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17 Dec 2012 @ 12:38:02 pm
Bronwyn
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Hi,

We are wanting to go caravaning in Kruger in august next year, but have no experience of any of the camping sites there.

Which are the better ones to stay at in terms of facilities? We would like to stay to the south of kruger, so maybe Berg-en-Dal or Skukuza.

Thanks

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17 Dec 2012 @ 16:44:24 pm
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Hi.

My personal choice is Skukuza for the following reasons.

More facilities as it is the HQ of Kruger

Campsites are better maintaned and more level.

More roads to choose from when going on drives.

Great views of the Sabie River from the restuarant area. 

Monkeys and baboons less of a nuisance in the campsite.

Another camp we enjoyed recently was Lower Sabie.

Regards.

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18 Dec 2012 @ 07:48:36 am
Bronwyn
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Great, thanks so much Hendrik. That's very helpful.

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18 Dec 2012 @ 08:46:35 am
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We loved Letaba and Berg-en-Dal against teh fence

Handtekening

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18 Dec 2012 @ 09:11:10 am
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Bronwyn,

Depending on your priorities:

Best game viewing but poor stands and many feet  -  Satara

Good game viewing, plenty roads, less feet and average stands  -  Berg En Dal

Good Game viewing horrible stands and many feet - Lower Sabie

Good game viewing, less roads, very quiet and no feet  - Maroela ( My recommendation)

Good game viewing, plenty roads, average stands, many feet and traffic, no quiet, small town in bush - Skukuza. Not recommended.

Letaba and more to the North average but very far to travel. Game viewing less when compared to the South.

Best pick will be between Berg En Dal, Satara or Maroela.

 

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18 Dec 2012 @ 10:41:35 am
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It is amazing how opinions can differ. Best is discover it for yourself. Since you want to keep to the south stay a few days at Berg en Dal and then move to Skukuza. Do yourself a favour and visit Lower Sabie. The stands are individual and level. Your neighbour does not breath down you neck. Some stands are small.

This was taken close to Pretoriuskop, just to wet your appetite.

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18 Dec 2012 @ 11:12:13 am
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Yeah everyone wil have thier favourites. We have not been to the south in many years and just recently spent two weeks in the north (Punda Maria and Shingwedzi) and just loved them both. 

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18 Dec 2012 @ 11:34:42 am
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Photo of our stand at Lower Sabie. 

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18 Dec 2012 @ 11:37:06 am
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Then we moved to Skukuza.

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18 Dec 2012 @ 11:57:26 am
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Hendrik

Jy is reg, elk een het maar sy eie voorkeer.

Letaba 2003, dit was nog die Regal gewees.

Letaba 2003-08 - 01

Dit was ou stomp stert gewees

Letaba 2003-08 - 02

Dié foto is in die aand geneem, hy kon ons rally aftrek.

Letaba 2003-08 - 03

Letaba 2003-08 - 04

 

Berg-en-Dal 2007

Berg-en-Dal 2007-08 - 01

Die oorkantste een (Classique) is ons.

Berg-en-Dal 2007-08 - 02

Berg-en-Dal 2007-08 - 03

Berg-en-Dal 2007-08 - 04

Berg-en-Dal 2007-08 - 05

Berg-en-Dal 2007-08 - 06

 Handtekening

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18 Dec 2012 @ 14:51:41 pm
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So far we have only stayed in BnD and love it. Not to crowded, lots of room for kids to play. The fence has a lot of activity if u can get near and the pool is stunning, could be deeper but nice enough. In 4 days we are off to stay at Skukuza/lower Sabie/Satara and BnD, so can post an opinion on the other after we get back in Jan. :) but yeah it depends on what you like, I like camps that have pools and are child friendly.
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18 Dec 2012 @ 21:34:17 pm
Izak Holtzhausen
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The pictures make my mouth water.....hasn't been in the Kruger since 1974...will do a trip in 2013 as i just bought a Gypsey Regal, allthough it is a long distance away  from Langebaan!

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Izak

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19 Dec 2012 @ 07:26:38 am
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Izak

Eerstens BAIE welkom hier tussen ons klomp, hoop jy gaan lekker keuier hier om die kampvuur saam met ons.  Ja die KNP het sy eie betowerings en ons beplan ook weer so trippie sodra Wijan uit die gevaar is van malaria.

