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03 Aug 2019 @ 12:44:24 pm
Paddyandpaul
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We are planning a trip to Mpumulanga and Kruger park early next year and need to book. A few people have said its not what it used to be at Blyde river canyon, Bourkes luck potholes and Pilgrims rest. We will spend a week in Kruger and would appreciate opinions on which campsite is best and nearest good game viewing and wher else we should spend a week in Mpumulanga??

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03 Aug 2019 @ 13:50:01 pm
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Consider making your Mpumalanga base at Merry Pebbles in Sabie.

Well rated and well maintained park.

Central to all the attractions of eastern Mpumalanga.

Jesus saves all who do the will of the Father Matt 7:21-23
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03 Aug 2019 @ 14:16:04 pm
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If I had only one week to spend in the KNP I would choose Satara. If you don’t mind moving camps you can split it between Satara and Lower Sabie.

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03 Aug 2019 @ 14:18:16 pm
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Went to Merry Pebbles when a student at Varsity and was good. That was when we did Pilgrims rest and Blyde river canyon. Go magazine recommends Graskop. Any one with experience of it? What else of interest in area?
Is Satara and Lower Sabie in N or S and game viewing good?
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03 Aug 2019 @ 15:18:01 pm
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We camped at Panorama, Graskop in Feb 2018 and enjoyed it. Ablutions not on the same standard as Merry Pebbles but was clean. Great views of the Graskop Falls and the lowveld from the resort's grounds. 

Satara is virtually in the middle of KNP and Lower Sabie is in the south east. Both have good game viewing.

 

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03 Aug 2019 @ 16:16:13 pm
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We camped at Panorama, Graskop in Feb 2018 and enjoyed it. Ablutions not on the same standard as Merry Pebbles but was clean. Great views of the Graskop Falls and the lowveld from the resort's grounds. 

Satara is virtually in the middle of KNP and Lower Sabie is in the south east. Both have good game viewing.

 

Goeie opsie, kan dalk n dag of twee by Letaba N ook deur bring. 

 

 

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

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03 Aug 2019 @ 16:38:45 pm
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Merry Pebbles en dan ook een van ons gunstelinge as ons in daardie geweste is Swadini. Baie lekker oord om die area te besigtig.

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03 Aug 2019 @ 20:57:57 pm
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Kan bevestig wat Jan se.

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03 Aug 2019 @ 21:14:16 pm
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Stayed at Panorama Chalets and Caravan Park in April.  From there we visited Kruger, Pelgrim's Rest, Sabie, Graskop Gorge (Lift), Hazyview and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (day trips).  Bourke's Luck was closed due to protests, but we visited all the falls in the area, as well as God's Window and the "Drie Rondawels".  The restaurant serves beautiful food. Highly recommended.

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03 Aug 2019 @ 21:20:01 pm
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Ons het ook Merry Pebbles baie geniet. Bogenoemde besoek asook die Sudwala grotte

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03 Aug 2019 @ 21:26:14 pm
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Nog n spesiale uitstappie was n ete by die Potluck Boskombuis. Primitief....sit op houtstompe en lekker rustig langs die rivier. Moet maar vroeg gaan want hulle neem net n sekere hoeveelheid kos na die plek per dag....as hulle uitverkoop is dan maak hulle toe

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04 Aug 2019 @ 10:09:19 am
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  • Im tending towards Graskop as there are 2 or 3 falls close by  , all the galleriesand the George lift. Hazyview and Hoedspruit endangered species centre and Sudwala caves apeal to me.

Potluck boskombuis sounds a good stopover and Drie rondawels restaurant. Sounds to me like you have to pay to get in every where in this area according to Go magazine.

Thanks for all the ideas people. Hope all the demonstrations are sorted by then. Had that going to Umfolosi and Hluhluwe with stones, burning tyres and baricades all over the road.

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04 Aug 2019 @ 20:41:30 pm
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Entrance fees are miniscule and well worth it.

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05 Aug 2019 @ 14:53:40 pm
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Merry Pebbles. Pragtige oord en lekker staanplekke.


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06 Aug 2019 @ 06:51:34 am
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Plekke om te sien is redelik baie naby aan mekaar.

Drie Rondawels

Gods Window (Go there on a clear day)

Pinnacle

Potholes

Various falls to see such as the "Bridal Falls"

Pelgrims Rest was a great place to go but you will waste your time going there now.

 

Just one concern ................. try not to visit the sites alone................... IT IS NOT SAFE TO DO SO ANY MORE.  During weekends there are more feet visiting the areas and thus there are a bit of security in numbers.

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06 Aug 2019 @ 17:12:10 pm
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Leon thanks for the reply. Have there been muggings at the view sites? I thought you have to pay entrance fees so does that not restrict unwanted people coming in. We will be camping and travelling that area during the week probably from the 22/5 till 27/5 next year.

