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 Post subject: How to reach camps without own vehicle?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:31 am 
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I plan to visit Kruger from Johannesburg in late Nov. It seems that I can only get to Nelspruit by public transport. If I don't have my vehicle, can I get around Kruger and reach camps like Berg-en-dal, Skukuza and Pretoriuskop? Many thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: How to reach camps without own vehicle?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:34 am 
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DanHk.

You will either have to hire a vehicle to drive around inside the park or arrange a guided tour with one of the operators.

You have to be inside a vehicle to move around inside the park.

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 Post subject: Re: How to reach camps without own vehicle?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:00 am 
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A warm welcome to the Forum!
Do you want a clear answer? NO!
You cannot go from camp to camp.
You could arrive by taxi to a camp and then go for morning and evening game drives but you would be restricted to one camp.


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 Post subject: Re: How to reach camps without own vehicle?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:23 pm 
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Thanks Bunny and Micetta.

Is it easy to charter taxi within the Kruger area? Can I arrange one at the camps?

If taking a tour would be much easier, do you have any information as to quality budget operators?

Thanks.

Dan


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Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:51 pm 
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Dan, perhaps it might be easier if we understood where you are coming from and what you are after in terms of your KNP experience.

How many days you have to spend there, how many camps you plan to visit. Simple stuff like that is enormously helpful.

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 Post subject: Re: How to reach camps without own vehicle?
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I do have a drivers licence but then it would be safest to avoid driving on the wrong side :p

I plan to have 3 days and nights in Kruger and wish to see the wildlife in action, like big 5 etc, so I want to take those walks and drives with park rangers. The only problem is to reach the camp and come out.


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Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:28 pm 
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Check the travel reports section.
You're definitely right to want to do drives with the rangers, but the great thing about driving yourself is that you decide where you stop, or drive on, and for how long.

Driving on the wrong side isn't really a problem.

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 Post subject: Re: How to reach camps without own vehicle?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:31 pm 
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Dan, have you booked yet, and if so at which camp(s)? If you are staying outside the park, you can be collected at your accommodation for the drives.


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 Post subject: Re: How to reach camps without own vehicle?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:37 pm 
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Welcome to the forum :dance: Hope you enjoy it here and get all the help you need!

Please provide us with more info, then we can advice you 8)

EDIT: Good, I see you have a driver's license because if so, I would strongly advice you to do a self drive! One can hire them from various places, including Nelspruit and Skukuza.

I personally think that a self drive is in any way cheaper than choosing a tour operator.
The nice thing as well is that driving in Kruger is the easiest thing to do!
I do not know of any taxi services in KNP other than those who the staff members make use of and it certainly is only used as a transport measure, and not for tourism or game viewing!

If I have my facts correct, you should be able to hire a car (small sedan) from R350 a day, which I personally think is not too bad.
The convenience of having a car for oneself, as well as safety issues simply outweigh the taxi option...

EDIT: lastly, it might help to tell more or less at what budget range you are looking, with regards to help on itinerary, activities etc. 3 days to do drives, walks etc is really short, 4 nights, 5 days sounds much better

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 Post subject: Re: How to reach camps without own vehicle?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:19 pm 
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Really grateful for all the advice rendered so far.
This is a great community to provide travelers with prompt advice.
Cheers for that!

@Sparodic: I haven't booked anything as yet.
Everything is under planning right now.
Can I really be collected from the outside the park?
I am thinking about taking drives/walks from Skukuza and Berg-en-dal and/or Pretoriuskop.
Do they collect people from, say Hazyview or Nelspruit?

@Gamespotter:
Driving on the wrong side is one thing and my little driving experience is another - I've only got my license a month ago.
I can spend about R1200 per day in Kruger, so I don't think I have many options.


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 Post subject: Re: How to reach camps without own vehicle?
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I think it would be cheaper to hire a small car than go on game drives with safari companies.

Practise your driving skills. While in Kruger, people drive at 15 - 50 kph, so that is not difficult to master.

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The South African transport system is not like it is in Europe or the UK where there are trains and buses.
They do have buses between the big cities but you cant stop to look at the views..
South Africa has huge distances between cities too.
Hire a little car
Get experience while driving slowly in Kruger and you will then be able to drive anywhere.
We have two types of taxis ordinary very very expensive taxis where you are the only passenger or the minibus taxi where they fill the taxi and only leave for a set destination when they are full.
You can get organised tours from JHB and you then have various options.
Two days 5 days etc etc and you can then see some of the surrounding areas too
Hope that helps
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DanHK wrote:
@Gamespotter: Driving on the wrong side is one thing and my little driving experience is another - I've only got my licence a month ago. I can spend about R1200 per day in Kruger, so I don't think I have many options.


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R1200 is doable! At least, if you plan it right. Is it just you by yourself?

DO NOT worry about the driving skills, honestly driving in Kruger is VERY simple. I have seen teenagers without licences driving around (although this is not allowed.....!) In Kruger, there are no 'lanes' but simply a dust road or tar. Generally, we do stick to the left-hand side of the road, and if there are only 2/3 cars, you may venture the side of the road where the game is situated, and stop there to observe them.
Really, if you passed your driver's test, you can drive in Kruger.
Same for the roads here. It's all highway (freeway) right up to certain gates. No difficulty there :wink:

Re: driving on the wrong side: the steering wheel is also on 'the wrong side' so that makes things easy. Believe me, it takes a few streets and you will be used to it....

You can hire a small sedan for R350-400 a day. That means you have R800 left to spend on entrance fees, accommodation and & food, which should be doable, if you plan it right. There are some NICE places with budget accommodation....!

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 Post subject: Re: How to reach camps without own vehicle?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:09 pm 
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Another option is flying to Nelspruit (Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport: KMIA), hire a car from there and then continue your trip. Click here

The KMIA is 50 km from Malelane gate, and 35 from Numbi (real close in SA terms).
Obviously it's a most expensive option than renting a Car from O. R. Tambo (Johannesburg) and driving there. However, toll will amount to R300 for a round trip from Joburg to Malelane, and from there back to Jo'burg again. (Numbi gate via White river = R200 round trip).

Budget accommodation will be around R300 the night in Kruger, which isn't bad at all!!
There are huts with even aircon, and safari tents for that price.

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DanHK, if I were you I would start looking at accomodation in the park especially if you have fixed dates. The camps are often quite full but three days is not very much though.

Driving a car in the park is very easy because you go very slowly always less than 50 kmh (which is the max.) and you can hire a car in a place like Nelspruit, which is close to the Park, as Bush Baptist said, so you will not have to drive from Johannesburg.


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