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Re: Cell reception in Kruger

Unread postby RobertT » Tue May 17, 2011 2:15 pm

I had a problem with no Cell C data reception in middle of park (Orpen to Letaba areas) over April holidays.

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Re: Cell reception in Kruger

Unread postby jeroenvm » Thu May 19, 2011 1:24 pm

RobertT - CellC just told me there may be an EDGE signal is some parts of the park, but with risk of frequent problems. I've switched back to my Vodacom data USB as that does work (slowly) in parts of the park.
Now, as I'm camping cheap, all I need to find is friendly caravanners who will let me recharge the laptop every now and then...
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Re: Cell reception in Kruger

Unread postby Crested Val » Thu May 19, 2011 3:41 pm

I get 3G in Skukuza and Edge (GPRS) - both slower than other areas in SA - in all other camps with my Vodacom dongle.
Sorry no info for the others!! :redface: :redface:
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Re: Cellphone reception at Bushveld camps?

Unread postby leervis » Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:28 am

We had pretty good reception, vodacom, next to the braai at no. 5 at Sirheni, and close to the hide at Shimuwini there is a good vodacom signal.



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Re: Lower Sabie 3G

Unread postby Stark » Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:54 am

DinkyBird wrote:A reply from Laura:

If the client has a 3g, then they can get the wi-fi internet connection. This is possible only at rest camps where cellular phone reception is available.

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So, one needs to have a 3G card/cell connection, and where that signal is not available, connect with a slower connection via a cellphone.


DB is this still the case? I know I'm spoiled with WiFi hot spots in the States, and would love to be able to connect online without having to use cell service.
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Re: Lower Sabie 3G

Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:24 pm

DinkyBird wrote:Stark, I am not totally 'up' on all the different types of connections, so will tell you what I experienced in Nov.

I used my notebook to connect, but it has a sim card in it which one has to get from the cell phone companies (with a data bundle). So one still needs to connect via a cellphone company connection. And my smart phone obviously has the same.

I managed to connect to internet with my notebook at each camp we stayed in during Nov, but Lower Sabie was one of the slowest connections I experienced. I could not load pics. I do not know if this was due to a problem with the service at the time because I also battled to have a cell phone conversation. Calls were dropped constantly. As was the internet connection.

Croc Bridge - very slow too.
Satara - very slow.
Letaba - ok, could load pics.
Shingwedzi - cannot report, did not try to connect.
Punda Maria - .... has the fastest connection in the entire park!!!

So, Stark, when you go online, I suggest you set up, open a cold one, and accept it is going to take time .... :wink: It gives you plenty of time to enjoy the camp around you while you wait for pages to open. And I turn off pics to try aid the loading time.



Stark......DB is quite right, only Skukuza has 3G which is a fairly quick internet connection, all the other camps only have 2G, which is very slow, but at least you can access internet to email and keep up with the forums etc!!

Most times you can't upload photos to Flickr/Tinypic etc in order to post on the forums, as the signal is too weak.

I have a Vodacom USB modem (R399) which has a SIM. You put credit on the SIM, then buy a data bundle for how many mega/gigabytes you think you will need.
2 Gig costs R400 ish.
(You probably know all that!!)

Anyway.....yes, you can get connected in the park, but with a slow connection most of the time!! :thumbs_up:
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Internet Connection KNP

Unread postby Wildlife4ever-Roy » Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:23 pm

hi all,

I'm Roy and I currently studying on an university of applied science in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
I'm almost finished my study (I have to trust Google translate :) ) technical computing. I don't know the correct english word for it, but it's something with computers :).

When I'm graduate, I want to visted the KNP to celebrate it. I'm planning to visit the Kruger for something like 2 months. starting at the beginning or mid august. I have been to the Kruger a couple of times and I love it!

During my stay I want to write a travel tale, but you need a internet connection to post them on the internet. I know that there are some internet cafes, but not every camp has one.
So I tought, mayby I can use the cellphone network. My question is:

Can you use the cellphone network to connect to the internet and can I use it to post my travel tales?

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Re: Internet Connection KNP

Unread postby picnic » Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:45 pm

Wildlife4ever-Roy, yes I believe you can. What you will need is a data card from one of the local cellphone providers and a laptop with a modem. :thumbs_up: You can google search them and see what will work best for you. :)
If you have more questions please feel free to post them. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Internet Connection KNP

Unread postby VicRob » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:35 pm

Hi Wildlife4Ever,

We are about to leave Australia for 3 weeks in Kruger and have pre booked a rental Cell Phone and 3G Data Card with Vodacom. (Cellucity at O.R. Tambo Airport - Arrivals)

Pre booking allows for the sim cards to be activated and ready for use on arrival.

The rental of both devices are free and you pay for usage only.

We have used this service for our last 2 visits to S.A and has worked well.

Check out the following web site for more details.
http://www.cellucity.co.za/
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Re: Internet Connection KNP

Unread postby VicRob » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:27 am

Hi threedogs,

Yes, your correct, a USB dongle thingy......lol.

As a non resident of S.A. you will need to pre book to allow activation of the sim card before arrival.

We have requested an initial 3 GIG of data allowance and will top up as we go.
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Re: Internet Connection KNP

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:35 am

Guys, just be prepared for a few frustrations when connecting in the park. Not to put you off at all; I think it is wonderful to write a travel tale as you go along. I try do that too. It is very special to be able to share the moment. But this is the African bush, and things can be very slow at times. But then again, you might have a wonderful speedy connection when you least expect it.
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Re: Internet/3G access in Kruger

Unread postby threedogs » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:54 am

@iLoveMeerkats!: The Vodacom mobile broadband stick is the same thing as a dongle which is the same thing as a USB wireless modem..... don't worry I got confused with the different terminology too.
We are also going to get a pre-paid and pre-activated USB wireless modem to pick up at the airport to use with a little netbook whilst there in August/Sept. but will still have our cheapie mobile phone with travelsim.
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Re: Internet/3G access in Kruger

Unread postby simonB » Thu May 03, 2012 7:15 pm

Internet in Skukuza currently has the following speeds:

1. Vodacom 3G: http://t.co/mSKdn9Ll Links to speedtest results 3May 2012
2. Telkom ASDL at Conference Area: http://t.co/l6zjsSyN Links to speedtest results 2 May 2012

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Re: Cell (mobile) phone coverage

Unread postby iLoveMeerkats! » Fri May 04, 2012 1:50 am

Anita, you can get a SIM card at the airport, however, many US based phones will NOT work as they are not able to accept the "foreign" SIM card. You can rent a South African phone at the airport and if you don't use it (saving it only for emergencies) it is really very cheap - all you have to pay for is insurance. I think we paid about a dollar a day on our last trip. We actually picked ours up at the Mpumalanga airport and they were very nice.

Also, just so you know...the reception in Kruger is not really very good. Phones work in the camps, but when you are out in the bush there is a very good chance that you will not have any reception no matter what phone you have. Well, I suppose you could get a satellite phone but that would be even more expensive.

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Re: Cell (mobile) phone coverage

Unread postby saraf » Fri May 04, 2012 9:31 am

Overseas visitors please note that if you do hire a phone or buy a SIM card you have to arrange it in advance, due to South African law. There is a topic about cell phones/reception somewhere but I can't seem to find it at the moment.
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