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Re: Game drives off of main roads

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:37 pm

The only other option for 'private' or management roads is to book one of the Wilderness trails, but those are 3 nights and include walks. A great experience!
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Re: Game drives off of main roads

Unread post by Yoda » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:25 am

Elsa wrote:The private concessions do have their own roads where they are allowed some freedom with different rules to Kruger's main roads.


Do SANP monitor that no environmental damage is done along these roads?
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Re: Game drives off of main roads

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:03 pm

Here is the official response from SANParks, so I would say they do monitor the concessions and environmental impact.

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Children under 5 on sunset drives

Unread post by SAUKwoman » Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:06 pm

Hi, We are coming to Skukuza in December 2017 and would like to do a sunset drive. Can my nephew who is only 4 join us? Thanks

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Re: Children under 5 on sunset drives

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:55 pm

Welcome to the forum!

My understanding is that children under 6 years of age are not allowed on the sunset drives. The sunset drive is a 3 hour drive, and I think it may be a bit long, and kids may get a little bored, especially after dark when sightings can be slow.

I hope you enjoy your stay at Skukuza. It is a great camp and a wonderful area for game viewing!

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Re: Children under 5 on sunset drives

Unread post by Crested Val » Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:25 pm

Yes Karen, you are correct.
Children have to be 6 to go on any drive, and 12 to go on a walk. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Children under 5 on sunset drives

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:02 am

Warm welcome to the forum! :clap:
You have been given good and correct info re the age limit on the drives.
I personally witnessed a young child who must have been 6 years of age really not enjoying the experience, first becoming tired, then cold and finally terrified of the dark causing the poor father who had accompanied him become frustrated and then acutely embarrassed as it played out.
Finally the guide actually cut the drive short in order to get back to camp and end the torment for the child and the other guests on the vehicle.
I understand this could have possibly been an isolated incident but the age limit is there for a very good reason.
What some do, if you are more than 1 person is to split the drives with one going on the one night and the other person the other. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Children under 5 on sunset drives

Unread post by stefan9 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:09 pm

Not sure if sanparks has this option but in the private reserves you can book a vehicle for your family. The lodge/guide is then usually willing to waive the 6 year age restriction as it won't impact on other guests.
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Re: Children under 5 on sunset drives

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:46 pm

You can book a private drive if there is a guide and vehicle available at the camp but one then would have to pay for 10 pax but I am not sure if the age limit is waived or not?

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Re: Children under 5 on sunset drives

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:44 pm

I think the age limits for drives and walks is very well-reasoned.

It is important to keep quiet on drives (and walks), including for safety reasons, when near animals. Small children are prone to shout, cry, etc. and can spoil the drive for others. Animals are not known to attack game drive vehicles, but they could react to a child crying (interpreted by some animals as a distress call) and endanger the people on the vehicle.

On walks it is important to keep quiet and walk in single file behind the two armed guides. The party must obey any instructions given by the guides. A child might react in panic to some situations and not obey the guides.

With small children just enjoy the drives in your own vehicle and keep the children entertained. Keep the drives reasonably short morning and afternoon and return to camp for a break over lunchtime.
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Re: Children under 5 on sunset drives

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:07 am

A very warm welcome, SAUKwoman. :gflower:

My own experience is that children get very bored, very quickly. A sunset drive can be very uncomfortable and boring. For the child's sake, I would not recommend it.

When my children were young, we would take walks along the perimeter fence, looking for wild animals. Skukuza has hyenas that can often be seen at the fence. The walkway at Skukuza also gives great views of the river. It is also a place to see many animals coming to drink at night. Bushbabies can be seen in the trees. They are also very, very sweet.

A good flashlight will give more entertainment than a sundowner drive at that age.
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