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 Post subject: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:21 pm 
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It might be a strange question but how many days will you stay as a minimum to enjoy the beauty of parks like Cambedoo,Mountain Zebra and Addo ? :hmz:
I'm preparing my first visit in those parks next august (I know it will be cold !!!) and I don't want to run from one place to another one.
I will certainly start by Golden Gate park and end by the Garden Route National park after the 3 Frontier parks.
It will be my first stay in South Africa without any visit to Kruger or KTP. :big_eyes:
But changes are good sometimes ! :whistle:
I will spend one month arriving in Jo'burg and flying back from Cap town. :dance: :dance:
Thanks for your help :D :thumbs_up:

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Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:40 pm 
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Goronta, I would say at the very least 3 full days in MZNP and Addo each.

But if you could make it much longer that would be great......... :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:50 pm 
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Hi Goronto,

I have not been to MZNP or Addo so I will take LQ advise on that one.

I have been to Camdeboo and it is real gem, I completely fell in love with place. Went there by chance and it is properly one of the most underrated parks in the country. Very small so 2 nights should be enough as it will give you one full day to explore the park and it is relatively close to MZNP so you will have the next day to explore a bit before you move on as well.
I must say that we went there in summer when it was really green so might be very different in August.

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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:22 am 
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Goronta
I would suggest the following;
Camdeboo - max two nights
Mountain Zebra - 3 nights
Addo - at least 4 nights including one in the Spekboom tented camp
Tsitsikamma (Storm River) - At least 2 nights
Bontebok - 2 nights

Also consider a night or to at Hermanus whale watching
Hope this helps
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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:58 am 
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Thanks a lot lion queen, PietSkiet, JDW for your suggestions.
I will start now to book accommodation in each park
End of july will soon arrive :whistle: (I hope so...)
And what about a TR afterwards :thumbs_up:

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2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:07 am 
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Enjoy the planning and bookings!! :thumbs_up:

We will enjoy going on the trip with you, so a TR is a MUST!!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
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As you can drive them all in half a day, I found 3 - 4 nights optimal.

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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
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Thanks BB :thumbs_up:

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2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:21 pm 
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Hi Goronta I am very :mrgreen: that you are planning your trip :thumbs_up:
We have been to MZNP and I would recommend you give yourself enough time
to do the Cheetah walk ... Addo is my favourite next to Kruger it's not as big but
still lots to see .. We have been there a few time and the last twice we stayed in the
Safari Tents and would say book them if you can your are by the fence and also an easy
walk up to the shop & restaurant ... Storms River we stayed in a Forrest Cabin (not to be
confused with a forest hut which is very basic) and you are right on the sea 'AMAZING' :dance:
Another place we stayed (as a special treat) was Knysna Lakes section ...
Tree Top Chalet ... Now that was something else, look it up its a definite treat even got
a Hot Tub on the deck very romantic although no animals plenty bird life :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
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I second dellac's suggestion that you do the cheetah-tracking walk at MZNP. I'd also suggest more than three nights there as I found the four nights that I stayed was too short. Next time I will go there for a full week, as of all the parks on your itnerary (I've visited all except for Camdeboo), MZNP is by far my favourite!


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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:23 pm 
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Thanks dellac and arks for your info :thumbs_up:
Planning is always a difficult matter when you've never been to some parks
And each time I travel to South Africa I want to visit a lot of new places but at the same time I don't want to hurry :hmz:
I started my list :
Cheetah walk is added on my list :D
Hot tub on the deck sounds great :clap:

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2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:28 pm 
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Hi Goronta

We meet again from the Arid Parks site. :hello:

Addo is about an hours drive from our home and we regularly visit there. As a matter of fact, we leave tomorrow for a 4 night stint. MZNP is only an hour or so further and we invariably spend 2 nights there going to or returning from KTP.

Addo is an elephant park and elephants you will see!! It also has many productive waterholes to sit at as well as a diverse variety of game and birds. Lions Too!!!

A lot of sound advice has already been given you above that will certainly help with your planning. We find that 3 to 4 nights in Addo to be sufficient without rushing things, 2 nights in MZNP gives good coverage and the same again for Camdeboo. Although cold weather will be experienced in August, this should not be a hinderance really. Don't forget some warm clothing and your :cam:

Will pm you after this visit to Addo and fill you in on our sightings.

Enjoy your planning. It WILL be worth it.


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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:06 pm 
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Thanks CliveK enjoy your break and drive safely :thumbs_up:
Waiting for your feed back from Addo :cam:

Enjoy every day :wink:

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2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
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Hi Goronta

I agree with all, 3 nights or so in MZNP and ADDO will be perfect. I second the call for 1 night in Spekboom tented camp. We spent 2 nights there last year and enjoyed the 9pm choir performance by the Hyenas on both nights.

I hate to throw a spanner in the works, but your plan excludes the Karoo National Park. I find that this park has a special charm in the winter months. Even though it is comfortably the biggest park between the 4, you can do a good visit in 2 days.

Just a thought. Sorry to be a nuisance.

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 Post subject: Re: Frontier parks : Lenght of stay advice
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:04 pm 
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Thank you Leaping Lizards for your help. :thumbs_up:
It's true it's difficult to choose :hmz: (it means I still have others trips to S.A to plan :whistle: )

Karoo was also one of the possibilities but as I'm going to Cape town from Addo, I would like to stop at Garden route National Park then at Bontebok Sanpark and Hermanus for whales while taking my time and keeping long breaks for :cam:

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2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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