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Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:16 am 
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I always plan my routes before arriving in the park. I don't always stick to the plan, especially in the afternoon.

For my next trip, I've planned my routes for the 1st 5 or 6 days we're in the park, but have a couple of different plans for the last 6 days. Depending on what we see the first half our our trip, we might take one route instead of another if it offers a better chance to see something we haven't seen yet.


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With the little one joining us I normally have to plan the morning and before gate close drives so as to not have her bound up in the car for too long.

Once I've dropped her and SO off at camp and having lunch I drive out by myself to do some birding and it is then normally mostly unplanned except if there is a specific place I want to be.

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Before a trip I love to plan our routes using books and the forum in particular. When planning I consider the following; distance/time, Breakfast/Sundowners spots, direction when the sun is low (I try drive west in the early morning and east in the late evening), places to strech the legs and look at the small things (hides, pinic spots, bridges and lookouts). i will often plan to retrace my steps if the altenative routes back are likely to be less spectacular.

Once in the park all this planning may be tossed out the window once I have consulted the sightings board and chatted to other visitors and staff, but it was fun anyway! :lol:

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Before a trip I love to plan our routes using books and the forum in particular. When planning I consider the following; distance/time, Breakfast/Sundowners spots, direction when the sun is low (I try drive west in the early morning and east in the late evening), places to strech the legs and look at the small things (hides, pinic spots, bridges and lookouts). i will often plan to retrace my steps if the altenative routes back are likely to be less spectacular.

Once in the park all this planning may be tossed out the window once I have consulted the sightings board and chatted to other visitors and staff, but it was fun anyway! :lol:


Looks like we are IDENTICAL in this regard. I also try to do the east-west thing aswell :lol:

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I plan and dream about them for months.
With one of the many Kruger maps open in front of me 8)

But in Kruger i usually drive away from the sun, for taking photographs into the sun is a hazard.
But always drive a new route everytime. :D

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We normally plan the next days routes at the evening braai. Well I do, the others just go with.
We do this with a picnic spot in mind to have a brunch.

And lately I do this with birding in mind, following suggestions in the Best Birding In Kruger Book.

Sometimes my parents would complain about having to be in the car from gate opening till closing and want to spend some time in the camp.( they believe they are getting older :roll: )
My husband then usually joins them, so I go off on my own, with no specific road in mind then.

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I plan all my routes, then go by feeling in the morning as I leave camp.
Its more fun that way.


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We, me and Karel wye voete(KWV brandy) do a bit of planning around the braai fire at night. Morning plan, how to get the gaurd to open the gates a couple of min. early. Afternoon plan is to work out the time to get in the gate on the dot of closing.(rather one min. late than one min. early)


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(rather one min. late than one min. early)

:lol: :lol: I agree!

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We plan to the extent that we try to cover as many roads as possible around the camps. We favor Satara because one can choose to trek NSE or W. However, I do something that I expect not many people will trouble to do. I log the dates, the roads and the sightings. with super interesting things I also log the GPS readings. I have been doing this for a good many years and when I return home I enter all the data in a very large spread sheet that calculates and displays for me the number of sightings per species on which road and because I go to the park at different times of the year, I can get some idea of where the animals might, repeat, might, be at what time of year.
I cannot claim that this is reliable or scientific but I could at one time I could predict where the winter and summer feeding areas were and relate that to a particular ecosystem. My data does tell me that in the last few years, since the controversy of elephant culling and at the same time, game capture and removal to MZ, that there are many fewer animals in the central area of the park around Satara than there used to be.
I have been hearing that of late there is an abundance of animals in the southern areas around Lower Sabie and Croc Bridge. I wonder if that has something to do with the huge fires of last year that cleared out all the underbrush?

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Go by feeling is the only way to go. If you know beforehand where the animals are, it will take the mystery out of Kruger, because then it will be like a zoo. I normally travel west during the morning (sun at the back) and east in the afternoon. Planning and sticking to the plan becomes office like, and that is what I try to get away from.

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Normally I consult my feeling, generally assisted by oom "Kaptein" (spiced gold) taking into consideration the recent hot sightings. Depends on my mood, what I want to see etc. Definitely not 'planning' as such!

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Sorry if I gave the impression that I plan my routes, I definitely do not and I take an interest in all that I come across from insects to elephant and vegetation. I simply record where I have been and what I have seen. When I am at the back of the queue, early in the morning waiting for the gate to open I wonder where everyone else is going and if they know something that I do not. But I still nurdle along my own route and like it best when there are no other vehicles around.
it seems to me that there are two kinds of game viewers, the sitters and the traveler. A friend of mine will sit at a waterhole for hours if not the whole day whereas I like to be on the move. he seems to see a fair amount of game but not as much or as varied as I do. how do others feel about this?
I work on the theory that game, when it is traversing between drinking and feeding areas, will follow pretty regular paths and at at some time they will likely cross a road. With a bit of luck I will be there at the same time.
Every time I go to the Kruger I always see something new. I was there three weeks ago and for the first time I saw a couple of Cory Bustards fly. their takeoff sequence was amazing but nothing compared with the huge wingspan and flying technique. Guess what? I did not have a video camera.
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I plan my routes and daydream about them long before I leave :lol: :lol:
Plans might change depending on reports of sightings! But I like to travel many different roads around the camp.
This is one of the reasons why satara is my favorite camp! You can go all directions! and all directions produce sightings 8)

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