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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Rand withdrawal at Nelspruit airport?
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:03 pm 
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Interested in knowing the answer to this myself as we'll be flying into Nelspruit.

As a backup we may pull some money out at OR Tambo before our Nelspruit flight.

Last time around we stayed at Emperors Palace in Joberg and, being a casino, had no trouble taking money out of their ATM's. :tongue: We also pulled money out at Letaba (a regular ATM, not the lower-$ shop ATM's...BUT it tends to be out of order) and at a bank in Hoedspruit. Depending on which gate you are going to enter, you might be able to stop in at a bank atm.

I understand there are several at Malelane, on the way to our entry gate.

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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Rand withdrawal at Nelspruit airport?
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Just got info from a Nels resident.... :thumbs_up:

R1000 MAX at the airport.....

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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Rand withdrawal at Nelspruit airport?
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:01 am 
Hi jhawktx

I actually withdrew cash from the ABSA Bank ATM at Nelspruit Airport two weeks ago….I remember there were options for more than R1000, but for the life of me cannot remember how much. :wall: I’m flying to Nelspruit again this coming weekend….and will probably draw cash….will report back on Monday :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Rand withdrawal at Nelspruit airport?
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:10 pm 
Hi jhawktx

As promised, a report-back on the ATM at Nelspruit airport…I used the ABSA machine this morning….did not see other ATM’s. It seems the max amount you can select is R1 500 (even if you select “own amount”)…..it is a “Quick Cash’ ATM….suppose that is why the limit is so low :?


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Rand withdrawal at Nelspruit airport?
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Many thanks for the report back Jumbo!

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 Post subject: Time needed between arrival JNB and departure to KMIA?
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We fly into Johannesburg International Airport from London with an expected :pray: arrival of 8:30 a.m.

We have to wait for luggage, go thru customs, go to other terminal.
Is it reasonable to book a SAA Airlink flight to Mpumalanga that leaves at 11:10?
So we would have to be at their counter shortly after 10.

Obviously there are many things that can go wrong - late plane- customs jam - etc. and there are no guarantees of anything, but if things are pretty normal, how long is it GENERALLY taking people to get bags and go thru customs these days???

The next flight that I can find doesn't leave until 13:30 and I don't want to go that late if I do not have to.

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 Post subject: Re: Time needed between arrival JNB and departure to Kruger?
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Friends arriving from abroad report international arrivals at JNB to be particularly speedy.

If the plane doesn't land late, or you don't arrive just as 7 other flights arrive, you should comfortably disembark, clear customs and collect luggage within an hour and still have time to get to the domestic departures (which is fortunately in the same building, a short walk away).

Of course, with this sort of thing, spanners find their way into the cogs with alarming alacrity, so have a contingency plan just in case. But all things going well, you should comfortably make the check-in desk by 10.

Hope that helps, and have a WONDERFUL trip.


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 Post subject: Re: Time needed between arrival JNB and departure to Kruger?
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:21 pm 
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We're doing similar flights next year. :dance: We land at 8:35 and take off for MQP at 11:10. IMO (and I'm banking on it :thumbs_up: ) I was very surprised how fast it was to clear customs and get our luggage last time we visited.

2.5 hrs should be plenty of time to make it.

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 Post subject: Re: Time needed between arrival JNB and departure to Kruger?
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You will have no problem
You will make it to the domestic counter at 10.00
clearance and collecting luggage within a hour tops

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 Post subject: Re: Time needed between arrival JNB and departure to Kruger?
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jeffgordon wrote:
PS. To avoid being stopped as you go through customs, I always wheel my bags or carry them through, rather than pile them high on a luggage trolley/cart. They seem much more relaxed in JNB than they do in CPT with this, but I do get the feeling that they have been told to focus on people who use the luggage trolleys/carts, rather than those who are carrying their things through by hand. I guess they assume that if you don't need a trolley, you probably don't have a bag full of electronics, alcohol or gold bullion!

(As I say, they appear quite relaxed at JNB, so using a trolley doesn't mean you WILL get stopped, it just increases the likelihood if they are in the mood for checking, in my opinion. Don't give yourself a hernia following this advice :)


Very interesting angle on airport customs, Jeff. I'll try it out next time and see what happens. :D :thumbs_up:

BTW, if someone did get a hernia carrying the stuff through, they might not be so relaxed as they might assume that there was indeed something drastically heavy inside ... like gold bullion or platinum bars or heavy water. :wink:

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 Post subject: Driving from MPL International Airport to Numbi Gate
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Our family will be arriving at MPL Int Airport on Friday 4 May 2012 and driving to our first camp, Pretoriuskop.
Can anyone advise me whether the roads to Numbi Gate are suitable to travel on safely following the unrest at Masoyi (or other areas). Is the gate manned reliably so that we can get through the gate?


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 Post subject: Re: Driving from MPL International Airport to Numbi Gate
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I recently travelled Numbi to White River and it has deteriorated quite a bit, with potholes appearing in a few sections.
Besides that it is a busy road with all types or pressure, buses, pedestrians and some animals.
So, if you choose this option, put enough time aside (1,5 hours) and exercise the necessary patience.
I agree, Malelane would be an easier drive if you have the time, but that is considerably longer.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving from MPL International Airport to Numbi Gate
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Leaping Lizards wrote:
Does anyone know what is the best route from the Airport to Orpen?
How long does it take outside the park to Orpen gate and what is the condition of the road?
Is it better to take the drive through the park?


The distance from KMIA to Orpen around the outside of the park is about 150-155 km.
This via the R 538 (I think) to White River and then with the R40 to Hazyview and onwards.
We travelled the Hazyview-Orpen section of the R40 last year in May, and the road was OK (not great).
The main issues were pedestrians, animals and traffic.
And there were some roadworks.
You must assume that you average speed will not be much more than 50 - 60 km/h for the first 100 + km. Figure on about 2h45 minutes minimum.
If time allowed, I'd always opt for the travel inside the park.
Maybe you could go to Hazyview and then enter at Phabeni?
Which camp are you aiming to get to?

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 Post subject: Re: Driving from MPL International Airport to Numbi Gate
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Dear Judith & Ryan,

I know there are stop and go sections between Hazyview and Klaserie so add another 30minutes at least to Albert's travel time. Inside the Park I would suggest via Malelane Gate and this would take 6 hours to Orpen driving fairly comfortably. Outside about 3 to 4 hours comfortably.

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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Rand withdrawal at Nelspruit airport?
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:38 pm 
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I don't recall exactly, but I believe I was able to withdraw R1200 or R1500 at the airport. It was enough to get us by, and then we exchanged currency at Malelane - which is a far better deal than doing it in the airports.

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