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First time Visitors advice

Unread postby gerharddb » Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:07 pm

Guys and Ladies, I would like to ask your advice please? :pray:

Our company MD from the Netherlands will be arriving with his family of 3( 4 in total) the first week of may. I have been tasked to try and arrange a memorable trip to the park for 4 nights, starting the 4th.

Himself have been to the park as a day visitor a few years back, but now he is bringing his wife and 2 children along. They have never been to " africa' :D :D

In his mail he said he want to be somewhere in the park where the best chance of seeing the Big 5... :wall: :wall: but would like to experience the walks, the drives but most of all the African bush.. :dance:

Where would you go? $$ is not that much of an issue, but I have to keep it in some guidelines as well..

Your advice would be highly appreciated!
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Re: First time Visitors advice

Unread postby Hugh » Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:05 pm

Any walk is good but it depends on how old the children are ..... I think you have to be 12 plus to walk and 6 to go on game drives .
I would also suggest a bush camp like Biyamiti to get the full "wild Africa" experience .. and they also do the game drives ... and in a smaller vehicle.
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Re: First time Visitors advice

Unread postby JimS » Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:29 pm

If money is not an issue then maybe consider one of the private game lodges, sightings of the Big 5 can be almost guaranteed. No worries about driving or catering and no traffic jams at a lion or leopard sighting. It's a long way to come and not see the Big 5.

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Re: First time Visitors advice

Unread postby inyanga 1 » Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:36 pm

gerhard
as a european visitor to 'AFRICA' you need to manage expectations..
some SA residents haven't ever seen the big 5 believe it or not.

but .. if you have that agenda ..
then we would suggest coming into the park to Bergendhal (easy from j'burg) for 2 nights (def take a drive) but then spend more time at Satara where there are many opportunities to see interesting game, by yourself or guided.

Of course the private camps within KNP share the same environment and game opportunities, but offer a more guided viewing, than a DIY experience.

As Hugh has said check the ages of the 'kids' and if they are old enough then a walk is simply 'awesome' Otherwise drives are encouraged. A sunset drive might be a bit late for kids but VERY EXCITING.

Encourage them to drive around but at waterholes they must stop, stay and watch but definitely not drive, pause and drive

Ensure that they have a high wheel vehicle so the kids can see over vegetation. Give them a challenge to get out of the gates within 15 minutes of opening time (armed with a flask of coffee and jam sandwiches then come back for breakfast). They can sleep after lunch if they get tired.

Send them out with spotters guides and small binoculars for the kids to encourage them to see the small 5 as well as the big 5, and of course the numerous birds that are in KNP.

We took our kids on that route and they (and we) were lucky enough to see amazing things.

Of course we should encourage your MD (or their kids) to post even just a simple trip report showing what they saw, but more importantly what they experienced in KNP.
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Re: First time Visitors advice

Unread postby cheetahlady » Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:51 pm

Gerhard,

Some questions that need to be answered:

1. are they comfortable doing a self drive? if not, then a private concession is the way to go.
2. Are they happy to self-cater.
3. What are they expecting regarding the safari experience? Is it a luxury safari they want (guide, catered, luxurious accomodation)?

I think that you need to know a bit more about their expectations.

If booking accomodation in the park, then for main camps I would go with Lower Sabie, Satara, Skukuza .If self-catering, then the bushveld camps are lovely. Biyamiti and Talamati are both good game areas.


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Re: First time Visitors advice

Unread postby Hippotragus » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:00 am

Hi Gerhard. I agree with all the above comments.

Ask the family what their expectations are (other than the Big 5). If they want an almost guaranteed Big 5, then one of the private lodges outside Kruger might be a better bet. BUT they are very expensive and do provide everything - drives, walks, Cordon Bleu food, etc.

If they are happy to self-drive and self-cater, I agree Biyamiti or Talamati would be great. Lower Sabie and Satara are also larger camps in good game-viewing areas. Big 5 almost guaranteed if you are lucky.

The ages of the children is also a major factor. The older they are, the better they will enjoy the trip and be able to read animal and bird books, stay alert during drives, etc. Smaller children just do not have the stamina for long drives - luckily mine used to just fall asleep, but some get impossible!
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Re: First time Visitors advice

Unread postby cheetahlady » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:13 pm

Gerhard,

I have heard about safari guides that do private /small safaris. This may be another option. Perhaps another forum member has had experience with this.
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Re: First time Visitors advice

Unread postby gerharddb » Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:11 pm

Thanks for the replies people.

The children are 12 and 14. so basically teens... :wall:

I know they wont be doing self catering although they will be self driving. so the camps need to have a restaurant.

I was thinking B&D 2 nights and Satara 2 nights? Or Skukuza and Satara? Lower sabie and Satara?
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Re: First time Visitors advice

Unread postby cheetahlady » Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:43 pm

Gerhard, any of these combos are good. You may find that your restriction is more availability related. Personally I would do Skukuza or Lower Sabie as they have more options when it comes to routes/areas.That said, we have had good sightings around Berg-en-dal, but not as often as the other two.

So, have a look at availability. You may find that makes your decision for you.
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Re: First time Visitors advice

Unread postby Albert » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:40 am

I'll add my 2 cents:

2 Nights Lower Sabie (stay in 2 Safari Tents; that'll help with the "Africa" experience)
2 Nights Satara (maybe a family cottage?). Night ride at Satara.
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Re: First time Visitors advice

Unread postby gerharddb » Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:05 pm

Thanks guys for the input.

The accommodation has been booked with 2 nights at LS and 2 night Satara.

SO now they are on their own!
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Re: First time Visitors advice

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:20 pm

Warm welcome Lienqi!

Biyamiti is a small bushveld camp in the south of the park.

Have a look at the Map

Also more info and great advice Biyamiti Camp
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