Handtekening

 

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19 Dec 2012 @ 09:10:48 am
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In May of 2013 we will start a new chapter in our KNP experiences.  I recently bought my first caravan (Jurgens Expo) and will make the long trek from Stellenbosch to the KNP in mid-May of 2013.  To get back to the original question regarding the camping sites in Kruger:  I guess from our perspective the camp and surroundings come first; the quality of the camping stands second.  We have been going to Kruger for many years, so we have our favourite areas; now we have to combine that with the new experience of having to take a caravan along...

Personally I would rather choose Berg en Dal or Crocodile Bridge or Pretoriuskop over Skukuza any day (or even Malelane).  From visual inspection the sites at Lower Sabie seem very cramped to me.

I also personally prefer the central and northern parts of the park, but we normally include at least one or two nights in the south (just not on weekends!)

This coming May we will be at Tzendze, Punda Maria, Balule (as you can tell, I am not particularly fussed about having power!) and then just a stayover in Malelane on the way out. 

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19 Dec 2012 @ 09:40:57 am
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Welcome Izak and Albert.

Albert I agree that we all have our favourite areas. When it comes to game viewing ours would be Satara. When it comes to campsites it will be Shingwedzi.

The souith of Kruger is very busy in season but out of season one can travel long distances on the gravel roads without seeing another vehicle. 

Not all the stands at Lower Sabie are cramped. It is just the ones that have natural hedges but they offer privacy. 

We do not like Berg en Dal's campsite as the baboons were a damn nuisance and nothing was done about it. As far as the area is concerned one is stuck up aganst the border of Kruger so the only directions of game viewing is north and east.

Albert. Pak die wa en kom kuier hier in die laeveld. Ons is mal oor die Weskus en het 'n maand op Leentjiesklip gestaan. Die Weskuspark is besonders.

Regards/Groete

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21 Dec 2012 @ 14:15:35 pm
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Hi ,we have just got back from 3 glorious weeks at the Kruger Park

After having stayed at all the camps North to South over the years we decided to try Lower Sabie for the first time.

Never particularly fancied it before.....but wow!! sightings galore...plenty of great roads to travel. After giving it a miss for so long..now our first choice. We got a nice shady site...albeit not so big but quite adequate and sightings well just amazing.

In the rainy season Shing & Punda gets my vote ...but sadly we were a little early and very dry!

Lower Sabie what a treat!

Lioness and cubs in trees!!

Cheetah sightings 

Leopards!

Lots of birds for our list....best ever holiday yet!  Really they are all great camps...

 

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21 Dec 2012 @ 15:38:39 pm
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Hi Janice

How about some pictures ?  Plz Smile

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21 Dec 2012 @ 16:20:58 pm
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While we are waiting for Janice's pics here are mine of the lions in a tree. These were taken while camping at Lower Sabie in November. Wonder if it is the same pride.

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21 Dec 2012 @ 16:51:27 pm
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This is a better photo. 

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08 Apr 2013 @ 17:27:53 pm
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We were in Letaba for 10 days over Easter week-end : really busy and rather noisy in the camp, but we still saw plenty Game : 4 of the big 5 ( missed Leopards! ) , Hyena family in a den near the road, Giraffe, Zebras, Hippos and Crocs in the rivers.....tons of Elephants!!
My only problem was that my teenage sons were not allowed to ride their bicycles in the camp. There is apparently a 'No bicycles' rule in Kruger, but it was never enforced in Berg-en-Dal....

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08 Apr 2013 @ 18:47:22 pm
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Comparison of Letaba to Berg-en-Dal: In both we have only been there during school holidays...
Letaba : lots of shade, ground fairly soft, water and plugpoints scarce and far away. Toilets a little closer, and generally clean and well-kept. Quite a long walk to the shop and pool. Sites were slightly demarcated ( by a block of paving ) but not near the fence. Fence sites were generally too small for a larger caravan unless you park sideways, or find another place for the car!!
Berg-en-Dal : Not that much shade unless you manage to get either a perimeter site or a fence site. We have never managed to get a site by the fence : these are the best sites, and always full by the time we get there!!. A lot of the sites are quite uneven, and can be sloped...
The ground is hard as a rock : take your electric drill along!!
The sites have no demarcations : can be an issue if you are there in busy times because some people tend to park over more than one site....BUT...other than that,I love BnD!! It's much more family friendly : big pool much closer, and much closer to walk to the shop. Besides that, it is so convenient to have the town of Malelane with big shopping centre only 10km of game-drive away for those little extras ( Park shop can be limited and expensive!! ). IMO it is also a more family-friendly rest-camp....

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08 Apr 2013 @ 22:43:33 pm
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I forgot to come back and say how Skukuza and Lower Sabie were over Xmas.

