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Re: Would you visit Kruger park on your own?

Unread post by bushguy » Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:13 pm

I have done a couple of solos, but mostly only a night or two. I do drives on my own quite often (SO not an early riser !) Being able to stop for what I want is great, but I would miss the company at night!

One way to counter the "looking both sides" problem is to follow another car or two. Assuming they are looking properly ! Otherwise just accept that you will see what you will see :wink:
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Re: Would you visit Kruger park on your own?

Unread post by DSchwartzel » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:24 pm

Hi I've been going alone now a few times (4 times this year) as my better half doesn't quite like the bush as much as I do :shock: but never the less, I love it. For me the biggest challenge is, the accommodation I normally go for ablution facilities and the huts that sleep 1 or 2 like at lower sabie, and the challenge comes in remembering to bring everything (Cooking utensils, toiletries etc) Murphy's law one always forgets something.

The other challenge is the 'no companionship' not being able to have some one to talk to around the fire or on a drive can be draining some times, but Kruger being such a wonderful place, you always make new friends be it in the shop, or the hut next door.

Go and enjoy it! :)

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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by Mauxie » Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:33 pm

For me, I wouldn't have it any other way. :dance: :dance: Just drive slower to cope with the multi-tasking!!! :lol:

I have done about 9 trips, of about 12 days each, on my own and I LOVE it. My only hiccup was getting a puncture between Timbavati Picnic spot and Gudzani dam, during my last, trip in 2012. I must admit that it did rattle my cage a bit, for a few hours. :tongue:

I had to cancel a booking for this past October but have already booked my next trip, for September/October 2014. My leave form is in, my deposit is paid (I've even booked all my sunset and night drives) and NOTHING is going to stop me doing this trip. I can't wait!!!! 47 weeks to go. :dance: :dance:
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by flying cheetah » Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:48 pm

I start my next solo trip in 2 days, staying in th park for 24 days :dance: I love to sit at waterholes or hides when I'm all on my own and then I always sit much longer than when I'm with cpmpany.
On the other side the multitasking an get a bit stressful. Last year I did a wild dog rallye that lasted more than an hour. There were 8 dogs and 10-15 cars and during that time the dogs covered a distance of 6-7 km, mostly in the middle of the road. When the dogs finally left us I was both happy and exhausted :lol:
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by harrys » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:37 pm

I've done 2 solo trips both 5 days :dance: ,once I used my caravan(lots of fun getting the rally tent up :whistle: ) and second time also at Lower Sabie I stayed in a hut :thumbs_up: . My wife don't like my long drives(I would leave camp at 6 and return at 18:00) so I will go solo if I can :thumbs_up: . I like the alone time and sometimes it's great to be alone so you can clear your head :thumbs_up:
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by anne-marie » Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:00 pm

suebfly wrote:I have done it!!! Booked my first solo trip EVER : ANYWHERE. Going to KNP for 8 nights in February. Being on my own does not worry me as I live on my own, but I hate driving so I will fly to Phalaborwa, hire a car there and 2k down the road I am in the Park where I can drive as slow as I like. It is something I have always wanted to try - I have done many trips with friends and family but this time it is all for me. I must admit I am terrified but very excited. So wish me luck and any advice will be greatly appreciated :lol: :D
:thumbs_up: and next time... again solo trip :dance:
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:54 am

Suebfly, the first time I did a trip alone, I had a bit of trepidation. Mainly because I always enjoy sharing. I wondered how I would find it if I saw something really special and there was no one to share the moment.

I found an easy way to overcome this obstacle... I started to wait at sightings to point things out to the next car... I would stop cars, (especially if there were children), to inform them of special sightings. It has given me even greater moments and I have struck up surprising conversations.

My best moment was stopping to tell a woman where to find a Cheetah sighting. Unbeknown to me, she had two special needs children with her. The smile and excitement on their faces made my day so much more special.

I have grown to love and enjoy the solitude... in actual fact, I have really become a little selfish. Enjoy your trip, enjoy each moment. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by suebfly » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:48 pm

Thanks MM that is a wonderful idea. I have no problem with being on my own but the one thing I am not looking forward to is not being able to share in the moment - so I will definitely do that, that way I can share the experience as it happens.

