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Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y

Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:42 pm

The Park is very well signposted, but do invest in a map at the entrance gate, as this will allow you to plan your routes in advance. GPS does not work everywhere as not all of the Park has cellphone signals.
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Re: Travel from Orpen to Shigwedzi

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Satara to Punda Maria

Unread postby kallis1786 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:50 am

Hi everyone. Just a quick question. Is Satara to Punda Maria possible in one whole day during the Winter Months.

Any Help will highly be appreciated

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Re: Satara to Punda Maria

Unread postby PNF » Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:43 am

Yes, it is doable - allow at least 9 hours for the trip going at a steady 40 and not stopping too often. As billyf said " not too many ellie roadblocks" - and north of Shingwedzi allow for a couple of delays due to Dagga Boys!
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Re: Satara to Punda Maria

Unread postby yoda » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:02 am

I am not convinced it's a good idea.
I once did Shingwedzi to Satara and we just made the gates.
There were loads of good sightings on the way and we stopped often on the trip.
As we got nearer Satara and time was running out, we drove past a lion kill, and didn't have time to stop. :twisted:

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Re: Satara to Punda Maria

Unread postby forestgump » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:07 am

In short, possible,yes, but advisable,no.
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Drive time??

Unread postby TJDfairport » Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:46 am

My wife and I are planning our trip to KNP. Are we trying to drive too far in one day travelling between Berg-en-dal and Olifants rest camps? Thanks for your help and advice.

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Re: Drive time??

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:13 am

A very warm welcome to you TJDfairport. :D I do hope that you have a wonderful trip.

It is 219 km from Berk n Dal to Olifants. That is a very do-able distance. It is also a very interesting drive covering lots of different eco-zones. Certainly some productive game viewing opportunities.

It is recommended that one factors in about 25km/hr. That leaves you plenty of time.
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Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y

Unread postby RemiE » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:07 am

I need a bit of advice

Is it possible to drive from Letaba to Lower Sabie in one day? (I travel very slowly in the park :cam: ) Would it be better to stick to the H 1-5, H 1-4, H 1-3 and H10 or will there be enough time to go on some of the gravel roads? :hmz:
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Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y

Unread postby Heksie » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:30 am

Hi RemiE
We drove from Tsendze to Lower Sabie, unfortunately only the tar as you said but we drove 30-40km/h and reached LS by 14:00 so you can drive dirt roads :D
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Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:05 pm

Agree with Heksie :)
Last month we did Skukuza to Letaba (which is almost the same distance as Letaba-LS) and we got there at 14:30.
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Re: Travelling times between campsites

Unread postby DSouter » Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:43 pm

Don't be fooled by the relatively short distances between camps as it takes waaaaay longer than you think especially when a cheetah decides to walk across the road in front of you with cubs in tow and decides to lie next to the road with the cubs frolicking - you won't want to do your trail.

Animals always appear when you are in a hurry especially just before camp closing time. :lol:

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Bateleur to Olifants

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:27 pm

Hi There all

Has anyone done the drive from Bateleur to Olifants?
How long is it more or less, how long will it take? Will we need to get on with things?

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Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y

Unread postby Albert » Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:12 pm

Bateleur to Olifants is between 130 and 150 km, depending on the route:

From Bateleur back to the tar road is 21 km along the last part of the Red Rocks loop: This would take at least one hour.
From that junction to Letaba is 85 km if you stick to the tarred road (in my case that would take about 3 hours at least), so I figure 4 hours to Letaba.
Then your options are either sticking with the tarred road to Olifants (about 30 km?) or taking the river road (about 40 km). So I guess another 2 hours at least.

I would take leave Bateleur early-ish and aim to have tea at Mooiplaas and lunch at Letaba. Then a nice drive along the river to Olifants.
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Re: Advice needed, Camp X to Camp Y

Unread postby judithlorraine123 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:54 am

hi there, after many self drive trips to other african parks we´re finally taking our first trip to the kruger in may this year. would hugely appreciate any comments and advice (anyone spot any problems ?) on our drives between camps and loops from camps. we tend to be pretty shy of crowds so would choose "back routes" where ever possible. scenery, birds, flora and all the small stuff are just as important (or more so!) than any chances of the big 5 and co.

here´s our itinerary.

nelspruit - biyamiti, 4th may .... scenic route? driving time? ....need to be in camp in time for sunset drive at 16:30

biyamiti 3 nights best loops? activities?

biyamiti - talamati 7th may route? driving time? again aiming for sunset drive at 16:30

talamati 3 nights best loops? activities?

talamati - shimuwini 10th may.... route? driving time? no rush for sunset drive...taking this following day

shimuwini 3 nights Loops? activities?

shimuwini - sirheni 13th may route? driving time? night drive

sirheni 3 nights drives? activities?

sirheni - punda maria 16th may route? driving time (guessing this one is no prob at all)

punda maria 2 nights actvities?

punda maria - leshiba wilderness (nr Louis Trichard) route? driving time? Shopping?

so...that´s a lot of questions but i´ll be immensely for any Input from you experienced folk.

cheers and many thank in advance


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