You could offer me a week free at Skukuza and I would turn it down. Never ever again, it is the worst camp in Kruger we have found to date. Hundreds of tourist and not the SA kind, the camp was filled with those mobile homes and they hogged all the space, the pool was full all the time and filthy hardly any shade and the sites are very lopsided so no matter how we mov e van we were never level. Took us 3 hours to maneuver the van into place and decided to take a break and go swim and camp back to find campers with their tent quite literally right against the side of our van and hogging all the shade from the one little tree we found. As for the roads, worse than Sandton traffic jams, game viewing sucked as well since there are so many cars on the roads.

Lower Sabie has amazing game viewing but the stands were teeny at best, decent enough shade on some but not on ours. Pool is lovely and cool with decent shade on the grass to sit and no thorns. Had fun there, lovely roads to ride on just not many of them. Would happily go again and hover for a decent site.

We were also at Letaba for 14 days over Easter, we were lucky enough to get a fence site with amazing shade and lots of space since we had trees all around us but we will never go back. Worst game viewing we have ever had. Up and out the gates first every single morning and we saw 1 leopard and 1 dying lion in the area, hardly any general game to speak. We drove 4-9 hours a day for most days and the only time we had decent viewing was on the days we when to Satara or Mopani. Also very little birdlife but lots of bugs though. Sites were level and well shaded for the most part, 80% of sites have lovely shade, but the ablutions were shocking. No water pressure or warm water on the ladies side, but lots on the mens. Pool is stunning, the nicest pool but there is no grass to sit on, just insane thorns. Shoes had to be taken off pool side and put on before you could get a towel. Limited space to sit as well only 3 benches and a few chairs. Shop was nice enough, loved the views at the resturant.

Bev believe you me your boys are safer off the bikes in Letaba, my hubby and boys went on nightly snake and scorpion hunts and every tree has minimum 5 scorpions from 6ft and down, never mind what was above them and the little buggers come down in the dark and walk around. They also found 3 snakes, Tiger snake, Egg eater and Night Adder. All of which were on the roads in the dark, one lady almost stood on the Adder cause she was walking around barefoot in the dark. Yes I know kids ride during the day mostly but some do at night too and those kids are in danger of getting bitten if they made the mistake of riding over a snake. If the snakes are around during the night, they don't vanish during the day, they are still there just hiding. My hubby got ill over Easter and I had to rush him to Palaborwa Hospital early one morning, it took us so long driving at the maximum speed limit and at the time I had no idea if he had been snake bit, stung by a scorpion or bitten by a spider. I kept thinking "omg if this is a snake like a Mamba or Boomslang we have so little time I will never get there in time" and I would not have, lucky for us it was only Cellulitis not a bite so he made it but we're it a bite, he'd be dead now. I have 2 young boys and no way in hell are they riding bikes in any Kruger camp after this wake up call. That Dr in Skukuza does not stock all anti-venom so she is useless mostly, the hospital does but when I called ahead they told me if I could not ID the snake that bit him they would have a hard time giving him the correct anti venom if it was a bite. Kruger is not the place for bikes or kids running around barefoot, I cringed eveytime I saw a barefooted child running in the campgrounds. Of sorry off topic there but ya this trip was a scary wake up call.


Satara is amazing, we have booked 24 days thee over Xmas/new year and can't wait. We drove there for 3 days and saw more in 3 days on their roads than for the other 11 days in Letsba and surrounds. Camp grounds suck though, only 3 fence sites have a decent amount of shade. Off the fence there are about 50% of sites with decent shade but mostly they are very sunny sites. Loos are lovely, staff is stunning, pool is awesome.....LOVE Satara.


Ok all done yakking. :)
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09 Apr 2013 @ 13:23:23 pm
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Here are a few Letaba pics, this is our campsite right on the fence, under the trees.  We had all day shade and nightly visits from Hyena/bushbabies and lots of bugs.  It was Awesome.

 

There is lots of shade, by far the shadiest campsite we have found so far in Kruger.  Very neat and clean too, but there is not enough power points and a quite a few sites are inaccesable unless you have LONG cables (a little thank you to the forum members who pointed this out to us when I posed yonks ago asking about power point in Kruger, it meant we got this perfect site because we had 50m of cable.  No-one else could use it...so Thank you all) 

 

As you can see though there is NO grass anywhere, no a single site had actual grass it's dust only, but it's nice soft sand so putting up the awning was a breeze, well where I was anyway.

 

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Letaba is in a great area. lots of roads to tour. As far as no grass on capmsites - use a groundsheet.

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