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 Post subject: Re: Internet in parks
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:58 pm 
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Hi kstone,
Firstly welcome to the Forum and on to your query.

KNP has Internet cafes at Skukuza, Lower Sabie and Berg and Dal. I connect to them via WiFi but you can use a plug in line. The easiest method is to use a cell phone as a modem and connect to it via WiFi unless you have a phone that is also a computer such as the Blackberry or HTC. The South African cell services have all the modern connection methods (3G etc.) so can be fairly fast.


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 Post subject: Re: Internet in parks
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:55 pm 
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I just got back from Kruger, rented a USB modem from MTN at the airport.
Worked up to Satara but in Letaba, next to no signal.

I remember Martie having difficulties around Letaba last year so it may be consistant.

Service was slow with the modem they rent out. I found out they have a faster one but only for purchase. Rental was 19 Rand per day. I don't think you need the data package though. You'll be able to receive e-mail but to send, you need to change your mail settings. That I think is where the data package comes into play. There is a way around this for example if you use gmail or mail2web or similar services that are free.

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 Post subject: Cellphone/3G etc reception
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I may unfortunately need to go online for some work during my next KNP trip - does Vodacom have 3G internet signal in Lower Sabie and/or Berg-en-Dal? Their online coverage map seems to have some spots in KNP but I can't figure out where they are exactly. Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Vodacom 3G signal in KNP?
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I used 3G in Lower Sabie a few weeks ago. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Vodacom 3G signal in KNP?
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:57 pm 
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I had an MTN USB modem in August & it worked well from Malelane to Olifants. A bit on the slow side but a connection nonetheless. North of Olifants, hardly worked at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Vodacom 3G signal in KNP?
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I had a Vodacom 3G modem during my Kruger stay in September, and it worked at almost every camp I went to (Punda Maria, Shingwedzi, Olifants, Letaba, Satara, Tamboti, Lower Sabie and Skukuza) but the signal was only 3G in Lower Sabie and Skukuza. At the other camps it was a different signal (forgot what it was called) which meant a slower internet connection but it still worked OK.
The only camp where I didn't get any signal at all was Biyamiti. I didn't go to BnD.

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 Post subject: Re: Vodacom 3G signal in KNP?
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Berg en Dal has very strong signal. Was there a month ago. Only camp I had a problem was at Tsendze.


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 Post subject: Internet in Kruger.
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:19 pm 
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Hi There.
If I were to bring a laptop from the UK, would it pick up the Internet in Kruger Park? Perhaps through a Wi Fi connection. Or are dongles which allow Internet access avaiable on a pay as you go basis in SA? If so. How much are they per month and would they work in Kruger?
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 Post subject: Re: Internet in Kruger.
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When I bought my dongle from Vodacom about 2 years ago it cost about R1500. (It was for the dongle plus sim card on pay as you go). Have used it at Crocodile Bridge, Lower Sabie, Skukuza, Satara, Olifants without problems. Just don't count on a fast connection though :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Internet in Kruger.
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When you exit the arrival area at OR Tambo airport, to your right are a Vodacom & MTN kiosks.
You can rent a USB modem for about 19 Rand per day plus useage. They'll set you up, takes about 10 minutes. I was able to get reasonable connection up to Olifants. Letaba - poor signal, could have been the location of the camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Internet in Kruger.
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Your current USB modem you are using in the UK will work here too, but you just need to change the Sim. Alternatively you can rent or buy one here. The price has gone down a bit and is around R1000 now.

The download speed varies from camp to camp though. I doubt there will be any HSDPA signal in the Park. The best for now will be 3G in Skukuza and BnD. In Satara you will only be able to get GPRS or Edge, which is the same for the other camps.


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 Post subject: Re: Internet in Kruger.
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It all depends on what you want to do and how much your UK provider will charge for roaming in SA. If you only want to do e-mails, using Outlook, Outlook express, or similar software, and use text based e-mails - and ask your contacts to do the same! - then Internet usage can be quite small and economical.

However, web-based e-mail systems, Facebook, uploading pictures, and including photos in e-mails etc etc use megabytes and megabytes and the costs escalate.

On my last visit (over a year ago - role on Jan 29th!) gprs was available in all the camps. 3G as mentioned only rarely. This makes anything other than basic e-mail a bit slow. In some camps (eg Shingwedzi) the signal is a bit patchy but I have always found a spot with good connection.

In the past I have used my UK SIM and stuck to e-mails for daily reports and keping in touch. I have tried 'International SIMs' but they were no good for internet - but not checked this recently. Are good for cheap phone calls though.

This time I have a day around Jo'burg so will look at a SA SIM - but make sure you get one with data included! And that it will work with your laptop. Buying a new dongle will probably be too expensive overall but the rental system mentioned might be worth looking at.

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 Post subject: Re: Internet in Kruger.
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The Vodacom modem (dongle?) that I bought last September uses a separate SIM card from the one that I have for my phone. The SIM card for the modem needs to be "converted" for data.


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 Post subject: Cell reception in Kruger
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Hi

Can someone please help, I want to know if anyone knows if 8.ta has reception in Skukuza as I want to use the data side to connect to the internet so I can post a live trip report. Note:8.ta used MTN network for a while till Telkom had all its own towers up and running, so about 3 days ago they switched to their own network. So if anyone knows let me know :thumbs_up: .

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 Post subject: Re: Cell reception in Kruger
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Same question for me - I want to use my CellC data USB in the park. Their coverage map suggests there's a signal in the western areas but it is the right kind for data?

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