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 Post subject: Re: Satara to Punda Maria
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:04 am 
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Hi Kallis,

We managed from Satara to Punda on our trip in August 2010.
We left Satara minutes after gate opening but made Punda in time to book in and unpack ready for an evening braai.
It is a long haul but doable if you are careful about stop times if you are fortunate to see an amazing sighting. Punda definitely has a charm of its own and I am sure you will enjoy a stop there - even if it is for a very brief time.
If you are booked into one of the safari tents, look out for bush babies.
We we were really lucky last time we stayed here and they came to 'visit' us each evening as we sat on the stoep.

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 Post subject: Re: Satara to Punda Maria
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Agree with WildImage - plan your trip carefully and go for it!
Many moons ago when we were young and foolish (!) we towed a caravan from Shingwedzi to Skukuza in one day - without going over the speed limit but that was in summer :)
............and if there's no small children with you in the car, then comfort stops are cut to a minimum!!!

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 Post subject: Drive time??
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My wife and I are planning our trip to KNP. Are we trying to drive too far in one day travelling between Berg-en-dal and Olifants rest camps? Thanks for your help and advice.


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 Post subject: Re: Drive time??
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A very warm welcome to you TJDfairport. :D I do hope that you have a wonderful trip.

It is 219 km from Berk n Dal to Olifants. That is a very do-able distance. It is also a very interesting drive covering lots of different eco-zones. Certainly some productive game viewing opportunities.

It is recommended that one factors in about 25km/hr. That leaves you plenty of time.

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 Post subject: Re: Drive time??
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As MM says, definitely doable and you could plan a stop at a picnic site somewhere on the way for breakfast or lunch to break up the drive. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Drive time??
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It is definitely do-able :D

My SO and I usually drive from berg n Dal up to Phalaborwa gate in a day as long as your at the gate by the time they open that should give you more than enough time to drive it and have enough time to stop and eat somewhere and a teensy tiny bit of bit of time for special sightings hope you enjoy it :)

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 Post subject: Re: Drive time??
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Welcome to the Forum

It is do-able.

I have done Olifants to Skukuza a few times.
Leave Olifants when gates open and usually get to Skukuza jusat after lunch time.
Skuks to B & D is another 2 hours or so.

It is a lot of driving though :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Drive time??
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I agree it is do-able. :thumbs_up:

BUT

I remember a number of times when we did a day-visit, entering at Croc-Bridge and only got as far as Nkulu or Skukuza/Mlondozi at the most! :hmz: :hmz: :hmz: (entering at 06:00 exiting 17:30).

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It can be done, but it all depends on how often you stop at a fantastic-once-in-a-lifetime-sighting :cam: :cam: and for how long you stop at the buffalo crossings, cheetahs, leopards, the doggies, birdies etc.!

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 Post subject: Re: Drive time??
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Welcome to the forum TJD.

No.

Just get out at gate opening time.

The road from BnD to Malelane might take a while though, if it lives up to its reputation.

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 Post subject: Re: Drive time??
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Like Dupacc said
If you stop a lot you will be in trouble
Otherwise it can be done

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 Post subject: Thank you all!
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I appreciate your advice and friendly help. While a single day drive from Berg-en-dal to Olifants certainly sounds possible, it also sounds that it will require some discipline to accomplish (prompt early start, avoid prolonged wildlife watching stops and meals). Alas, especially on vacation, I know I would have difficulty sticking to that schedule. I anticipate it will be made only more difficult by all the attractions of KNP. So, I think we will break this up into shorter segments so as to make the day less of a drive but more of a journey. Thank you again for your help and suggestions.


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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y
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Hey Guys
Me and my family have booked a trip for August and we are pretty excited! I am here to ask for some advice though, our first night will be in Berg-en-dal and then the next night in Pretoriuskop. What we are wondering is what your experience with the Voetrekker sand road is? Is it any good? Or is taking the tar road around the easy winner? :hmz:
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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y
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Generally a quiet road, but on one drive I saw a leopard then a cheetah, then an African hawk eagle.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y
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Brendon it is exactly like BB said........a hit and miss type of road. We've done it and saw close to nothing worth wile.......other times we've seen Wild Dogs, Lions watching a huge herd of Buffalo and some very nice bird species on that road.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y
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Ditto what BB and LQ have said. :thumbs_up:


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