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Itinerary advice

Unread postby lysdexia » Sat Dec 12, 2015 2:15 am

Hi everyone,

I've already made a booking but I am thinking of tinkering it slightly and I'm hoping to pick your brains.

We'll be camping in a bush camper and this trip will be around Easter, we start 16 March. Being that I expect it to be fairly busy I planned to be in the middle and upper sections of Kruger to hopefully beat some of the crowds.

Current itinerary
1n Malelane
3n Balule
3n Tsendze
1n Punda
2n Shingwedzi
1n Satara before Sweni trail.

My tinkering plan was an extra night at Malelane at the expense of one night at Balule, and change to three nights at Shingwedzi at the expense of Punda. As of today there are still sites available to make these changes.

My thinking...we'll fly and overnight in Jo'burg, pick up our car and drive to Malelane. The extra night in Malelane would give us a break and an extra day in the south (before the Easter crowds). We cld do a day trip to Punda from Shingwedzi instead of staying at Punda.

Your advice is appreciated.

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Re: Itinerary advice

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:57 am

Lysdexia, it does look a marvelous itinerary.

As much as I love Balule, I might give you a thumbs up for the extra night in Malelane. I am not sure how far you will be travelling, but it makes sense to me. I also have rather a soft spot for Malelane, as it is a small and well cared for camp.

I tend to love the uniqueness of Punda, so I might say that you should hang onto your night there. The Pafuri area and the Maroela route can be done from Shingwetzi, but not with ease. Klopperfontein dam is another favorite of mine, if ellies start to play. I have also had some very special sightings at the Punda bird hide.

Others might give you different advice, but that would be my choice.
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GRAA members in Kruger Park

Unread postby lysdexia » Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:06 am

I'm an expat currently living and working in remote Central Australia as a Ranger. I'm a member of the Northern Territory Ranger Association and I'm looking to meet any GRAA members while on my trip through Kruger (and other parts of SA) next year.

Any help or advice would be appreciated.

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Re: Itinerary advice

Unread postby lysdexia » Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:09 am

Thanks MM,

We'll be flying in from Australia, domestic connection to Sydney then direct to Jo'burg.

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Re: Itinerary advice

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:44 am

Your itinerary looks fine......although you might want to make it 2 nights at Punda so you can devote a day to driving past Klopperfontein and going to Pafuri picnic spot and Crooks Corner.

And yes, Malelane is a special little camp!
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Re: Itinerary advice

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:59 am

I agree with EJ, one night in Punda is too short, you need a day to get to Pafuri early in the morning. I would swap out a night from Tsendze.

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Re: Itinerary advice

Unread postby Hippotragus » Sat Dec 12, 2015 11:15 am

Lovely itinerary, but I agree - I would do 2 or even 3 nights at Punda Maria. The area north of there - past Klopperfontein, up to Crooks' Corner, along the Luvuvhu River and the Pafuri picnic site, is well worth seeing. It makes a good day drive, with coffee and rusks at Klopperfontein and a cooked brunch at Pafuri picnic site - we have done it many times.

Otherwise, you have a good spread of camps from south to north and you will see many different areas with different landscapes, changing vegetation and varied animals and birds.
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Re: Itinerary advice

Unread postby lysdexia » Sat Dec 12, 2015 2:44 pm

Alright so the theme I'm picking up on is 2n at each stop until I get to Satara. And make sure I have rusks, a thermos and good coffee.

Where can I get good biltong and boerie on my way to Malelane gate? Ha-ha

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Re: Itinerary advice

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:05 pm

The Spar in Malelane has a very good butchery and you can get biltong and boerie there. But, if you have the time, it might be worth going into Nelspruit on the N4 rather than taking the by-pass and then going to Food Lovers' Market where they have excellent fruit and veggies and good selection of meats etc. You would turn left at the R40 junction and head towards White River and then FLM is on the right, I think 2nd set of traffic lights up....watch out!
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Re: GRAA members in Kruger Park

Unread postby George_Brits » Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:23 pm

HI Lysdexia,

I have sent you a private message with the contact details of the regional representatives of the GRAA that can assist in hooking you up with GRAA-members.


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