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Reis verhaal from Kruger 'Bush' Camps

Unread post by umtali1 » Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:19 pm


Our original plan for this holiday was to visit the Kruger at the start of November 2016 in the hope of seeing some the migrants as they arrived for the summer months. Just as we were about to book the camps we had an invitation to my niece's wedding near Jo'burg in May. Dilemma!
:big_eyes: Can we afford two visits to SA in one year? :hmz: My heart said 'Yes', but in reality it wasn't viable. So our plans would have to be brought forward and the summer migrants would have to wait for another year. :(

As we have never visited the Kruger in May, this would be a new experience for us anyway, especially as the park had suffered from such a severe drought at the beginning of the year. It would also be the rutting season for the antelope. :roll:

We decided to spend out 14 nights in 'Bush' Camps, visiting the main camps for fuel, supplies and cellphone signals. After reading many tales of various roads and sites that we not frequented much, we planned our routes to include such places. We found Van den Bergs' 'Kruger Self-Drive - Routes, Roads and Ratings' 2015 (ISBN 978-0-9946751-2-5) invaluable as it was very current. This might take us off the beaten track for a lot of the time which could mean that we miss out on 'lots of excitement and OSVs etc' regarding big predators. As we are happy to enjoy the park as one of the finest wildernesses on the planet, that didn't really bother us.

So, between May 15th and 31st, we stayed at Tamboti, Bateleur, Shimuwini, Talamati, Biyamiti, and Malelane camps, then finally Pretoriouskop. :shock: "Wag 'n minuut" you're all saying, Pretoriouskop is a main camp..... I know. We had the good fortune of having to add two nights on at the end and Pretoriouskop was the most convenient place to exit.

The joy of driving to the Kruger is the choice of negotiating either the Abel Erasmus or the Long Tom Pass. We try to drive over both - but not at the same time !!!!! :doh: :lol: On this occasion we drove down the Abel Erasmus first.

Bidding farewell to family, we fitted in a quick meet at Rietvlei with Barry, Hilda, Isinkwe and Morecat to catch up and collect a Bird ID prize for Inyanga30.

We filled our plastic boxes (monkey proof) with provisions at Lydenburg (Mashishing) and set off for the Abel Erasmus Pass.........

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Unread post by Kendall M » Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:52 pm

:dance: Whoohoo, I'm FIRST on the bus :dance:

I love the thinking behind your accommodation choice - living 'wild' :wink: for 2 weeks - BLISS

I'm so looking forward to your trip :popcorn:
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Unread post by billyf » Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:58 pm

I cannot miss this "verhaal" , definitely on the bus. As we are campers we are forced to use the main camps and so I am looking forward to visiting all the bush camps with you :dance: :dance:

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Unread post by isinkwe » Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:32 pm

My , My very posh aren't we :D All those larny camps
Better get myself ready for this one
and a few of these for the road
I hate it when the voices in my head go silent.......I never know what they are planning. :roll:

So when is old enough to know better supposed to kick in ?

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Unread post by elpaco » Fri Jun 17, 2016 2:21 pm

I had never stayed in a bushcamp so far (need a bit of comfort and a feeling of safety) so I will follow this one with attention.
count me in :D
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Unread post by salamanda » Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:47 pm

Just returned from KNP myself so it will be great to follow someone else's trip, especially as I'm suffering a bit from the post-Kruger blues!

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Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:07 pm

Umtali I am looking forward reading your reis verhaal :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by inyanga30 » Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:49 pm

Looking forward to seeing more about your trip... Hopefully there'll be pics too.
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:20 am

:D :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Unread post by Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:05 am

Count me into the traveling and sleeping arrangements :D
Looking forward to this "Travel Story" ...straight out of the 'Bush Camps' :mrgreen:
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Unread post by barryels » Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:50 am

Wonderful start to this trip :dance: .

It was amazing, spending some time with our four friends at Rietvlei and enjoy each others company :clap: :clap: .

Also lucky to have a cheetah sighting on the way out :D .

Awesome camps to stay at and enjoy the wilderness :thumbs_up: .

Looking forward to the report back on this trip :hmz: .
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Unread post by hilda » Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:52 am

So glad to see you have started your long awaited trip report umtali1! Can't wait to read all about your experiences in all these awesome camps! :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by Vols » Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:59 am

I cannot wait to read all your adventures - "Bush" camps are just magical :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Unread post by gatita » Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:40 am

on board :D

looking forward to hearing all about your trip :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Unread post by Pumbaa » Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:55 pm

WoW umtali,

what great decision to stay in the bushcamps only :dance: So very curious to know what came across :popcorn:

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