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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby p@m » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:33 pm

OK
we also have 2 cooler boxes -- one for cooldrinks & ice, the marge & lettuce & stuff :lol:
and the other for meat -- same as you.

But we don't camp, so can leave the one with the meat behind when we go on day trips :lol:

Basically -- we just take what we're going to use for the day (breakfast & Lunch) & leave the rest.
But, in your case, camping, it would depend on whether the coolbox is cooler in the car or not & also on whether you would get back to find it raided by the monkey corps :lol:

Once again -- staying in bungalow, one must take your own picnic set for eating "on the run" as it were.
Nothing elaborate -- paper plates or plastic are fine :lol:
If we were camping, we would use only 1 set of cutlery but probably still use paper plates for meals out.

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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby PNF » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:42 am

We normally take a small coolbox (6 pack size) for cold drinks plus a cool bag with picnic goodies inside.
These are extra to whatever we are using for storing meat, veg etc. which vary depending on how we are staying i.e camping; bungalow etc.
The cool bag is permanently equipped with plates, cutlery and mugs - from experience we have found it less "stressful" as things are not forgotten in the rush to leave camp at the crack of dawn!
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:56 am

I have a cheap Bushbaby picnic back-pack which I bought at Checkers. It has 4 place settings and a cool-bag plus 2 bottle coolers. This goes with me in the car for drinks etc, and is my basic camping equipment too.

Also have a thermocooler for cold stuff when travelling, and it plugs into mains for use as a fridge at campsite. Did get a camping freezer too.......but that is because I am based here and use it a lot.
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby tent dweller » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:40 pm

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW THE CAMERA WORKS - I tried to download all our holiday photos from December 2013 yesterday, I pressed something that I shouldn't have and now they are all gone :cry: :cry:
My hubby went to the shop that we purchased the camera from and they told him how we should have downloaded the photographs, why didn't they tell us this when we purchased the camera?????
Anyway we only have to wait until 21 December to see the Kruger again and of course I have the memories of our December 2013 trip but at my age I don't seem to remember as much as I could 30 years ago :lol: :lol: :lol:
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TAMBOTI 22 - 24 December 2015
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby MikeGoss2011 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:47 pm

I'm fairly sure that if you have a look on the internet you should be able to find a program that will enable you too recover your photos.
I have used a program in the past, cant remember the name and now have a different computer, with good results. Google " photo recovery from camera cards" and see how you go

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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby Riaanf31 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:50 am

Love this thread.

We'll be returning to KNP soon for a short trip.
Routes are being planned, bags prepacked food menu and also the important binocs & camera gear checked.

Now residing in the UK had its challenges.
Soft foldable cooler boxes (1 large for meats , 1 small for tins of cool drinks) r squeezed in to travel luggage. Roberts bird guide, mammal book and KNP map book too.

Over time we've put together a checklist to cover the essentials.
Included on this list is to pack a Yellow Ribbon to fix to the wing mirror.
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It has been mentioned before, but is worth repeating: visiting KNP and experiencing what has to offer is about the sights, sounds (even the silence).
The little things might not be part of the big 5, but boy can they keep you entertained.

Happy planning to all.
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby MaikeM. » Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:40 pm

Hey guys!
I'm from Germany and after visiting South Africa twice now (more the Limpopo area), I finally got my father to join me and we're going to visit Kruger next march!
I'm planning the whole thing. We'll stay 10 days and I planned a route involving five camps. Skukuza, Satara, Shingwedzi, Letaba and Lower Sabie. But after that I'm kinda lost. How long would you recommend staying at each of the camps? Is there one you'd say we should stay more than two days or maybe leave one out, but stay at another for one more day?
Hope that's even the right thread for this question! :redface:
Thank you very much in advance!
Really looking forward to return to South Africa,
greets from Germany :D

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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby Riaanf31 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:14 pm

Hi MaikeM,

10 days in Kruger sounds like a good amount of time. As a general rule we tend to spend no less that two days at any one camp.

