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Discuss the different camps and roads of the Kruger National Park
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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by Dan » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:26 pm

Ooooh I vote for Shingwedzi, and their service this year was out of the top drawer. I can only say excellent and well done. :thumbs_up: Lions roaring every night till early morning! Letaba also did us well with the river view from our porch and if you want real scenery, how about Olifants?! And their fish and chips are divine while looking out from the terrace at the restaurant.... :dance: And all the cats and tuskers your heart desire, even at Shingwedzi! :cam:

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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by Bosbefonk » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:12 am

My personal favourites Lower Sabie en Satara :dance:
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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by Graeme & Nicky » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:40 am

For us it is either Letaba or Tamboti,(Olifants for the view)
but I have a feeling that this might change
as we are venturing all the way north come the
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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by Bundi » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:08 pm

I think to put it into perspective only camps that offers all kinds of accomodation will be taken into concideration for my vote. If not a host of camps like Tamboti, Sirheni, Biyamiti, etc come into contention each for its own charm.

As far as conventional camps go Satara, Shingwedzi, Berg-en-Dal and Croc Bridge is top of my list. The sightings arouns these count for much too.

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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by hilda » Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:29 pm

Biyamiti is at the top of my list, but I also like Mopani, Letaba, Olifants, Satara, Lower Sabie, Tamboti, actually all of them! We could never get a booking at Shingwedzi, but intend to try again to book at Shingwedzi, Sirheni and Bateleur for February 2013, when we return from our February 2012 trip. :)
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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by tent dweller » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:39 am

My SO's favourite camps are: Shingwedzi, Balulue, Berg en Dal.
Mine are:Pretoriuskop,Balule,Tsendze,Berg en Dal but if I never had to worry about time and budget the list might be much longer :hmz: :hmz:

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Re: The nicest camp in Kruger

Unread post by DRIESV » Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:56 am

Shingwedzi, Tamboti, Croc Bridge.......

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Re: Tamboti vs Satara- worried about driving distances

Unread post by neilo » Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:14 pm

I have not stayed at Sable, but Satara and Biyamiti are two of my favourites.
I would not swap Satara for Tamboti for a few reasons ;

1) The Guest cottages (D ring) at Satara are very nice for 4 or 5 people.
You are all together, and it makes braai'ing, dinner, chilling out easier and more sociable.
Tamboti you are going to need two tents, and it splits you as a unit.

2) It might be very hot, and you will love a big air conditioner that you don't get with the tents.

3) From Tamboti you have to go up and down the H-7, and if there is nothing happening there, the same road gives you less sightings and becomes monotonous.
Also its an outside supply road, so you get delivery trucks, and more traffic disturbing your viewing by zooming by.

4) Satara you have options to go in 4 different directions.
Great viewing at Nwanetsi, drive to Olifants for brekkie, the well known S100 , and ratelpan / Timbavati picnic spot easily accessible.

5) Satara to Biyamiti ( and not tamboti to biyamit) will give you another hour of game viewing instead of driving time. Big difference.

6) You have many eye's looking for animals at Satara. Someone may see something that you might miss. Many eyes make light work ..... :hmz: . Every little bit helps !

Biyamiti is just fantastic. It's small, quiet , accommodation is great. Most of the time seeing stuff is pot-luck, good fortune, patience, and using the day correctly.
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Re: Tamboti vs Satara- worried about driving distances

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:11 pm

Satara is my favorite camp!

That being said, if you want a more rustic bush experience, Tamboti will not let you down! :D
You will only be in Tamboti for one full day, so the lack of routes will not play a big part.
The H7 is one of the best roads in the Park.
The S39 to Timbavati picnic spot is scenic and special :D

You can book night or sunset drives at Orpen Rest camp to pick you up at Tamboti :thumbs_up:
Although looking at your schedule, it seems you are going to have quite a busy trip :shock:
I would recommend a chill pill at Tamboti and enjoy the peace the camp offers.
I have heard great things of Biyamiti guided drives!
Perhaps save up the guided drive for the last night 8)

It can be easily done to get from Tamboti to Biyamiti in a day :thumbs_up:

Your trip looks quite rushed!
It would be ideal if you could manage more nights at a camp without having to move so much :thumbs_up:
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Re: Do you prefer Letaba or Shingwedzi?

