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Honeymoon in Kruger National Park

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My husband and I are planning to go to Kruger in either late March or early April (depending on work) and NEED HELP WITH WHERE TO STAY. A friend recommended that we stay at Tintswalo, but that seems incredibly expensive. Can anyone recommend any other game reserves? Ideally we'd have some privacy, nice views, and not tons of children. In addition, I am told it is important that the game reserve have traversing rights. Our budget is flexible (I think we wouldn't want to spend more than $250USD per night per person). Also, if we are planning to go for 5 days, should we stay at more than one reserve? I really appreciate any help!!

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My tip: it might be your honeymoon, but my advice splurge 3days in a nice private reserve and spend 2 nights in a rather rustic rest camp and self drive. It is such a different experience and very rewarding. We stayed in Elephant Plains Honeymoon Suite during our honeymoon and it seems to fit your idea even though it is a bit more expensive.

We stayed 3nights there, but I am sure other reserves are also very worth while. As for rest camps, people and guide books recommend Olifant River for it location, Satara for its chances to see big cats, Berg-en-Dal for its location and atmosphere, but I haven't stayed in either.

Do the private reserve first and the self drive afterwards. It might just be the highlight of your honeymoon.

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Then this is the place to be. No childeren running around, good food, very nice hosts, quiet place and animals....

You can drive yourself in Kruger Park of ask their Ranger for a game drive.

They are in the Top 25 of the best locations in South Africa!!

http://Www.casartgamelodge.com

Have fun, we were there 2 months ago for our aniversery!

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Someone else recommended that casartgamelodge. Thanks! How many days did you spend there?

In terms of staying in a private reserve and camp, that is a really interesting idea! I think my husband might love that -- he usually prefers solo adventures and getting into the wild. I will definitely look into that option. Thanks for the recommendations. Do you think 5 nights is enough? (My husband is in this for the adventure, I'm in it for the animals.)

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O sure 5 nights are fine!, we did stay 4 nights, but didnot want to leave and wanted to stay longer.

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I would highly recommend staying inside Kruger Park -- camps like Biyamiti (books up fast) or Talamati will provide the privacy and seclusion you seek. Self-driving in Kruger is exhilirating and a lot of fun. Do not under-estimate what you will see and discover on your own. I would also highly recommend Lower Sabie and Satara as two others camps worth looking into -- they do not provide the same experience as Biyamiti.

Kruger offers early morning bush walks (no children under 12) with armed, experienced rangers. This way you combine adventure with animals.

Worth considering are the three-night walking trails that Kruger offers. They are conducted away from other tourist activities and since you are driven to your camp on the first night, you do not have to carry everything on your daily walks.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Heeten, Owner, Swagat at Kruger Park Lodge

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Excellent advice here. I too wanted to do the bush walks, but it was too down to earth for my wife. However, just one thought. We did the private reserve first and then self drive. In retrospective this was a very good idea, since we were in no hurry or pressure to see the big 5, giraffes and hippos because we already saw them and could watch the game while self driving leisurely. We met people in the private reserve who did it the other way around and were diappointed with Kruger National Park - we loved it because we could leisurely enjoy it.

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For the best game viewing experience I would recommend looking the Sabi Sand or the Timbavati which are both private reserves that are alongside Kruger - there are no fences so the game moves over from Kruger. In these parks, it is easier to get closer to the animals and many of the lodge options are more intimate because they cater for fewer people. If you are not absolutely set on Kruger, check out these reserves.

If you want the cheaper lodges that still deliver, I would say Arathusa in the Sabi Sand and Motswari in the Timbavati.

Hope this helps!,

Jeff - Product Specialist - Safari Guide Africa

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