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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Petzer View Post
    Yes was at both places recently. Very quiet, no noise, brilliant bush camps. Also at Thaba Phaswa recently. See if you can book the Drunken Parrot site! Only a toilet on top of the hill nothing else. So black bag hung up on the tree for shower! Nguni cattle will visit you each day. Can mountain bike at all 3 places.
    Hey Mr Petzer.
    We camped at Thaba Phaswa when you were on our favourite campsite: Drunken Parrot. Deon gave us a new camping spot he was developing just on the upside of the toilet with a view. Your wife had broken her foot. December 2014?
    Brilliant camping grounds. Need at least 3 nights there to fully chill.
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    Yes that is correct! It sounds like he has put a shower there now?
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    Sorry for the late reply. Been out of circulation a bit.
    Yes he was busy with it then. I have booked to go this long weekend, will see then.
    Do you know of any of the campsites in your travels that take pets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsu Fan View Post
    Sorry for the late reply. Been out of circulation a bit.
    Yes he was busy with it then. I have booked to go this long weekend, will see then.
    Do you know of any of the campsites in your travels that take pets?

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    Thanks Mark.

    Is that the campsite just off the N1 turning right towards Dikoneng main gate and just before that entrance you turn off right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsu Fan View Post
    Thanks Mark.

    Is that the campsite just off the N1 turning right towards Dikoneng main gate and just before that entrance you turn off right?

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    Take Hammanskraal turnoff. TR back over freeway straight on for maybe 2kms then through gate into Dinokeng. After about 2kms TR at sign and follow road to De Rust. Look at their website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolery View Post
    We are bush campers! Put us in the A-D Category and 4x4 terrain is completely acceptable.


    Matamba - definitely recommend. Fantastic for walking, cycling, trail running, and seeing the animals so close up is wonderful. Fantastic hosts. Ablutions of different sorts, and the outdoor ones in summer are great. Love this spot.
    Somabula is great for a quick weekend getaway. 3 sites only. No electricity, but hot water from gas. Good for short walks, trail running and cycling if you can handle the sand. No 4x4 driving. Buck, giraffe, zebra and other small animals abound. Chalets there too. Quiet.
    Bushbaby - awful but ablutions ok. Did not really feel like a bush camp. Cannot have an open fire at your own campsite - well that is what we were told, so had to use communal braai.
    Bersig Eco Camp - you wont see it advertised on their site, but ask direct. 3 sites only. Outdoor shower available with communal wash up and bathrooms. No electricity when we were there. You may hear some of the staff enjoying Saturday night in the far distance - its not Kruger.
    Bontle @ Marakele - typical Sanparks, a little too many sites for us, but clean and neat and the rhino experiences are tremendous. Not a long stay place.
    Mapumgubwe - loved the campsite under the massive wild figs However, the monkeys are a menace and you must not leave ANYTHING out at all! We even packed kitchen into ammos and took with us on game drives. But, the camping was really special.
    Kruger bush camps - I have come to the conclusion that Kruger is for out of season ONLY, and NOT over long weekends and school holidays. Unless you go far north. Tzendze and upwards only. Our last experience in a bush camp we suffered from "light poisoning" by LED, rugby mad fans sitting in cars blaring the latest scores, and feeding hyenas over the fence. Its ruined Kruger for me completely.
    Barakah near Vredefort dome - clean and decent ablutions. Not sure total number of sites, but if you are going to be disturbed by 4x4 enthusiasts doing the trails you may wish to go elsewhere. We had a surprisingly quiet weekend there over Easter 2 years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed the peace.
    Mokala - stunning! This is a must. You get your own ablutions and a mini-kitchen area. 6-8 camping sites I think, so small and quiet. For me though, being active, I struggled with not being able to go for walks or runs, but would definitely return. Staff very decent.
    This is extremely helpful. Would you kindly give estimated Km or drive time from JHB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cape2cario View Post
    This is extremely helpful. Would you kindly give estimated Km or drive time from JHB.
    Hey Capetocairo,

