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Advice wanted- for Camps in the North

Unread post by coxell » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:00 am

Good morning Mites, I have booked the following and would be grateful for your input regarding adding a new booking for Punda Maria and possibly changing Shingwedzi/Letaba amount of days. We have never stayed in the North.

Shingwedzi BD2 3 nights 27/8 to 30/8/2018
Letaba CTT4U 2 nights 30/08 to 1/09
Balule EH3 2 nights 1/09 to 3/09
Lower Sabie EH4 5 nights 3/09 to 8/09

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Re: Advice wanted- for Camps in the North

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:19 am

It is possible to do a full day drive from Shing up to Crooks corner and back provided you leave early but I would rather advise that you take one of your Shingwedzi nights and 1 from LS to make 2 at Punda, very special camp and part of the park. 8)
Then you can experience this historical camp and also the Mahoni loop.

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Re: Advice wanted- for Camps in the North

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:27 am

Hi Coxell,

What an interesting itinerary.

I do agree with Elsa, that Punda is worth a couple of days. I was wondering if you could possibly take one night from Shingwetzi and a night from Letaba, or Lower Sabie. I think a lot depends on your priorities.

Both Punda and Shingwetzi deserve a minimum of 2 nights.

I do love Lower Sabie. I love the roads and the eco diversity, September can, however, be rather a busy month.

The reason why I thought of possibly Letaba :hmz: is the fact that many roads will overlap with Balule.

My own choice would be 2 nights Punda, 2 nights Shingwetzi, 2 nights Balule, 4 nights Lower Sabie. My crowd reluctance might lead me to choose Letaba for2 nights and take a night from Lower Sabie. You might have different priorities though.

I am rather :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: as I write this. Good luck. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Advice wanted- for Camps in the North

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:33 am

I fully agree with Elsa and MM's suggestions. I've only stayed at Punda once but loved it. It is a lovely little camp in an incredible area of the Park. You can then do Crooks Corner quite easily, and you will have time to appreciate the astounding baobab trees.

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Unread post by Hippotragus » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:55 am

I agree with all the above comments.

We try to do "the north" once a year and have just completed our 2017 trip. We spent one night at Skukuza (mainly because we were meeting friends for dinner there!), then we spent 3 nights at Letaba, 3 nights at Shingwedzi and 4 nights at Punda Maria.

Punda Maria really deserves at least 3 nights - which gives you 2 days' drivng - one day trip up to the Pafuri/Luvuvhu area and Crooks' Corner and one day to explore the Mahonie Loop near camp - one day we did the Mahonie Loop in opposite directions in the morning and afternoon. Klopperfontein on the way to Pafuri is also a lovely place to just sit and watch what comes by.

I would cut the Lower Sabie nights and maybe cut Letaba. You can leave Letaba early the day you move to Shingwedzi and do some of the dirt roads. Shingwedzi I would leave at 3 nights.

You will love the north - beautiful trees, different birds and some interesting animals.
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Re: Advice wanted- for Camps in the North

Unread post by coxell » Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:34 pm

Many thanks Elsa, Meandering Mouse, Karin and Hippotragus, for all your replies.
Following your advice offered all of which was most helpful my new booking is now as follows:-
Punda Maria 2 nights ST2
Shingwedzi 2 nights BG2
Letaba 2 nights CTT4U
Balule 1 night EH3
Lower Sabie 5 nights EH4
I kept Lower Sabie for the 5 nights as we have previously stayed in the EH4's in April also for 5 nights
Thanks again, its so good to get other peoples input into planning a special Kruger Trip

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