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Re: August 2012

Unread post by roaneric » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:32 pm

Hi Lilacroller

What are your dates in August? We will be there as well, maybe we will see each other? Keep an eye open for our Yellow ribbon.

When you stay in Crocodile bridge, you should visit the hippo pools. Kids will love it, you can get out of your car and walk towards the pools with the guide. You should drive the S28 (lots of predators in that area) and a quick stop at Ntandanyathi bird hide will be nice for the kids. Also a MUST see is the Mlondozi dam picnic spot. Very beautiful view from there and fantastic to enjoy a nice skottlebraai brekkie.

When your in Berg & dal area, the afsaal picnic spot is nice for a breakfast. Gardenia bird hide is nice for the kids and to stretch your legs.

Skukuza is a nice camp for the children. I hope the weather is okay to swim in August (my kids hope so as well) There are 3 swimming pools in skukuza. We love to visit the lake panic bird hide so that is something you shouldn't miss. Just don't go to late, it can get very crowded there sometimes. Driving towards Malelane on the H1-1 you will find a very nice lookout point 'Mathekenyane' (granokop) where you can get out of your car and my kids always love it there.

Enjoy planning your trip
(if you like some pictures of these lookouts/picnic spots just let me know :wink: )
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Re: August 2012

Unread post by roaneric » Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:39 pm

Hi there again

It's a pleasure :wink:

We will be in Pretoriuskop 13-15 August, Tamboti the 16th and Satara the 17-20th.

Maybe we will see each other on the roads. :thumbs_up:

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forum mates gathered at Mathekenyane (Granokop) (Cricket@skukuza 2012)

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Lake panic
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Afsaal
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:56 am

I have a cheap Bushbaby picnic back-pack which I bought at Checkers. It has 4 place settings and a cool-bag plus 2 bottle coolers. This goes with me in the car for drinks etc, and is my basic camping equipment too.

Also have a thermocooler for cold stuff when travelling, and it plugs into mains for use as a fridge at campsite. Did get a camping freezer too.......but that is because I am based here and use it a lot.
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Re: Bungalow reservations in Kruger

Unread post by kite » Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:52 pm

If you do manage to get a credit, you may be able to use it to pay for a walk or night drive, but you need to check with reservations.

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Re: Bungalow reservations in Kruger

Unread post by Frizzle » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:14 am

In the meantime all is settled and I can confirm that Sanparks is refunding online bookings when cancelled.

I called Reservations on 012/428 9111 who gave me the number of Finance (012/426 5102 or 012/426 5104).

A nice lady told me I had the choice: getting a reimbursement on my creditcard or use the credit to book activities or other accommodation. The credit cannot be used to buy a Wildcard.

In order to get a refund you need to send an e-mail to reservationrefund@sanparks.org mentioning your login number requesting a refund of the balance on the creditcard you used to do the online payment.

As for securing the same hut in Lower Sabie during my entire stay I followed Linda's advice and sent a fax to the camp (why did I not think of that myself :-? )
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Berg-En-Dal accomodation vs Malelane accomodation

Unread post by sirenada » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:07 am

Hello again,

Do you find any disadvantage staying at a lodge just near Malelane Gate as opposed to staying in Berg-En-Dal camp?
I suppose we need to get up earlier. What about the animal viewing? Are there less near the gate?
Other considerations?

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Re: Berg-En-Dal accomodation vs Malelane accomodation

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:22 am

Your biggest consideration is time of year. If you visit at a weekend, public holiday time, or school holiday time then staying outside the park can result in having to join a long queue to get in first thing in the morning, and unless you make a day visitor booking you may even find you cannot get in. secondly if you want to do a park game drive or walk you pay more than those staying in the park.

Inside the park this does not apply as you are there, and your longest queue woould be fellow early risers in the camp.

