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4 Nights in Kruger - Itinerary Help Needed

Unread post by aforrest36 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:46 am

I need help with distances in Kruger and where I should camp. I will have a 4x4 truck for camping.

Day 1 - Leave Jo-Burg and enter Kruger at Malelane Gate. One night at Crocodile Bridge.

Day 2 - For the next TWO NIGHTS I'd like to be in central Kruger. Anywhere in Satara, Olifants, or Letaba.

Day 3 - Second night in central Kruger (could be at the same camp as the previous night)

Day 4 - Drive to Punda Maria for one night

Day 5 - Leave Kruger for Zimbabwe...

QUESTIONS:
Do I do single nights in Satara and then a single night in Letaba?
Is it too far to go straight to Letaba from Croc. Bridge - for 2 nights in a row?
Am I missing a campground option?

Where do I spend the two nights between Crocodile Bridge and Punda Maria?

Thank you all for your help with this.

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Re: 4 Nights in Kruger - Itinerary Help Needed

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:43 am

A very warm welcome to you, aforrest :D What an adventure.

If you don't mind being without electricity, I would recommend Balule. It is on the banks of the Olifants river and in a good position between Olifants and Satara. The game viewing is excellent. The camp is small and offers a wonderful feeling of wilderness. I find it one of the best run camps in Kruger.

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If you need electricity, I would suggest Satara. Satara does have excellent roads and is probably best for sightings.

I love Letaba as a camp, but it does not always offer a good array of sighting possibilities.
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Re: 4 Nights in Kruger - Itinerary Help Needed

Unread post by aforrest36 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:43 am

How about this:

I'll get my rental 4x4 as early as possible but it looks like the businesses don't open until 8AM. It takes about 90 minutes for vehicle run down before you can leave.

So I leave Johannesburg around 10AM. 5 hour drive to gate.

Enter Paul Kruger Gate

2 nights at Skukuza

1 night at Satara

1 night at Mopani

Then leave via Punda Maria Gate for overnight at Copacopa Lodge

Up early for border crossing into Zimbabwe

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Re: 4 Nights in Kruger - Itinerary Help Needed

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:16 am

@ aforrest36, I think that sounds good to me and very doable!
the 2 nights in Skukuza will give you a chance to go down south for some drives which is good sighting territory.

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Re: 4 Nights in Kruger - Itinerary Help Needed

Unread post by Hippotragus » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:03 am

Yes, I agree with Elsa. That is a sensible, doable, itinerary for your trip.

Just remember that Mopani Camp does not have camping - only chalets of various sizes. The nearest camping camp is Tsendze, which is a few (+/- 7km) kilometers South of Mopani - a beautiful, well-run camp.
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Re: 4 Nights in Kruger - Itinerary Help Needed

Unread post by chas » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:40 pm

Hi aforrest
When do intend to go as this would make a big difference to me where I would stay?
Is it during school holidays?


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Re: 4 Nights in Kruger - Itinerary Help Needed

Unread post by aforrest36 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:14 pm

My start date is July 13 or 14 - right at the end of the school holidays.

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Re: 4 Nights in Kruger - Itinerary Help Needed

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:59 pm

Great, do get your bookings done as soon as possible so as to ensure you get where you want. :thumbs_up:

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Re: 4 Nights in Kruger - Itinerary Help Needed

Unread post by aforrest36 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:35 am

Changing Itinerary... I won't go as far north as Punda Maria anymore.

DAY 1 - Jo-Burg to a private camp near Crocodile Bridge (outside of Kruger) - 1 night
Day 2 - Enter Kruger in morning and game drive in the south on the way to Lower Sabie - 1 night
Day 3 - Game drives to Satara then 2 nights at Satara
Day 4 - Game drives from Satara
Day 5 - Leave Satara and drive to Letaba and maybe as for north as Mopani. Then exit via Phalaborwa Gate and drive north to Louis Trichardt
Day 6 - Up early for Beitbridge Border crossing into Zimbabwe. Spend night at Great Zimbabwe
Day 7 - Drive to Harare for 1 night
Day 8 to 11 - Mana Pools

QUESTION:
Do days 2 to 5 look like a feasible itinerary/route?

Thank you for your continued feedback.

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Re: 4 Nights in Kruger - Itinerary Help Needed

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:24 am

Hi aforrest, that sounds very doable. :thumbs_up:

I am usually rather concerned about arriving in time the first night. Sleeping at a private camp gives peace of mind, should you be delayed.

Lower Sabie and Satara are prime game viewing areas and offer a great variety of roads. 8)

I wish you a wonderful trip. May you have many, many moments to treasure.
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