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Re: Gate hours & late arrival

Unread post by tine1961 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:45 pm

Thanks for your replies Hugh and DinkyBird!
We will be in Kruger Park in October!
We will be on our way from Sabie driving the Panoramaroute.
So I think we have to be on the road early.
Do you think we can make it on time?
Is it doable?

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Re: Gate hours & late arrival

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:14 pm

You are staying close to the park, so can take a leisurely drive - if you leave Sabie at about 9am, and drive slowly, you will get to the gate by 1 - 2pm, depending on stops.

October gates close at 6pm.

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Re: Gate hours & late arrival

Unread post by tine1961 » Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:31 pm

Thanks DinkyBird!
Sorry, but I think I didn't explain good what I ment.
I mean that we will spent the night in Sabie and then do the Panoramaroute (God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon) and spent the following 2 nights at Satara and then 2 nights at Crocodile Bridge.
Going North on the R532, R36, R527, Hoedspruit, R40 and so to Orpen Gate.
Google Maps says 240 km, 3h23. From Sabie to Orpen Gate.
I understand that we must be at Orpen Gate at the latest at 16.00 to get in time at Satara.
Do you think this is to do?
Will there be enough time to do some sightseeing?
Thanks for all advice!

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Re: Gate hours & late arrival

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:43 pm

Getting to the gate at 16.00 is only giving you 2 hours to Satara.
It is 47 kms which might not sound like much but stops along the way can eat into the time very quickly.
Keep a close eye on the time as you drive along.
You will also possibly have to keep the speed up slightly, say 35 kmph to compensate for any great sightings/stoppages you might encounter.

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Re: Gate hours & late arrival

Unread post by tine1961 » Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:20 pm

Thanks Elsa!
I know that we haven't got a lot of time to spent driving from Orpen to Satara.
That's not my big concern because we have 3 more days to spent in Kruger.
I'm just wondering if there will be enough time to do de Panoramaroute and be in time at Orpen and Satara.
We don't want to take te risk of being to late at Kruger.

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Re: Gate hours & late arrival

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:11 pm

Ah, I see now the route you want to do. It is a long time since we did that route, but I know that you need to give yourself time to enjoy it and stop off at the various view points etc.

So, say you end up taking 4 hours to drive, and a minimum of 3 hours to stop and enjoy the view spots etc.; I'd suggest you leave Sabie at 8am at the latest, and pace yourself and make sure you are at Orpen by 3.45pm. Doable, and could be a bit of rush - but have no doubt you will really enjoy it all!

Please let us know how it all worked out :D
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Arrival question after long travels

Unread post by comfydenim » Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:51 pm

Hi all,

I will be landing in Nelspruit on October 14 at 4:15 pm where I'll be renting a car for travel to Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp. I understand that the gates will be closing at 6pm on that date. I have reservations for thathe optionst date, however it's doubtful that I can arrive before the 6pm closing time. Are late arrivals accepted if I arrive, say, at 7 pm?

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Re: Arrival question after long travels

Unread post by MATTHYS » Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:01 pm

Welcome to the forums, Comfydenim :D and wishing you a wonderful time in KNP.

Please see Late Arrivals on this page :
Late arrivals are only allowed in cases of emergency (proof and valid reason required) until 21:00 for guests with pre-booked accommodation at certain camps within 10km distance from the relevant gate. An extra late arrival fee will be charged which is payable at the gate. No late arrivals are allowed at Pafuri, Phalaborwa or Phabeni Gates or any other gates for camps more than 10km away.


Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is less than 10km from the gate, so I think you should be able to arrange a late entry.
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Re: Gate hours & late arrival

Unread post by Jon Henrik Gilhuus » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:34 pm

Planning on staying outside the park, in Hazyview from June 28 - July 4 this year. As I understand it, South Africa has school holidays at this time, so I'm pondering getting a booking for these days. However, I'm also pretty sure I'm going to be at the gates (Phabeni and/or Numbi) at 6am each day, rearing to go... so I guess my question is: Do I need a booking to get in?

Also, are there any updates regarding situations where, through no fault of your own, you don't make it out of the park on time? Theoretically, if darkness falls and you're still an hour away from human habitation, is it better to stop the car and spend the night on the roadside or to drive in the dark till you come to a camp?

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Re: Gate hours & late arrival

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:51 pm

The rules about being in a camp or out of the park gates by closing time are very strict, and you will be fined if you are late. You must keep a watch on time! Buy a map book, or use a GPS to help you with this. Nobody is allowed to just stop on the road and spend the night!

As far as making a booking for a day visit is concerned, it is difficult to advise you. Sometimes being early (in the queue at gate opening time) is fine, other times, especially on public holidays or at weekends, you may even have trouble then. Up to 80% of day visitors can prebook so that does not leave many spaces left for unbooked visitors.
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Re: Gate hours & late arrival

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:30 pm

Jon Henrik Gilhuus wrote:However, I'm also pretty sure I'm going to be at the gates (Phabeni and/or Numbi) at 6am each day, rearing to go... so I guess my question is: Do I need a booking to get in?
Jon, my advice to you would be to get to the gate earlier than 6am each day in holiday season to avoid being at the back of a long queue.
If you do decide to do Advanced Bookings for Day Visitors
Please do heed the advice from Goggo EJ re the strict camp gate times for your own safety and to ensure you are not late and liable for a fine.

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Re: Gate hours & late arrival

Unread post by Jon Henrik Gilhuus » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:24 pm

Yeah, I'm absolutely planning on making the gates on time! :D

But I've read too many stories on this very forum on everything that might befall tourists, from elephant heards to flat tires, to know that even with the best of planning and the best of intentions, shit sometimes does happen. To summarize, then - your advice is to drive (carefully) to a camp or a gate and just plead my case, backed up by video if possible, and in the end accept whatever fine is imposed. :rtm:

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Re: Gate hours & late arrival

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:27 pm

A reasonable safe plan is to have 30mins in hand. You can always take the last little bit slower if you want, or just park up near camp or gate for a while and enjoy the bush around you.
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Escort - late arrival

Unread post by Yoda » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:09 pm

Was having a discussion with someone on a general travel forum the following question was asked, didn't know myself , but am keen to know the answer.

The late arrival escorts from the gate to the camp.
Is that only for unforseen circumstances/emergencies. So on the way to the gate, your car breaks down, but by the time you get going again, it's late etc, you phone the gate and organise the escort

But can you also do this days/months in advance?
Say you know you will be flying in to KMIA (by way of example) in the late afternoon, would get to Melalane Gate after closing. Can you organise an escort
to B & D?
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Re: Escort - late arrival

Unread post by Yoda » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:32 pm

A search on the SANP website via Google revealed the answer - emergency only

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