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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby Tony T » Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:08 pm

Hi P@m,

Thanks for the advice. I will certianly pop into the SANP office. Did'nt know there was one in Century City/Canal Walk. Glad to know about the option of getting it through BB - I've seen the thread.
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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby Tony T » Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:26 pm

Well in 2 or so weeks time we're of to KNP and we can't wait. So many of you have given me pointers in this thread. Thanks
I'm off to Century City now to get myself a Kruger map.
I plan to stick mostly to the quiet out of the way routes. just before I leave i'll check the forum for sightings and other info. I'll find out too about malaria threat and/or prevention.
Also a good B+B in the Nelspruit area to be close the park. My first night is in Croc Bridge but I want to enter at Malelane at the earliest time I may and take the back roads to CB.

Any further pointers would be nice.

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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:49 pm

Good, then all that's left is to get there and enjoy! :dance:
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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby Nungu » Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:33 pm

Tony T wrote:I want to enter at Malelane at the earliest time I may and take the back roads to CB.


Not a bad idea Tony. We always do that when going to CB and have had good success on the S25 next the the Crocodile river - alway see rhino there...

Depends on how much driving you like - you can criss-cross that lower section of the park, taking the Biyamiti road is always good - nice bird sightings at Biyamiti weir.

Tony T wrote:I plan to stick mostly to the quiet out of the way routes.


Until the school holidays start, and other than weekends - the roads are not too busy... no need to avoid any roads other the Eloff Street between LS and Skukuza (but then again it's a great road for spotting leopard), and the H1 up to Satara (I think avoid these on weekends and holidays)...other than that you don't need to sell yourself short.

Do take the S28 from CB to LS if you're interested in cheetah, rhino and off course Duke - I read that he's up near Mlondozi these days. From LS and Satara we love to take the dirt - go to Mlondozi, Orpen dam, Nwanetsi, lugmagdam...so many... and you'll have a great chance to spot lions around Satara.

Do visit Olifants for the view and if the traffic gets too heavy head north north north - you'll find the big tuskers and rare antelope there. (although looking at your overnight camps it might be difficult time wise)

And then lastly spend time at waterholes and picnic sites to take in the smells and sounds of Kruger - plus you always have a chance to spot something there.

Enjoy and take lots of :cam: for your TR :dance:
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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby Nungu » Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:43 pm

Oh yes.... and when you go in at Malelane you can sommer do a quick trip around Berg en Dal and Steilberg (if you're not towing a caravan) - we've seen 4 of the big 5 in one such a trip alone (about 30kms)
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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby bert » Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:58 pm

Tony, i believe there wont be to much traffic
No school holidays or european families in Kruger
Dont forget Lake Panic near skukuza
Great bird hide and good place to see croc and hippo close
Only 15 min away from Skukuza

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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby ndloti » Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:35 pm

Tony T , what an exciting prospect , this forumite gets excited about a forthcoming trip after a 3 month absence !
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby Tony T » Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:57 pm

Hi guys,

I've got myself this very good map of Kruger from and SANParks office and am looking at the different routes some of you are referring to.
Thanks Nungu, Bert, Ndloti and Elsa for your responses and others earlier in this thread. I'm making notes as I read all the responses.
Has anyone got any advice on overnight place to stay at Nelspruit or surrounds. If I could be so bold to ask you to PM me -I don't want to talk 'nonSanparks' in the thread.

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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby Micetta » Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:06 pm

Why did everybody keep this thread hidden :twisted:

With all the good advise Tony T, you are going to have a wonderful time; almost as good as the one I am going to have in the WCNP after having got your advice :wink: Enjoy!!

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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:18 am

Hi Tony T. I do hope that you have a trip filled with wonderful memories.

I have recently returned from a brief visit at one of the busiest times of the year. I found that the sand roads were very quiet and I often had time to myself for long periods.

I am going to recommend the S21 to the Stevenson Hamilton Memorial. It has a number of waterholes, which are great for animal sightings in the drier months. I saw a fair amount of game, including lots of elephant and rhino.

Another lovely road I discovered on my last trip was the S33, close to Tshokwane. It follows the confluence of the Vutomi river and is interesting and a delight to travel. I only saw 2 other cars while I travelled this route.
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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby Tony T » Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:14 pm

I've just returned form KNP. I did over 5000kms in all, of which 800 to 1000 kms done in park (mainly on 'back roads').
Had a wonderful time and loved it even though heat was unbearable at times. Sad not to see Leopard or wild dog but saw pretty much everything else.
Yellow ribbon worked like a charm resulting in a get together at Lower Sabie. Met folk like Lorrainepring and Prinz (I think thats his name), RayK, Bushchild and I believe Dinky Bird was around.
Only been back a day but I'll work on my TR soon.
BTW is there a thread somewhere on the Leopard that was put down at Tamboti? I've heard conflicting stories from visitors who were in the camp at the time. I was hoping that the parks' side of the story has been aired, by say a KNP Guru.
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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:03 am

Great to have you back, Tony. :D Can't believe that the time has gone so fast. Looking forward to your report.
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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby Kamadejo » Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:58 am

:dance: A new TR coming up soon :mrgreen: Looking forward to it :popcorn:
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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:27 am

Tony T wrote:BTW is there a thread somewhere on the Leopard that was put down at Tamboti? I've heard conflicting stories from visitors who were in the camp at the time. I was hoping that the parks' side of the story has been aired, by say a KNP Guru.

Tony, so glad you had a great time in the park and we look forward to that TR. :D
If you have a look Here you will find the thread on the Tamboti Leopard.
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Re: KNP after 50 years

Unread postby p@m » Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:52 pm

Looking forward to your trip report Tony T :dance:


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