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Re: Alcohol must be banned on sunset+night drives!

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:32 pm

As a guide on these sunset/night drives I consider it essential to control unruly guests (whether alcohol fuelled or not) as quickly as possible.
If necessary to be very firm and even threatening to ensure they go back to camp........ The reason is purely safety of all on the vehicle.

Too much noise can provoke aggression from elephants in particular, but also other animals.
When it gets dark it is impossible to see what is going on in the bush all around the vehicle as in the day time.
All you can see is what is in the place lit by the spotlight for the period that the spotlight is there!
Anything can creep up in the dark areas and if guests are quiet sometimes an extra twig breaking can be heard in time.
So it is important to make sure guests understand the importance of being quiet near animals.
That is quite apart from ruined sightings when the animals just run away!

The other thing is if the guests are going to ignore the guide and are not prepared to listen and obey then they can cause a dangerous situation.
Guests must be prepared to obey immediately because there is not always time to explain an instruction. That should come later though.

The guide must show authority and control, and this can be shown while still being friendly and chatty and informative!
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Re: Alcohol must be banned on sunset+night drives!

Unread postby bert » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:31 pm

In March 2011, we introduced a regulation to banned consumption of liquor in public throughout the park, the expectation is that any of our officials who sees anybody drinking alcohol in public can reprimand that person or call law enforcement officers to come and deal with that particular individual. Our Guide in this instance should have called a ranger to come and deal with the situation if he could not deal with it himself. We will investigate the matter and take corrective measures against the affected Guide.

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Re: Sunset and Night Drives

Unread postby Hugh » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:22 pm

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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Re: Balule and Maroela Drives and Walks

Unread postby saraf » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:36 pm

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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Re: Sunset / night drive : info

Unread postby saraf » Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:10 pm

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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Re: Need recommendations for night drives/ ranger walk in Kr

Unread postby Nicolette » Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:19 pm

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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Re: Help on Berg-en-Dal Night Drive

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun May 20, 2012 5:12 pm

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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Re: Help on Berg-en-Dal Night Drive

Unread postby normana53 » Fri May 25, 2012 10:55 pm

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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Re: Tamboti/Satara or Lower -Sabie: best game drive?

Unread postby tent dweller » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:16 pm

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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Re: Tamboti/Satara or Lower -Sabie: best game drive?

Unread postby George P M » Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:53 pm

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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Re: Tamboti/Satara or Lower -Sabie: best game drive?

Unread postby tent dweller » Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:00 am

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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Chosing guides in game drives

Unread postby pedro maia » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:33 pm

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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Re: Chosing guides in game drives

Unread postby bert » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:43 pm

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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Re: Chosing guides in game drives

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:45 pm

The best thing though is to get the guide animated.... So ask questions, and when you hear the answers be appriciative.
Even the shy guides have enough knowledge and anecdotes, just get them going. ;)
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Re: Chosing guides in game drives

Unread postby annapangolin » Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:12 pm

Couldn't agree more with DuQues-- if you want an awesome guide, then just be an awesome guest :)


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