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Blyde River Canyon first stop South Africa

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Blyde River Canyon first stop South Africa

Hi there,

Our family of four (inc. 2 teenagers) arrives Jo'burg early August from the UK for three weeks (landing 9 am). We're thinking we want to spend about a week round Blyde River Canyon and Kruger before going back to Jo'burg to fly on to the Garden Route and Capetown for the remaining two weeks. We are excited about seeing the landscape and and wildlife, would it be better to spend more time here - also because of the weather - before going to the Garden Route and C'town?

1 - where would be a good place for us to stay on our first night, bearing in mind we will be tired but want to get away from the city? We like fairly quiet, decent but can't stretch our budget to luxury accommodation. Would Sabie or Hazyview be better? We will want to spend a couple of days seeing the Canyon. We are quite active and don't want to be cooped up in the car too much.

2 - will the waterfalls be worth seeing in the winter/dry season when we are there?

3 - will it be warm enough to swim in a hotel pool at this time of year?

4 - I'm thinking central to southern Kruger a good place to stay, but don't know whether to stick to one place or more. We'd prefer to stay put but not if we miss out on seeing a bigger variety of animals. Is Skukuza a good bet?

5 - We've been recommended to stay in National Park accommodation, not sure what the pros and cons are of this versus private lodging?

6 - please feel free to recommend what we do from and back to Jo'burg!

Thanks so much for any advice you can offer!

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11. Re: Blyde River Canyon first stop South Africa

staying inside the park is always a nice experience and you may have bungalows close to each other. if you can get it, go for it I'd say!

Hazyview, as mentioned above, is a very good base to either do day trips into KNP, explore the Panorama Route/Blyde River Canyon and, especially for teenagers, it offers activities from A-Z. That all has got the advantage of a flexible day planning over staying inside the park.

Hazyview offers lovely B&B accommodation, other than the big bus loaded hotels as mentioned, and all establishments are more than happy to help you plan your days. No need to use a marketing company as advised above.

Klaus

-Owner Abangane-

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12. Re: Blyde River Canyon first stop South Africa

Thanks again, we are nearly there, getting very excited now! Looks like we will have to split the family in many places anyhow as children are regarded as being 12 and under.

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13. Re: Blyde River Canyon first stop South Africa

We have tried Sabie River Bush Lodge a couple years back, just for a couple nights and found them to be a good economical option outside of the park, near Hazyview. Its next to a river where you can watch hippos playing around which is sort of cool. They can also arrange safari drives for you if you are not wanting to self-drive. Here is a link (w/pictures) if interested.

Sabi River Bush Lodge (near Hazyview)

tripadvisor.com/…REVIEWS

Hope this is useful.

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14. Re: Blyde River Canyon first stop South Africa

There are many chalets that are 4-8 sleeper units where you do not have to split the family. Have you seen those?

Cheers,

Heeten, Swagat at Kruger Park Lodge, Hazyview/Boston

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15. Re: Blyde River Canyon first stop South Africa

We think actually Sabie River Bush might be a good halfway house for us, ie nearer the park and as near to a swish private reserve as we will get this time. Also still comparing with Hippo Pools. We will definitely check all possibilities, eg the 4-8 sleeper units too, I love researching the holiday as I am getting to know much more about the area, and it would have been many many hours more without your help!

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16. Re: Blyde River Canyon first stop South Africa

Another good option if you are staying outside the park is the PROTEA Hotel KRUGER GATE. It is right at the kruger gate and on the river so it actually overlooks the park and they have recently build a stunning viewing deck where you can sit and have drinks overlooking the river. proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-kruger-gate.ht…

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17. Re: Blyde River Canyon first stop South Africa

The Kruger Gate hotel looks really lovely, but still rather costly for us. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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