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 Post subject: June 2015 Trip - What do you think of this itinerary
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:55 pm 
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Hi Formites. I have just booked flights from the US for my 9th trip to Kruger however have never gone in June.... We are flying into and out of Skukuza (Yeah). We are thinking of this schedule:

Skukuza - 2 nights
Satara - 2 nights
Letaba or Olifants - 1 night
Shingwedzi - 3 nights
Tamboti - 2 nights
Lower Sabie - 3 nights
Biyamiti - 2 nights
Skukuzi - 1 night
fly out of skukuza the next morning

We have stayed at all of these camps previously except Biyamiti.

Your thoughts and suggestions are welcome and appreciated!!
Dana


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 Post subject: Re: June 2015 Trip - What do you think of this itinerary
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Hi Dana, am sure you"ll get good advice from the experts on this site but can I just say that you will NOT be disappointed in Biyamiti, I absolutely love the private road where the chances of seeing more than one or two cars even are slim! Enjoy!


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 Post subject: Re: June 2015 Trip - What do you think of this itinerary
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Pros - great camps and you cover a large area of the park"
Cons - lots of changing camps, but this is not your first visit so you know what you prefer.

Note: South African school holidays start on the. 26 th June' so book soon.

We will be in. Kruger for about 18 nights in early/mid June. Maybe we will see you there as we are staying in some of the same camps.

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Travelstory, do you by any chance need an assistant?

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

I like it. :thumbs_up:

June is a very dry month and the south is where I like to be. I see you have booked a lot of time in the southern areas, yet given yourself enough time to take in some of the north's sense of wilderness. 8)

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It looks good to me, but then anything in Kruger looks good to me right now!! :mrgreen:

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Hi Travelstory! I think your proposed itinerary looks great. I agree there is quite a bit of moving around and associated packing and unpacking, but I am sure you will cope - just unpack the bare essentials in each camp. Being from overseas, I guess you will not be travelling as heavily-laden as we locals (I always joke that we take everything bar the kitchen sink!).

Hope the booking goes smoothly and that you have a fantastic trip when the time comes.

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Great intinerary Travelstory, you will cover quite a lot in the park.

Hope you a have a wonderfull time planning. :thumbs_up: .

As cheetahlady mentioned June is school holiday time in SA, the park wiil be busy, but as soon as you leave the gate traffic thins out a lot, in our experience.

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Hi Dana

I like your schedule. Have you checked availability? June is a very popular time in the park.

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Thank you all. I appreciate your suggestions and comments. The schedule changed a bit due to availability because we like to stay on the perimeter of each camp. So we eliminated Lower Sabie as it was super full and replaced it with Pretoriuskop which I haven't stayed at in a long time. We are moving about a bit but like said above we are chilling for 3 nights in the north for some solitude. And this will be our first time at Biyamiti and I will be there for my birthday - YEAH!!

We are leaving before school get out - thanks for that1!

Before Kruger we will be in Cape Town three nights then fly straight into Kruger bypassing Nelspruit and the Death highway N4.

The only thing left to book is our rental car and we always debate on stick or automatic. Neither of us drive a stick day to day and you all drive on the other side of the road and we would be changing gears with our other hand so we are in debate of how safe it would be to try to escape a charging ele whilst finding gears.... :shock:

Now the countdown begins....

Dana


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Great you have booked! You can always keep an eye on the availability and tweak your booking between now and your trip.

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I have a soft spot for Pretorius Kop. It offers beautiful, scenic drives, it is close to many dams and the camp itself has a atmosphere that is quite unique.

Biyamiti will give you access to pretty much the same roads as Lower Sabie. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy :thumbs_up:

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Sounds like you are trying to cover a lot of ground in your trip.
Shingwedzi to Tamboti is a long drive.
But you will have an awesaome time!


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[quote="Meandering Mouse"]I have a soft spot for Pretorius Kop. It offers beautiful, scenic drives, it is close to many dams and the camp itself has a atmosphere that is quite unique.

I most definitley concur MM, PK is just a lovely camp.

Travelstory I am sure you won't be dissapointed with this change. :thumbs_up:

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yoda wrote:
Sounds like you are trying to cover a lot of ground in your trip.
Shingwedzi to Tamboti is a long drive.
But you will have an awesaome time!


It is long Yoda, 226 kms. I do however find that the Mopani veld can be done with more speed than other areas (traveling within the speed limit, naturally). The roads are good and other than ellies, there are often not that many sightings.

It is predominantly Mopani veld until just before Letaba. It is 109 kilometres from Shingwetzi to Letaba. From there it would be possible to factor in a slower travel time.

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MM,

I once did Shing to Satara.
Ended up in having to drive past a lion kill to make gates at Satara :evil:


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