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Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:27 pm Unread post
Personally I would do one from Malelane, mainly because they would tend to use the smaller trucks, which gives a more intimate experience.

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Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:46 am Unread post
Hi Ralph and Lenny,

on our recent trip we did sunset drives at Lower Sabie, Satara, Letaba und Punda Maria and all were fantastic.
I liked them very much as we saw both diurnal and nocturnal animals.

As mentioned before - sunset drives and morning walks is a very good combination.

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Get to the drive start point early, other do.
You then have the choice of seats.
I usually sit next to a 'window' if I can.
Take binos, they help with distant sightings
Dress warmly, it can get very cold as the still air hits you, as the vehicle moves along.
Don't expect the boring 'big 5', but prepare for nocturnal animals and birds.
Otherwise you might get a stunning sighting, like a serval or civet, and not realize it.
Don't be shy.
Ask your guide any questions.
The others will benefit from the answers as well. They were too shy to ask.
Good luck - that is really what a night ride is about!


Re: Sunset Drive VS Night Drive

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Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:56 am Unread post
Hello Joubie

The sunset drive usually starts an hour before sunset and last for about 3 hours. The night drive is for 2 hours and starts from 20:00, depending on the camp.

I would also choose the sunset drive, it's more magical with the sun setting and we usually see preditors getting active just as the sun is setting. I haven't been on a drive in Talamati, but on a few drives in Satara, and you will not regret it.

Enjoy your trip


Re: night drives from Berg-en-dal

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Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:28 pm Unread post
I really Enjoy drives from Berg en dal as there is always quite a bit of predator activty around the camp, and Raymond, Texan and Stanley are awesome guides. :mrgreen:

The reason Crocodile Bridge would have been more expensive would have been if you are coming from outside the Park as they add conservation fee's onto the drive price


KNP Sunset Drive / Night Drive

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Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:41 pm Unread post
Hello all, please can you guys share your opinion on the sunset drive and night drives in KNP. Are they worth it? What is the difference between the 2? Why do only some camps offer the "night drive" and why do the prices differ from drive to drive and camp to camp?


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Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:38 pm Unread post
Hallo VANPTA

The sunset drives leave camp about a hour before gate closing time and stay out for three hours.

The night drive leave camp after dark and stay out for only two hours.

Both drives are great. What I enjoy most about the sunset drive is to see all the other visitors going back to camp while you drive in the opposite direction. :twisted:


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Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:05 pm Unread post
Hi VANPTA,

I preffer the sunset drive. Its like the best of both. When the drive start it is not completely dark yet, and then after some time it gets dark and they take out the spot lights.

But yes, both drives is great!


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Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:06 pm Unread post
Hi VANPTA and warm welcome to the forum!

I think its really a personal choice as to whether one prefers the evening to the night drives.
Also some guides seem to be better than others at giving a quality drive but unless one knows beforehand who is going to be conducting the drive its a bit hit and miss.

I am not sure why the prices differ but it seems its mainly Punda Maria and the Bushveld camps that are different.
Maybe its a question of popularity and numbers? :?


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Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:13 pm Unread post
They have 2 different size vehicles Pedro, the smaller one is a 10 seater and the larger one seats 20.
I think that is correct but if not I am sure someone will correct me! :wink:
It depends on how many guests they have booked as to which vehicle they will use.


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Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:59 pm Unread post
20 or 30 people in one drive, that seems a little too much...


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Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:43 pm Unread post
It can be if you don't get like minded folk on the drive!
so maybe best to ask when you intend booking if they know how many are booked and which vehicle will be going out.


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Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:17 am Unread post
threedogs wrote
On our most recent trip in Aug/Sept we employed the tactic mentioned above.
We would check how many booked on the night drive for example and on nearly every occasion we had no more than 2 other people with us or the small vehicle to ourselves!
With this scenario you can learn a lot from a guide as you have his/her whole attention and vise versa. However, we weren't at the larger southern camps so there the situation may be vastly different.
I wouldn't recommend going in a large group if you are not the very tolerant type like me :tongue:
Some people can be noisy, erratic with the spotlights, obnoxious......you get the picture.
It seems like the odds are in a bigger group there is always at least one........ :roll:


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Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:28 pm Unread post
Elsa wrote
Hi VANPTA and warm welcome to the forum!

I am not sure why the prices differ but it seems its mainly Punda Maria and the Bushveld camps that are different.
Maybe its a question of popularity and numbers? :?


The smaller camps often have shorter night drives thus making the price a little less (have not checked the prices)? eg I remember at Punda doing a sunset drive 4-7pm and then the night drive 7.30-9.30pm with the same vehicle. In the bigger camps there are more vehicles and guides and there is an overlap with a longer night drive (typically 5-8pm and 6.30-9pm). Not all the southern camps offer the later drive though.


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Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:56 pm Unread post
I do agree that the big vehicles can be a disappointment - and even as a guide it is very difficult to 'connect' with guests in that situation. I salute those who make it work!

Having said that, a couple of disruptive guests on a small vehicle can be almost worse and totally spoil things.
I have in the past told guests they will be taken back to camp if they do not behave (having checked with duty manager first) on a couple of occasions and then not had to make the call because they did comply.
And other guests supported me after I had spoken to the unruly ones a couple of times too, which helped.
But some guides do not confront bad behaviour because they are afraid of complaints - and it is always the rule-breakers who are the first to complain!!!!!
Especially if they have been told off...... I think it is a face-saving thing, or wanting to get back at the guide concerned.

If spotlights are being misused then I just suggest it is time to change over control and allow others a turn!
If the guide does not suggest it then maybe ask at a stop if a change around can happen.
But if folk are doing OK I leave it to the guests - having said right at the beginning that the lights can be operated by more than one person either by passing the light forward or backwards, or changing seats at a stop.
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