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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by johanclassen » Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:57 am

xirenex wrote:Hello, we are going to the Kruger in mid August. Will it be too cold to sleep in the overnight hides? We are planning to enter from the Phalaborwa gate and drive south. Which camp would you recommend on that itinerary?
Thanks for your help!


Hi, Always a good idea to have warm cloting, it can be cool so be prepared.. You dont say for how long you will be in the park?
Are you driving South to exit or what? Camp or camps?? From Phalabowa to the south the most central camp seems to be Skukua from where you can drive in many directions
but not knowing how long you are staying, makes it difficult to comment. :D

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Lower Sabie for Sun 9 Oct 16

Unread post by Nico du Preez » Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:10 pm

Lower Sabie - I have a booking in a EH2 for the night of 9 October 2016. Looking to swop for a EH1. I don't really want to be moving huts for one night. No extra costs will be incurred as I have already paid in full on my side.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by reneannlourens » Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:51 pm

Hi, couple of questions:

We (2 adults) will be traveling with 2 children age 6 and 4, will I be able to book a 3 bed bungalow or hut and ask for a extra bed/matress?
Where can I find the latest maps of the camps as we are making this a family holiday with my brothers and would like to have adjacent accomodation.
Which restcamps are more "child friendly"
It's been 10 years since I last visited KNP and I understand that some of the restcamps have undergone some changes, where can I get a better overview of the restcamps?
Thank-you and greetings
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(We stay in Worcester, W-Cape, there's no SANParks office nearby.

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Unread post by Elsa » Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:08 pm

Warm welcome to the forum reneannelourens! :clap:

You will need to mail/phone the camp to request an extra mattress.
Some of the bungalows have very little extra space but sure they will try and make a plan.
There are also 4 bedded safari tents in some of the camps which might prove to be an option.

You can have a look through the Index to Accommodation photos and maps in Kruger
Some of the maps might be a bit out of date, which is an ongoing process of being rectified.

Another useful topic Kids/Babies in Kruger info

Do also have a look through the Index to Topics in Camps and Roads where there is a wealth of info and advice on many topics and sure to answer most of your questions but please do ask if there is anything further you require. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:42 am

A very warm welcome to you. :gflower:

Elsa has provided the relevant links. These will be very useful.

I love to use the tented accommodation and the four bedded tents are excellent in every way. Including value for money.

The most child friendly camps with tents are Skukuza, and Letaba. Tambotie is a favorite of mine, but you might find it a bit too rustic with small children.

The other excellent option is Lower Sabie. They do have a five bedded hut. It would be possible to book huts in close proximity.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by reneannlourens » Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:49 pm

Thank-you for the helpfull advise, it makes planning a lot easier all of the sudden.
Greetings
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Suitable lodge

Unread post by Binny » Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:12 pm

Hi and thanks for reading , we are a group of 5 males travelling to Kruger in Feb 2017 for 3 days and wanted some reccommendations of where to stay in the park . We will be flying in from Joburg or maybe driving . We are thinking of going self catering .

Our budget is upto 11000 rand per night. We would prefer brai facilities and a pool if possible .

I have been once before and think I stayed in Satara camp . It was quite a big house accommodated 8 of us . Something like this with a pool would be good .

Many thanks for your help guys !

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Re: Suitable lodge

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:49 pm

Warm welcome to the forum Binny! :clap:

It sounds as if you stayed in one of the guest houses before which mostly sleep 8, there are many great ones in the various camps in the park.
All accommodation have braai stands.
I don't think there are any that actually have private pools but many of the camps do have them for all guests.
very useful in the hot February climate!

Have a read through Guest Houses in Kruger
there are some pics and great info and advice in there re the various ones.

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Binny » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:17 pm

Thanks for the advice , once Accomodation booked , how do I go about getting a ranger , he / she would need to take us out all 3 days .
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:59 pm

Mohammad, not sure if you are looking at full day drives, but if you are then have a read All day and Half day drives
For the shorter regular morning/sunset/night drives with other guests you can book those on line once you have your accommodation booked.
Otherwise it is also wonderful to do some self drives where you can choose your own routes and stops etc.

