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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:46 pm

Hi Schoemanskloof :D

Here is a sketched map of Roodewal camp: click here

Here are pics of the Roodewal accommodation:

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also number 3

and here are some more
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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:49 pm

The absolute maximum is 18 people who can stay at Roodewal :thumbs_up:

June is an excellent time to be in Kruger! And Roodewal is an excellent camp in June! The Timbavati river should attract lots of animals 8) I have not stayed there myself, but I can only imagine the night sounds will be awesome!
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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by pamelajane » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:11 pm

Hi Schoemanskloof -we have stayed at Roodewal twice (2011 and 2010) and loved it so much we are going back in May! The Sanpark website has not updated their accommodation description as the cottages no longer have lofts. There are 4 cottages each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and a small sitting/kitchen area and stoep. Then there is the communal dining room and separate kitchen and outside braai area with plenty of fridges,pots,crockery,etc. So 16 people is max unless they allow children to sleep on the couch which I doubt.

You should hear night sounds but as is always the case in Kruger the lions,hyenas,etc have to be around -we were lucky to hear them most nights.Our drives from camp were fantastic as we had the road to ourselves for the first hour or two and always saw plenty of general game and usually ellies. There is a lovely birdhide not too far away to get out and stretch your legs -the one time we were surrounded by ellies and had to wait to get back to the car! The scenery is also magnificent and just to sit in camp is wonderful. :thumbs_up:

One thing you probably will need is a lamp of sorts for sitting outside when you braai as it can be a bit dark.Please ask me any questions and I can take more photos if you like when we go in may. :cam:

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by click click » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:59 pm

pamelajane wrote:The Sanpark website has not updated their accommodation description as the cottages no longer have lofts. There are 4 cottages each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and a small sitting/kitchen area and stoep. Then there is the communal dining room and separate kitchen and outside braai area with plenty of fridges,pots,crockery,etc. So 16 people is max unless they allow children to sleep on the couch which I doubt.


The cottage closest to the communal area is a bit bigger than the others and has 3 single beds per room, all the other rooms have 2 single beds, which means a total of 18 people can sleep at Roodewal. There are no lofts.

Unit 1 & 2 & 3 all have 2 rooms with 2 single beds each
Unit 4 have 2 rooms with 3 single beds each
Every room has its own en-suite bathroom

Hope that helps you Schoemanskloof. I have lots of pics, if you want me to e-mail some to you just pm me.

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by Schoemanskloof » Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:04 pm

Thanks all for the useful information on the sleeping accommodations - we're excited to bring our family together, and do it in a great camp in a great park!

Any confirmation that the power is solar-only, and not available for re-charging cameras, lamp, etc? We have seen a similar description for our stay 2years ago in Boulders, and there were plug-points available to recharge items; I think this was through the generator, and solar during the day.

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by pamelajane » Tue May 28, 2013 5:11 am

:rtm: We have just spent 4 nights at Roodewal (our 3rd stay) and sadly have quite a few complaints! (I have already sent off my feedback form).
The hot water in all four chalets was a problem with only one shower working in each of the two bathrooms -we were only 4 couples so it was OK as we did not have to share a chalet but I wonder how Schoemanskloof will manage.
The dining room normally has two fridges but this time we only had one and it kept turning off so we struggled to keep our salads, drinks etc cold.
Our chalet(No3) had no fridge and the fridges in the other chalets either froze everything or did not have racks .
We complained to Satara and on day 3 they delivered 2 old electric fridges! (Roodewal runs on gas).
We complained further and a manageress was sent out to try to address our problems.
They finally sent a big Coca Cola chest fridge which they tried to fit into our small chalet kitchen!
It was too late for us to use anyway.
They have also decided to place the Green bins right next to the outside eating area and spoilt the beautiful view.
Also there were large mounds of gravel in front of the chalets that are going to be spread out but nothing happened while we were there and grass was already growing out of them.
Lastly the monkeys have become such a problem that they target you if you try to carry food from the kitchen to the dining room! :naughty:
Sorry about the tirade but I LOVE Roodewal and am very sad to see the deterioration in management and Maria and Prudence who run a very clean camp will bear the brunt of visitors complaints.

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by fieryneck » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:41 pm

That is such sad news. :( My entire family are heading to Roodewal in 2 weeks time for 3 nights. I hope they have sorted out these issues in the last 5 months, but judging by the pace that these things happen I am not holding thumbs.

I am glad I decided to scour the forums for more info. At least now I will be sure to bring extra torches, a gas lamp, and an Engel fridge or 2.

I hope the monkeys are not too much of a nuisance as there will be young children accompanying us.

