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Re: Arriving late at park

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:01 pm

That is correct, but at a fee:

Late Entry

Latecomers at entrance gates will be refused entry, whilst offenders at rest camps will be warned and fined if they are repeat offenders.

Late entry escorts (at a fee) are available at the following gates for the camp in brackets only. This is only available until 21:00. Escorts depart every half hour until this time:

* Paul Kruger (Skukuza)
* Numbi (Pretoriuskop)
* Malelane (Berg-en-Dal and Malelane)
* Crocodile Bridge gate (Crocodile Bridge Camp)
* Punda Maria gate (Punda Maria Camp)
* Orpen gate (Orpen Camp)
* No late admission at Phabeni, Phalaborwa and Pafuri

Gate Security will phone camp duty phone when there are guests and transport is arranged. If guests advise in advance, then trips can be better planned. Fee is currently R150,00 per vehicle.
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Re: Recommendations

Unread post by Mike1916 » Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:37 am

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The walk from the camps will always give an adrenaline rush so i would suggest one of those and then if budget allows a bush braai should also be a great idea :thumbs_up:

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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread post by Ladyhawke » Thu Dec 03, 2009 12:52 pm

To add on the useful things to take with to the park,
we take spray bottles, file them with water, keep them in the cooler box when not using them and spray ourselves when we are getting to hot,
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Re: 8 days, down to the south - where to go?

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Dec 05, 2009 1:55 pm

Matambeni Hide, near Letaba, overlooks the Engelhard Dam and is magic early in the morning, especially for birding but also animals.
Other hides along your routes all can give nice sightings, Lake Panic might be a bit busy given the time of year.
I would stick to the gravel roads, do all the little loops off the roads, sit under the trees for a while, often something pops up.
I love the river road between Letaba and Olifants, S44, S93 and S46.
Check the sightings boards out at the various camps.

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Re: 8 days, down to the south - where to go?

Unread post by pnm » Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:56 pm

My first post in over a year. You sound a bit like me in your approach to the park. I too am recently a birder. It makes a KNP trip so much more fun. I got all of my best bird pictures and sightings in the camps. I take binoculars and camera and amble (I really do mean amble) slowly over the camps. I talk to lots of people, greet all workers (who often have a brief chat), and spend a lot of time staring at things. Most peaceful. No traffic jams, and little noise as most people are out game viewing. I got great shots of Puffback Shrike (Shingwedzi caravan area) and Woodpeckers (Pretoriuskop swimming pool). Purists may see birding in the camps as a bit easy as the birds are generally habituated to humans and I find with a bit of spishing they come to me. I am there to relax so I just enjoy. In this way I have also found mice in their hidey-holes in the evening and witnessed a bitter battle between hornbills. I am going again in March/April and hope to get a decent shot of an Oriole and some of owls.

Walk the perimeter of Olifants - lots of birds. The aloes always yield sunbirds and this year in Olifants parrots. I have found that quite often yopung children ask me what I am doing and end up tagging along. Quite a few times they see me the next day and lead me to a new bird they have found. I love KNP. I love the people there and I just love the Kudu wors and pap at Tshokwane.

One thing; this year my wife and I did not look for anything in particular: we saw very few lions but leopards (six) seem to come to us, one carrying an Impala head. Never saw so many leopards and we weren't even looking for them. One of them I saw while stopped on the low level bridge at Shingwedzi to take photo of the resident kingfisher. The leopard just appeared between two trees, and slowly walked further over the road and then into the bush. We were the only car there...
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Re: Reservations question

Unread post by simonB » Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:30 pm

Hi there

Is it possible to get a extended stay price for camping or saffari tent?
I would like to come for a month and wondered if there was discount for booking an extended stay.