Another thing to consider is direction of travel. I'd advise to either go from South to North or visa versa.

North to South: Satara-Skukuza-Lower Sabie maybe
Souht to North: Skukuza-Lower Sabie-Satara

Lower Sabie is the hardest camp to get availability for so maybe work around what you can get for that camp and manage your booking that way. There is also nothing wrong with staying in the South and doing Pretoriuskop, Lower Sabie and Skukuza only. Yes there are more people that around Satara, but there are more road options and higher density of general game etc.

We're looking at visiting for a similar length of time for next year and our booking is for Skukuza, Lower Sabie and Lower Sabie.

PS: Even for two people try and get the 3 bed bungalows: BD3's or similar. The price difference to the BD2's is minimal when paying with € and the extra space will come in handy.

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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby Hippotragus » Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:23 am

I would suggest three nights each in three camps. That would give you two full days to drive the roads in each area. That would minimise the packing and unpacking, which can take up valuable game-viewing time.

If you cannot get a booking at Lower Sabie, I would suggest doing Skukuza, Satara and Crocodile Bridge camps.
I agree with Riaanf31 that you should plan your camps north to south or vice versa.

Also consider Tamboti tented camp - it is a small camp, with the tents on the bank of the Tamboti River. From there you can do the same roads as from Satara camp, plus some others.

Looking at the camps you have chosen it is difficult to say which to stay at for longer and which less. Maybe 1 night Skukuza, 2 Lower Sabie, 3 Satara, 1 Letaba and 2 or 3 Shingwedzi. If you leave the camps early you can do a full day's game-viewing when changing camps.

Good luck with the planning and have a great trip.
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby MaikeM. » Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:35 pm

Hi!

Thanks so much for your answers! Always good to hear advise from people who've been there!
It really does sound better to go south-north, instead of my plan south-north-south...

Kind regards,
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby nasm » Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:20 pm

Hi,
We have planned a trip to Cape Town, garden route and addo. Since, we are arriving in JNB Now we thinking of doing kruger 3 nights and then drive to port Elizabeth. Thinking of staying in one camp on the southern end.

Any advise and do you think it is practical to drive or fly to port Elizabeth. Thought of driving because of the cost.

Thanks

Nas

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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby Porridge » Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:41 pm

MaikeM,

Something that you have to keep in mind are the distances involved. They don't look far on a map, and they aren't, until you drive those distances in the Kruger. Shingwedzi to Letaba is not that far until you get blocked by the entire world's population of buffalo, or 1 otherwise elephant. Then everything changes.

Work on covering 20 kms per hour on average and then you might be looking at realistic times.
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby Porridge » Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:55 pm

nasm wrote:Hi,
We have planned a trip to Cape Town, garden route and addo. Since, we are arriving in JNB Now we thinking of doing kruger 3 nights and then drive to port Elizabeth. Thinking of staying in one camp on the southern end.

Any advise and do you think it is practical to drive or fly to port Elizabeth. Thought of driving because of the cost.

Thanks

Nas


Nasm, starting a new topic would have been a much better option.

Kruger to PE is a very long drive indeed. I strongly recommend the flight option.
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby nasm » Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:24 am

Thank you

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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread postby Travelstory » Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:17 pm

Great Thread.

Recently booked my next (10th I think) trip to Kruger from the US; This will be the 3rd with my SO the balance were on my own (female).

My must do's and takes:

:think: Book accommodations on the perimeter
:think: always pack torch, snacks, water no matter if you just plan on driving an hour - you never know
:think: drive slow - windows open - radio off
:think: stop often - turn off engine - to see what happens - and lots happens when you just sit still and quiet
:think: keep my car full of gas/petrol
:think: water gun/squirters - keeps the monkeys away when cooking in outdoor kitchens - no harm to them
:think: relax.... no matter what little annoyances may occur I always remind myself I am in AFRICA, in KRUGER

Dana


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