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Re: Accommodations Outside vs. Inside Park

Unread post by reddirt » Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:35 pm

Does anyone have any information on the private Shishangeni Lodge and its satellites Shawu and Shonga? We have booked three nights in Crocodile and three in Skukuza for the middle of September and are considering this lodge for an additional three nights. How is the area for game viewing? This should satisfy the SO.

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Re: Accommodations Outside vs. Inside Park

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:37 am

Reddirt, I have looked up a little in Brett Hilton Barber's, "Exploring Kruger".

Some excerpts:

"The concession has diverse habitats-thorn thickets, flat open grasslands with schrub acacia.. and a rich variety of woodland trees.

The diversity means that you are likely to see a lot of different animals.. lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and wild dogs. The side striped jackal, civit and honey badger are regularly seen on night drives.

The Mpanamana dam is the biggest dam in south eastern Kruger. ..

The main camp in the concession is Shishangeni which has 20 private chalets, each with its own game viewing deck at tree canopy height looking out over a water course that runs into the Crocodile river."

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Re: Accommodations Outside vs. Inside Park

Unread post by terryc » Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:59 am

Hi reddirt,

I have stayed at Shishangeni. It is beautiful, and the gameviewing is good, BUT, the only thing I was not mad about is that you can see the farm fields etc on the outside of the park on certain drives. For me it took away the feeling of being in the bush a little. Also, tried the private lodge and discovered I preferred the Kruger camps. :hmz: :hmz:
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Re: Accommodations Outside vs. Inside Park

Unread post by reddirt » Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:19 pm

Did you stay at the main lodge, Shawu or Shonga? Which one would you prefer?
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Re: Accommodations Outside vs. Inside Park

Unread post by terryc » Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:00 pm

Hi,

We stayed at Shawu. The service, food etc was stunning, and very nice to experience. Must admit though, if I wanted to stay in a private lodge, i would chose one that does not border so close that you see outside on game drives.
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Re: Accommodations Outside vs. Inside Park

Unread post by terryc » Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:14 pm

Hi,

There are no kitchens. The lounge, dining cum bar area is lovely. There was no price list for beverages obvious, and I must admit I did not ask for one, as I had blown the budget for the weekend anyway. You told the ranger what drinks you want on the evening drive, and on the morning drive they give you coffee , hot chocolate. As far as I remember, the final bill did not break down prices for beverages, but had a globular price.

Take very warm clothing for the morning and evening drives. It is freezing on the am and pm drives, and April can be quite cool in these parts.

All in all, it was a lovely experience.
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Road and gate to imbali please

Unread post by ajay2011 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:08 am

Please advise which gate I should enter KNP through to get to Imbali lodge so as to enjoy maximum game viewing en route from Sandton, Johannesburg.
How long does it take from Johannesburg to KNP and specifically the gate of entry that you advise?
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Re: road and gate to imbali please

Unread post by DuQues » Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:47 pm

The easiest gate to Imbali is Orpen, take the turnoff to Talamati. Just a little past Fairfield (on the right) is the turnoff to Hoyo Hoyo and Imbali.

But if you leave early enough you can of course enter at Malelane and drive up from the south.
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Re: road and gate to imbali please

Unread post by Joao » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:27 pm

Or enter at Kruger gate and drive to Imbali on the S36. Good chance of seeing Sable on that road.

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Re: road and gate to imbali please

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:04 pm

We went to Hoyo-Hoyo last year and thoroughly enjoyed it (sister camp to Imbali).
The concession is in a lovely area and game-viewing is excellent! :thumbs_up:
Orpen gate is the closest gate to Imbali.
If you will be leaving early morning from Sandton and driving via Orpen gate - you should be able to reach Imbali at around 1-2pm, and still be in time for your included afternoon drive.

When we went last year, we drove the previous night up to Nelspruit (a mere 3 hrs from Pretoria), and then left the next morning early from Nelspruit, entered at Phabeni and enjoyed the scenic route up to Hoyo-Hoyo.

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Concession East of Crocodile Bridge Gate

Unread post by brogan » Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:50 pm

Has anyone been lucky enough to be in this concession area?
You have to stay in Sishangeni lodge in order to gain access to the concession area.
Does anyone have stories to share regarding this area? Never been there :):)

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Re: concession East of Crocodile Bridge Gate

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:50 am

Brogan, Shishangeni Private Lodge is the one you are asking after.

The others in Kruger are listed here as Luxury Lodges:- link
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Re: concession East of Crocodile Bridge Gate

Unread post by Mgoddard » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:37 pm

Brogan, I have stayed at Camp Shonga before.
Its very different to Kruger...they take you for an early morning 3 hr game drive, anything from 2 to 8 people per vehicle (depending on how many guest in camp).
Then back to camp for breakfast and you have the time between breakfast and lunch to yourself before you go for a drive again around 4pm.
The 3 hr sunset drive includes a break with refreshments.
They mostly stay on the roads inside the concession as the only time they venture out is on the morning drive. I was told that they are not allowed to use the Kruger roads after 6pm.
Apart from a few lions on a kill and a vine snake we did not see much else of interest.

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Rules in Concessions of KNP

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:39 pm

Okay - this is a question SO begged me to ask here on the forums. Does anybody know: What are the rules in regard to going off-road in the concessions in KNP?

We've been to lodges in 3 of the concessions in KNP. In 2010 to the Muluwati Concession, 2011 the Mpanamana concession and 2012 Pafuri/Makuleke concession. When we visited all 3 - all of them stated that they could not drive off-road in the concessions - as it was KNP ground. However, friends of ours were in a concession recently, and told us the guide went off-road more than once, after a good sighting. On one of the concession's websites - they actually advertise blatantly that even though they are in KNP, they can go off-road.

Have the rules changed...? :hmz:
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Re: Rules in Concessions of KNP

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:19 pm

As far as I know it is not encouraged. However I know it is done, and if so they must immediately take steps to rehabilitate the area they went off road in, and notify section ranger.
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