Do any of the main car rental companies rent a luggage trailer?
We will also get a few bags for cans and other groceries.
Camps – Thanks for your suggestions re the camps. However, as we left the booking so late and had 6 people to sort out, we were not left with too much choice on the camps. The booking is for –
Berg-en-Dal – 1 night – Perimeter Bungalows - BA3U (Have booked 3 of these)
Satara – 2 nights – Bungalow – BD2N (Have booked 3 of these)
Bataleur – 2 nights – Guest cottage – GA6
Can you please suggest any specific units that I should request at these camps?
Picnic sites – Do all picnic sites have cooking facilities? How about tea/coffee facilities?
I'll try and answer a couple of questions.
In SA there is something called a 'venter'. It's a trailer that comes in many different sizes, goes easily on the tow bar. It can be locked. Put the luggage bags in that. I'll add my vote to taking the Schoemanskloof route after the Machado Plaza.
The old 'kombi' had the engine at the back and there was plenty of space. The new ones have engine in front, with less room, so the Toyota Quantum will be perfect.
At Satara we normally stay in the D ring (family units), but if I was staying in 3 x 2 units I would like units 179 to 170, along the perimeter fence. They are quiet ...... 161-163 are the closest to the camp dining and patio , and there will be noise. Also, being by the perimeter gives you a chance to see hyena's that prowl the fence at nice
when moving between berg-en-daal, satara and bateluer (it's plenty of driving), you really want to avoid unpacking food/coffee/tea etc. Just go with what's available. Its reasonably difficult to screw up
a toasted sandwich, or a fried egg and a pot of tea. These things are available at the places listed below.
Afsaal has full cooking facilities, you can purchase tea, coffee, snacks (toasted sandwich etc) there.
You will probably stop at skukuza, for a toilet break, leg stretch. You can get what you need there. If you can , try and see lake panic bird hide next to skukuza (best birding / photo chance you will get).
Tshokwane will be the next break point. It's a big picnic spot, again you can get tea coffee there, and lite snack's. Then onto satara, unload and relax, go afternoon game drive.
Satara to bateluer. Break the journey at olifants camp. Satara to Olifants (2.5 - 3.5 hours depending on what u see) (You can sit on the deck there and have really nice brekkie at your leisure. The view over the elephants river is fantastic. If you have not been there you will be stunned by the vista. It's a special place....
Then onwards and upwards, stop at mopani, and have lite lunch on deck overlooking the lake
At each stop find the spotting board (board of sightings that people have seen, current day and yesterday). Even check it at melelane gate, Stop on the bridge before melalane entrance gate and check out the crocodiles.
Something I would consider at satara. You can also get 1 family unit (GC5, or GC6B) and 1 BD2V / BD2N unit (about the same price as 3xBD2v). The patio area can accommodate 6 people at dinner time (in the family unit), while you will struggle with the three smaller units (area is for 2/3 people) to seat everyone.
BD units 64 63 and family 87 are close.http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/ca ... satara.jpg
NOTHING of your booking is set in stone. If it's available you can trade up and change as required. Central bookings in jhb # is 011 6788870.
Between the fly-in and drive down, melelane to satara, satara to bateluer, it's a mountain of driving, packing and unpacking in 6 nights
Good luck & great spotting,