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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by Alto » Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:40 pm

I'll be taking a trip to the Kruger in July on my own, travelling from Johannesburg after flying in from Canada. Will the trip to the park be relatively safe for me (I have no fears about the park itself) ? Also, I was wanting to camp and not wanting to have to bring all the equipment on the plane with me - does anyone know if there is a place near the park where one can rent a tent and other camping equipment?
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by granjan » Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:49 pm

Hi Alto,
Saraf gave great advice.
Like Anne-Marie, I travel alone to the park as my SO is not as keen as I am, but then I'm a total addict.
I have driven from Joburg but prefer to fly into KMIA. From Joburg its a long drive after an international flight.
I'm afraid I've no idea about hiring camping gear but have you considered huts and safari tents? The safari tents that use communal facilities are very comfortable and great value.
I'm back in Kruger next week for my third solo trip in 2 years. [I'm in my 60's] Remember your yellow ribbon and you meet like minded people and ENJOY! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by granny » Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:59 am

I spent 9 days on a trip to Kruger in January. Best holiday I ever had. Could go on the roads I wanted to, stay as long as I liked at a sighting or waterhole etc. I ate when I felt like it, whether t was a take away or a braai.I bought those disposable braai pans available at supermarkets, perfect.
At all times I felt safe. Dont worry about the Elephants, even if you had another person in the car, they couldn't really help you could they? Just observe reasonable caution.
I stayed at P.Kop, Skukuza, LS and C.Bridge.
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:30 pm

granjan wrote:Way to go, granny!!
The first time I did it, it felt almost illicit, the pleasure I got on my own. Now if any of my friends/family say they wish they could come along, I do everything possible to put them off!

:lol: :lol: You sly person, you! :twisted:

I love to go alone. I have had amazing experiences with animals since there is nobody in the car to busy me with conversation. :D I seem to have the best sightings alone too :shock:
But I do want to do a trip with my parents every year :thumbs_up:
And a trip with friends every year :thumbs_up:
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by GlenD » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:17 pm

Alto, the only section of camping space along the fence in Skukuza is on a bit of a slope and its not that big either. The rest is also great, but no fence line.
I went solo to the Park for the first time last year to Satara and without sounding selfish, I loved it. Unfortunately I had no one to share all the great sightings I had but it was well needed alone time and I could go when, where and for as long as I wanted to on drives. In the morning's I was in line at the gate waiting for it to open. As much as I loved the time alone I also missed the company of SO and LO's.

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Re: Would you visit Kruger park on your own?

Unread post by CrazyGaijin » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:57 am

I have often visited Hluhluwe-Imfolozi NP alone and wouldn't hesitate to visit Kruger alone.
Some people might get bored in the evenings, but i have my kindle to read and a nice beer and all is good.
The only thing that freaked me out was when a hyena entered my chalet whilst i was doing dishes...It came all the way inside without me hearing a thing, so i am now more careful with keeping doors closed when i am alone.
Enjoy your trip, and i hope you see a lot!

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Re: Would you visit Kruger park on your own?

Unread post by Ian Grant » Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:00 pm

I must say it wold probably be a huge adjustment not to be able to say "look there, listen to that, etc." and standing around a fire at night on my own wouldn't be the best feeling, BUT, I would definitely and happily go alone, as I would not pass up an opportunity to visit KNP too easily.

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Re: Would you visit Kruger park on your own?

Unread post by ALMARI » Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:03 pm

I Visit Kruger 2 times a year on my own and love it.

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Re: Would you visit Kruger park on your own?

Unread post by JeanniR » Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:17 pm

My mother goes to Kruger alone twice a year. The first trip was a bit of an adjustment but she has since realized that she can do whatever she wants whenever she wants. She can sit and watch the birds for hours, drive all day, pick her route, eat when she feels like it and so on. 8)

Wildkyker wrote:My biggest is to drive and look both ways. I am sure I missed a lot of sightings. :wall:

That is the biggest problem with going alone. :wall: :wall:
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Re: Would you visit Kruger park on your own?

Unread post by Philip1 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:23 pm

:hmz: I must say that i have been alone on afternoon trips.......and you definitely miss out on certain things. it is impossible to have your eyes peeled 360 deg.
I must admit, that i do enjoy it.

To be completely alone......that is another thing. :(

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Re: Would you visit Kruger park on your own?

Unread post by Travelstory » Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:20 pm

I have at least six times all the way from the States in camps from Punda Maria to Lower Sabie and loved every minute of it!!!

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Re: Would you visit Kruger park on your own?

Unread post by arks » Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:02 pm

For me, who has always travelled solo (first KNP trip 1984), it's rather an adjustment to travel with someone. As a solo traveller (to many SANParks), you get very used to always being able to do what you want when you want -- and to having all your cameras within easy reach on the passenger seat! :wink: When I invited a friend to join me in KTP several years ago, it was a major adjustment to adapt to another's different rhythms and habits, but I enjoyed the experience and the change in dynamics.

It's true that a solo traveller inevitably misses some things, since you must be driver, game spotter and photographer all on your own -- there are definitely advantages to a second pair of eyes! However on one trip, when I had more interaction with others than usual (meeting up with friends for a few days plus connecting with various forumites in camps), I found that I sorely missed my time alone, as I am used to having time alone to reflect and just enjoy the camp sights and sounds (particularly at night) without the 'interruption' of socialising.
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Re: Would you visit Kruger park on your own?

Unread post by Hippotragus » Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:09 pm

Arks - you put it beautifully!

I have been to KNP on my own a few times - mostly on my way to or after a course. I love going with family and friends but on one's own there is freedom to go and do whatever one wants, when one wants etc.

A friend once said "Aren't you scared?" I replied "Of what?". I think driving around Jhb poses far more "danger" than in KNP.

If it is a case of going on one's own or not going at all, I would definitely say - go on your own. One meets other people to cht to at camps, picnic sites etc.
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Re: Would you visit Kruger park on your own?

Unread post by kallis1786 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:41 pm


I have just very recently done my 2 solo drives to Kruger, and I must say it is pretty difficult trying to spot, drive and take pics :cam: , but it is still awesome in a sense is that there is peace and quite and you can drive at your own pace with no one telling you am hungry, no lets not take that route etc. So I loved my solo drives, although when I saw a Leopard I really wanted to take a pic and a video but could not tripple task as I was driving, taking pics, so could not video.

But yes I would defo do Solo drives again.

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Re: Would you visit Kruger park on your own?

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:57 pm

:hmz: every day....... :wink:
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