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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Hugh » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:59 pm

Hello there
I checked May and June and note for Letaba there is very little of the camp sites available as its very popular with the pensioners at that time and then in June the school holidays start .Pensioners only get discounts certain months and dates of the year and the
"old" folk make the most of it !! ( I am one) so these spots are booked up very early usually 11 months in advance . So it has nothing to do with you folk being pensioners or that you have two cars .. just that everyone else wants to be in the Park at the times you have chosen
But having said that .... this is the time that folk forget to pay the final deposit or they now change their mind about coming to the park so check availability daily and you might be very lucky and good luck with the bookings
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:10 pm

You are not the only one Magief, I am also looking for a few days in May and finding it pretty difficult to get what and where I want, so I am checking availability all the time.
but I can assure you there is nothing against pensioners or forcing you to book 2 camps sites.
I am finding May is becoming a very popular time of year to visit the park.

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:04 am

Magief, I can understand your frustration.

May is one of my favorite months and I have often struggled to find what I need.

It is the private school holidays, plus there is a public holiday on the 1st May. I have noticed that it is a month that is very popular with pensioners.

Do you have a wild card? I think this makes the extra car issue a non issue.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by E Orix » Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:56 am

Having spent nearly 3 weeks touring Kruger NP in 2014 we will be returning Oct 2016.
On our last visit we were unable to book in to Biyamiti which was a shame.
Well I have now been successful and have 3 nights there which is most pleasing.
After all the preamble I am looking for tips and assistance from fellow Forum members
who have stayed there.
Any information would be great

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Unread post by Elsa » Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:06 pm

3 nights in this amazing little camp is going to be amazing! 8)
Do have a read through the Biyamiti Topic where you will find lots of great info. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Accommodation Availability

Unread post by margief » Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:45 pm

Thank you for your comments. I am still not convinced that the availability on the web is correct. I am looking at 30th May -3rd June. which is midweek and I do not believe that ALL 103 Campsites in Satara and 60 in Letaba are fully booked. I am aware it is pensioners time but have been going to the park since 1980 and a pensioner since 2000 so now utilize pensioners time whenever possible & know that there is a reasonably high demand for this time. OH I've just realized (stupid me) that SANParks have escalated their prices so high that many pensioners cannot afford permanent accommodation and are tending more to camping. Also the pensioners times are getting shorter all the time. SANParks seem to have forgotten that in previous years when South Africa was a no go area for overseas visitors the people who kept the parks going are the now pensioners. Amongst other things they have stopped the free Wild Card for those over 70.
OH the question of paying for an extra car is not related to a Wild Card (we have had one since the scheme started). We ended up by booking at Malelane during the past week to secure a booking and despite producing a valid wild card were told that for the extra car there was a R150 per day extra charge with NO Pensioners discount. Work it out it is cheaper to book 2 campsites for 3 people, 2 tents & 2 cars!!!

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by fazekma » Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:08 am

Does anyone know what the abbreviations on the accommodation descriptions mean? I think we have worked out some of them such as:

B = bungalow
U = utensils
V = view
F = family
G = guesthouse
Z = Unit accessible to the mobility challenged
BB = 2 single beds?

I realise the number relates to the number of people that can sleep in each unit but there are other descriptions such as BD, BG, NG2U, FQ, GEG, GNG etc., that are not as easy to work out.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:37 am

fazekma wrote:Does anyone know what the abbreviations on the accommodation descriptions mean? I think we have worked out some of them such as:

B = bungalow
U = utensils
V = view
F = family
G = guesthouse
Z = Unit accessible to the mobility challenged
BB = 2 single beds?

I realise the number relates to the number of people that can sleep in each unit but there are other descriptions such as BD, BG, NG2U, FQ, GEG, GNG etc., that are not as easy to work out.

I am sure there must be a list somewhere, which I cannot find :redface:

U is for a perimeter unit, but not with a view. V is for view as you have.

D seems to be if there is a kitchen, E or G, means no kitchen, and use of communal kitchen. (might be that one has some kitchen items)
The number is for how many beds.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by fazekma » Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:49 am

Thanks Dalene, this helps!
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Olifants BD3U bungalows

Unread post by PHVDM » Tue May 17, 2016 4:25 pm

Hi guys. Just a general question.
I booked two BD3U bungalows at Olifants for the 29th of June. According to the camp map there are only five units (106-111). Can anyone advise me on general thoughts about the units (views, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom etc.) Which unit has the best view? Which two units would you recommend to try and reserve? Looking forward to your comments.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by MATTHYS » Tue May 17, 2016 5:38 pm

Hi PHVDM

Please see this page for links to photos of some of the BD3U bungalows at Olifants. They all look great to me 8)

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by coxell » Sun May 22, 2016 2:19 pm

Good day mites. I have booked the following for April next year., from 22nd to 1st May, 4 nights at Lower Sabie EH4, 2 nights Tamboti CTT4 and 3 nights Skukuza CTT4 Would be better to have 3 nights at Tamboti and only 2 at Skukuza ? Having not stayed at either places before I would appreciate feedback

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Horrace » Sun May 22, 2016 2:50 pm

Hi Coxell. Tamboti is a unique experience. From my perspective, it is the closest one can get to a pure bush experience in Kruger. All the units are set on the fence, there is active wildlife in the camp, and the camp is exceptionally peaceful, given that no other people will have access to it other than the people staying there. The whole middle of the camp is bush, and one truly feels immersed in the wild. The only down side - 1 road in and out (although one can do a sand road variation) they all lead to the same place - Satara.

Skukuza is as busy as one can get - given that, I still stay in the same tents you booked as the location offers many routes and access to Lake Panic for birders.

I would suggest you ask yourself what you would like form the experience and decide from there. For me Tamboti is the best camp in Kruger, and given you will have exposure to the South with Lower Sabie maybe worth a longer stay.

Either way you will be blessed to be in the park, and I'm sure you will enjoy...

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by nighthawk2 » Mon May 23, 2016 2:51 am

I have a question regarding the new "Honeymoon" unit at Urikaruus Camp.
In the description of amenities, it says there is a single double bed.
We've found there are differences in what constitutes a double.
Are these the same size as the beds in Tamboti LST3?
More to the point, it is one mattress rather than 2 single beds pushed together?
We found the double bed in Tamboti LST3 a bit on the small side, whereas 2 singles as in the Riverside Cabin are perfect.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon May 23, 2016 11:57 am

Hi NH2 :D

NadiaL, from Arid Parks, has responded to your query, with a pic of bed included:

Description of amenities below:

• 1 double bed
• Barbeque facilities on deck
• Ceiling fan
• Check in at Twee Rivieren or Mata Mata
• En-suite bathroom with shower
• Equipped kitchen
• Fridge/ Freezer
• No additional persons allowed
• No children under 12 allowed
• No smoking
• Provide own drinking water and firewood
• River view
• Solar power for lights, gas for hot water
• Two plate gas stove
• Unfenced, built on stilts, tourism assistant on duty
• Veranda
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