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Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:04 pm 
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.... also a bit scared of creepy crawleys


let me put the creep crawly myth to rest: you get used to them honestly you do, after a year you will be chatting to spiders and heaving a sigh when you see snakes, while telling them patiently to please find somehwere else to sleep :lol: ...I am willing to bet this :wink:


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Hi Penny,

The rule doesn't apply anymore. Lots of forumites have stayed longer than a week in a camp. Which is really lovely, because some camps have so much to offer. The Rhino trail at Berg en Dal for instance is a really rewarding walk. I think it's great to spend a bit more time in the camps and relax between drives.


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I think the huts are great.
A year is a long time to camp and its lovely to have a cool place to chill in summer and a warm place to sleep in Winter.

Two places I would book would be Pretoriuskop and Tambotie.
I know that when I went last August I paid R165 a night at P'kop for a hut.
I paid R220 for a tent at Tambotie.
I was on my own and felt safe at all times.

I would be cautious about camping for very extended periods as a woman alone. It gives too much time for your routine to be observed and there are some strange folks out there.

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I would be cautious about camping for very extended periods as a woman alone. It gives too much time for your routine to be observed and there are some strange folks out there.

A woman with tent poles shouldn't have a problem :lol:
Strange folks? are there so many forumites going at the same time?
Those little wren's nest huts at Lower Sabie would be ideal :D
I think in four years time the prices may have increased but it will all be relative, I'm just :mrgreen:


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It does help to have tent poles :redface:

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I can already imagine the tremendous trip report... (2000 pages?)
You would probably have to start your own forum to fit it in!

A year in KNP is also a great opportunity to probably meet just about every forum member that exists and to organise official meets. Sounds great! :lol: 8)

When you get nearer to your travel time, it would be a good idea to ask KNP reservations directly what is the best way to arrange your sleeping plans. They are always very helpful and willing to help.

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Hi All
Thanks so much for your input. I do understand it is a long time away, and it is a long trip. But just imagine all the arrangements I have to make...including all that you suggested, from camping, sleeping in the car, hiring a different vehicle, which camps to stay in and for how long, doing voluntary service, writing a book, keeping all the formumites informed, and also how to keep in contact with my SO who has to stay behind to work and make sure I can fullfill this dream...Once again keep the suggestions coming as they help in making the above decisions.

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I would get a caravan with aircon fitted.
You can then camp in comfort , you have your clothes in cupboards , decent bed, food , cutlery , fridge etc , so you have a home for that time period , I would go nuts living in a hut for that long , all the packing and unpacking to change camps etc .

Also only about 30 percent of the camps have cheap accomodation , so at R400 per night in some of the camps that could get way expensive .
Caravans hold good resale price , so you can always sell it afterwards to .

If I did it , I would move about , not slowly top to bottom , so that I get to see the same camps at diff seasons .
Maybe 2 weeks a camp which would give you about 40 plus weeks worth of options , as you move down stay at every alternate camp , and the the ones you missed on the way back up again .


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Hi Mgoddard, absolutely :mrgreen: but personally would go with a campervan or RV with all the mod cons and no packing and unpacking. Wonderful to sit at waterholes with all the home comforts (especially the loo! :wink: ) have lunch, a snooze, whatever. A dream holiday. I too would travel to see all the park in the different seasons. We have done this and it is amazing just how diffrent places can look.
Anyway you go you're going to have a fantastic time! Enjoy! :lol:

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My hassle with a camper for that long period , is that you have to come back after every drive and set your things up again , level the van , put out the awning etc .
This is why I say a caravan , park it , set up camp , and then you are free to drive about in your vehicle and come back to a set up camp .

Off course the best is to have both :mrgreen: .


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Just a thought...... from May 2006 a four year timetable and one year in the park means you will be here during the FIFA 2010 world cup, so advance booking will be crucial.... Anyway, enjoy and let us all know here you will be that we can join up and have a sundowner.. :lotsocoffee:

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Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:14 pm 
Sorry to P on your F.

This is not a good idea in my humble opinion.

Start with a month max, and see how that went.

You run the risk of losing the magic, depending on the psychological release a wilderness experience gives you escaping from the desert in Arabia.

Some people dream about living in the Bush permanently, but few can.

I don't know how long you and SO have been together, but the "semi-bush", which is Kruger, can be a double edged sword after the initial high has worn off...

Nice idea, but "baby steps".

Sorry to be blunt, take it or leave it!

If not, Good Luck!


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totaly disagree Richprins (haai what's new :twisted: ) You'll never know if you can survive living like this until you try, and you wont really try if you know you have a quick deadline for leaving. Set out for a year, if you dont make it, well it was an adventure and at least you tried, if you do make it, it is.....find out for yourself :wink: :lol:
No guts, no glory.....

and as for the relationship surviving, I know far more relationships that have not survived the TV :wink:


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 Post subject: Casting the dice
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:46 pm 
Just being precautionary, madam.

Wonder how many minutes we'd last on our one year trip...


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Richprins wrote:
Just being precautionary, madam.

Wonder how many minutes we'd last on our one year trip...


I'd survive how ever many minutes 1 year is, you I'm afraid may end up being buried under a maroela
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