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Unread postby DebM » Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:42 pm

Nelspruit to Crocodile Bridge about 125 km
Crocodile Bridge to Lower Sabie around 34km maximum speed on tar in the park is 50km/h. Gates close at 6pm in March and you are not allow to drive in the park after gate closing times.
Check this page for various info on travel times etc.
For certain camps you can organise a late entry permit but they are not available between CB & LS.

Late Entry
Latecomers at entrance gates will be refused entry, whilst offenders at rest camps will be warned and fined if they are repeat offenders.

Late entry escorts (at a fee) are available at the following gates for the camp in brackets only. This is only available until 21:00. Escorts depart every half hour until this time:

Paul Kruger (Skukuza)
Numbi (Pretoriuskop)
Malelane (Berg-en-Dal and Malelane)
Crocodile Bridge gate (Crocodile Bridge Camp)
Punda Maria gate (Punda Maria Camp)
Orpen gate (Orpen Camp)
No late admission at Phabeni, Phalaborwa and Pafuri
Gate Security will phone camp duty phone when there are guests and transport is arranged. If guests advise in advance, then trips can be better planned. Fee is currently R150,00 per vehicle.. ( from SANParks website)

As long as you don't have any hold ups you should make it but will probably be unable to stop to view the game on the drive to Lower Sabie, can you leave Nelspruit early than 3pm.
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Unread postby saraf » Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:35 pm

1. Reception stays open until 1 hour after the camp gates close so you can book in any time until then.

2. Some gates offer a late entry for a modest fee, as long as you tell them in advance. I don't know if Punda Maria is one of these gates though.

3. Travel to Makhado/Louis Trichardt is about 5 hours, however the road to Punda is not a main highway and pedestrians and cattle and road conditions combine to slow down traffic so allow more time for these roads.

4. Enjoy your trip
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Unread postby saraf » Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:56 pm

Oh yes - I also meant to say your reservations are kept for 24 hours if you don't show up for the first night. After that they are on general release.
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Unread postby Rick » Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:24 pm

If you are not sure whether you are going to make it in time or not, Do you have to book a late entry or can you ask for it as you arrive at the gate?

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Unread postby p@m » Sat Jul 05, 2008 9:49 pm

Rick, it only works for camps close to the gates and has to be booked in advance.

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Unread postby Roller » Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:20 pm

Just some feedback on the late entry.

We phoned skukuza the morning to let them know about our late arrrival. About 30min from the gate we phoned again. We arrived at the gate at about 19:00. Didn't even wait 5 min before a car was there to escort us to the camp.

At skukuza we booked in at reception and went straight to a cozy campfire in the bush!

The cost is R150 I think, the list of the camps and gates are somewhere on the site.

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Unread postby DuQues » Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:51 pm

Late Entry
Latecomers at entrance gates will be refused entry, whilst offenders at rest camps will be warned and fined if they are repeat offenders.

Late entry escorts (at a fee) are available at the following gates for the camp in brackets only. This is only available until 21:00. Escorts depart every half hour until this time:

- Paul Kruger (Skukuza)
- Numbi (Pretoriuskop)
- Malelane (Berg-en-Dal and Malelane)
- Crocodile Bridge gate (Crocodile Bridge Camp)
- Punda Maria gate (Punda Maria Camp)
- Orpen gate (Orpen Camp)
No late admission at Phabeni, Phalaborwa and Pafuri
Gate Security will phone camp duty phone when there are guests and transport is arranged. If guests advise in advance, then trips can be better planned. Fee is currently R150,00 per vehicle.

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Unread postby Rick » Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:31 pm

We also made use of the late entry possibility. I phoned the Paul Kruger gate and Skukuza to ask them about it a few days before entry. Both of them told me that I just had to phone them when I was close to the gate, no need to book in advance.
We phoned them around 18.15 and had to wait a while before our escort was there. We had to pay a fee of R 200, apparently R 150 was last years rate.

It is a nice possibility to consider.

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Re: Gate closing time in summer

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:05 am

There are a few other things to consider....all of which affect the noise level in camps and the time at which it finishes - another 'hot potato' for complaints!

The shop stays open 30mins after gate closing to allow last minute arrivals to get provisions etc. If it closed later then staff movements and noise that goes with it would go on later.

People would then also be braaing/cooking/eating later and the noise that goes with social activity would continue longer.

Then there is a shorter 'night' for sleeping as the gate opens again early at 0430.... Already some people fall asleep at the wheel.....!

One of the special things about the sunset/night drives is that the roads are free of other guests for most if not all of the drive, If they stayed out later this would not happen and the congestion at special sightings would prevent good viewing, eg.

Whatever time the gates close there will always be those who are late, or who want it to close a little later still......
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Re: Check in times?

Unread postby Scipio » Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:11 pm

As a rule, you can check in about half hour after gate close times, just don't get late to camp. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Check in times?

Unread postby saraf » Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:48 pm

Yes you can, we've done it a few times.
Reception tend to open for about 1/2 hour after the gates close.
Beware though it will be dark and finding your way to the accommodation can be fun!
Plus the shops get very busy at that time, which can get frustrating.
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Unread postby Donn1nger_69 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:20 pm

On the 18th if March I will be staying a night at Skukuza and then another two at Satara. I booked this holiday only to be given a test that Friday afternoon. So I have decided to utilise a late entry at Paul Kruger gate.

Can anyone give me some details if theyve used this before? Do they allow you to use a light to search for animals? What if you see a leopard in the road will they let u photograph it for five minutes?

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Re: Late Entry

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:58 pm

No spot lights allowed. You may ride in convoy if there are more than one vehicle.

If a special animal is in the road, you may be lucky. But it isn't designed as a game viewing experience.
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