    Distance to which camps? The camps mentioned are 70km (the closest) to Tzendse 550km away. Or do you want each one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Petzer View Post
    Take Hammanskraal turnoff. TR back over freeway straight on for maybe 2kms then through gate into Dinokeng. After about 2kms TR at sign and follow road to De Rust. Look at their website.
    Thanks Mark,

    We booked to go there earlier this year for a weekend but the old lady there sounded like a real pain in the butt. She kept on pestering my wife for us to check in earlier, so we got gatvol and left it, went to Magalies Sleepy River instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsu Fan View Post
    Hey Capetocairo,

    Distance to which camps? The camps mentioned are 70km (the closest) to Tzendse 550km away. Or do you want each one?

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    if possible each one , please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cape2cario View Post
    if possible each one , please.
    Will do so over the next few days. Quite a task this will be!
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    Was enige iemand al by Umoya gewees?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dp123 View Post
    Was enige iemand al by Umoya gewees?
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    Nooit ooit weer nie.

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    Het geen security gesien die hele naweek nie, nie eers by die hek nie.

    Warm water swembad was koud en dit was oor n lang naweek.

    Our worst camping experience in a VERY long time.

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    Was at Umoyo a few years ago. Felt like I was in a sardine tin. Never again
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    Thank you Flagster & Mitsu Fan
    Will avoid that one then

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    Any bushcamps (no electricity etc) in Dinokeng? Will be nice if only accesible by 4x4, but not a must.
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    Was at Willemsrus the weekend past. Really enjoyed it. I especially loved the fact that they have not too many stands and best of all, the stands are not on top of each other. You really feel as if you are camping in the Bushveld.

    The bathrooms are top notch with the showers spacious and designed in such a way that your clothes stay dry as do the floor area where you stand when getting dressed. Considering that they have two bathrooms and the one we used had only two showers for the men, I expected to have to wait for the shower. I was surprised not only not to have to wait for a shower but to have only ever been in the bathrooms twice the whole weekend where someone else was their as well. During the times I showered I was the only one in the bathroom. Granted, not all the stands were occupied but there were at least 15 stand occupied.

    Dinokeng itself is great and frustrating at the same time. The self drive are is a labyrinth of roads with a map that is massively outdated and incomplete. The one thing you can be guaranteed of is that you will most probably drive around for two hours to find the picnic spot/restaurant you are looking for and then finally you will have to settle for something else. We saw herds of giraffe, zebra, impala, etc but none of the big five. But such is the bush. Sometimes you see them and sometimes not.

    I can definitely recommend Willems Rus. The staff are friendly and very helpful. On Friday and Saturday afternoon they came around to the site asking whether I need wood and ice. You pay and it is delivered to your stand. And not pine or such crap. It's the real thing, sekelbos if I was not mistaken.

    I was pleasantly surprised to see that each tap area at the stands have a very long hose permanently fixed to one of the taps. This makes filling the water tank of the caravan a breeze.

    The braais we top notch. Big and excellent quality with a stainless grid. They were cleaned every morning and wash with water and cloth!

    All the stand had green grass and were big enough.

    The dirt road to Willem's Rus is currently extremely corrugated. I've got a couple of loose teeth to prove it.


    I highly recommend a visit to Willem's Rus

    Note: I'm not employed by nor am I compensation by Willem's Rus for writing the short review.

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    Looks like a nice place, will give it a go just after the school holiday.

    Could you post a few pics, and which stand would you take next time ?
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    In my opinion you have missed one of the best. Doorndraai Lodge some 6km after Rooiberg (to the west of Bela-Bela) and roughly 190km from Pretoria. Only 10 sites, private ablutions, self drive on the farm. Been going there since 2010 and can really recommend it. See www.doorndraai.co.za

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