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Re: Skukuza Rest Camp

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:51 pm

klutzzn wrote:1. the pools are they both available to the guests or is it just the one by the conference centre ?

I don't know of 2 pools I'm afriad :) But there is one I know of at the border of the camping side there in Skuks which is available to all :thumbs_up:

klutzzn wrote:4. Braai facilities, our plan is to do a braai each nigh for supper. I have seen on some posts that not all have braais at the bungalows.

Every bungalow definitely has a braai :thumbs_up:

klutzzn wrote:Because we have such a short time in the park we were thinking of coming in via Malelane and getting to this gate by 10am as we can only check in at 2pm, so it will give us plenty of time to do a good trip around Asfal and up to Skukuza. I'm also worried about the road into Numbi and the other 2 gates there. As we are traveling up on the Sunday 16 Dec 2012 which is a public holiday.
Google maps is saying the distance from Fourways (Johannesburg) to Numbi is 408km at +- 4 hr 42 and to Malelane is 424km at 4h 40 so not to much difference.

I'm not sure why google maps is saying that :hmz: It is a shorter distance and time to Malalane than Numbi :thumbs_up: The road up from Nelspruit to Numbi is terrible with potholes and animals etc.
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Re: Skukuza Rest Camp

Unread post by fee » Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:53 am

Hi
You can use either pool.
I always request unit 181 which is near the shops, and easy access to the river.
Its also not a far walk to the pool. 185 is a bit closer to the camping site and can get a little noisy at night

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Re: Skukuza Rest Camp

Unread post by roo1a » Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:58 pm

Hello Skukuza experts,
My parents and I will be visiting Skukuza for the first time in April. We are wondering which of the 3 person bungalows--BE3, BG3E, BD3--have the nicest/quietest/most beautiful location. I went a long way back through the forum to see if I could find a discussion but didn't find much! From looking at the map, I have trouble telling which would be nicer. All of the guest houses for 4 people along the river are booked our night (seems like it might have been worth it for the riverside locations). If the location is significantly nicer, we might also consider the "semi-luxury" LB3s, which I gather are also not on the river, but rather by the conference center.

Thoughts?

Thank you!

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Re: Skukuza Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:04 pm

If you have a look at the Map
you will see a few BD2E's on the left bottom, #'s 3,4,5,6
The E just means that the verandas are enclosed with a wire mesh.
Can be useful to keep the monkeys and mozzies at bay!
As far as I can see those seem to be the only ones.

I don't think there is much to choose between them.

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Re: Skukuza Rest Camp

Unread post by Rooster » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:12 am

Hi,

Just another question please.
Is there a stove in the LR2W chalets?
And does the limited DSTV mean I need to bring my own smartcard?

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Re: Skukuza Rest Camp

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:29 am

Hi Rooster,

There's a hot plate, but no oven.

Limited DSTV means there will be only a limited selection of DSTV channels available. Not sure if your own smart card will work?? Some smart cards need to be matched with the decoder. ( hope that makes sense!!)

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Re: Skukuza Rest Camp

Unread post by Shikaari » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:49 pm

After checking the availabilty at almost 20 times per day,finally got accomadation at skukuza in GC6 unit,NO 209 ,just wanting to know has anybody stayed in this unit recently,and what is the condition of the unit and space etc.what are the other plus factors to this unit.Have stayed in a GC6D but never in a GC6.

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Unread post by Mcook » Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:44 pm

Hi Shikaari

I have stayed in almost all types of accommodation at Skukuza, from the safari tents to the guest houses and the GC6 definitely has a few good points, but it depends on what one is looking for.

The unit is located between Monis guesthouse and the GC4V units and is on the fence line, which is a major plus over the standard GC6D’s, but it almost looks like 2 x 3 bed bungalows have been joined to make the unit.

The front door faces Monis guesthouse, not the fence line and is the middle of the unit, with a small (compared to the GC6D’s) lounge open plan kitchen as you enter, with the 2 x rooms left and right of the kitchen each with 3 beds. Both rooms have their own toilet/shower/etc.

There is a concrete pathway from the front door down to a small private boma type structure (about 15m) which has a table, chairs and braai area. This is about 10m from the fence.

The unit is very close to Monis, which can be an issue if a noisy bunch has hired Monis (only had this once), but there’s no unit on the right, so one close neighbour and no neighbour.

