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 Post subject: Re: Advice for 1st timers visiting the North
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:35 pm 
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When up north, do yourself a favor and find a nice and quiet spot (being up north this would be easy). Switch off your engine, open your windows and listen to the "sonbesies", the wind blowing through the mopani leaves and the sheer greatness of silence...it's deafening! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: North of Kruger - in May or June?
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:30 am 
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We've been to the KNP twice now (last time up to Olifants) and are planning a next two week trip, this time starting in the North of KNP. We can either go in May or June 2013 (before the SA school holidays).

1. Is there a difference in terms of sightings between those two months?

2. Is June usually much cooler than May?

3. We have 1 week to spend in the north - which camps to pick and how much time to spend at each?

(On Day 8 we need to be in Skukuza for the start of the Metsi Metsi trail).

4. Another question: what about the Nyalaland wilderness trail - is it still being operated at the moment since I do not find it on the monthly calendar.

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger - in May or June?
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Frizzle, we stay in the South of the park in May/June every year but I don't think the north will be that much different.
Its a lovely time of year and to be honest I can't imagine there would be too much difference in temps, the night temps might be the most noticeable.
What you could find is the water levels have dropped a bit lower in June resulting in more animal activity at the various waterholes dams etc.
but that would also be dependant on if and how much late season rains were experienced.

My favourite camps up North are Punda Maria, Shingwedzi and Mopani but then I'm a huge fan of that part of the park so pretty much any of them are great in my book. 8)

But I think if I had to choose between the two I would go for May.

Will try and find out more info re the Nyalaland Trail for you.
In the mean time some nice reviews and pics Here

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger - in May or June?
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Both months are dry, (Usually) and cool. I would go Punda, and Shingwedzi no doubt due to the proximity of water to the camps. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger - in May or June?
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If you need to be in Skuks on day 8, you could spend a few days at Punda and Shing, then maybe take 2 days to get to the south staying at either Mopani/Oliphants/Letaba/Satara, so that you get to Skuks on time.

What time do you have to be there for the Metsi Trail? If it's early you would need to spend the previous night at Skuks as well?

Maybe something like 2 nights Punda, 2 nights, Shing, 1 night Mopani, 1 night Satara, 1 night Skuks (that's if you have to be there early for the trail the next day!!)

That would give you not too long a drive from camp tp camp.(You could substitute Letaba or Oliphants if you prefer)

You will probably get many other different suggestions to this, so good luck with whate ver you finally decide!! :thumbs_up:

Ps.....sorry I can't help with the Nyalaland Trail, but someone will!! :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger - in May or June?
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Thanks everyone,

Crested Val: we need to be in Skukuza at 3pm so I figure there's no real need to stay there the night before.

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger - in May or June?
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I quite agree, so that gives you an extra night to play with . :thumbs_up:

I think it may be that the accommodation for the Nyalaland trail is being renovated at the moment, but not 100% sure on that!! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger - in May or June?
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In the end I booked the tents in Punda Maria (3 nights), Shingwedzi (2 nights), Mopani (2 nights) and Tamboti (2 nights) so 9 instead of 7 days :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger - in May or June?
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Frizzle wrote:
... so 9 instead of 7 days :wink:

Funny how that happens :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: North of Kruger - in May or June?
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Good for you Frizzle. :clap:

You won't regret it. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: north or south
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Two of my favorite camps is in Kruger is in the North – Shingwedzi and Punda Maria. My favorite drive which is the Mahonie Loop is also in Northern Kruger. It is also quieter up north. Soooo the north is my favorite Kruger area :D although the elephants up there are slightly bigger and more energetic and they can move quicker I think :roll: . After that the central area :) . The landscapes around Satara and Orpen are very Krugerish and there are plenty of animals. The South is OK :|. I like Tshokwane a lot :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: north or south
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North or South :hmz:

I like to balance it a bit if I can. Travelling South to North during our stay in the park. Then we get the best of both :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: north or south
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If I had to choose it would be north. We have always had amazing sightings up north, caracal kittens, lions, cheetah,leopard (this trip), big tuskers, roan, etc. the people are so friendly, hardly any traffic and stunning views. Lets not forgot the beautiful baobab trees.

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 Post subject: Re: north or south
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Is there anything better than having a braai under the Mopanis at Shingwedzi?

I prefer the North.

(Its also strange how most people here prefer the north yet we all know the north have far less tourists...but I am NOT complaining).

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 Post subject: Re: north or south
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It has to be the north every time for me, though we often enter the park via Malelane or Croc Bridge, and drive up through, just to have a brief change (and a boerie roll at Tshokwane!!!

The north is quieter, and the far north has a magical feel to it..........baobabs, fever trees..................!!!

We have always been lucky with sightings, and as a keen birder, it is home to many of the rarer birds. :thumbs_up:

However as said before..................anywhere in Kruger has to be good!!! :dance:

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