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Re: Roodewal bush camp

Unread postby Stickman360 » Thu May 24, 2012 12:38 pm

Id love to hear about more stories of peoples experiences at Roodewal, interesting landmarks, routes that are best at specific times of the day, Interesting birds nests in the trees. Please post your stories and dont hold back!!!

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Roodewal in December

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Thu May 24, 2012 2:50 pm

Another Kruger trip is fast approaching, exciting times indeed :dance:

Every year our family makes the epic voyage north to KNP from the Eastern Cape. This year is no different and the excitement is starting to build as always. What can I say, 8 days in Kruger is enough to send most nature lovers into a flat spin, even if it is still 6 month away...

This time we were lucky enough to get a 3 day booking at Roodewal private camp, a first for all of us. We have many fond memories of exploring the drives north of Satara. One drive that always comes to mind is the southern half of the S39 following the Timbavati river.

I'm also a huge fan of the Olifants area, in particular those breath taking veiws overlooking the Olifants River off the H 1-5 bridge. Mind blowing! :D

Having never been to Roodewal, what can we expect from the camp itself and the immediate surroundings? What other drives in the area can you recommend? Where have you enjoyed some luck in the past and how did you approach this vast and beautiful region of KNP?

Your thoughts? :think:

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Re: Roodewal in December

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Thu May 24, 2012 3:29 pm

I am a James of the savanna myself :lol:
I am sooo :mrgreen: about your Roodewal stay! That sounds so fantastic! I have never stayed there though!
Well it goes without saying that the S39 will feature in all your drives! And what a great road :thumbs_up:
The Satara-Olifants road (H1-4) is a good one for cats! Mainly Lions! Probably the best cat road in your Roodewal vicinity 8)
The Ngotso weir on the S89 (Ngotso weir road) is a spot where a big male leopard is seen often!
The Old Main Road (S90) has few cars so you can enjoy some peace! The open grasslands are perfect for cheetah and lion if luck is on your side 8)
A drive up to Letaba is worthwhile with high chances of many elephant sightings along the way! Check out the elephant museum. Very worthwhile. Maybe sit and have lunch at the Letaba resaurant overlooking the Letaba river. Good service and food with a breath taking view 8)
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Re: Roodewal in December

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Thu May 24, 2012 3:40 pm

Thanks James of the savanna :thumbs_up:

Agreed, S39 is world class. Haven't spent much time on the northern half of the Timbavati drive (around Roodewal itself), but no doubt it will be fantastic. Especially seeing as we should have it to ourselves for a few hours in the early hours of the morning and late arvi. Very excited!

The Ngotso weir on the S89 (Ngotso weir road) is a spot where a big male leopard is seen often!

Thanks for the tip, sounds very promising. We will only be there in a few months, hope he still drops in from time to time. Will be worth checking out for sure.

Thanks for the advice, looking forward to the experience.

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Re: Roodewal in December

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Thu May 24, 2012 3:47 pm

cheetah2111 wrote:The Ngotso weir on the S89 (Ngotso weir road) is a spot where a big male leopard is seen often!

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Re: Roodewal in December

Unread postby pamelajane » Fri May 25, 2012 5:06 am

We stayed at Roodewal in August 2011 and loved it !I would suggest you take a gas lamp or some form of lighting for your evening braais as the lighting outside is not great and all our eating took place outdoors.Obviously you will all need torches to get to your chalets at night.I also packed in a few extra tablecloths but they do have one there if you cant be bothered. We found the drive down to theTimbavati picnic spot S39 very rewarding with a lovely birdhide along the way and we had the road to ourselves for the first two hours :dance: Lots of general game and also lion and elephant however we didn't see much from camp itself.The monkeys in camp are a real problem so make sure all the doors remain closed -they don't respect females and cornered me in the dining room :redface: and we had to resort to using a catty to chase them away.I'll scratch out some photos but have posted some on the accommodation link.

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Re: Roodewal in December

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Fri May 25, 2012 8:06 am

Thanks Pamela, will be sure to add those to the list. Especially the catty :thumbs_up: We had an issue with baboons at Talamati bushveld camp a few years back, scary stuff :shock:

Love the Timbavati picnic sight, we've also had some good luck in the past. A few trips back I recall seeing a lioness walking through the dry river bed while eating breakfast. Its was quiet funny, half the people there were torn between enjoying the sighting and locating their children. I also enjoy the local bush buck that hang around the picnic sight. Beautiful!

