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 Post subject: Re: Kruger and a 3 yr old
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:46 pm 
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You may want to invent some games for the little one, and possibly make shorter drives, or hop from camp to picnicspot and such to keep him happy.

And already start with books with zebra, elephant and such pictures in them...

But otherwise... Well, I guess it mostly depends on the nature of him. Very active or not and such.

One Kruger addict in the making! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger and a 3 yr old
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Im with BB and BH . Also make a HUGE fuss when they volunteer ANY sighting!! If you dont want to actually stop for everything , then token slowing down for the youngster is a fair compromise for the more jaded members of the vehicle. When that fails......a jelly tot or 5 :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger and a 3 yr old
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We took our 2 year old (almost 3) and 4 year old to Kruger twice in the last year and they LOVED it!!

They do get bored when nothing happens - but as soon as we spot something they're all up and watching... they get soooo excited when spotting warthogs, monkeys, baboons and off course any of the big 5. We took them to zoo's, small parks etc since they were very little - so they love wild animals (and they can distinguish between most species - it's not only a buck - it's a kudu, impala, nyala - they know them all)

Thats the way we grew up as well - since we were little we used to play this game in the car - spotting animals... since the 80's this game has evolved into a proper competition with almost as many rules as the IRB.... My wife doesn't particularly like this game - she says the rules are too complicated... so I won't bore you with it, but it is fun to play....

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger and a 3 yr old
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Should not be a problem. I took walkmans for my kids and bought animal stories and music for them to enjoy. At three years old, a child should have a long enough attention span.

I suppose the modern equivalent is an ipod. We also bought postcards of the animals they had seen, which they found great fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger and a 3 yr old
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We took our daugther when she was 11 months and again this year at 2.5 years.
She enjoyed it a lot.
She did get bored when nothing happens but we had some stuff for her to do in the car and we tried to keep the drives short (if 3-4 hours is short).

She like walking around in the camps.
Satara also has a nice play area at the swimming pool with slides, swings and stuff to climb on and we had to go there every day.
She was greatly disappointed when she started looking and asking about play areas in Skukuza and Biyamiti and there were none!

At least Biyamiti is a small camp with lots of grass for her to play on.

Speak to your travel doctor about malaria prevention measures.
As said look at applying lots of mosquito lotions, try and cover up in evenings, get some electric mosquito killers that you plug into the wall socket of the chalet.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger and a 3 yr old
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Next year will be my 3rd trip to kruger with my young sons and they just love it. A few recommendations on things to take that will fill the gaps when the sightings are a bit lean....

1) Buy some of those small plastic wild animals for the car
2) Buy one of those magnetic drawing boards (plenty of drawing fun without the mess)
3) Buy a sticker activity book of wild animals - priddy books publish some great ones. When you sitting at a water hole you can quietly work do this with your child.
4) Buy a toy camera and binoculars (otherwise they want a turn with yours all the time)

Hope you have a great visit next year. Only other recommendation is not to spot things too far away, they get very disappointed if they can't see what you are excited about!


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 Post subject: Re: with baby in Kruger
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We have been with our oldest, three times already (now 2 years and 3 months), first time when he was 1 year 2 months and at 7 different camps.
Been to Skukuza ( nice space at bunglows, guesthouses next to river), Lower Sabie ( best for children, lot’s of space in front of river facing bungalows), try nearer to the time to get place ? Satara (very nice pool area with huge jungle gym, enough space in front of most rondawels, bungalows) berg-en-dal (were also nice , try to get perimeter at fence).
Make sure to get the normal mosquito repellents etc (mike the mozzie)
Enjoy !

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 Post subject: Re: with baby in Kruger
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I chose accommodation like Bungalow with 3 single beds or 1 double bed.
But I think there is enough place for a crib.
I also have choosen this camps because there is enough place inside the camps that the little boy can run around.
We don´t want to drive the whole day through the park.
Only around the camps.
Essential we are in Kruger!!! :D

I am sure we will enjoy the trip and our boy has a lot of things to watch!!
I can imagine, that his first words will be lion or leopard or elephant - not mommy or daddy :D

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 Post subject: Re: KNP in july with children
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I do not do cold well at all and I find the nights rarely need more than a warm jacket.
The bungalows are supplied with extra blankets if need be.
Its a lovely time of year for animal sigtings.

I would look to choose camps that are more "child friendly", that is place to play and explore.
My own experience has been that Skukuza, Satara, Berg n Dal and Pretorius Kop are probably the most child friendly of all camps.
Skukuza tops the list with facilities for little ones.

if you book a bungalow or cottage, you should have everything that you need.

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 Post subject: Re: KNP in july with children
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Just my 5c's worth quickly, being a father of a 3 year old I know what it is to take those little monsters on Holiday :lol: and the rule of thumb is, wide open spaces, lots of animals and a playground.

For all this I would recommend Satara... it has the highest density of animals in KNP (especially cats), the camp has huge wide open lawns for the kids to play in and the swimming pool has a lovely playground where they can play to their harts content..

Skukuza and BnD also deserves a mention, but July is the best time around Satara as most of the bush is declining which means better sightings for yourself and the kids :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: KNP in july with children
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You have a good point there DotDan.
Brett Hilton Barber wrote an article in a Getaway magazine after taking children in one of the less animal dense places.
He spoke about bored children as being a major problem.

We were lucky, as our children were small during the days of the Caravelle.
We could make the whole of the back area one big playground where they could amuse themselves.
I do remember the frustration of wanting to stay longer at waterholes and a child would start the midmorning whine.. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: KNP in july with children
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Hi and welcome toucri
From europe and visited during July and August with a child
After 10 in the morning to you it will be summer with shorts and t-shirt :thumbs_up:
For us 20 degrees in the sun is almost summer :lol:
As said by other the nights/early mornings can be cold.
The only accommodation which can not be heated and can get cold are the erected tents.

The bigger camps were the best according to my son.
Skukuza, Pretoriuskop, Letaba and Satara.
With a buffet style restaurant, charging less for children.
And being buffet always something for kids to eat.
My son could work his way through dessert
Plate after plate.
And Orpen. Small but the garden is in front of the bungalows so its easy to keep a
eye on the kids
Lots to see and nice to walk around.
And even the pools are worth a visit
Bit cold (no heating) but still a nice place for a quick swim

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 Post subject: Re: KNP in july with children
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As the others have said evenings are cool and the days warm and mild in winter.
Travelling with youngsters: one suggestion - buy a cheap plastic potty (buy it here in SA) and a roll of toilet paper and keep in the car for emergencies as toilets are often few and far between.
And all parents know that often children simply cannot wait.

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 Post subject: Re: KNP in july with children
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Just wanted to add that at the time of year you are going the place you are most likely to feel cold is on an organised drive as these are in open-sided vehicles.
So if you plan on taking any SANparks morning or night drives make sure you have some warm clothing with you.
They do sometimes provide blankets on the drives, but I have been on one or two when we were glad to get back to camp.


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 Post subject: children at the KNP
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We will be visiting the KNP from the UK in August 2010. We have 4 children aged 8-14, who are all fit and used to walking and camping. We would dearly love them to experience the wilderness trails of the KNP. Are there any trips that would accomodate kids of this age group?


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