Hi Booklady, a warm welcome to the forum. I'll do my best to answer and others will chip in as well, I'm sure.
1. Driving from JoBurg airport to Hazyview - I am a bit scared about this if I am honest - despite being a seasoned traveller. Is it easy to get onto the road we want from the airport without inadvertantly ending up in the wrong place? How safe is this part? Where should we stop for groceries on the way to Hazyview (staying in timeshare so will part self cater). Do you pay someone to mind the car when you stop? How much do you pay for this?
As you come out of the hire car area keep left and head for the R21 Boksburg, then the N12, then the N4. There is a thread with driving instructions somewhere that I'll go and look for in a minute. It's safe - just watch for pedestrians, they have a tendency to wander all over the roads. Hazyview itself has a nice Pick and Pay and a Woolies foodstore (SA version of M&S). There should be a car guard there and he will approach you. Not sure what the going rate is, we tend to give R5?
2. SAN WildCard - considering buying one of these as it seems to make sense as we will use it for Kruger, and also for Table Mountain (at a minimum). Would you recommend?
I think you will breakeven on the Wild Card. Not all of TMNP charges entrance fees but Boulders and Cape Point do. You also get a discount on the cable car (privately operated) with a Wild Card.
3. I understand you can no longer make daily guarenteed reservations to get into the park? Are we likely to have any issues gaining access when we are there - we will almost certainly want to go in every day 3rd August -8th August. Any tricks here? What time to arrive at the gate? Which gate near Hazyview is best?
You will have a choice of Phabeni or Paul Kruger. You should actually be able to make reservations in advance for a fee. I'll go and look for the link but I think its about R30 per person per reservation and it will lapse at 13:00. You will need to contact Reservation to make the reservation.
4. Although we will self drive - I know we cannot do this for a night drive. Any reccomendations as to who we should go with to book at least one night drive - plus contact details.
SANParks offers sunset drives from both gates I mentioned above. I don't think any other operator is allowed in at night.
5. Malaria - I understand the risk is very low at this time of the year - we will use repellant, trousers etc - but would you advise taking anti-malaria drugs - or not. Be honest here please. Thanks!
Go and see your GP. They will advise and will know your family's medical history.
6. This will sound stupid I am sure - but where do you go to the toilet whilst in the park? Can you go in all the rest camps even if you are not staying there? What is there at the picnic grounds? I want to be prepared!!
You are very welcome to the public parts of the rest camps, they have shops and restaurants/cafes open to all visitors. Most will also have a day visitor area where you can prepare and or eat your own food. Most of these will have gas braai skottles to rent. Just don't go past any sign that says "No day visitor's beyond this point". There are also picnic sites, which again have gas skottels to hire and toilets. Some of the more out of the way picnic sites have long drops but most are flush. You should be able to get hot water and maybe some cool drinks at the picnic sites. if you buy a map most have toilets marked on.
I hope you and your family have a fantastic holiday in Kruger.
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