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 Post subject: Procedure at entry gates.
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:07 am 
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We are visiting KNP for the first time in a few days time and have pre booked 6 nights accommodation . Am a bit unsure of the procedure at the entry gates, probably Phabeni in our case, - what is the procedure at the gate? Do you just drive through or is it necessary to 'book in' and if so how long would this procedure take?


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Welcome to the forums meowburt!!!

Gates vary, but most gates have an office, so you park in the parking area, and go to the office, where you will be issued with a permit which you must carry at all times. Please read it from top to bottom, as it gives you all the park rules.
To do this you will need your reservation number and/or client number, and some gates also ask for your passport or ID doc if you are South African.

The gate guards will also want to look in your car, to check you don't have any poaching equipment etc.

I do hope that you have a wonderful trip. :thumbs_up:

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Hi meowburt,

The process is not painful at all, but at Phabeni you have a good chance of landing up in a bit of a queue.
Phabeni these days are a drive through, so have a pen handy. An official will give you a shortish form to complete where you need to fill in the reservation number, so have that handy as well and the details of all passengers in the car, where they need to sign. To speed up the process all overnight visitors pay their conservation fees at the camp when they check in.

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Thanks your replies have been very helpful. We hope to arrive at approx 3.30-4.00pm on Sat 5 April having travelled from J'Burg airport: would you recommend Phabeni or Kruger gate - the Sansparks web site mentions delays on the road to Numbi Gate.


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Welcome to the forum meowburt.

Phabeni.

Otherwise you drive parallel to the park and could miss some great sightings.

Where is your first night?

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I agree with BB. I would enter at Phabeni Gate - it is much nearer Hazyview and then you are in the Park. The road to Paul Kruger Gate goes past many residential areas, with the accompanying speed restrictions (and speed traps), slow vehicles, loose animals etc.

Have a wonderful trip - I am sure it will be the first of many, as the "bug" will bite.

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I've got a split view on this one.

Option 1: Drive in via Phabeni, take your time to camp and then check in and unpack, start the braai.

Option 2: Drive in via Paul Kruger Gate, get to camp earlier, check in and unpack and then head out for a short little loop before gate closing time. Start the braai fire.

The key to both is timing. In the past I've taken both options. Either works fine. With enough time to spare it would be ideal to go in via Phabeni roll down the window and get use to cruising at 25km/h. No radio the sounds of the bush. Get to camp, unpack and then head out for another short drive before getting to camp for that first braai.

Do what fits with your time frame and give yourself time to relax once driving in the park. Hope you see many wonderful things, bit h big and small.

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We r booking for 6 nights at Ngwenya Lodge next year and hence will be a day visitor.
We r Wild Card holders so daily Conservation Fee will be via a "simple" swipe of the Card - guess there will be a form to fill out on a daily basis (assume same as Addo Elephant Park) - is there a way to speed up the process (we will pre-book daily entry so as not to be turned away due to daily visitor limit quotas) ?
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What we did was take as many forms as days we anticipated entering the park and pre filling them in, so once we got to the gate it was a simple matter of handing over the form with w/card and we were in.
But we did go in a quiet time of year and well out of season.
But the staff are quite good at walking up and down the queue of cars handing out the forms so you can fill them in while waiting to get to the front.

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Markbooysen, good idea to pre book day visitors entry, will avoid disappointment

Unfortunately there is no way to speed up the process, you will have to wait your turn, and yes there is a form you must fill in at the gate, I take as many forms as the days we will be entering and fill them in beforehand

Have a lovely time in Kruger with great sightings

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Just for interest , I went in to Croc Bridge gate last week during holidays and there were no problems with quota's , so out of School holidays there will be even less of a chance on not gaining entry.


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Thanks for all the great info and ideas... now the only other process I need to speed up is the time for the "number of sleeps" to happen (CANNOT WAIT!!) :tongue:


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