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 Post subject: Which way would you go?
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:00 pm 
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Hi guys, we arrive at the airport in Nelspruit at 12.30 in September, after booking this trip in October last year, it 's not much longer to go! Our first night is Berg n Dal.

Just trying to iron out some of the detail now, so my question:

Our original plan was to drive to Malalane, do some shopping and enter the park at the Malalane gate. but in light of the roadworks would it be better to shop at Hazyview and enter at Phabeni gate, then drive to Berg n Dal through the park.

What would you do? :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Which way would you go?
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:28 pm 
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Would still be quicker going through the gorge N4 route, IMHO.

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 Post subject: Re: Which way would you go?
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:45 pm 
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I agree with forestgump - there is nearly 100k more to travel in the park. I don't think you really have a choice if your first camp is B en D. Malelane is only 10k to B&D plus it is easy to shop there. I believe there is an alternative route to avoid the gorge - thru a conservation area - have a look at the thread regarding the routes and you will pick up some tips there


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 Post subject: Re: Which way would you go?
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:09 pm 
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Merlin, I would still shop in Malelane and enter at the Malelane gate.
You could be lucky with the Stop go and make it easily but in the worst case scenario you can get a late gate pass there and escort to B & D, something you can't do entering at Phabeni and ending up late at the camp gate where you risk a fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Which way would you go?
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:23 pm 
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Hi thanks Sue, Forestgump and Elsa.

I think we just needed the reassurance that going via Malelane was the way to go. But Elsa wasn't aware of a 'late pass' is it something we need to arrange beforehand, just in case, or, can we just turn up at the gate and organise it if we need to?

Thanks again :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Which way would you go?
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You will need to book a late pass beforehand. But it should not be necessary.

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I agree with the others.
If you go through Phabeni, it is a long way down to B & D.
It could put you under pressure.

If you go through Melalane, it's not far to B & D, and worst case scenario, you could still get a late entry.


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 Post subject: Re: Which way would you go?
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Menlin, have a read through Gate Hours and Late Arrivals
It seems once you know you are not going to make the gate in time you can phone the camp and arrange the escort.

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