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What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby ossendryver » Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:52 am

Hi all,

I'm pleased to announce that in 7 days, 21 hours,08 minutes and 40 seconds Ill be off to Kruger.

But not like my previous trips that were 4 days, this one is going to be 18!!!

It's going to be a trip of a life time!

I have never been there for more than 6 days.

What's it like to go for so long?
How long have you been there for?

Thanks

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby Rooies » Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:31 am

The longest was 9 days and the shortest one minute.
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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby Rooies » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:17 am

suebfly wrote:How did you manage one Minute? My longest is 2 weeks but my dream is to spend a whole month - preferably November - very few people, birds are coming back and lot of babies arriving - maybe one day


Well, I regularly go to a private reserve on the western boundary of Kruger, but which is part of the greater Kruger Area. All the fences have been removed and one big fence post is all that remains. So whenever I visit the reserve, I walk a meter or so into Kruger territory and stand there for a minute just to say to the folks at home that I have also visited Kruger. The lookout point where we normally enter Kruger, gives you wonderful views of the unspoilt area south of the Olifants river. On a clear day the Olifants is visible in the distance. I hope this explains my one minute of magic.
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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby ossendryver » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:27 am

Elsa wrote:We had always consoled ourselves as we were leaving the park after one of our usual trips that one day when we retired we would come back for a long stay and before we knew it the day arrived, so in 2009 our dream trip of 31 days had become a reality!
Was it long enough? we thought it might be, but the leaving was just as hard if not more so!

If anyone would like to read about that trip, my report is Here


If that wasn't long enough...
mine = :cry

But at least you get to see amazing stuff during a long trip!

What was the best thing you saw?

Did get bored at all after being there for so long?
People say I might but I know I wont.

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby ossendryver » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:29 am

DinkyBird wrote:We did 6 weeks in the park in 2010. We covered the entire park (north to south) and spent the time camping. It was definitely not long enough :D


Mine's half that!!

Amazing!

What did you see that was amazing?

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:40 am

Just being in Kruger is amazing Ossie :dance: That trip was in September/October. I'll have to check back through my trip report (yip, I do try do them from time to time :redface: ). The following year, we went for a three week trip through the park - during November, and that was also amazing. I love the little impie babies and the woodies (woodland kingfishers).

Rooies, why do you turn back and not just keep on walking into Kruger :twisted: :wink:
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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:49 am

ossendryver wrote:But at least you get to see amazing stuff during a long trip!
What was the best thing you saw?
Did get bored at all after being there for so long?
People say I might but I know I wont.

We most definitely didn't get bored, we just lost ourselves in the tranquility, never read a single newspaper or listened to the radio once the entire time.
It was if the outside world ceased to exist, in fact the hardest part was trying to remember what day of the week it was as they just all blended into each other and I had to keep our reservation paper handy all the time otherwise I think we might have missed the move to the next camp! :wink:
We found that we relaxed more as that urge to be out on the road all the time is less, we did drives when we felt like it at various times of the day, relaxed a lot more back at camp.
It is difficult to say what our best sighting was, they were just all amazing, from the tiniest little insect, pretty flower, all of it.
You do have the time to stop more and longer at the little things, take longer to identify that bird, sit at waterholes, in hides etc which is what we did a lot of.
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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby Bundi » Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:02 pm

Scipio wrote:92 Days without exiting.. :thumbs_up:


Nice on Scipio.

Three weeks last December was my longest. What we do though is try and get to Kruger at least every six weeks for a weekend. Must say that this year I was fortunate to do three ten day trips and will be there for another ten days in December.

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby Albert » Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:44 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:Never been more than 9 days at a a time.


About the same for me. I think that is pretty much it for us folks that need to make the trek from Cape Town (leave on the first Friday/Saturday back on the Sunday a fortnight later). I must say, even as a self-confessed Kruger addict I cannot see myself in the park for much longer than about ten days at a time.
We (myself and my SO) regularly exercise (mostly cycling), and while a break is good thing, more than 10 - 14 days off the bike becomes a problem.
And no :naughty: I will not jog/run in the camps. :D
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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:55 pm

Albert wrote:And no :naughty: I will not jog/run in the camps. :D

Plenty of folk exercise in the park Albert! Here
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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:18 pm

Longest were 10 days in 2010 followed by 5 nights outside in Marloth with daytrips from Croc Bridge. :D
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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby ossendryver » Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:17 pm

Mgoddard wrote:My longest trip....264 Days....Paying every single cent myself for my stay, camp, food etc etc.....I had no freebeez...no discounts...!!!!! Unlike some others I know.... :D :D :D :D :D :D


WOW!!
No words.


So 18 days sounds good!!
I can't wait!!!
I've always dreamed of staying for mare than 6 days!!

Ill be out every morning at 4:30am :)

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby iLoveMeerkats! » Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:50 pm

We keep making each trip just a little bit longer. We have the dreaded Kruger disease that means we rarely go on any holiday other than Kruger, and spend the time in between trips just dreaming of all things Kruger. Our last trip was 30 something days and that still was not enough. Our upcoming trip (April/May 2013) will be 42 days and I am certain that that will not be enough.

We always start in the south (Biyamiti) and work our way north, then back down to the south. We try and hit every hide and picnic spot on each trip.

I can not wait!!!!

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:30 pm

JacquiS wrote:Kruger is the place that sticks in ones heart forever - I am lucky enough to live twenty minutes away, so we go usually once a week. Does this count? :-)

All the best,
Jacqui


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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:49 pm

two and half months... plus 3 weeks in Kgalagadi
twice, first in 2009, then in 2011 :dance:
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