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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread post by Stark » Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:21 am

Hi all,

There is a very good chance that I will be visiting KNP solo next year. While I've brought along family before, this would be my first solo vacation!

I'm excited and a bit apprehensive. Any hints and tips for others that have done Kruger solo? Saffie and overseas opinions welcome! :)
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread post by arks » Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:51 am

Howzit Stark!

Travelling solo isn't really so different, just that you'll have only one set of eyes, and you'll be both driver and photographer. I've travelled solo most of my life, so I'm used to the luxury of being beholden to no one, tho I've also enjoyed those rare ocassions (never yet in KNP) when Ive had a travelling companion. So long as you enjoy your own company, I'm sure you'll have a fine time, and you also may find that as a solo traveller, you meet more new people than you might when you have travel companions.

I don't know that there are any special "tips" for travelling solo, other than perhaps "pacing" yourself because you'll be doing "everything" -- driving, packing, shopping, cooking -- on your own. Long solo drives can be tiring, tho I've done plenty and find that the stimulation of good sightings makes up for any tiredness. And I sleep very well after a long day. :whistle:

I also enjoy spending time in camp, just chilling on my stoep, especially when I have my preferred tents at Tamboti and Punda Maria or riverview rondavel at Olifants. A gorgeous view and plenty of interesting birdies in the trees and a good book make for a change from the driving. I find that I now am more selective about my drives and no longer feel that I must drive every road so that I won't miss anything :roll: I feel more and more that just being in the bush is a priviledge, interesting sightings are an added bonus.

I'm sure that you'll have a great trip, albeit somewhat different, but perhaps not so different as you're thinking it might be?
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread post by s2000ap » Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:29 am

Hi Stark, agree with Arks. Staying in a tent is also fine, have stayed in a two man tent with two containers and a cool box for storage and traveled to many camps before, all in a small hire car. No problems and ready to do it again sometime. Doing the opposite to you this time and taking up "executive living" in huts with some family this time.

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Going solo to Kruger

Unread post by Omega » Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:29 am

Hi

I would love to hear how many ladies go to Kruger alone and if this is due to your preference, or that you do not have a friend / family who share the same interest?

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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by arks » Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:31 pm

I have been visiting KNP and many other SANParks solo since 1984. I have occassionally travelled with a friend, but most of my friends are younger and don't have the freedom to travel as often as I do ... or the time ... or the interest. I actually prefer travelling solo because then, selfishly, I don't have to accommodate others. I can do drives -- or not (I often enjoy just staying in camp) -- as and when I wish and stay at sightings that interest me as long as I like. And I enjoy my own company.

Why do you ask? :hmz:
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:43 pm

I think its really about the individual, some folks happily go on their own and even prefer that and others need more company which it sounds as if you might do Omega.
A good way of sharing your sightings afterwards is to write a little Travel Tales
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Re: Travelling Alone in the Park

Unread post by arks » Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:27 pm

Omega wrote:Hi

This has always fascinated me. I have been a regular visitor to the Park, when I was young as a child with my parents and then later with my late husband. Recently (last 3 years) I have gone with a few friends who share the same interest in Kruger as myself. However, I now find that instead of having to rope a friend in to go with me, I may go alone and wandered if it would be the same. Don't you feel you would like to share some sightings with people? Maybe I will find more ladies that wish to travel to the Kruger, but don't like going alone. Even if it is just to meet at the end of the day and discuss the day and sightings with each other.

One of the (IMO many!) advantages of travelling solo is that you often meet interesting people whom you might not have met had you had a travel companion. As for sharing sightings, we now have SMSes and email, so I'll often share my interesting sightings with friends that way.

However, as Elsa says, you sound like you might feel "lonely" on your own, whereas I never feel lonely when travelling solo, as I enjoy my own company. I savour the quietness -- and yes, the aloneness! -- of being on my own, which you don't have when you have travel companions. I suppose it's a matter of both what you're used to and what you prefer. I most definitely prefer travelling solo. And since you've never done it, you might like to give it a try? You just might find that you like it!
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