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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:42 pm 
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The Park is very well signposted, but do invest in a map at the entrance gate, as this will allow you to plan your routes in advance. GPS does not work everywhere as not all of the Park has cellphone signals.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y
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All camps before gate close - in July 17.30 and August 18h00.

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 Post subject: Re: Travel from Orpen to Shigwedzi
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You might also find DISTANCES BETWEEN MAIN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK CAMPS AND GATES handy, Ils.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y
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My first post, this SanParks forum has been a true treasure chest of information for this safari newbie! :clap:

My sister, brother-in-law, and I are planning to spend 7 nights in Kruger this August. We have booked 3 nights at Skukuza, then 3 at LS, and 1 at BnD (to be close to MQP the next morning).

Is it doable to make a round-trip drive from Skukuza to Satara, with one of the legs having some dirt-roads such as S36/33? Would we have enough time to do a detour on S-39 up to the Timbavati picnic site? If S-39 isn't possible, can we do S-100/H-6 loop on the return from Satara?

My ideal round-trip proposal for Skukuza-Satara:
H1-2
S36 then S33
H1-3
Lunch at Satara
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S39 to Timbavati picnic and back
S36 then S126
H1-3 then H1-2 tar roads back to Skukuza

I think the total is about 280 KM, long day I know but possible to do if we leave at 630 am ?

I am looking very forward to this trip, as we are also doing 5 nights at Africa on Foot before Kruger. I'm sure this won't be my last question. Many thanks for your awesome responses! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y
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Welcome to the forum VicDD.

We usually do about 200km a day comfortably.

The problem is this. You will probably see something that you will want to linger at for a while, and time at picnic site seems to go quickly.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y
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A warm welcome to you VicDD :D I hope your trip is filled with great memories.

ditto with Bush Baptist. S39, one of my favorite roads. You will be passing through so many eco zones. If you feel that you have the time, try to do the whole S39. It gives a bit of a taste of a completely different eco zone and you will be passing some of the game rich Savannah on your way back to Satara.

There is a little detour, the S86, close to Tshokwane, Lions sometimes go to rest in the shade on hot days. It is worth a peek.

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 Post subject: Satara to Punda Maria
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Hi everyone. Just a quick question. Is Satara to Punda Maria possible in one whole day during the Winter Months.

Any Help will highly be appreciated

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 Post subject: Re: Satara to Punda Maria
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You certainly can do Satara to Punda in a day, as long as you do not spend too much time at special sightings, or taking too many breaks at Letaba, Mopanie, Shingwedsi or the picnic sites along the way :thumbs_up:

And not too many ellie roadblocks :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Satara to Punda Maria
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Yes, it is doable - allow at least 9 hours for the trip going at a steady 40 and not stopping too often. As billyf said " not too many ellie roadblocks" - and north of Shingwedzi allow for a couple of delays due to Dagga Boys!

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 Post subject: Re: Satara to Punda Maria
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I am not convinced it's a good idea.
I once did Shingwedzi to Satara and we just made the gates.
There were loads of good sightings on the way and we stopped often on the trip.
As we got nearer Satara and time was running out, we drove past a lion kill, and didn't have time to stop. :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: Satara to Punda Maria
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In short, possible,yes, but advisable,no.

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 Post subject: Re: Satara to Punda Maria
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Easily. 245 km in 11 hours (all on tar, you do the math)
Early start in Satara, brunch at Mooiplaas, early afternoon tea at Babalala and just 50 km to go from there!

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 Post subject: Re: Satara to Punda Maria
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Hi everyone. Thank You soo much for all the advice. I really appreciate it.

One of the main reasons for my question was, I am booked in Kruger from the 18th June to the 22nd at the following camps

LS, Skuks, Orpen and Satara, and because my house is only 45 mins from Punda Gate, I got this crazy idea of staying a night in Punda, and having a drive next morning before exiting, although I have always preferred Shingwedzi, but due to its closure, I thought I might as well try Punda as a camp. Always a first time.

So since it is possible, I am going to book it, because I would rather exit closer to home rather than driving 4 hours out of the Park at night since I don't believing in exiting the gate before the gate closing time since the best time is early morning and late evenings.

Thanks once again for the advice everyone :gflower: :gflower: :gflower: . I really appreciate it

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 Post subject: Re: Satara to Punda Maria
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Bushbud, It will be amazing if I get to catch up with a Forum Mite, and I think the main reason for this is because I mostly visit the North, there are very little forum mites actually visiting the the North for some reason beyond my knowledge.

James, that is perfect, as I will be driving slow in the morning, at my snail pace, but than drive on 50 after 10am.
According to my calculations, and the distance table, says it is 245kms which says it takes 9 hr and 45 mins, and that is calculated at driving at a speed limit of 25km/h, so driving at 50, it should take about 5 hours, but stopping at sightings, etc. will make me reach Punda just on time before gate closing time, but that is with me driving at snails pace near Punda as well.

Hopefully it all goes according to plan :pray:

I will post a pic of my car on the TR, so stay on the lookout for that car.

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 Post subject: Re: Satara to Punda Maria
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We have done Shingwedzi to Satara more than a few times , fairly leisurely , on the S50 ( Kannidood road etc ) , then tar from Mooiplas area . Punda , however adds another 3 hours to the trip ,so making it a long long trip for one day . Can certainly be done , but ................ wow , :big_eyes:

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