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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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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?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:09 am 
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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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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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