Any info would be great.
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Re: Reservations question

Unread post by Imberbe » Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:37 pm

No, there is no special price on a longer stay ... that I am aware of. :(
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Re: Top planning hints for your Kruger visit

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:59 am

I am not sure of your plans for eating.
When I travel alone, I tend to snack and eat one main meal.
I would count on spending about *R100 a day/per person.
I try to buy colddrinks and snacks outside the Park, as they are much cheaper and have a better selection. Fresh produce is also not always available in the Park.
I do like to buy fresh fruit in season from the vendors, but be careful of things like Mangos as they can ripen very quickly.

It can get very, very hot certain times of the year.
If I am not camping, I freeze my drinks overnight and let them thaw through the day.
I use a small cooler box (enough to hold 6 energy drinks) for my frozen drinks.
I do recommend isotonic drinks if you are not used to the heat.

Other extras I sometimes forget to factor in are ice and firewood. If you wish to braai, you would need to stock up about every second day.
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Re: kruger park advice needed

Unread post by Lee797 » Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:41 pm

Hi everyone,

I need a bit of advise on something else. What do I need to pack if the accommodation says NO UTENSILS. Is there a kettle to boil water, and pots and pans but no plates, knifes and forks and mugs ect? Or do I need to pack everything? :? Will there be tabels/platform to prepare the food? First time staying at the NO Utensil bungalous. :redface:

Yes I am busy pakking and at the moment it looks more like we are going camping. So I thought I'll ask first.

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Re: kruger park advice needed

Unread post by Pjw » Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:58 pm

You need to take crockery, cutlery and pots and pans. There is usually a communal kitchen close by with 2 plate stoves and a "boiling" water urn. We tend to braai when we stay in those units so we don't have to take too much in the way of pots and pans with us. (cook potatoes and onions in the fire and make fresh salads, baked beans and beetroot etc to simplify things) Take a flask for carrying the hot water back to your hut. The hut will have a table and enough chairs for the number of beds in the unit. I think all accommodation will have a fridge
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Re: Visit to KNP 18th Jan to 27th Jan

Unread post by forestgump » Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:12 pm

extra petrol/diesel can not needed in South Africa, unless you drive in low range all the way :lol: .
Kruger has fuel in all the main restcamps.
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Re: Visit to KNP 18th Jan to 27th Jan

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:27 pm

If you have a Visa or Master card you will have no trouble at any ATM. American Express is less common.
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Re: Visit to KNP 18th Jan to 27th Jan

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:47 pm

There are no silly questions ... we all understand that when one goes to a new place you are unsure of some very basic things ... so do ask! :thumbs_up:

Satnav is great if you have it. So bring it along. But it is not necessary. A good map is important - even if you have Satnav. Both of the country and the KNP. You can buy good maps at the airport, and of Kruger at all the entrance gates. But the roads you are going to use is good, and well marked ... so there should be no problem.

Malaria: Firstly realize that Malaria is no joke and it is a killer. If you in any way feel sick after or during you stay ... check for Malaria. The best time to have the blood test done is during the time of the fever.

But having said that ... we often visit KNP and have never had Malaria. It is not as common as one may be led to believe. We do not use medicine, but do use the spray that chase the mosquitoes away. It lessens the danger. If you are worried, rather use the medicine. It is safer to do it that way.

You will be very lucky if you see a black mamba, do try and take a photo, but be quick because they tend to disappear very quickly. A black mamba is a big strong and fast snake. It is gray to olive in colour. Its head is said to be coffin shaped. When it opens its mouth it is pitch black inside - from there its name.

Your visit is going to be great!
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Re: Pensioners Discounts, Please help!

Unread post by gmlsmit » Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:53 pm

Hi Maddie.
The Pensioners 2010 discounts for larger accommodation is 40% discount allowed at Mopani and then in Bateleur, Sirheni and Shimuweni, Lower Sabie offer no discount for the year, the other camps offer varying discount for bungalows.
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Re: Pensioners Discounts, Please help!

Unread post by Maddie88 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:57 pm

Thank you for the information gmlsmit!!! :D

Just to make sure I understand correct, only mopani offers the 40% on larger accommodation but the rest of the camps (apart from the ones mentioned) offer them on bungalows only?
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