Thanks for the info...
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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by pamelajane » Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:35 pm

Fieryneck come armed with a bag of pebbles and a few catties -it was the only way we could keep the monkeys at bay when we ate outside during the day! Of course we never actually hit them but the rattle in the trees chased them off for a short while! :naughty: I do hope they have attended to the problems as it is a wonderful camp regardless. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by kite » Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:37 pm

Any suggestions as to where to buy catties.
Have been looking out for them but no luck.
Maybe we will have to make them!

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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:02 pm

I would rather suggest water pistols as an alternative, much safer and just as effective. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by fieryneck » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:03 am

That's just what I was thinking Elsa. I can get a few of those super soaker water pistols, and if they are as effective as you say, then we can set up a few kid bodyguards to keep the monkeys at bay while the adults prepare food.

Only problem is that a 3 year old with a water pistol can be a big frustration for adults not wanting to get wet! ;)

I'm assuming Roodewal has a borehole so water isn't a problem? Would it be a good idea to bring a small plunge pool for the kids? November is pretty hot and Satara is a long drive...
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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:54 pm

Fireyneck, water is always very precious and scarce in the park and we are asked to use it sparingly so I am not sure whether a plunge pool, unless its very small, would be welcomed.
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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by fieryneck » Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:13 pm

Interesting how many times I have noticed the sprinklers on in Kruger camps during the middle of the hottest, windiest and driest day during a dry season and those same camps have numerous signs stating the preciousness of water :hmz:

I agree to not waist water, but considering a small plunge pool will not be contaminated with soap (like showers and washing), and will be returned directly back to the ground from which it was pumped, I do not see this as a big waist of water, particularly if it can be used for 3 days to entertain kids and full up water pistols. Or am I wrong? The evaporation effect will be far less than a sprinkler. I am talking about one of those little blow up jobs with about 15cm of water in it.

The same thing in the Kgalagadi would be a big No No where even underground water is scarce and evaporation is drastic.

But I do see your point Elsa, if we end up taking one it will be very small and we will put very little water in.
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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:16 pm

The sprinklers that you see watering the camp grounds is usually pumped directly from the rivers and not fit for human consumption.
Water in the accommodations has had to be filtrated and purified therefore more labour intensive especially in the more remote camps. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Roodewal Bush Lodge

Unread post by fieryneck » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:14 pm

We have recently returned from Roodewal and I would just like to follow up on the numerous issues pointed out by pamelajane.

Showers: All showers we used had hot water. There are no baths which is a consideration if you are taking younger children.

Fridges and Freezers: The dining room had 1 fridge and 1 freezer and the kitchen had 1 freezer. All were working fine. 2 days in, 2 of them failed but they had just run out of gas, once this was replaced they were working fine again. I'm not 100% sure on the room fridges but I think these were working correctly too.

Green Bins: I agree that these are STUPIDLY placed as they do obstruct the view.

Gravel piled outside rooms: this has been sorted out

Monkeys: Still a problem, and unfortunately caused by us silly humans. I did my best to prevent them getting their hands on anything, but once they grabbed a rusk off the table as I was carting things back into the kitchen, and another time they grabbed a bag of cashews from my car as I was loading it. They are VERY fast and seem to only be scared of men. Water pistols work, but only as far as they squirt, and only while they are squirting. The monkeys sit just out of range and as soon as you stop, will move back into their attack positions!

I found that throwing a couple of stones, or just pretending to do so would keep them at bay for the longest.

So, since pamelajane's visit SanParks have corrected a lot of issues. At the price one pays for this camp one expects these small conveniences.

The lighting was sufficient for indoors and was functional all the time. We had a gas lamp and solar lantern for outdoor lighting and an inverter which we set up indoors to charge cameras, phones, tablets etc.

Satara were willing to send a vehicle to do a morning walk (or game drive if you want), but for a minimum charge of R4300 we decided this was a bit steep - even if we had 8 people wanting to go this comes to R537.50 pp.

I absolutely loved Roodewal. Due to the exclusivity and remoteness of this camp, it is a complete gem and we had a wonderful stay there. The camp has loads of shade and open space for kids to run around. There are also nice trees to climb. There is no grass which is understandable.

In terms of game, this camp is in a prime area. We had a bull elephant around camp for most of our stay, feeding from the lush new bush (there must have been good rains) and digging a hole in the river bed to drink from.

The drive along the Timbavati river has always delivered good sightings for me and this time was no exception. The area was literally teaming with general game, and so therefore the predator numbers are also high. The impalas had just started lambing and I finally witnessed my first birth. It was a real privilege to watch an impala lamb take its first steps :D

There was a group of 3 male lions in the area and we saw them on 3 occasions and heard them on our last night.

If you have a group of 8-18 people, definitely consider Roodewal. It is difficult to book, and remote to get to, but well worth it!
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