked and stayed out until new years.

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Re: New Years in KNP

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:57 am

I have spent 2 New Years in Kruger and enjoyed it so much that I am off for my third.

My first was in Punda. Some one got a boom box out and was ready to joll. They were told :rtm: by management. My children met up with some young aussies and they spent the night chatting until past midnight.

They forgot to put the fruit away and we had an early morning raid by the dawn patrol.

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Last year I spent New Year at Pretorius Kop. There was singing from the staff village, but it was more choral music that boom box music. I rather enjoyed it.

This year I will be at Tzendze and can't wait. :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: New Years in KNP

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:29 am

Porridge, it is well worth it.

Lower Sabie had a night drive and braai last year at Mlondozi. I know that there were many anxious moments and concern about rain. I believe it ended up being a most enjoyable evening.
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Re: New Years in KNP

Unread postby bobbyleigh » Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:06 am

We have spent the last few years in Kruger over Old years eve, in verious camps all have been peaceful just the Scops owls and bush music This 31st of December we will be in Malane Camp and I phoned Malalane Gate and booked an evening drive, they were so helpful and happy that they had someone going out on old years and home to malalane camp in the NEW YEAR 2013. to see and hear the noises in the bush beats any party or city noise. WE have also booked a Bush Braai in Satara on the 5th to celebrate our 40th anneversity ths I also booked at the camp and the staff were most helpful and a stay at Sable Hide 0n the 7th Jan < then we are off to Lower Sabie only 71 more days TO GO cant wait SO VERY EXCITED, This will be our first caravan holiday we have always used the bungalows so we are so excited

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Re: New Years in KNP

Unread postby Crested Val » Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:38 pm

We spent New Year in Skukuza 2010.

Even though it's a large camp, people were just having family braais, or like us, were having a lovely meal in the Boma next to the retaurant.

It was a delicious meal, and we were finished by 9pm, and went back to our unit for a coffee and Amarula on the stoep, listening to the night sounds of Africa, and looking up to the amazing skies!! :thumbs_up:

We were in bed by 9.45pm ready for an early morning drive. :thumbs_up:
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Re: New Years in KNP

Unread postby BushBaby_Shing » Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:17 pm

We spent New Years at Shingwedzi in 2007 and it was awesome, the restuarant arranged for a braai outside under the stars. No better way to spend new years, a braai with the Shingwedzi river in view and all the animal sounds. :thumbs_up: Damn now I can't wait for December to come. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: New Years in KNP

Unread postby PetraJ » Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:53 am

We spent new years in Tsendze last year, and it was amazing. Went to bed early, only to be woken by lions roaring just after midnight. What a way to be woken in the new year :clap: This year we are going to spend it in Punda Maria, and I cannot wait. :dance:

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New Year's Eve Drive / Bush Braai

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:05 pm

I remember reading last year on the forums about a New Year's Eve Bush Braai at Lower Sabie - where they were out in the bush to usher the New Year in. I also remember reading of a Drive going out from Nossob at 23:00 on 31 December, so that you celebrate the New Year in the bush. Does anybody know if it is only these 2 camps offering these drives? It sounds like the best place ever to be for New Year's! Which KNP camps offer this?
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Re: New Years Eve in Kruger

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:27 pm

I think you will find very little goes on in the camps on New years eve.
certainly in the form of parties or revelry.

I know some camps, Lower Sabie being one, have had a New Year's Eve bush braai drive in the past.
But I'm not sure if they are still doing that.
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Re: New Years Eve in Kruger

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:39 am

Lower Sabie is possibly the place that you are most likely to have a bush braai, or drive. Skukuza is also worth trying.

As Elsa said, Kruger is usually quiet on New Year's eve.
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31DEC15 in Shingwezi? Any specila event at the restaurant

Unread postby patriceabout » Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:54 pm

Hello from Paris, france every one,

We'll be spending a whole week at new year's day in a couple of months. We are 4 adults and we have al=ready reserved our bungalow at the Shingwezi rest camp night 31DEC to 01JAN. Is there any special evening that special night? How can we book the restaurant for the 4 of us so that we know for sure we'll have space for us? Any idea of the price and who to ctc? The website not easy to naviugate and to find the right contact..... Struggling to get the email address of that specific camp to ask the question. Thanks for your precious help. Any more general advice of course welcomed! Our 3rd time in the Kruger but 1st time in the far north of the camp and first time during that perdio of the year so.... Bye!

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Re: 31DEC15 in Shingwezi? Any specila event at the restaurant

Unread postby barryels » Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:43 am

Hi patriceabout,

Welcome to the forums :thumbs_up: .

Here is a Link to the contact details of the Mustard Tree Restaurant at Shingwedzi.

I just returned from a visit to Kruger and also booked a table in advance at Satara. Management was really helpful and replied within 10 minutes :D .

Enjoy the visit to Kruger and hope you have lots of wonderful sightings :thumbs_up: .
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Re: 31DEC15 in Shingwezi? Any specila event at the restaurant

Unread postby Tollie » Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:47 am

Hi patriceabout

Shingwedzi is hot that time of year and part of the restaurant summer offering is insects dive-bombing on you, sitting on the deck by candlelight. I love it but my wife finds it rather creepy. This scenario will probably provide some hilarious moments. You might want to consider booking a table indoors to enjoy air-conditioned comfort and protection from 'attacks'.
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Re: 31DEC15 in Shingwezi? Any specila event at the restaurant

Unread postby Snoobab » Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:22 pm

I was there last year over New Year Eve and the camp was dead quite by 10pm. You don't have to book a table at the restaurant as I doubt it will be that busy. We did not do it as it was raining but I know they offer a Midnight trip to the bridge outside camp and include champagne to toast the New Year in. Everyone get out on the bridge and has a glass of champers or whatever you bring along to drink.


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