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Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 6:03 pm 
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I don't know if 3G is available in the camps; I have never seen it advertised or anyone using it. GPRS is available though, with MTN and I think Vodacom.

You then use your mobile as a modem, connecting to your laptop either by infrared or bluetooth (or even a cable!).
It is fairly straightforward but does need a bit of setting up on the laptop.
I suggest you get this sorted out well in advance! GPRS is also a bit slow (roughly like a 28K modem - snail pace compared to broadband).
OK for text based e-mail and simple internet access but not much else.

3G would be much better but else where in the world tends to be available only in major conurbations.

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Thanks, Richard, you know more about this than I do :lol:
I do know that Vodacom GPRS is available in the main camps and some of the bush camps, as I was able to check email in my phone.
But I have NO idea how those wireless internet cards for laptops work, tho I DO know that Vodacom has them.

@rooks: Where are you coming from?
If you are in SA, check with your local Vodashop.
If elsewhere, check the Vodacom website.

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For those who wanted to know the outcome. I purchased a SA Vodacom Sim card for 3G from Jo;Burg airport.

Works like a dream on GPRS here in Skukuza. Will try uploading pics later


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 Post subject: Re: Internet/3G access in Kruger
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Hi

2G and 3G refer to the connection speed. 2G is all I have ever picked up in the Park so far. 2G is a bit like the 'old fashioned' modems whilst 3G can be almost as good as broadband. In the UK I currently get up to 1.8 megabits but there is talk of pushing this to 8 in the near future. Not sure about SA plans.

2GB is probably 2 GBytes, refering to how much data you can download, usually per month. Unless you are into downloading films etc thats quite a bit of web browsing. Even one with quite a lot of pictures should be OK. If my maths is correct, you could even look at 6000 of my 'full size' (1800x1200) photos via the url link, which are about 250000 to 300000 kbytes in size. That will keep you going for quite a while!

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 Post subject: Re: Internet/3G access in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:01 am 
For the guys using Vodacom, most of southern Kruger should already, or very soon, have EDGE (sometimes also referred to as 2.5G)…EDGE is an enhanced GPRS and gives you about a 3x faster speed than GPRS. Northern Kruger will also get this in time.
Skukuza already has 3G


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 Post subject: Re: WEB Access inn Kruger Park Camps ?
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Skukuza has it, and either Berg en dal ot Pretoriuskop, forgot which.
After that it's 3G to be relied on, so best get an SA card, and use that to keep costs low.

Ah! Spook cleared up my memory. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Internet access?
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Neily

The internet cafe in Skuuza is a bit hit and miss.

There's good mobile phone reception in the camps so may be better (if you are from overseas) to buy a south african sim card for your mobile when you get to the country, get the geek in the phone shop to download the local internet connection settings to your phone an connet that way.

I usually by 250meg or 500meg per month on a pre-paid sim card and use my phone as a modem via a cable connection to my laptop to get internet access.

PM me for more info.

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 Post subject: Re: Phoning etc out of Kruger : land lines, cells, internet
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Hi pinchaskut, welcome to the forum.

Public phones - at all the main camps near the shops - phone cards can be bought at the shops. All are Telkom phones and cards.

Cellphone reception at most of the camps and on some roads close to the borders of KNP, but generally not good. (except for camps - there it's fine)

Internet connections through 3G, but it can be very very slow.

Nothing to do with telephones in SA is free. Also not the internet - I think it's quite pricey - but thats subjective.

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 Post subject: Re: Phoning etc out of Kruger : land lines, cells, internet
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Morning pinchaskut,
As Nungu has already mentioned there are no real problems with tel communications in Kruger.
Cell phone reception is generally available in a 5-7 km area around camps. We found there was no connection at all during our transfers from one camp to another so you have to keep this in mind.
For calls towards Europe I advice you to but a SA sim card, they are cheap!, and they last a year from the date of activation, or use the public phones available in all camps.
For Internet connection I have no direct experience but know that there is one available at all the main camps.

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iNgisi wrote:
If you are from Europe dont forget you pay for incoming calls to you on your cell phone, can be expensive and buying a SA SIM card is a good option.

Yep! Remember to bring your passport though when buying it (required) but then again you are supposed to have it with you all the time.

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 Post subject: Re: Phoning etc out of Kruger : land lines, cells, internet
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There are also Internet cafes in Lower Sabie, Skukuza and Berg an Dal.

None of the bushcamps have cell phone reception, although at Talamati there is a place just by the turn off to the camp where you can get a signal.

We never managed to get 3G in any of the camps but I did get a 3G signal at the CB end of the S28, funnily enough near the turn off for the concession lodge.

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 Post subject: Re: Phoning etc out of Kruger : land lines, cells, internet
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If you are from Europe dont forget you pay for incoming calls to you on your cell phone, can be expensive and buying a SA SIM card is a good option.

Yep! Remember to bring your passport though when buying it (required) but then again you are supposed to have it with you all the time.


If you are not a South African resident you may need more than a passport to purchase a SIM card in SA - Vodacom at least require a SA address to register the SIM. At least that was what I was told in December.


Sorry forgot to mention this one. What is acceptable is proof that you are staying in a hotel. If you ask reception they can provide you with a card proofing that you are booked there.
We got ours that way and with no further hassle.

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We are coming to Kruger from the UK in March. We would really like to have access to the internet via our net book. We have an unlocked USB modem and the idea was to goto one of the Vodacom shops at Joburg airport buy a sim card and a 3GB data bundle. Reading through the thread this seems now a little more tricky than it used to be. If possible we really want to be ready in advance with all the necessary paperwork to comply with the RICA regulations so we can easily buy the sim card and data bundle and get on our way from the airport to Kruger ASAP.

From what i understand so far, we will need to present the following:

a. Our Passports

b. Proof of where we are staying in South Africa......Will a print out of our reservations suffice or do we need something else? And if yes what, and how can I get hold of it before we leave the UK?

c. And finally is there anything else we need to get the card / bundle?

All help would be greatly appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie 3G
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Was there two weeks ago and for Vodacom you have between 3-4 bar signal. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie 3G
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Sorry, but I don't want to hijack this thread. Does SANParks have "wireless" in Skukuza, Lower Sabie, Tamboti and Satara? I'm talking about the wireless one gets in airports where you use the internet connection of the airport, etc. :hmz:

I don't know exactly what you call it though.


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