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 Post subject: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 7:17 pm 
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Dear all,

as we will visit KNP this year for the first time i would love to have some advise from you
I will be traveling together with my girlfriend in a rented car, we will spend 11 nights in the park

Travel period: early december

My best guess for the moment is:

- 3 day Lower Sabie
- 1 night Satara
- 2 nights Tamboti
- 2 nights Olifants
- 1 night Satara
- 2 nights Biyamiti

As you can see we will enter and exit from Crocodile bridge

We will prefer smaller camps to bigger and do not mind giving up on some amenities like swimming pool/ restaurant etc

We will love to see the big 5 :clap: :clap: but any suggestion on interesting stuff we are missing is more then welcome

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 Post subject: Re: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 7:51 pm 
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Hello Andrea, welcome to the forums.

You'll probably get conflicting advice from people here.

You've picked some really interesting areas of the park and you should have some great sightings.

We tend to recommend a minimum of 2 nights per camp otherwise there is too much unpacking and packing in a short space of time. Personally I prefer Satara over Olifants but that is just me. I feel I can easily do a day drive to Olifants from Satara , I much prefer the area around Satara and I think it's a nicer camp.

Enjoy your trip. Bookings for Dec 2015 open on Monday at 07:30 (South African time) via Reservations and on Tuesday via the online system. In early December you shouldn't have too much trouble getting accommodation but later in the month could be an issue as its the South African summer holidays.

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 Post subject: Re: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 5:43 am 
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I found it best to phone reservations [u]the minute [/u]it opens..730 am South Africa time...figure out what time that is where you are and be prepared to hold the line until you get someone... I also have 2nd choices and unit numbers ready just in case. I missed getting into my 1st choices at Kgalagadi because I waited for the online reservations to open which was the next day everything I hoped for was booked in the first 1/2 hour..Afterwards, send an email to the camp to request units. Another advantage to phoning is you only have a month +- to pay a deposit where as online you pay in full .
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 Post subject: Re: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:41 am 
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Esusino, I tend to advise first time visitors to stay south and central for a good animal experience. You are covering all the most productive areas. I also like the camps that you have chosen.

I would look at Saraf's advice and think of tweaking the nights at each camp to minimize packing. Other than that I think that you are in for a splendid time.

I do love that time of the year. Kruger is surprisingly quiet, babies are everywhere, and the grass is not yet too high.

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 Post subject: Re: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:16 am 
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Hi guys,

many thanks for your suggestions!
I ve changed a bit the plan:

Lower Sabie
Lower Sabie
Lower Sabie
Satara
Satara
Tamboti
Tamboti
Satara
Satara
Biyamiti
Biyamiti

Now it looks more relaxing, no camp change every night :D
Few more questions:

- Can i just send an email for booking? Is there any form it shall be used?
- Check in for Tamboti is at Olifants right?

Have a nice day
Andrea


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 Post subject: Re: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:47 am 
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There is a form on the website that you can use. However it only works one camp at a time so you end up sending a number of emails which gets very confusing.

What I do is look at the information they ask for on the form and then create my own using Word. An example of the booking form can be found here

On my form I give all my details (Name, address, Nationality etc) once, then for each of the camps I give:
Camp Name
Accommodation type required (eg BD2)
Date arriving at the camp
Number of nights required.

Then I email the form to Reservations@Sanparks.org. Its going to be busy so make sure you send your email first thing tomorrow morning. Early Dec shouldn't be too busy but you are going for the most popular camps and they go fast.

And check in for Tamboti is at Orpen.

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 Post subject: Re: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
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Perfect i will use that form, thanks!
Shall I wait 22th january to send the form or is it OK to do it now?

Is it possible to ask for a specific accommodation number?
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 Post subject: Re: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
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I would wait. To be fair to those phoning in they only open the emails received on (or after) the day bookings open.

Reservations don't allocate the units, that's done at the camp. Different camps have different policies on requesting specific units, so best to check with them. They probably won't do them this far in advance.

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 Post subject: Re: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:03 pm 
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OK many thanks, i will get in contact with the camps as the trip approaches :D :D


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 Post subject: Re: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
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Hi Esusino - how about making your trip even more relaxing by booking 3 nights Lower Sabie, 3 nights Satara, 3 nights Tamboti and 2 nights Biyamiti! You won't regret it!
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 Post subject: Re: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
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Hi Sandy

this is a very good advice, will limit the packing/unpacking exercise even further :D :D
Thanks

Andrea


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 Post subject: Re: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
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Hello Esusino

Looks like an exciting tripp!

Some suggestions from a experienced Kruger visitor:
- the new schedule is better
- satara and tamboti are very close. U are very over weight that area. Why not swop Tamboti for olifants (amazing views and camp) and second stay at Satara for Skukuza which has excellent game viewing?
-Biyamiti is nice but very difficult drive there for a car. Not many game roads and no restaurant. Wht not stay berg en dal rather

Have a lovely trip

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 Post subject: Re: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
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Lots of very good advice here for you, Andrea :D

Warm welcome to the forums :gflower: and I have some advice for you too....
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we will visit KNP this year for the first time
.... prepare yourself for many more KNP trips. You are going to fall in love with this wonderful Park !

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 Post subject: Re: Itinerary advise needed - first time visit
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It should not be difficult to get bookings if you going before 16 Dec even if you try the on-line option.

At the moment Tamboti is a good options if you want to see wild dogs (book in at Orpen), but if you also interested in rare antelope like Sable you can try out Talamati. The camp is south of Tamboti and very private with two hides and chalets along the river.

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Son Godin has a good point. Tambotie is a special camp and it is wonderful to experience the atmosphere. It is however not a camp with multiple roads to choose from. A night at Talamati gives another dimension. Talamati is a favorite with many people and a very friendly camp.

I would stick to Biyamiti, as it takes in some of the most productive areas.

You did mention that you preferred smaller camps, so this would fit in well.

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