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Re: Night drives punda maria

Unread postby ecojunkie » Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:38 pm

They do both. Sunset at 4-7 and night 7.30-9.30
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Re: Night drives punda maria

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:47 pm

Hi!

There is no normal and usual on any drive, including night drives. That is part of the excitement and the magic of the bush. Each drive is unique, sometimes you see "nothing", some times you see something spectacular. Every drive is however special in its own way, and is in itself an experience. It is important to approach a night drive with a positive attitude, and not to go just to see predators.

But yes, there is an increased chance of seeing some of the big predators such as leopard and lion, and a much better chance of seeing some of the smaller nocturnal animals such as civet, genet, some mongoose species, bush babies and african wild cat, which is simply not "on the menu" during the day.

Guides decide which route to take on a particular night. Usually there are a few options available, and they make the decision each night which one to take. They may have some information, they know the area and where good spots are, and this helps them decide. But again, no guide can ensure a specific sighting.

Enjoy your visit, and I hope you have a spectacular drive! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Night drives punda maria

Unread postby Betelgeuse » Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:38 am

Springhares emerge from their burrows after dark...so check out what time the sun sets and decide on a sunset or night drive. You can see numerous warrens or burrows along the Mahonieloop (S99). Good luck!

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Re: Info: walks and game drives taken from camps

Unread postby saraf » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:19 pm

bjoernsson wrote:Hello, we stay at Tamboti 15.02. and Satara 16.02.

Now we wanted to book a morning walk at Tamboti on 16.02.
The Website says: All activities from Orpen Rest Camp:, Guided Bush Walks, Game Drives (in the company of trained field guides), Bundu Trail – (pre-booked overnight activity)?

How does this work?
Does anyone collect us at Tamboti?
Do we have to drive on our own to Orpen?
But we could not arive in time at Orpen? Start morning walk 5.30, open gate tamboti 5.30, that does not work?

Thank you for any help!

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You will be picked up from Tamboti. When you book in for Tamboti just confirm with reception that you've pre-booked the activity and confirm the details. You'll be given an indemnity form to sign. Make sure the receptionist writes down the time and place of the pick-up so there is no confusion.

Also if you are going on a walk the guides won't take you if you are wearing white or anything that is very light coloured, you'll be made to change or cover up.

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Re: Guided Walks and Drives

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:12 am

Croc. Bridge offers morning walks and sunset drives. Night drives are taken when the sunset drives are fully booked, to accommodate more people.

Remember that a sunset drive actually encompasses a night drive for around half of the drive time. That translates to roughly an hour and a half. Exposure to nocturnal animals are actually excellent at dusk already, often giving better viewing due to better light conditions.
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Re: Guided Walks and Drives

Unread postby ecojunkie » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:51 am

Cut off age for children on drives is 6. However younger children are allowed if the drive is entirely booked by one group.....but the smaller vehicles are 10-seaters, and the bigger ones 21-seaters. I suggest you contact Skukuza and ask them directly about this. Ask to speak to the Head Guide or the Duty Manager so you get a definitive answer.
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Re: Game drive or guided walk from satellite camps

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:19 am

Welcome to the forum and beware of addiction!

The satellite camp activities are usually booked at the nearest main camp and they pick you up for whichever one you book.

At Malelane camp you book the activities at the Malelane gate. They currently offer morning and sunset drives, and morning walks will be added soon. In the meanwhile walks can be booked at Berg-en-Dal and they will pick you up at Malelane.

Timing varies from camp to camp. Check this when you book.
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Re: Game drives from gates

Unread postby Penny » Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:09 pm

Bekke to avoid disappointment I would not just arrive at the gate and expect to get on a drive - I would book and pay for the drive in advance through one of the Sanparks reservations offices! Gate drives are very popular! Also remember that as you will be staying outside the Park you will have to pay the higher price for the drive as opposed to the price charged when one is inside Kruger!
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Re: Morning drive, sunset drive or night drive?

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon May 03, 2010 12:22 pm

I prefer sunset drives. They're 3 hours (night drives are 2 hours) and they don't get back too late. You also get to see the transition between day and night.
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Re: Morning drive, sunset drive or night drive?

Unread postby Dupacc » Mon May 03, 2010 1:49 pm

Hi Lunar,

We enjoy all drives, but if we have to choose, it will be the Early Morning Drive, - the one that leaves before sunrise while it is still dark. On these drives, we often then see animals that slept on the warmer tar roads. Last year from Satara, we saw the Big Five, with Lions no less than 7 different occasions.

However, going on a night drive wil give you the opportunity to see animals and birds not often seen and to experience night-life in a special way. So I guess it depends on what you want to see and experience.... :roll: :hmz:

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Re: Morning drive, sunset drive or night drive?

Unread postby Malealea » Mon May 03, 2010 3:18 pm

Hi Lunar,

First of all I´m not a Fan from the South it is to crowdy.... . But I can highöly recommend a nightdrive in Letaba. I have done it for couple of time and till now, we ha always luck (saw Haeynas, Lions,Leopards, Elephants, Buffs......). I would go for a nightdrive, because the sounds at night are very special. Are your childrens intrested in Game viewing? Because in a Nigtdrive you will get Lamps where you can ligt the Bush out, which is esspecially for Teens a great Fun. I don´t like Sunset or morningdrives, because it is very special to drive in a Park where no other Cars are there. In a Sunset or Morning Drive you will collide in that situation. I hope you get the thing. The second point why I would go for a Night drive you willö start during Sunset so it is a combination between Sun and nightdrive.

Other Camps which are quite good are Talami, Shimuwini and Punda Maria. Please give me your camps where you want to stay then i can give you suggestion of Nightdrives. But Kruger is wild I can´t give you a guranty tht you will see anything at night, it is alwyys a question of luck!!!

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Re: Morning drive, sunset drive or night drive?

Unread postby Mafunyane » Thu May 06, 2010 4:48 pm

I must say the late night drive gets me high in anticipation. All the nocturnals are out and about and it's a complete mystery what you are going to find. Some of the animals that you will never find before gate closing time and even by sunset
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Re: Info: walks and game drives taken from camps

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:52 pm

Yes, you can book at the camp itself when arriving. But then it is down to availability of a space on that given day, and you may find that the activity is fully booked. Camps do tend to try and accommodate all people by adding i.e. another drive. This is however not always possible due to limited vehicles and personnel. On the walks it is even more difficult, since it asks very specialized personnel. Not all guides are qualified to do walks.

If you want to make sure, rather book a few days in advance.
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Re: Walks and Drives in kruger

Unread postby bert » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:58 am

Usually the drives are not fully booked, so you can book while in camp
See that you are at Satara for numerous days, so even for a morning walk you
might find some space.

Sunset drives depart at 5 and takes about 3 hours

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Re: Sunset or night drive

Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:15 pm

I agree, the sunset drive give in my opinion in principle a better deal. You get the best of both worlds. Individual drives may of course differ.

Crocodile bridge do offer night drives ... but ... only if the sunset drive is fully booked, and there are enough people to warrant a night drive. So their default option is the sunset drive.
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