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Stuff available on bungalows / hut / cottages

Unread post by nabla » Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:31 pm

Hi all,
it will be my first time in Kruger Park in july and I was not able to understand which kind of stuff is available on the accomodation booked. Also, as I'm not from SA, so:

- are the bungalows / hut / cottages equipped with winter blankets? (I'm coming in july and my wife is very chilly)
- are they equipped on the toilet with toilet paper? with hair-dryer? soap?

Then let's go for the most complicated part, the kitchen stuff.
I've booker at talamti cottage, but I didn't anywhere what is supplied for kitchen. Dishes? Cutlery? Soap for dishes? Kitchen paper? Charcoal for the grill?
For the other accomodations, where it is written "utensils", what is to be considered supplied?

And then, for the "communal kitchen facilities': how the facility is used? I mean, what stuff is available (cutlery, bbq tools, charcoal) and what is the etiquette (clean just after, share the bbq)

Thanks to everybody :)
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Re: Stuff available on bungalows / hut / cottages

Unread post by lion queen » Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:41 am

Hi nabla and a warm welcome to the forum! :gflower:

To answer some of your questions have a look at this topic: Braai facilities/Utensils/ETC in Accommodation

nabla wrote:- are the bungalows / hut / cottages equipped with winter blankets? (I'm coming in july and my wife is very chilly)
- are they equipped on the toilet with toilet paper? with hair-dryer? soap?


All bungalows are equipped with extra blankets

Bathrooms do have toilet paper

Bungalows have towels and a small bar of soap is supplied

NO HAIR-DRYER


nabla wrote:Then let's go for the most complicated part, the kitchen stuff.
I've booker at talamti cottage, but I didn't anywhere what is supplied for kitchen. Dishes? Cutlery? Soap for dishes? Kitchen paper? Charcoal for the grill?
For the other accomodations, where it is written "utensils", what is to be considered supplied?

And then, for the "communal kitchen facilities': how the facility is used? I mean, what stuff is available (cutlery, bbq tools, charcoal) and what is the etiquette (clean just after, share the bbq)


Talamati cottage kitchen will have all basic dishes and cutlery. Soap for dishes is supplied.

NO kitchen paper, NO charcoal.

At other accommodation with Utensils: crockery, glasses, cutlery, pots and very basic utensils will be provided.

Communal kitchen facilities are basins for washing up and hot plates to do your cooking.

All utensils are at your chalet.

All bungalows and safari tents have individual braais. As far as I can remember you only have communal braais at Punda Maria

And YES clean after yourself. :thumbs_up:


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Re: Stuff available on bungalows / hut / cottages

Unread post by Yoda » Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:16 pm

Charcoal and kitchen roll can be purchased at the camp shops, if you don't bring with you.
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Re: Stuff available on bungalows / hut / cottages

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:35 pm

Hi nabla. I think the others have answered your questions well.

I would add: torch/headlight - to see your way around at the braai at night. I always take sharp steak knives - the knives provided are not great, if you are a meat-eater. A flask and travel mugs are also great - so you can take hot water/coffee/tea on your early morning drives. If your accommodation description says "utensils" then there will be basic utensils, saucepans and crockery. Some accommodation has no utensils - but it will say that on the booking form.

The shops at the larger camps are very well-stocked and you will be able to buy charcoal, wood, firelighters, matches etc. Remember that Talamati does not have a shop and you will have to do your shopping at the nearest large camp - Orpen, Satara etc.

When you arrive at Kruger, be sure to buy a map of the park. You will then be able to plan your drives and find your way around. The road are well sign-posted, but a map has very useful information.

Enjoy your trip!
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Re: Stuff available on bungalows / hut / cottages

Unread post by nabla » Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:31 pm

Thank you so much to everybody for your quick help!!

Some additional questions:
- I've seen that in big camps there's "Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception)". Does it mean that where I've no utensil in the bungalow (there is one case) I can take everything from the reception?

- On the "comunal ablution" (HUT) is not clear if the shower is common but a small toilet is in the hut or not.


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