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Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:07 am Unread post
We are visiting KNP for the first time in a few days time and have pre booked 6 nights accommodation . Am a bit unsure of the procedure at the entry gates, probably Phabeni in our case, - what is the procedure at the gate? Do you just drive through or is it necessary to 'book in' and if so how long would this procedure take?
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Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:02 am Unread post
Welcome to the forums meowburt!!!

Gates vary, but most gates have an office, so you park in the parking area, and go to the office, where you will be issued with a permit which you must carry at all times. Please read it from top to bottom, as it gives you all the park rules.
To do this you will need your reservation number and/or client number, and some gates also ask for your passport or ID doc if you are South African.

The gate guards will also want to look in your car, to check you don't have any poaching equipment etc.

I do hope that you have a wonderful trip. :thumbs_up:


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Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:55 am Unread post
Hi meowburt,

The process is not painful at all, but at Phabeni you have a good chance of landing up in a bit of a queue.
Phabeni these days are a drive through, so have a pen handy. An official will give you a shortish form to complete where you need to fill in the reservation number, so have that handy as well and the details of all passengers in the car, where they need to sign. To speed up the process all overnight visitors pay their conservation fees at the camp when they check in.


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Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:55 am Unread post
Thanks your replies have been very helpful. We hope to arrive at approx 3.30-4.00pm on Sat 5 April having travelled from J'Burg airport: would you recommend Phabeni or Kruger gate - the Sansparks web site mentions delays on the road to Numbi Gate.


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Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:52 pm Unread post
Welcome to the forum meowburt.

Phabeni.

Otherwise you drive parallel to the park and could miss some great sightings.

Where is your first night?


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Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:00 pm Unread post
I agree with BB. I would enter at Phabeni Gate - it is much nearer Hazyview and then you are in the Park. The road to Paul Kruger Gate goes past many residential areas, with the accompanying speed restrictions (and speed traps), slow vehicles, loose animals etc.

Have a wonderful trip - I am sure it will be the first of many, as the "bug" will bite.


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Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:52 am Unread post
I've got a split view on this one.

Option 1: Drive in via Phabeni, take your time to camp and then check in and unpack, start the braai.

Option 2: Drive in via Paul Kruger Gate, get to camp earlier, check in and unpack and then head out for a short little loop before gate closing time. Start the braai fire.

The key to both is timing. In the past I've taken both options. Either works fine. With enough time to spare it would be ideal to go in via Phabeni roll down the window and get use to cruising at 25km/h. No radio the sounds of the bush. Get to camp, unpack and then head out for another short drive before getting to camp for that first braai.

Do what fits with your time frame and give yourself time to relax once driving in the park. Hope you see many wonderful things, bit h big and small.
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