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 Post subject: WiFi in Camps?
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:05 pm 
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Can anyone advise me whether any of the camps have WiFi, we don't like using computers on holiday, but are leaving our teenage daughter at home and would like to Skype her once during our week there?


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 Post subject: Re: WiFi in Camps?
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:20 pm 
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Lower Sabie and Skukuza each have a internet cafe Sandybabe.

Just to understand, are you bringing your computers with?

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 Post subject: Re: WiFi in Camps?
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:57 pm 
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No we plan to use Skype on Ipod or phone, won't be bringing computers. Thanks for help.


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 Post subject: Re: WiFi in Camps?
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Hi Sandybabe,

There is no WiFi in any of the camps but as DinkyBird said there are two internet cafe's in Kruger, one in Lower Sabie and one in Skukuza although they are not always operational, my suggestion (if you are a little computer savvy) would be to take an unlocked GSM MiFi or smartphone and go to the MTN store in Johannesburg airport and get a data card and that way you could Skype/email to keep in contact. I think there are other alternatives from MTN (like something called a FastLink) but I have never used them.
https://www.mtn.co.za


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 Post subject: Re: WiFi in Camps?
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I think you can also hire a suitable (smart) phone at the airport and then buy a sim card that you can buy data and airtime on it as Shutterbug suggests. Then you can use whatsapp or Skype.

Just a point to keep in mind, although one can get a data connection in the bigger camps, it is not always stable or very fast, so Skype might be limited to texting, video call could be very difficult.

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 Post subject: Re: WiFi in Camps?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:10 pm 
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Hi - not sure about Lower Sabie, but the internet cafe at Skukuza was closed down when I was there last week. Looked pretty permanent to me, but I guess they may re-open. I bought an international data package on my phone before I went, but the only place I got a decent signal H+ in Skukuza was actually inside the shop for some reason! Berg-en-Dal and Mopani seemed to have a good signal, and Satara was good around the reception / shop area as well.

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 Post subject: Re: WiFi in Camps?
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We bought a gizmo that we put a South African card in and we have wifi in our room so the SO and I can both check out the news or use Skype to call home. It works brilliantly and we had reception in all the camps we stayed in Satara, L.Sabie and even Biyamiti. Will get more details if you are interested.

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 Post subject: Best Cell coverage
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Hello all,

Couple quick questions:

1) I need to access the internet (for work) at least a couple times while in Kruger. I read Skukuza has wifi (somewhere), will a standard wifi enabled device work (iPad, iPhone, ...)? Is it reliable?

2) We are planning to pre-purchase a nano sim card for our iPhones (so our phone is available as soon as we land). Which cell provider has better coverage in ZA (Vodaphone, MTN or ?)? Is there coverage throughout Kruger?

Thank you,
Adam

PS guess there are more than just a couple questions here. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Best Cell coverage
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Hi Adam
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1) I need to access the internet (for work) at least a couple times while in Kruger. I read Skukuza has wifi (somewhere), will a standard wifi enabled device work (iPad, iPhone, ...)? Is it reliable?
Skukuza, or anywhere else in KNP, does not have wifi in the sense I think you mean; that you can log onto a local wifi connection and use that to access internet and emails etc.

You will need to purchase a sim card for your device and load prepaid data onto the sim and use that to connect to the internet via one of the cellphone companies. Both you mention are as good as each other. I use Vodacom, and have had good days and some not so good days, and some days with no signal at all.
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2) We are planning to pre-purchase a nano sim card for our iPhones (so our phone is available as soon as we land). Which cell provider has better coverage in ZA (Vodaphone, MTN or ?)? Is there coverage throughout Kruger?
Partly answered above, but regarding the coverage, all main camps have reasonable coverage (but do not expect great speed) and the coverage reaches about 7km radius outside the camps.

Smaller camps have very little to no coverage, even for calls. Biyamiti and Tamboti for eg.

And I also noticed the internet cafe at Skukuza was closed in Feb/March, so do not rely on that. (see link posted by Matthys)

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 Post subject: Re: Best Cell coverage
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Hi again Adam

Assuming you are from US, I checked with my son who lives there:
A nano sim is good - its the one that fits the iPhone 5.

Most US phones are locked to a network though so you can't use them on another mobile network, so check if this is the case. There are two kinds of mobile networks: GSM and CDMA. S.A.'s are all GSM, but US has some GSM and some CDMA and some devices can only work on one and not the other. So if you are on CDMA here (US) it might not work in SA.


You might be well aware of the above, if not, I hope it is helpful.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Cell coverage
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Hi Adam, DB is absolutely correct that (assuming you're a fellow American) wifi hot spots that we are used to aren't readily available. We rented a phone and data dongle to get cellular data access in our last trip but it was slow and spotty. It worked for gmail but not much else.

Next trip I will check with my US providers (AT&T and Sprint) for an international plan.

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 Post subject: Cell phone signal at Byamiti
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Is there cell phone signal at Byamiti?

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 Post subject: Re: Cell phone signal at Byamiti
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A bit, and very intermittent. You cannot access internet from my experience, but can move around to get signal for sms/whats app and calls.

We stayed in # 10 and had very little signal, we needed to walk to the bottom fence (river) and managed a bit of a connection. But I do know other folk have had good enough signal elsewhere in the camp to even access internet.

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 Post subject: Re: Cell phone signal at Byamiti
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Many thanks DB

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 Post subject: Re: Cell phone signal at Byamiti
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DinkyBird, you are quite correct. We stayed in no's 3,4 and 5 during our visits and had internet access as well :thumbs_up: .

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