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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:06 pm

This is very thought provoking. From memory my longest consecutive stint within KNP has been 2 weeks.

It was a bit of a debate prior as we weren't sure it was going to be too long..... Won't we get bored. Well that clearly didn't happen.

I would now happily spend a month in KNP if I could away from work for that long.

Will always remember overhearing and old Oom (long retired) who was checking in at Satara for circa 60 days after spending the same amount of time elsewhere. The look on the face of the lady at reception was a picture :sup:

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by Xankanka » Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:28 pm

My introduction to KNP back in 2009 gave me 3 days there.
In 2010 a whole 6 days, 2011 even 7 days, but now for 2014 a whopping 13½ days.
It might be my last one (health, age etc), but I'm looking forward to spending those days there in 22 weeks time!
Yippie!!! :dance:

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by Xankanka » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:17 pm

Elsa wrote:I hope you will enjoy those 13 and a half days to the full Mike. :thumbs_up:
and they won't be the last time.

Thanks Elsa
I think I already am, with all the preps etc

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by vinaigrette » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:49 pm

HI from Italy !
We (my wife and me) visited Kruger Park 18 times (first one in 1987) and our longest visit was in 2011 when we spent 20 nights ! Of course we use to visit also other parks during our vacations . :lol:
Next visit in june :dance: :
2 to 5 in Marakele (4 nights) (Tlopi)
6 to 11 in Mapungubwe (6 nights) (Vhembe, Forest and Leokwe)
15 to 16 in Kruger (2 nights) (Letaba)
17 to 22 in Limpopo , Mozambique (6 nights) (Machampane, Albufeira, Aguia Pesq.)
23 to 1/7 in Kruger (9 nights) (Letaba, Orpen, Satara, Malelane, Pretorius)
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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by Yoda » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:06 pm

AndreaB wrote:15 days and shoot me down in flames but it was enough... its like Chinese, get full quickly but half an hour later you are hungry again...


Got to agree with you in a way.

We were in Kruger for 6 nights/7 days this past December
Towards the end, the kids were almost constantly ratty from being woken up for the early morning drive. And tbh I was also getting tired of seeing the inside of a car. Bearing in mind I drove on average 200km a day.

What did I do the first thing when I got home?
Checked when booking for December 2014 opened.

Booked for 6 nights again.
But the SO and I have agreed that we won't wake the kids early every morning, but will have a few lie ins.

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by Yoda » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:22 am

AndreaB wrote:And you know what Yoda, we are back again in 7 weeks :-) Big 5-0 coming up and decided it was pretty much my favourite place in the world to celebrate it :dance:


So jealous! :mrgreen:

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by Shutterbug » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:40 pm

30 days every year for the past 7 years :dance:

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by Porridge » Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:01 am

pandl wrote:Hi we regularly visit the Kruger - we have done a couple of trips of 21 days (have to make the price of the flight from the UK worth it). I never get bored of the Park, wildlife etc BUT the food - definitely and like someone else said the lack of excercise. Hoping once we retire we can have a mega holiday north to South camping.

Our next visit is May 10th sadly for only 12 days but that's because we have Namibia booked for Oct and decided we can't wait until then.
but HEY FIVE WEEKS TODAY WE WILL BE THERE
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Shutterbug wrote:30 days every year for the past 7 years :dance:


I'm sure that all mites will agree with me that this duration of stay is just wrong on so many levels. We aren't jealous at all, shutterbug and pandl ............... Where's our invitation?!

Most I've managed is 9 consecutive nights, soon to be 10 end July/beginning August in the North.

pandl, with the current revamp of restaurants and franchises, I'm sure that your culinary experience will be worlds apart from what you've experienced before. The exercise part is definitely up to you, but a few bush and perimeter walks should sort that one out :)
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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by wheckroodt » Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:52 pm

Now I will see how many days I can be in the Kruger this year.

Was in on the 3 Jan 2014 and another 17 days by end of June. Most probably will be again before end of year again.
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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by Yoda » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:07 am

wheckroodt wrote:For the most ardent Kruger visitors it is never long enough. Our Longest trip has been 10 days, will do one that's longer in the near future. Now that they have seasonal rates will start going in the low season as much as I can. Fortunately when I take guests it is normally 7 days and everything is paid for. Can't be better, being in the Kruger and it does not cost me a cent.


For me, the prob is that I can only go to Kruger once a year. And it costs me a fortune just to get to SA.
So when I am there, I feel I have to get the max out of the time available.
If I could spend more time there (paradoxically), I would take things at a more sedate pace.

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by boertjie » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:20 am

Our annual holiday in kruger with my dad was 17 awesome days in December. We started looking forward to the holiday from day 1 . He planned the holidays for a full year showing us the money he is saving and where we would be staying . The roads we would take . What we can expect to see where. This was so exciting really some of the best times spent listening to his stories and plans. Today I cannot afford that kind of holiday . I dont even think i would have enough leave.

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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by Oumie » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:08 am

2010 we Stayed in the park for 70 days :D

This year we are staying 72 days :dance:
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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by Hawk » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:56 am

We spent 8 weeks in Apri/may last year in the Kruger, 2 weeks in Nov/Dec last year (cut short due to the floods at home in the Cape) and 4 weeks now in Feb/Mar. That's just over 3 months in the last year. Thats still not enough though. Each trip ends with us wishing we could stay longer.

Our first long stay was 6 weeks, a few years ago. This was the one that had us wondering when we planned it whether 6 weeks would be too long. Well, so much for that concern, we are now talking about 3 months, perhaps next year. I would like to do a year, but I dont think DB could stay away from our family for that long.

Experiencing the changing seasons, etc over a full year must be wonderful.
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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:08 am

Some forum members have made Kruger a second home :D :thumbs_up:

Last year beginning December we stayed for 11 days exceeding our longest stay during a visit by 1 day.
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Re: What's the longest you've been in Kruger for?

Unread post by Tessa G » Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:56 pm

Twenty one years ago I met my husband who introduced me to Kruger. He had been visiting for many years prior to meeting me.

Our first visit was 2 nights at Satara, because I was really not interested in 'looking at animals all day'!!! :lol:
The bug bit and we have since visited many many times, sometimes 3 or 4 times a year when we were living in JHB. Every time we drove out the gates, I would sit with a calendar planning our next visit.
We now live in Cape Town so regular visits through the year are not possible, so the need for longer visits is a must. :lol:

Our longest time in the park, prior to this years trip in December, was 18 nights. This year we decided we would make it a full 21 days.....but its never enough is it? We have now added 2 nights at Skukuza, making it 23 days. :dance: :dance:

We cant wait and are counting down the days.
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