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 Post subject: Re: children at the KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:33 pm 
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Yes, that's correct. Only children from 12 and up may do walks.

It is mainly due to safety concerns. Predators tend to target small children, as it is their natural instinct to go for weaker individuals, which offers an easy meal.

Though you may not be able to take all your children, I would really advise you to take those you can on a morning walk. It is a special experience.

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 Post subject: Re: Infants in Kruger Park
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Hello bb1980. :)

You might want to keep your # of camps visited to a minimum to keep away from long drives in the car. Even then, short excursions from camp, with stops back to "home base" to take care of family needs, can be very rewarding. Just take a look at some of the Trip Reports where people steal out for a short drive and have great rewards. :dance:

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 Post subject: Toddler safety at picnic areas
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I am in the early stages of planning my third trip to your beautiful country and Kruger.
The big change this time is that I would be bringing my wife and (then) 2 year old daughter!
I know it will be a different kind of trip, and that I will keep drives shorter, and keep her busy in the car.

Most of my research focus is on the important safety issues like malaria (trip planned for mid-September for that reason) and road safety.
I would like to hear people's thoughts on the more dramatic but far less likely problems of bringing a snack-sized child to the park.

I would never let her out of arms reach in a picnic spot, and I would not want her playing on the lawn/dirt in the camps when monkeys or baboons are around.
Check for snakes, etc before letting her run around in camp.

Any other advice from the forumites about this sort of concern?


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 Post subject: Re: Toddler safety at picnic areas
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And do not leave her alone in a car with the windows open for a second. If she is eating something and you run to the loo and leave her in the car, she will be a target for monkeys and baboons.

I see so many little children in the park, all very happy and playing around, so as Sprocky said, you have the right approach - to be aware and watchful all the time, and I am sure taking your little one to the park will be a great adventure for you all.

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 Post subject: Re: Toddler safety at picnic areas
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Don't let your child wander around with a piece of food because he/she will certainly attract the attention of the scavengers
Agreed, my 4 year old was chased around Tshokwane by a monkey, because she was walking around with a piece of bread.

Otherwise perfectly safe. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Rest Camp with toddler?
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Greetings!

I am trying to find a rest camp in southern KNP that will allow a toddler, any suggestions on where I can find this information. Or better yet, where have you stayed with your toddler?

Thank you kindly!


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 Post subject: Re: Rest Camp with toddler?
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Toddlers are welcome in all the rest camps.

There are some activities such as walks and game drives, with an age restriction of 12.

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 Post subject: Re: Rest Camp with toddler?
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If you're going in summer, remember to be diligent with sun protection products, ample hydration, and anti-malarial considerations for your toddler. Also, I would be extra careful at night as especially scorpions and some snakes are active.

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 Post subject: Re: Rest Camp with toddler?
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Thank you!
And yes, we will be coming early/mid November and are going the Malarone route, plan to stay indoors after dark, will use treated clothing, net, and apply repellent for the boy.
Good tip on the scorpions, etc.

Are there any camps you'd recommend (ideally in southern Kruger) for late November?


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 Post subject: Re: Rest Camp with toddler?
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Hi Goatia,

Lower sabie and Skukuza are good camps in south Kruger. Both of them have plenty of game around. Place you can find all big 5.
Lower Sabie is more special as it has a beautiful restaurant deck overlooking the Sabie river. I can sit there for ages :) The deck has lot of birds which would be an absolute delight for for LO.


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 Post subject: Re: Rest Camp with toddler?
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Hi Goatia

We visited the park in August with our 20 month old.
We stayed in Skukuza camp in one of the bungalows with the enclosed verandas.
The little one can still walk and play around the bungalow and you can still make use of the kitchen, table and chairs on the veranda.
You will have piece of mind knowing that he can't wonder off and that he will not be easily stung by any creatures.
There is also a doctor readily available at Skukuza.
Game viewing in the area were excellent during our visit.

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 Post subject: Re: Rest Camp with toddler?
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Believe a swimming pool will be nice for a toddler
All main camps in the South are great for a toddler all with pools
Nice feature about Pretoriuskop are the "tame" impala in camp

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 Post subject: Re: Rest Camp with toddler?
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All three of my kids have been going to the park since they were only months old.

Although it is a good precaution to keep them inside an enclosed veranda after dark, it is really not necessary. My daughter is two years old and there is nothing she loves more than sitting around the fire at night with me and also to patrol the experiment fence.
We also never use any malaria medication and just ensure she is covered in repellant after dark, but that is your own choice to make.

On the topic of this very debatable issue, I always remind myself that my child is just one of thousands inside the malaria area and should not be treated any different.
In saying so, we do take every possible, but "sensible" precaution against malaria, while also ensuring they still enjoy the experience.


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 Post subject: Infants in accom...
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Hi, I'm sure this question has probably been asked many times before....but
If I am travelling to KNP 2 adults, and 2 children, but one of the children would still be in a travel cot and not require a bed.
would I need to book accom with max occupancy of 4 people, or can I book a bungalow for example with max occupancy of 3 as we would only need 3 beds....
I have been a SA travel agent for years, and never had this question pop up, now here i am in this situation lol!
many thanks for all your help
can't wait to get back to the bush :lol: :cam:


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 Post subject: Re: Infants in accom...
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If the baby sleeping in a cot is younger than 2 you wont pay for him/her and you wont need to book a bed for him/her. So yes you can book a 3bed bungalow

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