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North or South

Unread post by brave_crazy » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:54 pm

I have a few days in the park mid August.Not sure whether to go south or north. Anyone got advice?
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Re: North or South

Unread post by Nungu » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:18 pm

Your question's not that easy to answer!! All depends on what you like or dislike...

South pro's:
Higher density of game
Many camps to choose from
If you like birding Biyamiti area is good
Nice picnic spots like Nkhulu, Afsaal, Mlondozi, Lake Panic
Big5 area around Satara
Great camps in Olifants, Lower Sabie, Balule

South Con's
Higher traffic
Busier camps
Bush can be very lush (probably not as bad in August)

North pro's:
Wide open spaces - easier to spot game
Rare species like Lichtenstein, Eland etc.
Birding around Pafuri
Nice loops in Luvuvhu, Red Rocks, Mahonie
Peace and quiet - roads not so busy, camps quiet
Excellent dams - Engelhardt, Sable and Kanniedood
Viewpoints like Tshanga
Camps like Shingwedzi, Punda and Letaba

North Con's
Long stretches without seeing anything
Generally drier and hotter than the South
Some people don't like the mopane veld (other than the Phalagatte)

Generally the South is the "fast food" that is Kruger... lots of tourists, lots of sightings, instant gratification.... whereas the North is the sit down meal - it might take a lot longer, there might be dull periods but the real connoisseur would say THAT is the REAL Kruger.
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Re: North or South

Unread post by Jane » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:30 pm

A good way to see Kruger is to do it from South to North IMO..Therefore aim to enter in the South gate at Phalaborwa and camp for a few days in the predator rich area around Tzendze and then go and sample a couple of the Bush camps like Shimuwini , Bateleur or Sirheni and end off at Punda Maria the Krugers best main camp giving access to Pafuri.. At the end exit either out of Punda gate or Pafuri gate and then you can truly say you have done Kruger the proper way
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Re: North or South

Unread post by Yoda » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:45 pm

I like Olifants. If you stay there for a few days it gives you the option of doing some day trips to the mopani north. And also can do some drives further south to the plains areas.

Plus you can't beat the view.

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Re: North or South

Unread post by BushChicken » Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:10 pm

If you only have a few days and don't know whether to North or South, why not stay Central at Satara where there is lots of game and your can go out in a different direction every day.

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Re: North or South

Unread post by Olonana » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:28 am

Enter at Phalaborwa, stay at Sable Dam and then onto Shingwedzi for at least 4 days and out at Punda.
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Re: North or South

Unread post by BunnyHugger » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:53 am

Go north young man, go north.

Seriously thinking that next time I got to KNP, I need to go back to Shingwedzi.

Sitting on the low water bridge just outside the camp is awesome. I saw many first-time (lifers) birds there including pygmy kingfisher, open billed storks and a couple of others I can't recall.

The north is quite and definitely not as commercialised as the south.
If it wasn't for lake Panic, I might have no reason at all to visit the south again.
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Re: North or South

Unread post by brave_crazy » Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:46 am

Thanks for all the responses!

I have been going to the park for around 30 years and i am only 30 now :D

So i do know that north is by far the more real way to enjoy the park, was just very torn this time for some reason. But i have changed my bookings from Berg en dal and Croc bridge to the three northern camps in Shingwedzi for 2 nights, Punda Maria for 3 nights and last but not least Letaba for 2. It is in this area that my heart truely lies...

So now that i am more excited than a dung beetle in the middle of a buf parade, the count down begins :dance:
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Re: North or South

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:11 pm

Nice choice :thumbs_up:

When I first saw your question I was a bit concerned about thinking north, as it is not always that full of game compared to the south, particularly august. For first timers it can be disappointing.

Before giving advice I try to consider the length of stay, the time of year, expectations.. its useless advising north if someone wants big 5, or suggesting south if someone wants peace and no people.

There also tends to be a southernward migration of many animals in the dry months, so I am more likely to suggest south in winter and north in summer.

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Re: North or South

Unread post by brave_crazy » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:10 pm

Yeah, North does tend to become quieter in winter, but i was wondering what impact the good rains might have on the grazers, another reason to head north maybe?
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Unread post by ossendryver » Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:20 pm

when you visit kruger where do you prefer to visit
north or south and why

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Re: north or south

Unread post by Dirk.V.E. Neethling » Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:56 pm

North if you like it to be quite and it also have the best scenery. Also good chance to see the rare antelope and birds up north.

South if you looking for leopard and rhino, but loads of vehicles.

Overall I like the north more than the south as there is a chance to see leopard and rhino up north, chance is just not as great as the south.
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Re: north or south

Unread post by Roger the Dodger » Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:47 pm

My opinion, is the cenral areas. Orpen, Satara, Balule,Olifants and Letaba.

Plenty of game and birds, fantastic scenery and in places not so many traffic jams.

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Re: north or south

Unread post by anne-marie » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:39 pm

both :whistle:
the north... because of the extraordinary sceneries, with big trees, and almost no car
the south... because we have to go... more inhabited... with cars too
and what about the Tropic... a good compromise between both... :D
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Re: north or south

Unread post by oddesy » Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:02 pm

For me to be in Kruger is a blessing in itself but If I had to choose I would say I prefer the north more because it just has a different feel for me, less cars, very different scenery to down south and is better for birding in the summer.
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