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Re: Chosing guides in game drives

Unread postby billh » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:29 pm

As it happens when I booked a morning drive - won't say where - I asked for a guide by name and was told it could be arranged, and it was. Now it might have been great salesmanship by the front desk manager and the guide was scheduled already but if you don't ask you never will know.

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Re: Chosing guides in game drives

Unread postby gerharddb » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:37 pm

Well I have asked for spesific guides and were almost accomodated everytime.

IMHO I think one must think at the guide before choosing to go on a night/morning drive. Personally it makes the drive for me. If you get a guide that shares very little interesting stuff, knowledge, ect and speeds from one sighting to another and then back to camp, I may get aggresive!! :twisted: :lol:

I for example had a BAD experience at Skukuza and Satara on nightdrives and swore I'd never do a drive from any of those 2 camps in my life....but after hearing Irving Knight who was the Head Guide at Lower Sabie started at Satara today...I might reconsider...
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Re: Morning at Evening game drives Satara,Lower Sabie

Unread postby Shushin » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:21 am

Thank you Foxy.
After a little digging I found the page but had to google to find:( http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/to ... drives.php
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Re: Morning at Evening game drives Satara,Lower Sabie

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:08 am

As Foxy has said you can book them directly with the camp you are staying in at the time when you check in at reception
Unless its a very busy time you can generally get in.

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Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.

Unread postby chirinda » Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:12 pm

Can someone please tell me if they use the small trucks or only the big trucks for drives out of Shingwedzi.

Also how many people have to book for a morning walk to make it viable.

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Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.

Unread postby EetHomKitty » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:37 pm

Im answering this for the sake of answering, when we were in Shing they used a Bakkie type Gameviewer and not a truck game viewer.

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Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.

Unread postby vinkie » Sat May 04, 2013 11:56 am

Hi Ernani,

You have a lot of questions I hope these answers will help you....have fun Booking and enjoy the trip.


Which of these will offer the better sunset & sunrise drives this time of year to your opinion?

You are staying in Lower Sabie this is one of the best camps for Game Drives

What times are the sunrise/sunset drives start and how long?


Sunset drives

This activity leaves before the sun sets and gets back once the sky is dark. Experienced guides drive the groups. Inquire at the reservations offices or at the camp you are staying in, about going on this drive.

Night Drives

Take part in the nocturnal activities of Kruger's secretive creatures. Experienced guides drive the groups. Inquire at the reservations offices or at the camp you are staying in, about going on this drive. The sunset drive departs at 17:00 and lasts at least 3 hours.

Morning drives

Leave at around 04.30 in summer and 05.30 in winter. Clients are to confirm with Reception the previous night when they book in to their accommodation. As per day walks, accommodation must be booked for the previous night at the camp, as walks/drives leave before the gates open officially. The drive’s duration is 3-4 hours.

Can children age 9 join without their parents, please?

Note that children under the age of 6 are not permitted to take part in these activities for their own safety, so I think that when they are 9 years old it wouldn't be a problem....but I would ask first before making a reservation(I wouldn't let my childeren go on a Game Drive without the parents...but that's my opinion).


Take a look at this part of the SANParks Website: Kruger Game Drives, all the info I posted is from this section. :wink:
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Orpen Gate night drives

Unread postby K-4S » Tue May 14, 2013 6:41 pm

Does anyone know when you are staying at Tamboti and Maroela do you pay the game drive rates for Orpen rest camp or Orpen Gate?

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Re: Orpen Gate night drives

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Tue May 14, 2013 6:50 pm

I paid the camp rates. One is picked up by a vehicle from Orpen camp I think.
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Re: Best camp to book evening gamedrive...?

Unread postby saraf » Tue May 21, 2013 7:24 pm

Hi Sander,

I've done drives from Punda Maria, Shingwedzi and Satara and would recommend them. Thomas at Punda Maria is very good and will stop to explain all about the trees as well as the animals. Not sure you'll see a leopard though, Satara will probably be best.

However it really does depend on right place right time for how good the drives are.

To book in advance it's best to email reservations@sanparks.org with your Reservation Number and ask them to add it to your booking. Then reconfirm when you check in at the camp - just so you get your indemnity form and the time and place of departure. Make sure they write the time on your form, I've had arguments with guides before now when reception has told me the wrong time!
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Re: Best camp to book evening gamedrive...?

Unread postby Mads » Tue May 21, 2013 7:27 pm

Hi Sander, I have done game drives at all the camps you are visiting. In my opinion, I will say you will have the biggest variety of aminal and bird species at Satara. I have done many drives there before and we had wonderful sightings.
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Re: Best camp to book evening gamedrive...?

Unread postby t-bal » Tue May 21, 2013 7:44 pm

Hallo Sander

I have been on a drive from Satara and it wasn’t a disappointment. Even though I got the feeling the guide was just looking for lions it still was very entertaining. Also Satara is prime cat countries so I personally would chose this camp and hope to see some cats in action.

Considering you would love to see a leopard I would recommend to go on your evening drive in the best leopard territory. Myself have seen the most leopards in the Skukuza/Lower Sabie area, so if I would be looking for leopards I would chose the evening drive at Skukuza. Saying that the Satara and Pretoriuskop areas are also good leopard country and I have been told Berg en Dal as well. Anyway your best chance to see the spotted one is probably in the south.

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Re: Best camp to book evening gamedrive...?

Unread postby bert » Tue May 21, 2013 8:57 pm

Hi Sander
Would recommend Satara or Lower Sabie
Seen my leopards near Berg en Dal , Lower Sabie and Skukuza

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Re: Best camp to book evening gamedrive...?

Unread postby Joubie » Wed May 22, 2013 1:31 pm

Hi Sander
During our previous June/July holiday we decided to do a sunset drive from Satara, we were hesitant at first because our previous two night drives from Shingwedzi were extremely quite.
We had the most amazing time and sightings. 1 Leopard walking next to the vehicle, 2 cheetahs also close to the vehicle, badger and an African wild kitten were the highlights of the drive.
This year we've booked a sunset drive from Lower Sabie during the holidays again.
I did the booking by phoning Central Reservations.

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Re: Best camp to book evening gamedrive...?

Unread postby vinkie » Thu May 23, 2013 10:41 pm

Sander wrote:What time do nightdrives leave? The time of departure is left blank in our booking confirmation.


Hi Sander,

The last time we went to Kruger and did a Night Drive we left camp after dinner time at about: 20H.00

Take a look at this part of the SANParks Website: Kruger Game Drives :wink:

Take a look here for the most recent Activity Tariffs

The rear side of the camp layout which you receive at the Reception when you pick up your key shows all the actual times and activities the Camp provides the visitors.
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