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Max. distance day drive.

Unread postby Piet-Hein » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:24 pm

Hello, I've already told we're goiing to visit KNP in July. We will stay at Orpen, Olifants, Shingwedzi and Punda Maria.As we stay in Sabie town we want to make a day trip or two to the south of KNP. How many km you can drive in a day time and still have enough time to observe the annimals? I need this to plan some routes we can take.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:38 pm

Hi Piet-Hein. Allow about 25-30km/hour driving speed without time taken for stops for picnics and parked at waterholes etc. I have done up to 200km in the Park in a day, and it has been fine. But I would say doing 100km a day is comfortable and recommend that.
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Unread postby Freda » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:50 pm

I agree with DB, about 100kms is enough with stops.
If you enter at Kruger gate you could do Skukuza, with a stop at Lake Panic, then drive to Lower Sabie and back, a nice drive along the river.
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Unread postby richardharris » Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:49 pm

Remember it also makes a huge difference if you come in January or August. January you will have several more hours to play with!

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Unread postby Piet-Hein » Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:58 pm

We are going in July. I will plan a route about 100km. The route from skukuza to lower sabie is an idea.

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Unread postby oddesy » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:20 am

We usually stick to about 160 Km maximum as this still gives you ample enough stoppage time , but then we do spend the entire day in the car . Usually we do alot less though, 100km is probably the best .
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Unread postby Mike1916 » Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:34 pm

I also agree 100km - 130km is nice drive amd you can also cover alot of ground1 :wink:
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:26 pm

200km, but we leave when the gates open and return when they close. There is time to enjoy sightings, but we don't dally hoping the lions will wake up (which they most usually don't). We see about 90 sightings of game except impala during that time on a good day, and stop briefly at picnic sites, look out points and for lunch.
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Unread postby Piet-Hein » Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:09 pm

maybe a stupid qeustion but are there road signs in KNP with gate names and distance? :redface:

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:16 pm

Not a stupid questions at all Piet-Hein. At each intersection on the roads, there are signs with distances and directions to the camps. The maps one can buy in the Park are also very good and well marked with distances between points.
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Unread postby Pjw » Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:41 pm

Tts almost impossible to get lost in Kruger. Every road junction is well signposted and as DB said, the maps are excellent. Having said that, keep checking because often both roads lead to the same camp/ gate so you must check the time and distance and and take the appropriate route
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Unread postby Piet-Hein » Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:55 pm

I already have a roadmap of KNP. So I've been busy to make plans wich (appropriate) routes i can take. :dance:

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Unread postby G@mespotter » Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:06 pm

I'd say it depends on sightings and the time allowed at waterholes/hides. But 100-150 km is indeed a good suggestion. In the south, generally add some extra time..
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Unread postby RichardS » Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:49 pm

Personally, I think that 150Km's is pushing the limits a little.

The last time we were in the Kruger, we travelled as follows:
In @ Phalaborwa => Letaba => Satara => Out @ Orpen

Approx. 160Kms and 12 hours. This is a little long with the kids (I'm sure Sue & I could have managed)

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How Fast Do You Drive?

Unread postby onewithnature » Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:03 am

I've been curious for many a moon about how fast successful game viewers drive, and how long they drive in a day. I drive according to the speed that allows me to see through every gap in the bush and up every tree. This depends on the time of the year and the thickness of the bush in an area. However, I usually average around 20 km/h, although there have been times I have done 10 km/h!

I'm just wondering if I'm driving TOO slowly - i.e. covering too little ground, and whether it would be better to pump it up a bit. I see game guides usually hang around 30-40 km/h, even at night . Do I need to bump up my viewing skills, or am I spot on at the moment?

How fast do you drive, fellow mites; and do you drive the whole day, or just the cooler hours?
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