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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:16 pm 
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Hi Francois.

We arrived at Satara today and as I am typing this, I am in bed in the caravan :D . The campsites are demarcated, but not numbered. They are a fair size. Caravan and tent. And plenty space on all sides to park the bakkie.

How long before your trip?

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
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Tieroog wrote:
Hi Francois.

We arrived at Satara today and as I am typing this, I am in bed in the caravan :D . The campsites are demarcated, but not numbered. They are a fair size. Caravan and tent. And plenty space on all sides to park the bakkie.

How long before your trip?

Thanks for the reply Tieroog.

We are only going in December. I have booked 2 stands as we will pitch four 3x3 domes and a gazebo so was wondering if it will be able to take it plus the vehicles but is seems so.

Typing this from a cold and rainy Stellenbosch while people are enjoying Kruger makes me a little :mrgreen: but enjoy it.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
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Hi everyone.

It will be my first ever camping trip to Kruger. Never camped before except in a Safari Tent. Looking forward to it, and with great luck I got a night in Lower Sabie, so hopefully it should be great.

Anything in particular I'll need to bear in mind, or just get there, and let everything go with the flow.

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 Post subject: Re: Check In/ Out Time Rest Camps
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New to Kruger NP, we were quite astonished to find that people simply ignore the 10 o'clock deadline for leaving. In some instances we have witnessed campers only leaving after they had a lunch braai, then leisurely break up camp and leave by 3pm. We know that they didn't pay for the day, as some may argue. Now some will say yes, but there's no one checking up on them....why? If you know the rules and are educated people, why should you have to have someone checking up on you?


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 Post subject: Re: Check In/ Out Time Rest Camps
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:21 pm 
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You're absolutely right. We have seen them 'checking in' or must I say take a good place on the campsite??? around 8 o'clock.....
And put up there tent,caravan or whatever and checking in in the afternoon......
That is the big difference between camping and the bungalows. It seems that the checking in and out times are not for campers..... :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:00 pm 
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Well, we are now on day 40 camping in our little bed on four wheels with a canopy, in Kruger.....from north to south, exiting at Crocodile Bridge in 10 days' time. We enjoyed it tremendously and are still having a wonderful time here.

There are a few things that we learned, which could help first-time Kruger campers. We regularly camp in other National Parks, but there were a few "firsts" here, that we have not experienced elsewhere, and had to become a bit more "streetwise"!

We quickly learned that one must be careful how/where you stand on your un-demarcated plot, especially if you have a smaller caravan. Not all people have the consideration or bush etiquette that we were taught. We were sometimes literally surrounded by camper vehicles, which usually come in when it's dark at night. Sometimes a new caravan would really stand right on top of you, without so much as a glance. We found that quite puzzling.

We are already looking forward to our next visit. We got to know the roads well and the seven different camps that we stayed in. We also visited other camps to make it easier to choose when we come again for a shorter period.


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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
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Sajvv, excellent advice; we have also experienced that from time to time. Once, some years back now, at Letaba, someone pitched their tent and the guy ropes crossed over ours, that is how close they got to us!

Now we consider parking our van in such a way that we can park our vehicle next to us on the one side and have a clear 'demarcater' on the other side, such as a bush - if that is possible. Or when you got out, move furniture such as chairs to an area you will use when you return, so it is obvious that is your camping space.

This happens especially when one gets a spot on the fence I think.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
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In my early days of using my caravan I had folk set up a tent right next to me so that I could not get the caravan out. I simply undid the guy ropes that were in the way, and moved the caravan. Left the tents somewhat collapsed in the hopes that the folk would realise that they must leave space in future! (I had gone out for an early drive before moving, and they had set up while I was out and were no longer around, otherwise I would have asked them to move.)

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
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Hello, my brother and I are backpacking and will be visiting Kruger from Sept 3-7th.

We do not have any accomodations booked and i'm a little worried.

A few people have told us that as long as you rent a car and have a tent you are able to pull into camp sites with out prior bookings and pitch a tent and stay the night.

Is this true? We are hoping to travel from South via Nelspruit up to the North and back down.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
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rkg114 wrote:
A few people have told us that as long as you rent a car and have a tent you are able to pull into camp sites with out prior bookings and pitch a tent and stay the night.

Is this true?


Definitely not! You must have a booking, and check in via reception at the relevant camp before you set up your tent anywhere. There are fines for staying without permission, and you can even be made to leave the park.

You need an exit permit to leave the park which is only supplied at the last camp you stay in, and the computer is checked to see that you have checked in and paid all relevant fees for your stay before this is issued.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
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A warm welcome to you rkg114 :D

Oh dear, you have been given the wrong information. :(

There is also a safety issue around bookings. If there are non arrivals, it makes it possible to follow up on where the person might be. It has happened that people have been stuck on roads and isolated places. Not a good idea to have to find your own way out.

Also, with increased rhino poaching, everyone who does not have valid accommodation is now a suspect. Not a good situation.

It should be easy to get camping bookings early September. It is outside school holidays and a lovely time to be in the Park.

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 Post subject: Re: Check In/ Out Time Rest Camps
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:48 am 
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I am going to ask a really dumb question.....I understand the need to have check in and check out time for fixed accomadation due to the need to clean and prepare for the next geusts to arrive......what is the reason for the check in and out times for caravan and camping sites as cleaning of the ablutions ect is ongoing during the day?
I agree with what Ruud says. Some people will arrive early and pitch camp and only check in later after 2pm and it makes finding a "good spot" difficult. (maybe i just answered my question :hmz: )
It is for this reason we love Tsendze as you are allocated a site and know that no-one else can pitch camp "in your face" as at the other camps. I know it would take alot of work but it would be really nice if all camps had demarcated camping site like Tsendze and Lower Sabie. It just makes it so much easier to know you have a comfortable spot waiting for you and you wont have someone tying his/her guy ropes to your cars bumper.
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 Post subject: Re: Check In/ Out Time Rest Camps
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reg knott wrote:
It just makes it so much easier to know you have a comfortable spot waiting for you and you wont have someone tying his/her guy ropes to your cars bumper.
Reg



Of course , that makes it easier for you to drive off with his tent too :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Check In/ Out Time Rest Camps
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Thank you very much Forum Members for raising such an important issue. It is important that people comply with the check-in time (14:00) and check-out time (10:00) as it is expected from them. The check-in and check-out times are applicable to everyone overnighting in the park.

I will forward the comments made herewith to camp managers so that they can start monitoring the situation at camping sites to ensure that occupants adhere to rules and regulations of the park.

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 Post subject: Re: Check In/ Out Time Rest Camps
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:24 pm 
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I am not a camper/caravanner, but I would think that the reasons they need to stick to the check in/out times are:
1.Because the SANParks rules state that you must.
2.If no one checked out by 10am, and all the people arriving came too early there would be chaos!!!! :big_eyes:

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