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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby Gerhardd » Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:36 am

RosemaryH wrote:BirgitJo you can put more than just a yellow ribbon on your car, if you like see here

Hope you have a wonderful time :gflower:

:mrgreen: gerhardb - camoflage wrapping, who are you trying to hide from :wink:


Rose,

Actually I stand out more and everbody see me... lol

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But camo (natural colors) is my favorite colors and a lot better than white... :lol:

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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby Gerhardd » Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:04 am

RosemaryH wrote::thumbs_up: gerhardb I will have to phone and chat to reservations just to see that. :hmz: :lol:
Looks good :D



You are welcome to come and have a look. :D

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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Sep 06, 2015 5:39 am

BirgitJo wrote:Hello Rose,

it would be great to have some of these things, but I think there is no chance to buy something in the park, or ??


Birgit Jo, I don't thing that they are available in the shops yet. I have frequently left my yellow ribbon at home and had to compromise.

This is one that worked quite well. A yellow duster on my son's car.

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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby Mauxie » Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:50 pm

Hi everyone and especially Omega,

I have lost count of the number of trips that I have done to the Kruger alone. I think that it must be in the region of about 11 trips.

I live on the KZN South Coast and make the trip to Kruger at least once a year, altho' I do wish that I could manage to go more often. I usually stay for 12 nights, spread over several camps. My favourites being Lower Sabie. Satara, Biyamiti, Olifants and Skukuza. I spend between 2 and 3 nights at each camp, ending off at Berg-en-Dal or Malelane, for one night, as they are close to my exit Gate, Malelane. I do find packing and unpacking the fridge each time a schlep but that would be my only gripe.

I enjoy my own company so LOVE going alone and wouldn't want it any other way. YOU decide when and where you want to go and for how long. If you want to spend 3 hours at a hide or waterhole, you can. If you want to change the days plans midway, you can. I always plan my day trips on maps, long before I go to the Park, with estimated daily distances and ETAs. I also use a GPS in the Park, as it helps on the longer roads, especially the dirt roads. You then know exactly how far you still have to go and how much time you have to spare, especially if you come across a special sighting.

I have made a little booklet, where I record every road I take and everything I see. Every evening I fill it in. I also do at least one sunset or night drive from each camp. These are great and I have had some really amazing sightings on these drives.

On the whole, people in the Park are very friendly . I find at the hides especially they will share their sightings and experiences with me.

Only once, so far, have I had the misfortune of having a puncture. It was on the S40, near Girivana. I battled to get the jack loose and had to wait for a car to pass by and ask for help. Being very independent, I was highly embarrassed with having to ask for help. The gentleman helped me get the wheel changed and I gratefully, was soon on my way. It did 'rock my boat' for awhile as I prefer to travel on the dirt roads, rather than the tar ones and this experience unsettled me a bit.

Omega, enjoy the experience. I am sure that you will have a wonderful trip. How could you not......as you will be in Kruger! I will just miss you unfortunately, as I will be there from the 1st till the 13th of October. I too can't wait!! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby Omega » Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:37 pm

Hi everybody,

Just to let you all know that I am back from my first solo trip with a beeeg smile on my face.

I had a wonderful time and never felt lonely or out of place at all.

I had some wonderful sightings and took time to just sit at dams (no other cars around) and take in the lovely sounds and smells that the bush has to offer.

This has started the ball rolling and I am already planning my next trip which will be early in the new year (if not before, depending on work issues).

I want to thank you all for the words of encouragement and suggestions, without you all I may never have had the courage to go.

Have a lovely weekend and thanks again!

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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:14 pm

Thanks for the feedback Omega, very glad to see you had a great trip and planning another! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby Hippotragus » Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:19 pm

So glad to hear that your solo trip went well and that you are planning another.
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby arks » Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:00 pm

Bravo Omega! So glad that you've enjoyed the pleasures of travelling solo :dance: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:00 am

Omega, I am so pleased that you had such a special time. :D I wish you lots of joy planning your next trip.
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby anne-marie » Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:09 am

well done Omega... it's a good way to travel :clap:
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby BirgitJo » Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:32 pm

Hallo,

I can`t believe it that I´m already back since more than a week and the normal, hectic live took over again :cry: :cry:
I had a great time and enjoyed it very much to travel on may own :) .
Very strange was, that I saw 4 speed traps but only two lions :o
The weather was also a little bit strange for september, it was cool with some rain at the beginning and mist on the way to KNP.
It heated up to 35° and then it dropped down again to 16° and rain in Shingwedzi. There was also a lot of wind or somtimes more like a storm.
the last week again it was over 30° and when I left Mapungubwe it was 26° at 8:00 am.

I met a lot of nice people all over an had some good chats with them, so I never felt alone :)

Bye Birgit

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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby MATTHYS » Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:03 pm

I had a great time and enjoyed it very much to travel on may own :) .
Good to hear Birgit :D and wishing you and Omega many more memorable Park trips 8)
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Oct 09, 2015 11:38 pm

welcome back BirgitJo
glad to heard you never felt alone in the park :thumbs_up:
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Oct 10, 2015 5:15 am

BirgitJo, I am pleased that you enjoyed your trip. :thumbs_up: It certainly sounds very interesting.
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread postby Mfezi » Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:32 pm

BirgitJo and Omega this sounds all to familiar - having a great time in the Kruger whilst travelling alone.

I can't wait for my next trip. :thumbs_up:


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