Unread post by threedogs » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:24 am

Very difficult to choose, these are two of my favourite camps!

Letaba pros:
Lovely camp ambience in general IMHO
Terrific camp to walk around at night with a torch for sightings of night critters
Beautiful view from the restaurant - always game to be seen down in the riverbed
Nice drives to Oliphants or Mopani for lunch or breakfast
The drive along the river road is always worthwhile

Shingwedzi pros:
Amazing and beautiful drive up to the camp - have had great sightings along there including lions
Red Rocks loop and Kanniedood dam road always a treat
Can drive up to Punda Maria area for a day
Around the bungalows it is a bit quieter than Letaba
I like the pool area better here
(have not experienced any bats in the bungalows the last two years)
Have had good guided walks and night drives from this camp

We always stay at both camps but if I had to choose I would go for Shingwedzi.

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Re: Do you prefer Letaba or Shingwedzi?

Unread post by saraf » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:59 pm

I love Shingwedzi, it has a lovely atmosphere, the accommodation is slightly more modern, there are some lovely drives around there and the proximity to Pafuri is a huge bonus.

However if this is your first time to Kruger I would say Letaba, especially if you can get one of the river view rondavels. I've always found the view from the restaurant to be worth spending time there, nothing better than watching three or four big tuskers ripping up the reed beds. There are plenty of drives around - if you have a high clearance hire car you can travel on the low maintenance roads that go from the main road between Letaba and Phalaborwa Gate. Plus Satara and Olifants are a nice day trip from there. I've always found the staff there to be welcoming and friendly and in the evening you get the benefit of the bushbucks wandering around.

It would be useful to know what other camps you have booked so we know what areas you will have been to or are going to.

Let us know what you decide and why. Have a great trip.
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Re: Do you prefer Letaba or Shingwedzi?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:18 pm

There is very little to choose from. I love both camps.
They are far from the hectic south, and the pace of sightings is slower.
Both have a shop, restaurant, deck with a view across the river, swimming pool, great riverine drives.
I have not had great sightings on night rides from either, but I think we were unlucky.
I have done 2 morning walks from Letaba which were most enjoyable.

Reasons for Letaba;
Near Mantanbeni hide - the best hide in Kruger
Elephant Hall - worth a visit
Great view from the restaurant area
Big tuskers in the area like Tsotsi
TV lounge where I watched Champions League football one dark late night

Reasons for Shing;
Causeway birding at sunset
Back door exit to Kanniedood road
Good view from the restaurant area
You can do a day's drive to Pafuri for the birds only found in that area, and see the concentration of baobabs.
Red Rocks drive.
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Re: Do you prefer Letaba or Shingwedzi?

Unread post by GlenD » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:11 am

While both camps are equaly charming and unique in their own ways, I would personally go for Shingwedzi purely because there is less traffic on the roads, (compared to Letaba) and because it still has a remote - old world feel to it. Having said that it will also depend on the other camps you have chosen to stay at i.e. before and after.

Either choice you make will leave you with a wonderfull experience and great memories.

Enjoy your trip :thumbs_up:

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Re: January 11-12 RAIN kruger

Unread post by Ronniec » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:05 pm

Hi, I have never visited Kruger National Park during Summer.
This year though we have decided to book a few days from 17 FEB onwards.
We will be staying in Pretoriuskop and would like to know whether we made a big mistake seeing it falls in the raining and mosquito season.
We were also told that P/kop area is not a very good game viewing area.
Give us hope someone. Regards, Ronniec

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Re: January 11-12 RAIN kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:45 pm

Ronnie, its a lovely time to visit, we have been going every Feb for many years now, its going to be hot, even very hot at times, could be a lot of rain, or just the occasional storm which does help to cool things down.
My advise would be, just go, take precautions against the mozzies, expect a wonderful experience and enjoy P/kop its a beautiful part of the park. :thumbs_up:
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