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Driving time Skukuza to Orpen

Unread postby Dogrose » Fri May 01, 2015 9:40 pm

We'll be staying at Waterberry Lodge near Hazyview in October and would love to spend a night in the Park. We're looking at Orpen, partly because it's a little further north than we've ever been and because it's affordable. Is it possible to get from Skukuza to Orpen in a day? We'd like to travel in the park if possible as driving from Hazyview via Bushbuckridge to Orpen doesn't sound very safe. thanks!

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Re: Driving time Skukuza to Orpen

Unread postby Elsa » Fri May 01, 2015 10:03 pm

Welcome to the forum Dogrose!

Kruger Gate to Orpen is 158kms so provided you get into the park reasonably early it should be easily done with some time for stoppages for sightings.
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Re: Driving time Skukuza to Orpen

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat May 02, 2015 5:09 am

A very warm welcome, Dogrose :gflower:

I have sometimes done that route when staying at Hazyview. It is a lovely drive and very do-able.

The usual recommendation is to factor about 25kms/hr when travelling through the Park. That gives time for sightings, a pit stop or three and a comfortable drive. Just keep your eye on the time. It is easy to lose track. Kruger time is very different.
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Re: Driving time Skukuza to Orpen

Unread postby Dogrose » Sat May 02, 2015 1:06 pm

Thank you Meandering Mouse and Elsa :gflower: - both for the welcome and the info.
That's fantastic, looking forward to 2 weeks in the area, and multiple entries to the park.
We've been to Kruger before, just never stayed in the park and it's one of our wish list items.
Unfortunately finances probably won't stretch to more than a night or two.

Perhaps someone could recommend/suggest other lower cost options for staying somewhere in the middle/south?
We're fine with basic.

Thanks again!

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Re: Driving time Skukuza to Orpen

Unread postby Elsa » Sat May 02, 2015 1:28 pm

Have a look through the various Tariffs

If you click on the various camps you will see a list of all the types of accommodation and costs, then click on the actual unit itself you will get a description of exactly what it has.
You will see the Huts or Safari tents offer good value.
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Re: Driving time Skukuza to Orpen

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun May 03, 2015 6:36 am

Safari tents are by far my favorite. They offer the excitement of camping, without the hassle.

The Lower Sabie tents are more pricey, but the view of the river is worth the cost.

Croc Bridge is on of my favorite little camps in the south and their Safari tents are reasonable. It is excellent value for money.

Skukuza's tents are also good value and if you want all the amenities of a bigger camp, it is worth considering.

A very unique experience is Tambotie in the central area. You really do feel that you are in the bush. I am a Tambotie fan, without a doubt. Tambotie is very close to Orpen Gate, so why no look at changing that booking?
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