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Re: Wifi or internet

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:39 am

Seth, you should be able to Skype in those camps :thumbs_up: Just remember that you are out in the bush and internet connections are not always reliable, and not always 3G 'speed'; if that makes sense. But you should be able to connect and use the text option at the very least.
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Re: Wifi or internet

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:58 am

Yes I always use a dongle USB modem when in SA.

The dongles cost about R350 and then you can buy a data bundle to suit you.

Skukuza has 3G which is quite fast, but all the other camps have 2G which is much slower.
Having said that it is still enough to email and probably Skype usually.

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Re: Pay phones?

Unread post by saraf » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:43 am

Hi Sethch, yes there are, although I don't think the one at Tamboti has been connected for years. However you will need to get a "phone card" from the shops. The card may be an actual card or is more likely to be a receipt with a number printed on it that you will need to enter into the phone before you dial the number.
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Re: Pay phones?

Unread post by Impisi08 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:17 pm

Saraf: However you will need to get a "phone card" from the shops. The card may be an actual card or is more likely to be a receipt with a number printed on it that you will need to enter into the phone before you dial the number.


I aways use this and the system works very well. So far I bought all my "cards" at Satara and made phone calls from most of the main camps. If I am correct the minimum amount for a card is zar 50,-. I am always surprised how cheap it is to make a phone call to Holland (wild guess: 1 minute = appr. 1 zar).

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Re: Wifi or internet

Unread post by Stark » Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:22 pm

A few thoughts on our recent experience.

We rented a dongle and 2gig of data, plus a basic phone, at OR Tambo. We could get signal at most camps, although nothing fast and nothing completely stable. It was enough to check and send emails, update facebook, etc.

My suggestion for people is to bookmark the low-bandwidth or mobile versions of the websites you need to access. This speeds up the load time and decreases the data usage. After 19 days in SA, we had more than enough data leftover. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help

Unread post by Shutterbug » Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:38 am

Hi bustergirl and welcome to the forums,
Several years ago I bought an unlocked MiFihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MiFi and no matter where we travel in the world we can find a cell shop and buy a data card for it, it converts a cell phone data plan into a WiFi signal that any device can connect to, so it will work wherever you can get cell coverage (which is most Kruger camps) we would never travel without it. We travel to Kruger pretty much once a year and buy a data plan from the cell shop in Johannesburg airport (cheaper than a data plan in North America :shock: )
I also know that if you have an unlocked iPhone 4 it can do pretty much the same thing, the key is that these things MUST be unlocked so they can work on any cell phone providers network.
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Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help

Unread post by privalli » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:26 am

Hi Bustergirl,

Last month I was in KNP and I bought a vodacom SIM at the airport with only data volume (750MB) for R390,
two hours after inserting the card in my unlocked iphone I was able to share the connection 3g with my IPAD

There is a 3G network in and aroud the main camp in the south part of the park, but north of skukuza only Edge network but it's ok to read e-mail, browse internet and use KNP Sighting apps.

3G is ok to call with skype.

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Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help

Unread post by spargish » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:53 am

Hi Buster Girl

I trust you dont have a 3g ipad. Your best bet would be to get a mifi device. I would advise sticking to the Vodacom and MTN networks, Cell C and 8ta maybe slightly cheaper but have no 3g coverage in KNP. Vodacom also have the best mifi device IMO. A mifi device uses a sim card to work as a wifi network allowing your Ipad to connect to it.

If you have a 3g ipad you could just buy a vodacom microsim. Creating a personal hotspot with your iphone is a possible solution but it does drain the battery of the iphone really quickly

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Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help

Unread post by Maargat G » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:56 am

Although I am not from over the seas I use my Iphone as a hotspot.

So you can just buy a simcard, load airtime or a data bundle on it and violla! You are ready to go.

MTN is BAD!! According to me...I have 2 mtn phones and then the Vodacom iphone, and have never experienced difficulty to connect with the vodacom. But MTN... :slap: Right next to the VC I get NOTHING!!

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Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help

Unread post by spargish » Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:47 pm

it makes sense that Cell C would be close to vodacom as they piggy back on the Vodacome network. I have top say Cell C isnt the worst 8ta is ask me I know :slap:
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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread post by normana53 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:30 pm

Verizon 4G iPhones will work internationally, but you have to get Verizon to unlock it before you go! I have purchased SIM cards at OR Tambo multiple times with no problem, walk in right off the plane. you have to show them your ticket or passport info (can't remember which, or if both) and walk out after a few minutes with the card installed and working on your phone.

The issue with many US call phones is that they aren't dual band/GSM capable. I have a HTC smartphone that won't work overseas, my wife has a dual band that works fine. I also keep an older dual band phone just for trips outside the US.
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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread post by simonB » Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:57 pm

While in Skukuza in May 2012, I did a speedtest using both ADSL connection at the conference facility and Vodacom 3G using my Vodacom dongle. The conference facility has WiFi but I did the speedtest directly with the LAN cable to get best speed results. The conference WiFi and LAN are only available for delegates but it gives an idea of the speed of landline based connection in the camp.

These are the official result which I published to my twitter https://twitter.com/SimonBotes/status/198054368942112768 just after doing the test:

Telkom ADSL at Conference Facility:
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Using the Vodacom 3G in Skukuza I got the following results:
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Best bet for fast internet in Skukuza would be Vodacom 3G.

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Re: WiFi

Unread post by Stark » Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:16 am

I went with the dongle and, while it wasn't a fast connection, we could get online just fine. To save on bandwidth, save the mobile or low bandwidth links to your email, facebook, etc.
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Re: WiFi

Unread post by Crested Val » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:05 pm

I'll second that Arks. :thumbs_up:

I have taken my Vodacom Dongle to Kruger for the last 7 years, and have always had internet connection in the main camps.

At Skuks, you get 3G and a good signal, and at the other camps you get 2G, which is slow......but heck I'm in the park to see the wildlife. I just like to say "hi" on the forums, and send an occasional email to our kids!!

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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread post by Klystron » Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:23 am

The "dongle" being discussed is more like the Australians name it than a true dongle.
A dongle is usually supplied with a purchased program for a computer and is a method of preventing piracy as the program will not run without the dongle.
Electronically the dongle supplies a code that allows the program to run.

The device being discussed (sorry I do not know it's proper name as I have never used one) is very similar to a cell phone but without a keyboard or display.
It's sole purpose is to interface a computer with the cellular network for data traffic so it is the equivalent of the Modem used at home to connect to a telephone / ADSL line.
Hope this helps a little.

For myself I use a MTN phone in the park and have a pay as you go MTN phone in my car using the car's outside aerial.
The car usually has reception for more than 50% of the time (including trips to Crook's Corner) whereas the phones have signal for about 20% of the time.
Around and in Skukuza we get a full signal and have also used Internet, both with the 3G capability of the phone and with the WiFi signal on a lap top.


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