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 Post subject: Kruger NP Navigation
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:46 am 
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Location: AUSTRALIA
Is there internet access through out the park.
The reason for the question is if it is then we can use an Ipad and Google Earth to travel around.
Currently I can sit here in Australia and cross reference the roads around the park with the photos from Google Earth
If I have access then navigation would be an absolute breeze.
The photos are very good and very clear,even to the point of seeing cars on the roads when the photo was taken.
Because we had to book so far ahead this will definitely be the most research O/Seas trip I have ever had
and the most frustrating as we have to wait so long.
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 Post subject: Re: Kruger NP Navagation
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:55 am 
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There are large sections of the park that have no internet access, and no cellphone coverage.

Fortunately, if you have recently browsed a certain area on google earth, the map should still be in your device memory, so you should be fine. If that doesn't work - your really don't need any more than a map to navigate through Kruger. All intersections and landmarks (such as waterholes) are clearly marked, and the maps have more than enough detail, including estimated distances. It really is quite hard to get lost in Kruger!

(I prefer Andy and Loraine Tinker's map, available at all camps shops and at the gates)


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger NP Navagation
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:04 pm 
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The maps you buy in the camp shops are great for navigation. I always bring my sat nav too, not for navigation help but mainly for dropping pins where I get great sightings. It's always great when you come back the next year and see another leopard in virtually the same place!

Seriously though the sat nav is handy for being accurate on timings for getting back to camp bang on closing and making sure you don't waste time in camp when you could be at a sighting.
Gemma

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger NP Navagation
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:07 pm 
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We do as Gemma T does, except we use a (is it a very Saffie) Garmin :lol: One can hire these when you hire your vehicle.

They are also nice for tracking where you have driven. And to calculate how much further on a road :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger NP Navagation
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:34 am 
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Thank you for your posts,all opinions should be and will be considered.
I agree that the map I have is easy to follow but sitting here looking at Google Earth
gives me a far better perspective of layout etc. and also the little drive offs that direct you to
water areas or places of interest. On G/E you can easily pick up the drinking positions shown
on the Webcams of Satara and Orpen.
Over the years I have been to some remote places, I only wish I had access to a Forum for
those places like I have here.Life wouldn't have been so complicated and far easier.


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger NP Navagation
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:44 am 
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The Kruger Park Map book is imperative, it has a wealth of info and is available at the entry gate.
For your iPad I have used Gaia GPS for years (and used it today because I am in the Kruger right now :dance: ) and it works great, download the entire park from home and you don't need any internet access
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/gaia-gps-topo-maps-trails/id329127297?mt=8


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