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06 Aug 2019 @ 18:02:09 pm
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Allow me to compile a one day scenic drive.

Starting at Graskop take the R532.  The following can be found.

The Pinnicle, Gods Window. Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls, Bourkes Luck Potholes, Three Rondawels, Viewsites of the lowveld and Blydepoort Dam.

At the juction to the R36 turn left. A short distance on is the turn off to Echo Caves. Little further on is The Shoe. 

Turn left on to the R533 and head for Pilgrims Rest via the famous Robbers Pass.

You can do it clockwise if early morning mist is of concern.

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06 Aug 2019 @ 18:42:17 pm
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Allow me to compile a one day scenic drive.

Starting at Graskop take the R532.  The following can be found.

The Pinnicle, Gods Window. Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls, Bourkes Luck Potholes, Three Rondawels, Viewsites of the lowveld and Blydepoort Dam.

At the juction to the R36 turn left. A short distance on is the turn off to Echo Caves. Little further on is The Shoe. 

Turn left on to the R533 and head for Pilgrims Rest via the famous Robbers Pass.

You can do it clockwise if early morning mist is of concern.

Sounds nice....will remember this oneπŸ‘

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06 Aug 2019 @ 19:41:14 pm
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Harrie's Pancakes in Graskop

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Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
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06 Aug 2019 @ 20:39:59 pm
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Another day you can drive to Sabie. That is if you decide to stay at Graskop.

En route you will find the Forest Falls, Maria Shires Falls, Mac Mac Falls, Mac Mac Pools. Nice place to picnic and have a swim in the refreshing cold water. (Used to be our hang out over weekends when I lived in Sabie.) Try to avoid it over weekends as it can be very busy.

Around Sabie you will find the Sabie Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Lone Creek Falls and the Horse Shoe Falls.

Hope it helps.

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07 Aug 2019 @ 06:39:27 am
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Leon thanks for the reply. Have there been muggings at the view sites? I thought you have to pay entrance fees so does that not restrict unwanted people coming in. We will be camping and travelling that area during the week probably from the 22/5 till 27/5 next year.

There usually was a book that you can leave some comments at the various places. I can remember some of the comments like "Mooier as die Kaap" in the books.  At the times we visited there was no access fees.  But even so if you pay there is no security patrolling and no fencing other than a Wendy house and boom at the pay point maybe.  So access can be gained by walking through the veld to these places.

I am not saying "do not go there".  What I am saying is go in a group or make sure there are other feet as well.

 

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09 Aug 2019 @ 14:09:19 pm
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Agree with everybody but would like to comment on Pilgrims Rest.

It is true that you will get swamped/ nerved  by stall owners wanting to sell you their wares when walking through the main street.

However if you have never been before  go ahead and enjoy the historic buildings  and quite a few shops with "very old" stuff for sale.

A visit to the old cemetry is also very interesting.

I had lunch in the Royal Hotel and I enjoyed it and the surroundings but when 2 tourist busses with Chinese and Frenchmen  arrived my peaceful lunch was over.....

Please note thart this was during the week (NOT a WEEKEND !!) and I was told that weekends are worse.....

 

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09 Aug 2019 @ 15:15:56 pm
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We stayed in the miners houses way back in 2005 and really enjoyed it.  I don’t know in what condition they are in today but at least you can drive thru. The wooden floors and maybe a ghost from the cemetery  πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ€–  just joking we didn’t have a visitor 

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09 Aug 2019 @ 15:44:54 pm
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At Pilgrims cemetery there is one grave that stands out amongst all other graves. In the past thieves were buried always at right angles to all other graves in a cemetry. In this particular cemetery there is ONLY one grave of such type the Robber's Grave.

There is also a geocache at the cemetery if you are a geocacher laughing

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09 Aug 2019 @ 16:08:37 pm
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Getting excited. There are a lot of falls to visit. Going to have to do the sight seeing on our own as we will meet up with friends only in the Kruger. 5 to 7 days should be enough time to see the main views and we will probably have time to chill out too.

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10 Aug 2019 @ 07:22:53 am
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I am at Crystal Springs now. Went to Pelgrimsrest yesterday and very disappointed. The moment you stop there a 10 car guards harassing you. 

You can buy Afica curio ....made in China...plenty!  Not the Pelgrims I remember from 25 years ago.

Will tackle the rest today and tomorrow. 

 

At last !!!!
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10 Aug 2019 @ 07:27:55 am
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I am at Crystal Springs now. Went to Pelgrimsrest yesterday and very disappointed. The moment you stop there a 10 car guards harassing you. 

You can buy Afica curio ....made in China...plenty!  Not the Pelgrims I remember from 25 years ago.

Will tackle the rest today and tomorrow. 

 

At last !!!!
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