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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!

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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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