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 Post subject: Re: KNP Sunset Drive / Night Drive
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I believe one has the right to ask the guide to drive slower.

The guide is not responsible for the spotlight, guests are. The guide drives.

Most guides I have been with are well trained and try their best to get you great sightings.

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 Post subject: Re: Day & Night Guided Tour (ONLY)
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Hi Essie,

As far as I know, no other tour operators are allowed to conduct any activities after gate closing hours except the sunset and night drives/Wildernis trails etc done by Sanparks themselves.
There are many operators that do full/half day drives but they would be restricted to the normal tourist roads, rules and regulations of the park.

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 Post subject: Sunset and Night Drives
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Hi guys

Is there much difference between a sunset and a night drive. I see only a few camps list night drives. I really like the idea of a night drive with chances of bush babies, owls, genets, springhares ...

This may sound daft but is it better to go on a night drive for the night animals? It says the sunset drive stays out after dark, does this mean that I have as much chance on a sunset drive as a night drive but with the added chance of other animals before dark. Or would I be better on the night drive, is it more specialist, is it longer than the night part of a sunset drive, do they go to areas better for night animals.

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 Post subject: Re: Sunset and Night Drives
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The sunset drive is usually a bit longer than the night drive. and its great to watch the sun go down in the bush .
You will see as many night animals on the sunset drive ( in the dark part) as you would see on a night drive. they use the same roads but not always a set route as they go to where they feel the best game is .

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 Post subject: Re: Balule and Maroela Drives and Walks
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koshka wrote:
I'll be visiting these two camps for a couple of nights each and I don't see Drives or Walks listed against them.
Is it possible to do sunset drives from these camps . If so do the drives from the main camp pick you up on the way or are they separate drives.
I'd like to do the Olifants river walk to have a (slim?) chance of Pels Fishing Owl, is this possible from Balule or do you have to be a resident at Olifants.

You can book drives and walks while staying in both camps, for Maroela book at Orpen and Balule book at Olifants.
You will be picked up from the camp you are staying at, they are usually separate drives.
I think the Olifants River Walk starts at around 9:30am so you could drive yourself up to Olifants from Balule.

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 Post subject: Re: Sunset / night drive : info
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They usually leave 1 hour before the gates close BUT each camp is different, some change times depending on the gate closing time others don't.

Balule should do a drive, I've come across them leaving while I've been staying at Olifants. I would imagine you book at Olifants but will be picked up and dropped off at Balule.

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 Post subject: Re: Need recommendations for night drives/ ranger walk in Kr
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I actually phoned the camps they numbers are on the website. For Night drives themselevs you can book via telephone at Central reservations. +27124289111


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 Post subject: Re: Help on Berg-en-Dal Night Drive
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BnD certainly does night drives - from 1830 to 2100. Book when you get there. Elsa is correct - I often end up being called to do them!

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 Post subject: Re: Help on Berg-en-Dal Night Drive
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Rob C, if you get a chance to do a night drive with ecojunkie you won't be disappointed. She is very knowledgable and just an all around nice person. She seems to know where to go to find treasures.

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti/Satara or Lower -Sabie: best game drive?
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Hello Geckophobe, if I had a 6 year old I would not do a night drive (it is freezing in July), we are also in Tamboti in July and we have booked to do a morning drive, we do a sunset drive every year when on holiday. A sunset drive lets you have the best of both, you have the last few hours of the day, then always a spectacular sunset and then you also have a bit of the Kruger at night. Don't get your expectations up to high because you never know what you might see or might not see. Have a wonderful trip

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti/Satara or Lower -Sabie: best game drive?
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I would not do a night drive (it is freezing in July),

But please be warned, the (very) early morning drives are even colder. What is colder than freezing :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti/Satara or Lower -Sabie: best game drive?
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I'm in full agreement about night-drives in winter - they can get very cold very quickly! I also agree with the general sentiment that a sunset drive is a far better proposition....especially for the younger ones! We've had a fair number of drives in the Park, and the sunset ones are the best of both worlds......

Night drives are great if you're into the smaller stuff - hares, bushbabies etc - but even if you spot something big and hairy, you're restricted to the beam of the spotlight.

When on a sunset drive, the transition between daylight and night is magical in iteself.... We saw a couple of youngsters get so excited about 'what could be lurking out there' -

My suggestion? Sunset drives every time!! :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti/Satara or Lower -Sabie: best game drive?
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George P M, we always try to sit at the back of the game drive vehicle and when looking behind us it becomes very clear to see how dark the bush really is, we have numerous photographs of the pure darkness, they are wonderful. Staying in a big city like Johannesburg we don't really see "real" darkness because of all the light coming from traffic lights,houses, street lights etc.

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 Post subject: Chosing guides in game drives
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Is it possible to chose the guides in game drives (I mean, if there is more than one game drive at the same time)?

I booked one sunset drive at BnD and one mornig drive at Skukuza, if it´s possible to ask for a specific guide can someone please tell me who should I ask for?


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 Post subject: Re: Chosing guides in game drives
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Sorry, but dont believe specific guides can be asked for.
Guides have different duties and they are planned into a roster
Some specialize but they all do walks and drives.

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