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 ....
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!!