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Skukuza LR2W chalets - which one to choose

Unread post by arks » Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:50 pm

I've booked an LR2W chalet for November and have a couple of questions about them. First #96 is next to something on the camp map called 'LION' -- does anyone know what that is?

Also does anyone know which of 93,94,95,96 is closest to the river? I remember many years ago, long before these rondavels were upgraded, being able to hear the river whilst falling asleep, which was magic! I'm wondering whether that is still possible or are all the new/upgraded rondavels set farther back from the riverbank to lessen the chances of flood damage.
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Re: Skukuza LR2W chalets - which one to choose

Unread post by arks » Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:29 am

MATTHYS wrote:Arks, have a look at Gatita's photos here to see the Lion cottage and also for the view and proximity to the river. We were in #96 and I think that #95 might have been a bit nearer to the river than us.

You will also find some other photos and views from the LR2W chalets on this page.

I hope staying there in November will be another magic experience for you 8)

Thanks so much Matthys, that's all very helpful indeed. As I have little time these days for reading TRs, I hadn't seen Gatita's pix and had no idea that "lion" was a cottage!
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Re: Skukuza LR2W chalets - which one to choose

Unread post by wildebeeste » Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:38 am

Lion Cottage is the closest cottage to the river and has great views. We always book it and love watching the Elephants graze along the river, the Hippos in the morning and evening and the visits by the family of Mongoose. The outdoor area is a bit larger than the rest of the cottages. As Australians, it is one of our favourite spots and is so quiet re human noise in spite of Skukuza being a busy camp.

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Re: Skukuza LR2W chalets - which one to choose

Unread post by gatita » Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:26 pm

The lion cottage is LR2W as well. It is really nice and I think it might even be a little bit bigger than the other ones.

You should send a request to Skukuza asking for it.

In my opinion it even offers more privacy as you only have a neighbour to the left. To the right is the boma which I think is not used that often. We stayed in another one ( I do not remember the number) before and always had people walking by on their way to the river. No problems here.

In front there are some bushes/trees blocking the view from the boardwalk but that means that you do not have a straight but a slightly sideways view of the river.

We did not hear any noise from the restaurant or the parking lot while we were staying there and you do not see them either as the kitchen and trees lie in between.
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Re: Skukuza LR2W chalets - which one to choose

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:42 pm

I would also advise booking a unit either to the far right, or left. Lion cottage is well situated, but 96 is also lovely. There is not that much difference in the distance from the river between any of those units. I would consider privacy, and quietness, and shade. If the river is running strongly one will hear it from any of those units. If it is low, I doubt one will hear it.

Renovations to the restaurant should be well completed by November, so there should be no risk of construction noise coming from the right if you do book 96, or the Lion cottage, arks.

The boma is close as mentioned. I have stayed in those units a couple of times, once in 95 and been to a function at the boma. It was, and I assume still will be, managed by the restaurant.
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Re: Skukuza LR2W chalets - which one to choose

Unread post by wildebeeste » Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:27 am

Arcs,
We email and ask for Lion Cottage directly to Skukuza. It is very private with a hedge of thick trees and a brushwood fence on the restaurant side. The restaurant is quite a distance away as is the carpark and we have never experienced noise in the 8 times that we have stayed there - 4 nights each time. People do sometimes walk along the boardwalk but you will see them from any of the cottages and again they have never created noise. We go in May each year and the camp is busy but Lion Cottage is very quiet.
All the riverview cottages are good except for the last one in the line, which is tucked back under the trees. but this could be good in the heat of summer.
The trees near Lion Cottage are full of birds and we do a lot of photography there when we are not driving ourselves around. Also get some good photos of the Elephants, Hippos, Mongoose, Vervet Monkeys and sometimes Buffalo, right from the cottage.

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Re: Skukuza LR2W chalets - which one to choose

Unread post by MATTHYS » Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:05 pm

This is what Joep Stevens wrote, iLoveMeerkats! :
Joep Stevens wrote:Dear Grantmissy,

Thanks for the enquiry about Lion Cottage. It was built in 1969 and donated by Lady Bridget Oppenheimer. After the 7 February 2000 floods severly damaged much of Skukuza's riverview cottages as well as ABSA and Monis Guest Houses, Lion was rebuilt in a new design (like the other riverview chalets) on the same footprint as the original Lion Cottage. I remember it to be a quaint little unit, much liked by the guests.

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