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Kruger In April 2017!

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Kruger In April 2017!

Unread post by deborahb » Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:55 pm

Hi Everyone :)
13 weeks and counting until me and my partner arrive in South Africa and we are both so excited, especially for Kruger!
We are staying in Skukuza on the 3rd and 4th and Lower Sabie on the 5th and 6th April.
We wanted to no what the weather/temperature is usually like in April? (as I have no idea what to pack)
Also is there a bar in the restaurants we could go to at night for drinks? As its just the two of us , we want somewhere to go and socialise with others :) xx

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Re: Kruger In April 2017!

Unread post by Captainron » Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:43 pm

Hi Deborah,

The temperature will be warm but not excessively so like in December/January and February. I think you will be looking at 25 - 30 Centigrade. The bush should be nice and lush if the rains continue (fingers crossed).

South Africans are very outgoing and love to have a chat and a drink with people especially in the park. As far as I know, there aren't any bars as such but they do serve alcohol in the restaurants within Skukuza and Lower Sabie. Both camps have restaurants which overlook the Sabie River so hopefully you will see some game whilst having a meal/drink.

The other alternative is to but some things from the shop and have a braai at your bungalow. You will hopefully find that your neighbours are friendly and you can strike up a conversation that way.

Either way, I am sure that you will have an absolute blast!!

I am on countdown myself (only 12 days to go for me). I am staying at Skukuza and will be stopping in Lower Sabie for lunch at some point so I will update you on what I find!

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Re: Kruger In April 2017!

Unread post by Hippotragus » Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:59 pm

Thank you, Captainiron - I was going to say just about the same, but couldn't remember if there were "proper bars" in the camps. Most people have a drink at their own accommodation and then go down and have drinks with their meals, at the table.

I agree that other visitors are usually only too happy to chat. I find the picnic sites are also good meeting places. I embarrass my family when I go up to people and start chatting - but it is a great way to exchange news about sightings, etc.

The weather should be fairly mild in April. However, I would suggest packing something warm in case you want to go on a SANParks drive in an open vehicle - it can be chilly in the early morning or evening.
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Re: Kruger In April 2017!

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:16 pm

Warm welcome to the forum Deborah! :clap:

As the others have already said, no formal type bars in Skukuza and Lower Sabie but both have restaurants and if you go for a meal, sure to be able to chat to others near you.
Folks generally go to bed fairly early in the park as the morning tends to start really early due to being out and about at gate opening when game viewing is at its best.
but I'm sure you will find there will be others to chat with.
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Re: Kruger In April 2017!

Unread post by carolv » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:29 am

Welcome to the Forum Deborah.

We were in the Park for November 2016 and always self cater so we took every chance to chat to our neighbours each evening. Time after time this resulted in sharing sundowners or an after dinner coffee and, on more than one occasion, being invited to share a dessert with neighbours. So often these were Swiss couples and we shared an amazing Swiss chocolate cake at Shingwedzi and Toblerones in Satara. As others have said, people tend to retire to bed quite early (makes the early starts a bit less of a struggle!) and socializing with the neighbours makes perfect sense and you just never know what amazing people you will meet and form new friendships.

Have an amazing time when you go...
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Re: Kruger In April 2017!

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:31 am

A warm welcome, Deborahb.

I have just returned from Kruger and stayed at Lower Sabie for five nights. I have also stayed quite often at Skukuza.

The deck at Lower Sabie is lovely for evening sundowners and quite popular. It really is special to watch the fading light while enjoying an evening meal.

Skukuza has a number of areas to sit watching the river close to the restaurant. They serve to class food, so it is well worthwhile to end the day there.

Everyone has given good advice on the other aspects of your up and coming trip. I wish you a wonderful stay. :D
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Re: Kruger In April 2017!

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:33 am

Both places do have a bat of sorts where you can get a number of beverages. I am sure that you will find more than enough people willing to chat about the day's sightings.
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Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:21 am

Deborahb may you have a wonderful time in the Kruger National Park and may you have plenty of good sightings :D
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Unread post by hilda » Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:30 am

Welcome to the forums deborahb! You have already received good advice above! Have a wonderful trip, and please share your awesome experiences and pictures with us in a Travel Tale HERE. :dance: :dance:
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