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Planning my trip

Unread postby nathalie » Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:33 pm

I planned to stay 12 days in kruger in October.
2 nights in every camp:
Punda Maria
Shingwedzi
Letaba
Satara
Lower Sabie
Berg en dal

It would be my first time in the north part. :dance:
But i need a little bit of help.
I haven't make the decision if i would drive to Swaziland first from jo'burg or to Tzaneen. To make it even more difficult i would like to visit the panorama route as well.
From the panorama route to pafuri gate is impossible i guess. Or spent a day at hoedspruit and check in the kruger the next day between letaba and satara.

Does anyone have a suggestion for the route or the camps?
Nothing is booked at the moment.

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Re: Planning my trip

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:24 pm

Hi nathalie

How much time can you spare driving to Kruger? I would suggest driving the Panorama Route to the park, depending how much time you have to spare will determine how long you take to do this drive. Enter at Orpen and start your trip staying at Satara. Then go to Shingwedzi, Punda, Letaba and Lower Sabie, Berg en Dal.

Doing the park like that is going to mean a long drives between camps though. Are you prepared to do this?
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Re: Planning my trip

Unread postby nathalie » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:33 am

Thanks for your answer Dinkybird.

I get the feeling that i just drive from camp to camp. Thats not what i want.
It's holiday, time to relax :wink:

The other option is after Satara leave the park early, do the panoramaroute and stay overnight at Sabie or Hazyview. The next morning entering the park again at the Phabeni gate.

Or just focus on kruger and forget the panorama route. Planning a holiday is not easy :lol:

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Re: Planning my trip

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:56 am

Hi Nathalie and warm welcome to the forum!

I think it really depends on what your actual priorities are.
Not sure where you hail from and also if you plan on coming back some time in the future?

My feeling is, leave Swaziland at this stage unless there is a specific reason for going there, drive straight over to the Panama route from Jhb, spend one night and working your way up along the scenic routes, they are really very worth while, then enter at Punda Gate and spend 2 nights in each of the camps you have listed.
It is a bit rushed but at least will give you some idea of which areas you enjoy the most and then concentrate on those for any future visits.

Here is quite a Good map of the connecting routes outside the park which might help you.
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Re: Planning my trip

Unread postby nathalie » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:15 pm

Sorry for my late response.

Your map was very useful. And after a lot of puzzling I make the decission to drive from Joburg to Tzaneen. Enter the park at the Punda Maria gate and go down in 12 days. And then i have a few days left for the panorama route and surroundings.

I changed 1 night from Letaba to Balule.

Can't wait for October!

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Re: Planning my trip

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:48 pm

Sounds good and should be a wonderful experience! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Planning my trip

Unread postby Hugh » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:56 pm

Balule is the best camp ever . do ask for hut no 1 its right on the fence .
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Re: Planning my trip

Unread postby nathalie » Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:59 pm

I go camping. But I hope to get a good spot next to the fence.

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Re: Planning my trip

Unread postby leervis » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:29 am

Nathalie, I would suggest that if you are driving from Jo'burg to Punda, you travel via Polokwane - Giyani - Punda. The roads are great and it is the best way to get to Punda. I am going in 4 weeks and will be following this route. When I return I will post comments here. Also Hugh is so right. Balule is a wonderful camp and here my only suggestion would be to make a sacrifice both nights at Letaba as putting up and taking down a tent every day is a pain!
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Re: Planning my trip

Unread postby nathalie » Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:21 pm

I look forward to read your comments Leervis.
I travel alone. The tent is also for 1 person only. It's possible to set up and break down in less then 10 minutes :wink:

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Re: Planning my trip

Unread postby leervis » Fri May 29, 2015 6:53 am

Nathalie, we are just back from another super trip to KNP. We drove there on the route I suggested, Polokwane - Giyani - Punda and all was as before, but with a few more speed restricted bits, and a lot of speed traps. The road is good, a few rough patches after Giyani, but no real pot holes. All I can say is comply with the speed limits or you will be fined. We went through about 8 traps with no problems as we were below the limit. Have a great trip!
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