Pilgrims Rest accommodation 4 adults

Jan 19th, 2009, 11:54 AM
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Pilgrims Rest accommodation 4 adults

We are travelling to SA in Aug Sept 2009 (4 adults)after spending 12 days in Kruger we are staying in and around Pilgrims Rest for 3 days.We have our own vehicle.We do not want to stay in Hotels. We love animals and nature. Does anybody have any recommendations?
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Jan 19th, 2009, 03:28 PM
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Pilgrim's Rest is a bit of a tourist stop, not much there except for an interesting little museum, a funky Victorian-era hotel, a couple of restaurants and souvenir shops--and no wildlife. Not a place I'd really spend more than a few hours, frankly.
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Jan 19th, 2009, 11:58 PM
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Thank you for that info. I should have said Panorma Route. We have 3 spare days from when we finish in Kruger before departing Joberg.Does anybody have any suggestions what to do or where to go to fill in the three days.
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Jan 20th, 2009, 12:07 AM
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Panorama Route - we did some of it in Sep 2007 (before heading into Kruger). Spent two days around the Hoedspruit area. Here's my Fodor trip report-

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=35083850

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Jan 20th, 2009, 02:19 AM
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Thank you so much Tom that sounds great.This is our second trip to SA the last in Sept 2006 Bostwana & Zambia and Kalahri Desert (amazing)we went with Wilderness Safari. This time we are doing the 1 month by ourselves and the last 3 days we are trying to sort out. Your info has helped.
Anybody else with any info on how to fill in 3 days after leaving Kruger on our ay to Joberg would be appreciated.
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Jan 20th, 2009, 08:50 AM
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Pleasure saph. There are other "sites" along the Great Escarpment like Gods Window and of course the Three Rondavels, the Escarpment itself. There's a road that runs sort of along it all. B&B place to stay all over the area. Get a good road map and a guide book.

Hey, maybe we'll cross then, we also go to Kruger end of Aug 2009. Then up to Kings Camp. We arrive Letaba camp Aug 31, leave from Olifants camp Sep 7.

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Jan 21st, 2009, 01:28 AM
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Tom you must enjoy Africa as much as us.We are staying at Hluhluwe 7 nights,then going to Kruger staying at Lower Sabie 3 nights, Satara 4 nights & Shinkewski 3 nights then 3 nights at Elphant Plains departing 7 Sept then around Panorama Route 3 nights before departing 10/9 for home.

Maybe we will cross somewhere
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Jan 21st, 2009, 02:17 AM
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If you finish your Kruger campaign I would suggest a stop at a little place called Shiluvari, Elam, which is near Tzaneen and about a two hour drive from the Pafuri gate.

Make your way to JNB from there via the Panorama Route.
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Jan 21st, 2009, 05:06 PM
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We stayed at Hippo Hollow Country Estate in Hazyview, near enough to attractions like Pilgrims Rest and Panorama Route. I know you said not hotel, but they have cottage-type rooms with a small kitchen area and it's quite relaxed and not at all stuffy - at least it was 4 years ago, these things can change! Try to get a room overlooking the river so you can watch the hippos and crocs from your balcony, and if you eat in the restaurant you can watch the hippos grazing on the lawn during dinner. There is a small shopping mall nearby with a couple of places to eat or get take-aways, as well as a friendly tourist information office.
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 11:05 AM
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Thank you mkhonzo & tockoloshe for your recommendations we will look into these
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 11:40 AM
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If you're thinking of Hazyview, you might want to look into the Rissington Inn (http://www.rissington.co.za/). It's a really comfortable place with good food, good value and good location for exploring the area you've mentioned.
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 02:39 PM
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If it was me I'd center myself in the pretty little town of Graskop, which has several different types of accommodations, restaurants (Harrie's pancakes)and shops and is close ot the Blyde River canyon and the other worthy geographical sites, and isn't far from Kruger. Try starting at www.sa-venues.com for a look at the area.
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Jan 25th, 2009, 03:48 AM
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Thank you everybody for your suggestions. It is very interesting looking and all the places, it is making our decision much easier than I thought.
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Jan 25th, 2009, 06:29 AM
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I know you said no hotels, but thought I'd give a to the Graskop Hotel - small, affordable, cool art everywhere, and easy walking to Harrie's Pancakes, a must-eat destination. http://www.graskophotel.co.za/
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