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Unread post by Bosnimf » Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:46 am

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The viewing deck
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Unread post by Bosnimf » Fri Aug 05, 2005 1:21 pm

Image at last.

Not unfair... not more than a croc on a rock :twisted:

Here is some more pictures to show off this stunning camp.

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View from the awesome deck above the Timbavati... camouflaged by a huge Nyala tree. Seeing drinking Ellies, bushbuck etc.

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View from dining and braai area

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One of the houses

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View of river

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Part of the camp

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Another angle on the deck.

:redface: sorry about all the pics but it is too beautifull not to share
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Unread post by Elena » Fri Aug 05, 2005 1:38 pm

DuQues wrote:That looks super indeed!

It can accommodate up to 19 people, okay, but
When booking, please note that the entire camp must be reserved en bloc

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There is one family cottage with two bedrooms and two bathrooms (one with a bath, the other with a shower). Three bungalows have three beds each and a loft with two mattresses, a bathroom (shower) and a small refrigerator. Solar panels provide power for lights and fans.

Bit much for 1 or two people, or is that first bit just a mistake?


From what I understand, if you book there, there will be nobody else.
The adlut min rate is the price per night for up to 4 people.
It's a bit expensive if you're on your own but nothing tells you you can't book for only one person!

I have another question : is there someone from Sanparks there (in case of an emergency for example) ?

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Unread post by Bosnimf » Fri Aug 05, 2005 1:48 pm

No DQ it is not a mistake a the whole camp must be booked. But as Elena said the first 4 pay the minimum rate so if you share that it is not bad. For what you have it is it's money worth over and over. And all that peace and ABSOLUTE quiteness is amazing!

Elena yes there is Sanparks staff that see to you every need from carrying the luggage to setting up a nice table (with wine glasses :wink: etc), cleaning and yes for in case of emergencies).
They are also there to keep the ellies out... they damaged the gate on several occasions (even got into camp) because apparently it is on their route to water in the river!

An experience you must try at least once!
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Unread post by Bushmad » Fri Aug 05, 2005 10:59 pm

All I can say is that it sounds like just the place for me! I could not think of a better way to enjoy the bush, almost as if its your own lodge! I am absolutely desperate to stay there.

I wanted to book for July 2006 but it was booked out within the first 30 minutes of lines opening! What time of year were those pics taken? Was it summer? It is so green.

I love the road that its on, one of my favourites in every respect. I am going to get there, sooner or later I WILL.

Bosnimf, thank you for posting the pics, I new the camp was in a good location but never had a clue just how magnificent it really is.
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Unread post by Bosnimf » Sat Aug 06, 2005 6:44 pm

Bushmad wrote:What time of year were those pics taken? Was it summer? It is so green.


Yes it was taken December 2004, except for the great road the bird life was also prolific!
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Unread post by Jakkalsbessie » Mon Aug 08, 2005 12:59 pm

Bushmad wrote:[b]Are the toilets separate from the bungalows??


NO this is really nice... cause all the bungalows are away from the braai area (and kitchen and dining area) they have provided for a toilet just behind the braai, so you don't have to walk all the way back to the bungalow!

I would really go there if i were you... you can always let me go with :wink: i love that place :lol:
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Roodewal Camp

Unread post by Catherine » Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:45 pm

We are thinking of staying at Roodewal on our next visit. Can anyone advise -

Are there any staff present?

Were you concerned for your personal safety, being on your own out there? There will only be 2 of us.

What is the accommodation like?

Does it overlook a waterhole?

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Unread post by Penny » Fri Oct 21, 2005 8:39 pm

Hi Catherine - As far as I am aware Roodewaal has to be booked in its entirety. I am almost 100 percent certain that 20 people could not book out a portion of it. There is a resident staff member there who apparently has radio contact if need be. We have often discussed staying at this particular camp but have always been curtailed due to the booking out of the whole camp. The same thing used to apply to Nwanetsi before it was taken over by the Singita Concession. Why don't you check out the tariffs page on the Sanprks home page for confirmation - maybe a phone call would answer all your queries. Certainly it is an extremely well positioned camp on the Timbavati Road and when one considers how far one is from the nearest alternative accommodation you will see that at certain times of the day you can have the Timbavati Road virtually to yourself! Big bonus nowadays when there is a lot of traffic on the roads.
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Unread post by aussieinafrica » Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:14 am

i've been to the Kruger many times... and last august had the joy of taking 7 of my mates to the park, we stayed at roodewal and what an experience it was.

We had elephants in the camp (Which when standing a few meters away from u without a fence is mind blowing).

pride of lions with cubs , which we saw everyday for 5 days just down the road.

And leopard cubs being attacked by hyenas, only to be rescued by mum. That only happens on national geographic!!

the best part about the camp is the fact that no one is around in the morning and evening, (when the best game viewing is) so most of your sightings are personal, a rare thing in Kruger these days.

the staff there are great and very very helpfull... (they will even charge your camera batteries... no electricity to spare for that in the huts).thanx again Morris!!!
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Unread post by aussieinafrica » Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:53 am

no problem, I'm there again in may.... cant wait.

i also recomend the night drive from the camp, it's like having a private came guard, and takes full advantage for the camps relative isolation. We saw heaps !!!
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Unread post by Bothali » Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:37 pm

We spent 3 nights at Roodewal in September 2006. It was awesome and we decided to stay in the camp on one of our days there just to experience it fully. We fell asleep on the benches on the deck under an enormous tree and the sound of emerald spotted doves, the stir of the wind in the leaves above and the vervets watching us quietly from the branches have sustained me until now.

The river bed was dry, but we saw a herd of elephant crossing and also watched elephant bulls grazing on the bank below under a full moon as we listened to nightjars calling in the darkness.

I will be back there, this time for a whole week, on 13 March - 3 weeks away. A trip to this camp is an unforgettable experience.

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Unread post by gesundheit » Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:26 am

aussieinafrica wrote:i also recomend the night drive from the camp, it's like having a private came guard, and takes full advantage for the camps relative isolation. We saw heaps !!!


I know this was posted in Feb, but I just discovered this thread 2 days before I can dive in and book some accomo for our trip next August, and I suspect this camp books out fast! Looks fantastic, but the SANParks website says:

"No activities available from Roodewal Bush Lodge

• Guided Game Walks or Game Drives can be pre-arranged with Satara camp subject to availability."

I assume this means you have to go to Satara to join a game drive?


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