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 Post subject: 15 nights in November + 2
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:45 pm 
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We are about to book 15 nights in November, this will be our second visit to Kruger, the first in February 2012 was for 8 nights going up as far as Letaba. This time we plan to go north as far as Sirheni, our itinerary will be 1nt Skukuza, 1nt Berg en D, 2 Biyamiti, 1 LS, 3 Satara, 1 Letaba, 2 Shingwedzi, 2 Sirheni, 1 Olifants and finally 1 back at Skukuza. All fine and availability checked, or so I thought, now my wife would like to add 2 more nights, these would need to be at the start and before Satara as the accommodation we want there isn't available before those dates. Question is where to add the 2 nights, add them to the existing camps or another we haven't included.
Any advice warmly appreciated. Many thanks.
Martyn & Linda.


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 Post subject: Re: 15 nights in November + 2
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I would add those 2 nights to existing bookings/camps, Matbe.
I know that you want to see and experience as much as possible, but spending more nights in a camp, makes for a more relaxed trip. Just my opinion though and I am sure you will get more advice from others.

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 Post subject: Re: 15 nights in November + 2
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I would agree with Matthys: more nights per (existing) camp. We've always found that more nights per camp and fewer camps work better. But maybe that's just us.
Sticking with your initial itinerary, I'd actually add one more night to Skukuza and one to either LS or Biyamiti.

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 Post subject: Re: 15 nights in November + 2
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I would stay at LS for longer, great area for good sightings :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: 15 nights in November + 2
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I also agree that staying longer in a camp makes for a more relaxed trip, and you have the chance of more sightings in the south ... but I am going to throw a spanner in the works and suggest you think about changing your booking slightly, and add those two nights to visit Punda before you go to Olifants. It will mean a change in the booking, and depend on availability, but you have time and November is quiet.

You are coming a long way, why not go all the way north and enjoy the whole park. November is a stunning time to visit KNP :dance:

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I agree with the others.
Add the extra nights to one of your existing bookings so you are not moving around as much.
If Skukuza is your last nigtht, how about tagging it on there?
You will be able to chill for the last few days. And there are plenty of good drives in the area.


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I agree with DB. Either add 2 nights at Punda, or if it was me I'd add those nights to Shingwedzi (I'm a rabid northern addict, I'm afraid) Either will allow you to visit Frank at Pafuri picnic spot as well as Crook's Corner, matbe.

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 Post subject: Re: 15 nights in November + 2
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Porridge is only agreeing with me because he is very afraid of me :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: 15 nights in November + 2
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Many thanks for all the great advice, we will certainly consider all the options suggested. One of the reasons we chose November was because it seems to be a very quiet month, and hopefully just before the rains turn the grass into a problem. One of the disappointments of our last visit was being February the long grass and dense vegetation made some areas impossible to spot any game that wasn't either on or right next to the road.
Now we are retired we can chose any time we want, and November for us came out top, when we look at availability in camps, apart from the weekends, there seems to be so many options.
So now some re planning to think about. Thanks once again.


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 Post subject: Re: 15 nights in November + 2
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Sorry, just another quick question, just a thought, is 4 camps in the south one to many so close together, if so which would be the one to drop. We have, Skukuza, Berg en Dal, Biyamiti & LS, we could drop any one and add the nights to the others. Thanks.


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:hmz: I can't say which I think you should drop as each camp has something to offer (we enjoyed Pretoriuskop as well!) but I would say Biyamiti is a must and don't please drop that one . Also Lowere Sabie offers lovely views from camp plus good game drives :thumbs_up:


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Whatever you do matbe, don't drop Biyamiti!!! Apart from the fact that you were lucky to get a booking there, it is a fantastic little camp! :dance: :dance:

Then I must agree with DinkyBird (and I'm not afraid of her! :tongue: ), two nights in Punda Maria would be wonderful to add onto your existing bookings! You surely would have enough of moving after this trip, but you won't regret it! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: 15 nights in November + 2
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is 4 camps in the south one to many so close together,
No, not as far as I am concerned. There is a better chance of seeing game in the south, and you have got well spaced camps so will be able to enjoy different areas of the park.

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DinkyBird wrote:
Porridge is only agreeing with me because he is very afraid of me :twisted:

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ummmmmm ...... :hmz: :whistle: ok, if you say so D .... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: 15 nights in November + 2
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Ok thanks everybody, more or less settled on this.
1 nt LS
3 Biyamiti
1 Berg e D
2 Skukuza
2 Satara
2 Letaba
2 Shingwedzi
2 Sirheni
1 Olifants
All availability checked & ok, seem to remember that if I book online it means paying in full up front, then as our last visit we can pay for the wild card on arrival.
As for getting up as far as Punda, I'm sure we can do that from Sirheni on the middle day, though I'm guessing it'll be quite hot in the north at that time of year.
So the countdown begins :)


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