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 Post subject: Re: Game Drives in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:56 pm 
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I can only agree with the previous post about Biyamiti. We were there in November and took a morning drive with a guide called "Preachment". Fantastic knowledge, especially about birds. Can only recommend a drive from here.

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 Post subject: Re: Game Drives in Kruger
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100% correct advice - game drives going back yonks from Biyamiti have been brilliant but aside from one excellent drive with Gordon Ramsden from Skukuza I was bitterly disappointed - too many people, too much noise on the vehicle and inadequate lighting. I think van Rooi who used to be at Biyamiti will remember some of the stupendous drives we did whilst staying there.

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 Post subject: Update on night drives / sunset drives on light shining etc
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I remember that a very long time ago we had a topic on night drives and sunset drives from camps were we had a discussion that rangers should take more time in explaining how to shine the lights as most guests shined the lights on the roof or road causing everyone not to see animals. I cant find it however.

We did a night drive at Satara about a week ago and I can't remember the name of the guide it was an indian guy working as an h- ranger from JHB. I really want to compliment him for his explanation. When we were sitting in the truck just before we left, he took a spotlight and demonstrated to the guests on how to shine the light. He said about 20 - 30 meters into the bush moving it from left to right and back again in 45 degree angles and to check for eyes and not shine directly into the eyes...

About 20 minutes into the drive he noticed that the guests weren't following his instructions stopped and re-explained once more, this time with much better effect.

We had a nice jackal sighting and sadly most guests on the truck got bored, fell asleep because of the bush silence that night. Me personally just enjoyed being out in the bush at night. Great ranger and great skills keep it up.


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 Post subject: Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.
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Welcome to the forum holmesneg.

Firstly if 5 of you tell the guide you are interested in birds, they will take that into consideration. Secondly as a ride proceeds, anyone who sees something asks the guide to "STOP!". Then the subject, bird or not, is highlighted & briefly diccussed.

Secondly, I would not do a morning drive. Sunrise drive yes, because you get out before anyone else.

Thirdly I would do a guided walk, for the experience, and the guides also are birder orientated, plus you will walk in an area away from the tourist road and they drive there.

Hope this is useful. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.
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Welcome to the forum holmesneg. 8)

I would also recommend a game drive from Satara.

We have been on numerous game drives in the Satara area and haven't been disappointed yet.

I would certainly do a Sunrise drive, two years ago we saw 6 Cheetahs on the S127 and this year we have seen 5 male Lions and 2 Cheetahs on the S100 and 1 Honey Badger on the S41 during a Sunrise drive


**edit** I recommended a morning drive but I meant a sunrise drive ** edit**

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 Post subject: Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.
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Bush Baptist wrote:
THe reason I suggested you don'tdo a morning drive, is because they go out when you can go out, but the other ddrives are out (partly) when the gates are closed.

THere is nothing stopping you driving along with the morning drive vehicle.


You are right Bush Baptist, I meant a Sunrise drive, we did the sunrise drive not the morning drive :redface:

The sunrise drive leaves the camp before the gates open... :whistle:

But a Night drive is nice too 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.
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I've never tried a morning drive for that exact reason -- I can drive myself. :) I do enjoy the occasional evening and night drives, though. What you lose in self-sufficiency you gain in being out and about during some prime times. We've done a Satara evening drive each time we've stayed there.

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 Post subject: Re: Update on night drives / sunset drives on light shining
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Mars, I'm glad you had an enjoyable game drive from Satara during your recent KNP trip.

I agree, sometimes the guests, who have been given the spotlights, do not understand how to use them and no-one explains to them. Good that your SHR guide took the time, twice, to explain and hence give everyone on the vehicle a better experience.

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 Post subject: Re: Update on night drives / sunset drives on light shining
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Mars wrote:
I remember that a very long time ago we had a topic on night drives and sunset drives from camps were we had a discussion that rangers should take more time in explaining how to shine the lights as most guests shined the lights on the roof or road causing everyone not to see animals. I cant find it however.


Hi Mars, I think Here is the thread that you were looking for :thumbs_up: .

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 Post subject: Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.
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We did a sunset drive from Satara early in the New Year.

And it was rubbish. We took tourist roads with very little 'basic game', let alone cats, or other interesting species.

Tawny eagle was identified as Wahlberg's. We expected to perhaps travel on some no-entry roads, or for the guide to remain in radio contact with others. No such luck.

The guide's name was Martin, and as much as he was pleasant to begin with, he became more and more condescending as the night wore on. To the extent that even the Australians on the jeep were face-palming at his outbursts.

All of this misery for R220 per adult and R110 per child. Never again.

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 Post subject: Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.
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Perks Have you sent in a form stating your complaints
Though just to point out that these night drives do not go off on to the no entry roads as most of those roads lead nowhere anyway and Game is not guaranteed . We did a night drive once and all we saw was a cameleon and a few scrub hares but what an experience and the guide was superb and showed us what it felt like to be alone in the bush at night ( we were the only passengers) He showed us the night sky . turned the engine off so we could listen to the silence . that smell of the bush .. ahhh magic

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 Post subject: Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.
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I hope someone in the know can help me with this, I want to do a Night Drive from Lower Sabie next month, but I see on the Kruger Activities and tarrifs page it lists LS to only do Sunrise and Sunset Drives.

I did a Night drive at LS back in 2012, and want to specifically do one again for the nocturnal bird life. Can anybody tell me if LS still offers Night drives?


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 Post subject: Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.
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Yes, they do, just not sure why they are not listed as such. :?

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 Post subject: Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.
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DotDan, I just phone Lower Sabie directly to book their night drives. I'm not sure why they don't have it on their website. Their number is: 013 735 6056.

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 Post subject: Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.
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We have done plenty of sunset and night drive from Satara and Lower Sabie and have enjoyed every one of them. This year we are staying at Punda for the first time and I am wondering whether it's a good camp to do a sunset or night drive from.


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