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Safari - location

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Safari - location

Hi

We are planning to visit South Africa in October 2013. We have been recommended to stay in Sabi Sands, but have happened upon a safari based at Olifants river which looks great. Please could you tell me the pros and cons of each area.

Thanks

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1. Re: Safari - location

This also a great lodge, overlooking the Olifants rivier. Www.kurhulalodge.com

Great hosts, great food..

The lodges in a privat game reserve of Balue, the animals road around from Kruger park.

We have srayed there for 5 nights and was super.

Have fun

Regards Annemieke

Edited: 12:38 am, February 22, 2013
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Hi there!

Sounds like you have some good ideas.

The reason that the Sabi Sands may have been recommended to you is that it is often marketed as the luxury reserve. This is of course true, with many of the very, very top end luxury lodges being based in the Sabi Sands reserve. Of course, if budget allows then this would be the place to conduct your safari.

However; For those that may be a little more budget conscious, there are SO many more lodges in other reserves that are on par with some of the Sabi Sands offerings for half the price.

Have you looked into the Klaserie or Timbavati reserve, or at a lodge such as Kings Camp? This is a very high end luxury offering in the Timbavati reserve.

Anyway, to answer your question, it depends where on the Olifants, as this is a massive river running through a great section of Kruger, but also out of Kruger too. Do you know where it is on the Olifants/what the company is called?

In terms of game viewing differences between the Klaserie/Timbavati and Sabi Sands, I have experienced them to all be excellent. I live right here in Kruger area, so visit these reserves frequently.

Also; if you perhaps have a specific budget in mind per person per night, this may enable us to help suggest some other options for you too :-).

All the best, and warm regards,

Jacqui

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Thanks for the replies. We were looking at Tydon Bush camp and Naledi. These seem to offer reasonable priced safaris. We like the idea of tented accommodation - comfortable but not necessarily 5 star - as long as the tent has a loo and shower. We are particularly keen on doing a late evening / night time drive and the opportunity to do a walk wouild also be good.

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Hi there,

Along with Tydon and Naledi (I would recommend Naledi out of the two), also take a peek at nThambo Tree Camp. They tick all the boxes on your list.

R2950 per person per night gets you all meals, 2x game drives daily (dawn and dusk), optional bush walks, refreshments on game drives, and all local beverages.

They are located within the Klaserie reserve, and have a very large traversing area, allowing for outstanding game viewing. While we were conducting our site visit there, we had one of the best experiences we ever had at a lodge.

All the best,

Jacqui

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Thanks for the comments. I will look at your suggested accommodation. I have another couple of queries if anyone can help please. First the panorama route. How long does it take to drive it ? Is it sufficient just to drive this or do you really need overnight stops to appreciate it fully ? Also we were planning on going to Vic falls after Kruger, but read somewhere that it may only be a trickle in October. Is it worth visiting in October or should we give out a miss and maybe do the battlefields instead ?

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To adequately enjoy the Panorama Route and make some stops to appreciate the scenery, I would suggest a 3/4 day drive. No real need to spend a few nights along the way. I, along with a few others on here, usually recommend taking a day to drive through the route out of or on the way to Kruger, leaving enough time to reach your destination. I do not recommend doing the Panorama Route leaving Johannesburg to a destination inside Kruger or one of the private reserves. The drive will be long and no one needs the added stress to make it in time for a game drive or getting to a camp before gates close.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Heeten, Swagat at Kruger Park Lodge, Hazyview/Boston

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7. Re: Safari - location

There are some great answers and suggestions above.

I just don't get that one specific poster seldom answers the OP's question but nearly always recommends 2 specific lodges, despite the OP's clear question.

That is not really helpful and one gets the feeling that the poster in some way is involved in the business of the 2 lodges.

If not, why not give REAL helpful advise????

Klaus

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Edited: 6:09 am, March 03, 2013
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