The S39 is a good bet, cant wait to have a few quiet hours to ourselves.

How was the birding in and around the camp?

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Re: Roodewal in December

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Mon May 28, 2012 3:55 pm

Can anyone tell me what the birding is like at Roodewal? By the looks of the photo's there are many big and beautiful trees. This must make for some quality birding? Whats the view point like?

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Re: Roodewal in December

Unread postby Rooies » Mon May 28, 2012 4:58 pm

As you rightly mentioned, you will have most of the S39 for yourself before the hordes from Olifants and Satara arrive. Birding especially in the very early morning may be very rewarding all along the S39. The big thing is to take it slowly with all windows open and listen for that bird call that you haven't heard before. Sometimes birds form a bird party and you may then see a lot of different species at one place. A tip as far as birds are concerned is that most of the time they are so well camouflaged that you are unable to see them but you will hear them if you travel quietly.
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Re: Roodewal in December

Unread postby Mant » Wed May 30, 2012 10:02 pm

Hi,

We just stayed in Roodewal for 2 nights this month. It is a really nice camp and you have it all to yourself.

It has got a deck that looks over a dry river bed. It is really nice to sit there and just soak in everything.

Just be careful of the Vervet Monkeys there, they like to come steal your food out your chalet. So keep all your doors and windows closed.

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Re: Roodewal in December

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:29 am

Thanks Mant :thumbs_up:

I've already been warned about these Roodewaal monkeys, apparently they are full of it :lol: Will keep an eye on them :shock:

How was you game view experience in and around the camp? What routes did you guys drive and what did you come across?

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Re: Roodewal in December

Unread postby Mant » Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:05 am

Hi James,

Our game viewing experience around the camp was quite good we saw quite a few animals.

Ratelpan Hide is right near Roodewal. It is a really nice place to go and sit for some peace and quiet.

Just outside Roodewal Camp we saw a whole lot of lions, they were all cubs of different sizes with no mother. I think their mother was out hunting, lots of Kori Bustards and Jackals around there too. The birding is great as well.

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Re: Roodewal in December

Unread postby pamelajane » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:40 am

We found the drive along the S100 (Nwanetsi River Road) to Nwanetsi picnic site very rewarding with plenty of game and birds and lovely scenery. We found the big Singita lion pride at Sonop waterhole.You will need the whole day so a lunch break at Nwanestsi works well and you can take the H6 and H1 to get home more speedilly if you need to.We did not find many birds in camp which is strange as there are many trees but perhaps we were out in the middle of the day when the sun was shining and the birds more active. :hmz:ImageNwanetsi River Road

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:46 pm

Only 16 days until we arrive at Roodewal :dance: This will be our 1st visit to this particular bush camp and we are excited beyond belief...

Anybody who has recently been to Roodewal in the last few months, whats been happening? Please share some of your sightings and news with us? Which roads did you drive and where did you get lucky?

How has the rainfall been in the central region of the park and is there any water in the Timbavati river bed? Few pools?

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread postby Schoemanskloof » Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:32 pm

Hi everyone - we are staying at Roodewal in min-June 2013 for 6nights. We live in the US now, but love to return to Kruger and the lowveld. We have never stayed at this camp and hope that you all can help us prepare better.

We are a family of 4 (2adults, 2 kids (7,5)) and this will be the kid's first African trip.

Are there any pictures of the various bedrooms? We are interested in understanding how to place all of our extendedly who is going to join at this camp. In total there are our 2 aunts, 2 uncles (mid 70's), 2 cousin's with a wife and child (one child is 10, the other will be approx 1yo), and maybe a brother (35).

How many can stay at the camp? The SANParks site says 19 but the fee-schedule says 16.
There are also statements about "lofts" for 2 single beds in each of the 3 houses.

How is the nightlife and noise? We would love to spend the evenings listening to amazing African sounds, and hope you can whet out appetite!

The other parts of our itinerary is a stay at Boulders, and then a stay at Skukuza, for a total of 14nights.

We will return the favors by returning and posting some pictures ourselves, and also TR's.
Thanks in advance!

Like everyone else, we're also anxious and thinking of the people who dedicate themselves to the park. We hope that they are all safe and recover. We plan to donate once we are in-country.
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