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 Post subject: Help: newbbie to KNP
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:52 pm 
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Hi all,

it's already some years that I dream to visit South Africa and this could become true July/August next year
As part of my trip i want to spend 10/14 nights into KNP selfdriving

Here is the question: what itinerary do you suggest?
I was thinking of: Crocodile - Lower Sabie - Satara - Olifants - Shimuwini - Bateleur

We do not like too many people around :D :D

I'm missing something? How many days do you suggest spending in each camp?
Last question: is there a limit of days you can stay into the park?

Many thanks
Andrea


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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:55 pm 
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I think tht you'll find quite a few people at Lower Sabie.


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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
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Hi Esuino and a warm welcome to the forum! :clap:

Your itinerary looks fine to me
but as Moobox has said most of the camps in the south of the park including Satara will be pretty busy and they are because its the popular part of the park where the highest density of animals are to be found.
If you prefer the quieter smaller camps then its best to book mainly the bush camps of which you have 2 on your list.
Maybe try for Biyamiti instead of Lower Sabie and Croc Bridge.

Just remember the bush camps don't have any shops or restaurants so you will have to self cater.

To avoid having to pack up and move on frequently its best to stay at least 2 to 3 nights per camp.

There is no limit on how long you can stay n the park.

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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
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Welcome to the forum,
I agree with Elsa , though there are never the Crowds like you get in Europe and England at special places .. no big tour buses no people following a guide with an umbrella .. and so on ,at a specail sighting you might get at the most 20 -30 cars but the rest of the time you hardly see anyone . and even the big camps can be busy around the shop but in the accommodation chalets usually fairly quite. though I agree the bush camps are the best . you can still go on night drives from these camps and they are usually less busy than the bigger camps you maybe the only ones on the drive

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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
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A very warm welcome, Andrea :gflower:

Instead of Lower Sabi, I would suggest Biyamiti if you enjoy privacy. I would also suggest Talamati rather than Satara for the same reason.

Olifants is also a big camp, but if you can get a perimeter bungalow, the view is worth it. For real peace and tranquility, Balule is a gem, but it does not have electricity. The bungalows are just very basic, but it is worth the experience.

Try not to be in the south of the Park for the first weekend in August. It is the day of the Skukuza half marathon and it can be very busy. I would suggest that you keep the weekend for further north.

Good luck with you planning.

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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
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Hi Esusino :D

Good advice so far :thumbs_up: I would say no less than 3 nights at a camp. Checking out/checking in, and packing uses up time you could be on a game drive, or relaxing 8) Don't try and do too many camps, coz there is always a next time :thumbs_up:

I like your plan of South to North or North to South :thumbs_up: Don't be scared away from Satara. It will be full, but there are plenty of roads around Satara to distribute traffic 8) I was in Skukuza this last August, and in my opinion there was not that much traffic!

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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
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Many thanks for your advise ;)
Few more questions:

- does it worth to go north during july august?
- what are the codes of the various accommodation and how they work?
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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
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Esusino wrote:
- does it worth to go north during july august?
- what are the codes of the various accommodation and how they work?
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Esusino, if this is your first visit then I would suggest you not go too far north, rather keep that for a subsequent visit, the scenery is lovely but animal sightings can be a little limited, altho not entirely without some of the rarer antelope and big tusker elephants.

If you have a look here it does give a basic description of the various accommodation types/

Here

and if you go Here and click on the various camps, then hover the mouse over the accommodation types you will find a description of each one in that particular camp.

Another good site to have a look at Here with photos of the various chalets and bungalows.

Hope this helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
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Thanks for the fast reply :)
What do you think of Shimuwini as the northeast option?

It s the first safari for us and we definitely would like to see the big5 :))


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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
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Shimuwini is a lovely camp and often one can have wonderful sightings from the comfort of one's own cottage.

Also from there you can take a drive up to Mopani, have lunch on the deck there and back for a great day's drive.

Have a read through the Shimuwini topic.

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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
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Very nice topic, thanks!

What do you think of this itinerary?
Crocodile (2nights)
Biyamiti (2nights)
Lower Sabie (not sure yet 1 night)
Talamati or Satara (3 nights)
Olifants (2 nights)
Shimuwini (2 nights)

Maybe Crocodile is too close to Biyamiti and we could pick one of the 2?
Same for Lower Sabie, maybe we could skip it and go from Biyamiti to Satara directly

I'm I missing some nice camp?


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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
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I am always of the opinion that anywhere in the park is great! 8)
but yes, in essence Croc Bridge and Biyamiti are very close and more or less in the same area, so you could either add another night at Biyamiti or try and get 2 nights at Lower Sabie, which is a very good area for seeing the Big 5 from.
and then from there work your way up to Satara/Talamati.
3 nights a very good idea for that area, especially Satara as there are lots of roads to explore.

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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
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I'm I missing some nice camp?


:lol: They are all nice camps, all different but all nice. It's why it's so difficult to choose.

I would say pick either Crocodile Bridge or Biyamiti and stay for three nights, then head for Satara or Talamati. The rest are good choices. Seriously, don't think about a camp for less than 2 nights, the packing and unpacking just takes too much time from your day, especially in an African winter when the nights are long. I think you have a very good itinerary there for a first time.

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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
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Agree saraf :thumbs_up:
Just pick three camps and stay 3 nights or more in each :thumbs_up:

CB/Biya - 3-4 nights
Satara/Talamati - 3-4 nights
Olifants/Shimuwini - 3-4 nights
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 Post subject: Re: Help: newbbie to KNP
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:22 am 
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Thanks :)
Do you know how the online reservation system works regarding modifications or cancellations?
In the conditions it states that a fee can apply but then it also states that it can be levied for online bookings :dance:


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