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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:02 pm 
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u guys need a thank button!:)

thanx hippo fan!


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:26 pm 
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You are very welcome. Give Jessica a kiss on the nose (YES you can do that :dance: ) from me.

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19 sept Letaba, 20-22 sept Sirheni, 23 sept Olifants, 24-26 sept Amukela (Balule Game Reserve), 27-28 sept Lower Sabie, 29-30 sept Skukuza, 1-2 oct. Shishangeni Camp Shonga , 3 oct. Lower Sabie, 4-5 oct Satara, 6 oct. Letaba


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:39 pm 
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Travelling Pretoriuskop , to Numbi outside to Hoedspruit and back will be around 200 kilometers . It seems a bit longer INSIDE the park , and at 25 km to 40 km per hour ...... well :hmz: .

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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:49 pm 
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thanx okie......wat about game drive in the early morning 6 - 11pm hopefully we could arrive at orpen gate by 11.30-12....have some lunch...visit jessica between 3-5pm (her visiting times are 10am-12 & 3pm-4pm) and possible travel on the outside back to numbi gate to pretoriuskop??

i just dont wana waste my limited time driving outside on the open round when i could be spotting the big five in the park!! :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:01 pm 
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Sorry to rain on your parade! But what you are considering is quite impractical. Pretoriuskop to Orpen inside the park is a very long drive, and then you still have to get back! Not going to happen! :doh:

As for driving outside the park, well, yes it may be possible, but it is going to be a long tiresome day spent driving. Those roads are busy, especially around Bushbuck ridge, and the speed limit is at 80 or 60 for long stretches.

Jessica is not at Moholoholo. She is at a private place on the road leading away from Hoedspruit to Tzaneen / the Strijdom tunnel. Way past Moholoholo. There is a citrus packing house on your right hand side and a big sign board announcing Jessica, pointing to a dirt road leading of to the right.

Honestly, if you want to see Jessica, rather move your last nights booking to Orpen / Tambotie / Satara. Then you can go and say hi to Jessica on your way home. Much more practical!

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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:47 pm 
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Craig,

Reading Imberbe post it hit me that maybe I wasn't clear enough (thx Imberbe). It's appr. 60 km to Mohoholo. From there it will take you at least half an hour drive (part tar, part sand road) to get to Jessica. And according to my husband I broke some speeding limits to get to her :redface: :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:52 pm 
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hey no raining!!!

that is the type of responses I wanted from the more informed members of the forum!

sweet well i know its a lot of driving, but my accommodation is already booked!!! and i didnt realise jessica the hippo was as close as she was, so i promised we'd go and just wana find optimal solution for travelling up there!!i see there is quite a few attractions in hoedspruit.....might just stay up there and make and afternoon of it and drive back down to pretoriuskop.....

imberbe....if i were to drive on the outside roads.....say leave at 9am to visit jessica have some lunch up there and leave at say 2pm, i could enter into the park at Phabeni gate and have a little drive before 6pm!

would u say that is feasible? i know its not the best solution but you think its possible??

thanks for the help guys!


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:04 pm 
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Even if you have booked in Pkop it is possible to change one night for one further North like at Orpen or Tamboetie Just phone up Sanparks and it can be done.

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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:20 pm 
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ok i see.....but isnt check in time at 2pm??....or is it possible to check in later?......

lol this is the 1st time ive done this whole thing to the kruger:) just looking for some guidance.....

lol haha just wana remind every1 that im just a student.....orpen is a bit out of my price range!....im looking at R300-R350 a night.....


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
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Check in time is FROM 14.00 until gates close at about 18.00 Must get back into the Park well in time to get to your camp before the gates close. and dont forget the Max speed is 50 kph in the park

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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:28 pm 
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Whats special about Jessica anyway that is better than the wild ones in KNP :hmz:
If indeed she is very special , then surely it is worth extending your trip/visit by one extra day to drive up there to see her :whistle:

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11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:36 pm 
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lol like i said this is for my girlfriends birthday and petrol and accommodation has set me back quite a bit already!.....as a student this is quite a huge investment for me!haha

she wants to visit jessica and her wish is my command this weekend!

neways guys...i think i will just do the drive up the R40.....and come back down in the afternoon!:) I know it isnt the greatest plan but it will have to do for this time!

Next time I will be better prepared and maybe pay a visit to you guys a lil sooner:)


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
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Yes , even students learn something now and then :lol: Go and enjoy yourself :thumbs_up:

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11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:58 pm 
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haha sweet okie!!thanx man!!

thanx everybody for trying to help!!


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 Post subject: Re: 1st Trip to the Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:27 pm 
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Hey craigf86;

Welcome to the forum :dance:

Tambotie is unfortunately fully booked your weekend :evil: (it's in your price range and next to Orpen)

I personally would make an excuse this time round and take the girlfriend to Lake Panic, just outside Skukuza, which is an hour away from your camp and has many wild close up hippos.
Also pop in at Skukuza - It's a cool camp for the younger generation.

You could also make it down to hippo pools next to Crocodile bridge and take a wild bush walk (free of charge) and see the hippos in the croc river. (Wait for the ranger/guide) lol.

But there's many more interesting things to see besides hippos - lions, leopards, etc. lol


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