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 Post subject: Re: 3G Internet signal strength at camps - info needed pleas
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:16 am 
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Thanks DB. Hopefully the signal will be okay for general online stuff and he can do his assignments before we leave.

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 Post subject: Re: 3G Internet signal strength at camps - info needed pleas
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:49 am 
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Hi,

I tried with a data sim with Vodacom and MTN-C, 3G is available at PKop, Skukuza, Croc Bridge, Tamboti, Lower Sabie (mainly in the south), on the roads between the camps the signal is also good sometimes.

2G (edge) is available from Satara to Olifant, but the signal is weak outside camps

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 Post subject: Re: 3G Internet signal strength at camps - info needed pleas
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:37 pm 
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Have been at Bateleur the past weekend, and yes, no Vodacom signal.

However at the Tsanga outlook, there is aparantly a bit of MTN signal.

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 Post subject: Re: 3G Internet signal strength at camps - info needed pleas
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We were quite amused while staying at Shimuwini recently when seeing a bench under a Jackalberry tree near the hide with a sign on it indicating this is the only place where one can receive cell signal. 8)
and even then it was pretty scratchy! :wink:

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 Post subject: Wifi in parks
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:37 pm 
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Hi All

Just getting ready or my third trip into the park. I have never been bothered about connecting to the net before, but this year my mother in law is with us and it will be the cheapest way for her to communicate back home in the UK. Do any of the main parks have WIFI?

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 Post subject: Re: Wifi in parks
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Lou, the last time we were there (March 2013) only Skukuza had wifi at the internet café, and I think maybe there was some limited availability at B en Dal.

Having sais that, things do change, so maybe others have better advice for you.

I always take a USB modem (dongle) for my laptop, with a pay as you go sim, but we go for 6 months every year, so it is worth it for us!!!!

Hope you get sorted and have a fab trip!!!!! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Wifi in parks
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Thanks Crested Val. I am at Skukuza on the first night. I think she would like to send pictures home, but I think we will have to wait till we get back.

I am on a massive countdown and so looking forward to going back. Have already started to lay out what I need to take in the spare room and all my kruger guide books!

I would love to spend 6 mths in the park, but I think work may have an issue with that!! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Wifi in parks
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More good advice and info on the the later pages in the Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access, Lou.

Have a wonderful trip :D

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 Post subject: Re: Wifi in parks
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I just returned from a week-long stay at Kruger with my sister and brother-in-law. We were at Skukuza, Lower Sabie, and Berg-en-Dal. The internet cafe at Skukuza has shut down, and no wifi was to be found at the other camps either. I regret a bit that I didn't purchase a data sim card for my iPad, but the positive is that I had a good excuse to not deal with work email. :lol:

We did spend an hour at an internet cafe in Malelane, which is about 30 minutes from B-en-Dal. I think Koomospoort (sp?) near Crocodile Bridge also has an internet cafe, I'm not sure.

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 Post subject: Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access
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Best way would be to get a local SIM card and text. If you use vodaphone in UK, they may have a deal with Vodacom in SA, so talk to your network provider in the UK.

We used a Vodacom USB modem that I purchased last visit and just needed to get a new data card and buy data. Good enough for email etc but may be slow with larger file sizes.

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 Post subject: Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access
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Because of my business I have to have access to the internet (unfortunately).
My 3G works in Olifants, Orpen, Punda Maria and Satara but is frustratingly slow. Skukuza is an improvement however. It's much too slow for images however . Reckon you need a satellite connection for the best results


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 Post subject: Wireless dongle.... Internet access in the park..., help!
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So I am a writer and blogger. Normally when I go to Kruger I write long hand and publish when I return. I am thinking I'd like to bring some technology on my upcoming trip. I've been told I need a wireless dongle. Who has experience and can drive me in the right experience for what I need to "stay in touch" while in Kruger for three glorious week?
Thank you in advance for your help.
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 Post subject: Re: Wireless dongle.... Internet access in the park..., help
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Hi Travelstory,

I attempt to use my 3G dongle virtually every day I am in the park. Most camps have reasonable reception and it is usually fine for a low amount of data up/download, I normally retrieve my e-mails, you do inevitably have a few days when for some or another reason no connection is available, only happens when you urgently need to send or receive a doc for your perusal though. :tongue:

Always keep in mind though that you are in fact in the middle of the African bush, and having any connection whatsoever is more or less a bonus. Upon your arrival you could purchase a prepaid 3G dongle from any of the local cellular service providers, usually a matter of plugging in and hey presto. Always ask for a demo on your computer prior to leaving the shop though. In general you can remain in fairly good contact throughout your trip provided you visit the main camps. Cannot thin kof a better place to write and blog that our beloved Kruger. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Wireless dongle.... Internet access in the park..., help
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 Post subject: Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access
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I have had a prepaid Vodacom 3G dongle (USB modem) for the last 6 years, and it works fine in the park, at the camps that have reasonable reception.

I get 3G (which is quite efficient) at some camps, and 2G (which is very slow and often cuts out) at others.

We have never stayed at Bushcamps but I believe there is no reception at these.

Basically, if you are there for 3 weeks, I would say (depending on where you are staying) you will have access to the internet most days, but with limited function sometimes.

If you want to email and do basic things you will be fine.

Hope you have a wonderful trip. :thumbs_up:


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