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Re: Update on night drives / sunset drives on light shining

Unread post by Hippotragus » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:38 am

Mars, I'm glad you had an enjoyable game drive from Satara during your recent KNP trip.

I agree, sometimes the guests, who have been given the spotlights, do not understand how to use them and no-one explains to them. Good that your SHR guide took the time, twice, to explain and hence give everyone on the vehicle a better experience.
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Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.

Unread post by davidhein » Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:28 pm

On our last trip in January we spent our last night in Tamboti and took a sunset drive from the Orpen camp.

Wow what a trip! Within about a kilometre from camp we saw a lion pride have a failed stalk on impala because a swainsons francolin busted them. We also saw elephant during the light hours.

Then it all went crazy, we got word from a car that there were wild dog about 5kms away. So we slowly cruised knowing that we probably wouldn't get there before they moved on. Then another car stopped to tell us the wild dog made a kill and the lion had come to take their kill. Crazy! But we weren't to hopeful of making it that far, when all of a sudden two wild dog came sprinting down the tar road calling and you could hear the others within the bush. They came right past the game vehicle without even giving a second look. The ranger started following them to try see what they were up too hen all of a sudden he smashed on the brakes, a leopard had walked to the side of the road. It was madness, we were watching a leopard to our right a few metres away and wild dog running down the road. We must have spent a good 15 minutes the leopard before it walked off.

As it started getting dark we saw a number of hyena, 3 genet, a bushbaby, 2 jackal and yet another leopard as we neared camp! It was a game drive from heaven...

The best part, there was a massive downpour as we left Tamboti so I left my camera (I was lending a lens from my father so didn't want to even risk damaging it) back in camp. :lol: To me it was totally worth it and one of my best experiences in the park to date, although I have been on many many drives and know it doesn't always work out that way.
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Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.

Unread post by Afriphile » Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:22 am

As all the above replies prove,there are no certainties.
I have had brilliant night drives and also some when I couldn't wait to get back.
Personally We prefer the sunset drives as you get a bit of both and neither too long if it is quiet.
The idea that everything appears after dark is misleading,we have seen far more lions,leopards etc driving ourselves during the day, and this is after 30 plus night drives.
Will I do more.......yes....because it is different and you never know..that is nature!

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Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.

Unread post by saraf » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:34 pm

We were on a drive from Satara a few years ago. The guide was a birding expert and really wanted to show us some birds. The response from the rest of the drive was "birds are for eating" and whenever he stopped for a bird would just talk loudly amongst themselves. Poor man gave up in the end and left us feeling like idiots.

But people like the big cats and some people just cannot get to Kruger very often, so they are high on their wish list. Who wants a trip of a lifetime to Africa and not see lions? They are iconic. Ironically some of my best cat sightings have been because of birding.

We've done drives from Punda and Shingwedzi that have been specifically bird related but then the majority of the people on those drives were birders and asked for them. I have put on feedback forms in the past that it would be great if the camps offered birding only drives but in the bigger camps the available trucks all go out on the regular drives so there just isn't the capacity, I guess.
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Re: Night drives from Pretoriuskop & Tamboti

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:45 pm

I have done night drives from both camps.

Pkop drives are regular enough, being a big camp, and often they put out 2 vehicles.

The Orpen ride does indeed pop in and pick up Tam guests. I have done it many times.
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Re: Night drives from Pretoriuskop & Tamboti

Unread post by Porridge » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:28 pm

There is definitely a night drive from Orpen Gate which you can book on the day that you want to do it. You need to book at Orpen which is 2 kilometres away from Tamboti, and you will be collected inside Tamboti for it, and dropped off there too. I'm not sure if you've ever stayed in Tamboti before but getting back to your tent after the night drive drop-off is an adventure in itself :lol: :lol:
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Re: Night drives from Pretoriuskop & Tamboti

Unread post by Porridge » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:34 pm

Oh, and the night drives start at 8pm and last for 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on the sightings and the weather
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Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.

Unread post by ils » Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:44 pm

I need advice guys please!!!

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Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:58 pm

I prefer sunset drives from either camp.

Sunrise drives can also be excellent.

No guarantees for any drive. Like Graeme Pollock used to say "Timing is everything".
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Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:01 pm

I really think its a personal choice!

Sunset drives gives you the best of both worlds.
Never been on a night drive so can't comment too much on those.

Why not do a sunset one at CB and a night drive at LS! 8)

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Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.

Unread post by vinkie » Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:43 pm

Graham_5000 wrote:Thanks, that's great saraf. Torn between sunset drive in Berg en Dal and Satara. I'm used to the smaller vehicles - I'm guessing both those big camps use the larger ones with more people onboard?


We did drives from Lower Sabie, BnD and Satara in July on all occasions we had a Big truck no small safari vehicle.

Only when we did the morning walk from Satara we had the small safari jeep(because the group is smaller).

If you have the big truck you have a better view because it's higher than the average cars, and you may shift seats en sides when it's parked at a sighting, in the little jeep you must remain seated.

Both BnD and Satara are great for Game Drives :thumbs_up:
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Re: Price per adult night drive from Lower Sabie?

Unread post by Elsa » Wed May 21, 2014 9:25 pm

You can see the various tariffs Here

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Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.

Unread post by peewee2013 » Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:12 pm

The best is a night drive for me. i take about 4-5 night drives every time when i stay in the park. , this year comme in end of August for 3 weeks. so i do the same. you can see some animals , what meaby you d`ont see on the day: Snakes, Genetcat, Civetcat , Aardwolf, Serval, Wildcat ect. also Lyon, Hyaena, ect. The animals (Lyon, Leopard, ect) the are in the night more active. I see all this animlas on the difference nightdrives!
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Sunrise & Sunset Drives

Unread post by mikezita » Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:46 pm

I am taking the family to Kruger from 18th to 28th October staying at Berg-en-Dal and Skukuza camps.

We would like to book some game game drives but we are having difficulty deciding whether to book sunrise or sunset drives.

Which of the two camps have the best game drives and do you recommend sunrise or sunset drives

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Re: Info: Sunset/Night drives taken from camps.

Unread post by kite » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:07 pm

Well, one of the factors to consider is whether you are an early morning person or a late night owl!
A sunset or night drive means being out late on the roads with a good chance of seeing nocturnal animals and getting a feel for the park without the daytime activities and traffic.


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