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December Holidays

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02 Sep 2012 @ 14:24:03 pm
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Hi to you all,

As we are new to the camping business we would like to know where do you normally go for your December holidays, in or outside South Africa?

The comfort zone.... and the extreme adventures you are prepare to take and will go to?

Where are the best places to go to and why?

Any-one for remote camping the minimalistic way?

Has anybody been to Kosi Bay or is anybody going there this December?

I know it is a mouthful but we would love to hear your comments.

Regards

Estelle

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02 Sep 2012 @ 18:18:16 pm
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Estelle,

Bekyk julle belangstellings, het julle kinders, hoeveel en watter oudredom, "Bos-of Luuks" , waarmee beoog julle om mee te sleep en natuurlik die oulike outjie genoem "ONS BUDGET"

Ek glo dis die basiese oorweging.Ons land is so pragtig, die Transkei, Weskus, Karoo, die Namib, KZN, tot die ou Vrystaat, Oranjerivier-omgewing en baie meer.

Kyk in die Kamptydskrifte, ek is bv ingeteken op "Wegsleep" en daar kry jy baie wye insig oor baie plekke en doendinge.

Moeneie komkommer nie, doen vooraf deeglike beplanning, dan sal julle dit geniet! Hoop dis raad vir jou.

Groete

Johann

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03 Sep 2012 @ 16:43:54 pm
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I am going to Eiland spa from 15 Des- 3 Jan very nice place but very busy over Des.

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03 Sep 2012 @ 17:13:26 pm
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I'm going to be in Dundee to do some family tree research - need to be near the battlefields sites Laughing 

We don't have to worry about schools holidays and definetly no need to be near the madding crowds over Dec Foot in mouth 

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04 Sep 2012 @ 08:39:40 am
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Going to Harkersville 10km outside of Plettenberg Bay.

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04 Sep 2012 @ 15:40:39 pm
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Camping at Stillbaai Ellensrust Caravan Park from the 14th December to the 3rd January 2012...8th year in a row now!!!

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04 Sep 2012 @ 16:07:43 pm
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Hi Guys,

 

Thanx for sharing.....!

We are going to Kosi Bay Cabins camping site form the 20th December to 3rd Jan, and it is just the 2 golden oldies going!

As we are more off the beaten track people and like the quiet places more than the popular once, I wanted to know if some of you prefer that as well? Hopefully we will find some of those camping spots along the road.

Have a fabulous week

Estelle

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05 Sep 2012 @ 18:17:58 pm
W J
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Enjoy jour Des holiday camping, i know i will

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05 Sep 2012 @ 19:27:05 pm
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Hi Willem,

Thanx, but December is still such long way.......lol

Reminders of Christmas are already out in all the shops...so time might fly!

 

Are you and Tinus working together at the same place now?????

Regards 

Estelle

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05 Sep 2012 @ 19:36:10 pm
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Hi Johann,

Baie dankie vir baie goeie raad.... ons gaan dit verseker doen! Klink of julle gesoute kampeerders is?

Het nou eers kans gehad om die forum van hoek tot kant te lees, en sien daar is orals baie goeie wenke.

Groete

Estelle

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06 Sep 2012 @ 10:30:22 am
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Hi Estelle

This our favourite trip:

We normally go to Ndumo for 4-5 nights and then onto Kosi, we used to stay at Utswayelo, at the entrance to the mouth.

It does get extrremely hot though and 50C + is not uncommon for that part of the world.

Why Ndumo?

It's a small reserve, 9000ha, that attracts a very specific holiday maker. Its quiet, some of the best birding in SA and loads of interresting insects and arachnids. One of my fellow overlanders went their on an annual basis, 18years, to look for baboon spiders. He discovered a new species every year. 

Abblutions are brilliant if you arent bothered by the bugs that gets attracted by the lights. A swimming pool, sometimes to hot to use but it still helps.

Decent walks with knowledgable guides, some of them have been feutured on 50/50.

Loads of rhino, one is a "tame" bull that frequents the un-fenced camp at night, sometimes a few hyenas will come in as well, but they arent a problems and stay away from the campers.

Breakfast at the redclifs is stunning.

There is a little 4x4 route that can be travelled the whole day, up and down and we have experienced some amazing animal interaction on this track.

The road to Ndumo is not the best, fine for off-raod trailer but take it slow with a caravan.

Loads of big snakes, especially pythons. On two occations we witnessed a python kill, one was an adult Nyala ewe.

If you need more info and advise give me a call on 0h ate tree 656 54 double 2 or niel.bosman at gmail .com

Kosi has the largest estuarine reef and depending on the rainy season and flood levels its a deffinate snorkelling spot.

Thembe elephant reserve is close to Ndumo with the largest ellies in the world, but beware they are full of nonsence which can make for a terrifying experience or a once in a lifetime experience, depending on how you see life.

Dont do lunch at the lodge!!!!

As you might gather, we are very fond of Maputuland and take every oppurtunity to visit there.

 

Regards

Niel

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06 Sep 2012 @ 10:33:59 am
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Estelle

I only noticed your inteded dates now, be aware that new years and x-mas is a nightmare in that area.

We experienced it and from Banga neck all around the lakes to Kosi mouth is a disaster.

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06 Sep 2012 @ 14:59:47 pm
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If its The Lords will this December holiday is going to be fantastic. We are planning to do some boating, jet skiing, fishing, sliding through the trees, hiking and 4 x 4-ing.

And every evening some camping. Hope the weather allows us to do all this.

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06 Sep 2012 @ 15:09:03 pm
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Hi Niel,

WOW.......Thanx for all the info!

We live in Phalaborwa and do know about high temperatures..... but will still go prepared.

When I googled Kosi Bay, only the Cabins came up..... so we did not know of the others, but we will go and have a look.

As a nature lover I do enjoy and appreciate all, most from a distance but will not kill them if they come too close.

We prefer candle lighting and only use the bright light when trying to find something. When we were still camping the real minimalistic way, with an enclosed gazebo devided in two, a kitchen and a boudoir, and slept in the car, we only used candles, the bright lamps are there, but we don't like it.... Very seldom had creapy clawlies bothering us.

That area attracted us because of all the reserves. It looks remote and still greatly untouched.

We plan to overnight at Pongola and then travel the next morning to Kosi Bay.

The festive season is a nightmare everywhere you go, especially if you don't celebrate outloud..... as long as it is not in your face.....lol

The road to Cabins is fine and we will get there with the caravan without any problems.

Thanx for your addies...... I might contact you in future for more info on Mozambique, we have not been there and would love to go, because it is so close via Giriondo post. Somebody told me awhile ago about a very nice camping site near a lighthouse..... do you know the name?

Thanx again for your valuable info.....I do appreciate it!

Regards 

Estelle

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06 Sep 2012 @ 16:11:37 pm
W J
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Tinus i also stay in Phalaborwa now i dont feel so alone.

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06 Sep 2012 @ 18:54:46 pm
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Hi Willem,

Tinus is not really interested in the computer in general, more the practical guy......lol, [but will give him the message.] Therefore you only see my doing all the talking...not that he doesn't know what is going on, I keep him updated and some of the advice helped with the fitting of the towbar.

Glad to know we will have company traveling to Botswana next Easter. Might bump into each other in town sometime...

Regards

Estelle

 

 

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06 Sep 2012 @ 19:00:00 pm
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Mmmmm Leon..... that sounds fantabulisious!!!

Know you will have a roaring time!

 

Estelle

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