As far as animals are concerned there is little difference. I have had amazing sightings at Malelane gate itself - including all of the big 5 at various times (yes, even black rhino).
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Re: Berg-En-Dal accomodation vs Malelane accomodation

Unread post by saraf » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:46 am

If you are inside the park you don't have to travel to get there. Also, again depending on the time of year, the camp gates open earlier in the morning than park gates so you get more viewing time.

And generally you get the peace and quiet at night.
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A few questions...

Unread post by homer.s » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:58 pm

Hi all,

14 days to go and i have a few questions:

1. how dangerous is it to visit the park with the anthrax outbreak that i saw near mopani...?
I seariously need your thoughts about this...
ill be at BnD, Skukuza And LS...

2. im gonna arrive late on (at about 19:20) to malelane heading for BnD on the first night.
can i arrive late to the gate and someone escort me to the camp? are there escorts like every half an hour or just as persons come in?
should i notify the gate? the camp? and how much in advance?
is there additional cost for such escort?
I asked about this a year and a half ago but couldnt find the answers...

3. shoping tips and advices - (you know what ill post this in a seperate thread... )

thanks in advance for all the help - looking forward to another great trip!!
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Re: A few questions...

Unread post by Hugh » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:08 pm

Hello Homer.s
to answer your questions
(1) dont worry about the anthrax its way up north
(2) you can organise for an escort to Berg en Dal . It does cost a little extra and they dont automatically have them so you have to let the camp know
Best to ask ecojunkie about it as I am sure she is all clued up or com-ntact berg'n dal to organise someone to be there to show you in

And have a great time .
Shops .. well the camps have shops and have quite a good selection of goodies but can be a little expensive .. But you are allowed to pop out of the park At malelane and the litttle town has some very good shops Just make sure you permit is stamped so you can come in again and not have to pay twice .
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Re: A few questions...

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:13 pm

Call the gate or camp and let them know when you will arrive - do this beforehand to warn them, and then on the day as you travel to confirm time. They will charge you for this, but not sure of the current price. You can only do this up to 9pm.
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Re: A few questions...

Unread post by PetraJ » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:19 pm

When we came in late a couple of months ago, we were charged R200 per vehicle :thumbs_up:

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Re: A few questions...

Unread post by saraf » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:35 pm

OK - the anthrax outbreak is in the north as Hugh says and also in an enclosure that guests don't have access to.

That said anthrax can spread and can develop any where in the park. The best advice is to avoid touching the carcass of any dead animal (which you shouldn't be able to do if you follow the general rules of the park) or going too close to one.

In general try to avoid being bitten by any wild animal, they carry other diseases as well. Be especially aware of baboons and vervet monkeys at rest camps, picnic spots and lookouts. They have learnt that humans mean food and will get close enough to steal. This is not meant to frighten you, just remind you to be aware of your surroundings.

Hope you have a great trip.
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:14 pm

10 days in Kruger sounds like a good amount of time. As a general rule we tend to spend no less that two days at any one camp.

Another thing to consider is direction of travel. I'd advise to either go from South to North or visa versa.

North to South: Satara-Skukuza-Lower Sabie maybe
Souht to North: Skukuza-Lower Sabie-Satara

Lower Sabie is the hardest camp to get availability for so maybe work around what you can get for that camp and manage your booking that way. There is also nothing wrong with staying in the South and doing Pretoriuskop, Lower Sabie and Skukuza only. Yes there are more people that around Satara, but there are more road options and higher density of general game etc.

We're looking at visiting for a similar length of time for next year and our booking is for Skukuza, Lower Sabie and Lower Sabie.

PS: Even for two people try and get the 3 bed bungalows: BD3's or similar. The price difference to the BD2's is minimal when paying with € and the extra space will come in handy.
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread post by Porridge » Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:41 pm

MaikeM,

Something that you have to keep in mind are the distances involved. They don't look far on a map, and they aren't, until you drive those distances in the Kruger. Shingwedzi to Letaba is not that far until you get blocked by the entire world's population of buffalo, or 1 otherwise elephant. Then everything changes.

Work on covering 20 kms per hour on average and then you might be looking at realistic times.
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