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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:39 am

Warm welcome to the forum Camquez! :clap:

As MM has given you good info and advice I am not going to add much more other than to say have a look at some of the topics in the Index to Kruger N P Topics which should give you any further answers you might have.
but please do ask if there are any further info you require. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by camquez » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:06 pm

Thank you both for your responses.

So if we stay in Skukuza the whole time we probably won't need to hire a car. Just to confirm, if we pay for morning/afternoon/night drives through SanParks.com, the car for the drive is provided correct?

Since we are only staying 3 nights, we are leaning towards staying in Skukuza instead of driving 3:45 hours to get to Satara and then probably having to drive back the next day. Although I am sure the drive is very nice.

You mentioned that Skukuza is close to many different eco zones, is it possible to visit different places every game drive we take. Or do they usually go to the same general areas. I am thinking we will take a total of 4-5 game drives during our 3 night stay, at different times throughout the day. Do the game drives go to the same places each day or is there flexibility.

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:56 pm

If you stay the whole 3 nights at Skukuza, yes then you can get away without hiring a car.
The SANParks guided game drives from the camp can be booked at the same time as your accommodation via the On line booking. or once you get to the camp itself.
You go out with the guide in a SANParks vehicle along with other guests who have booked as well either for a early morning sunrise drive or a sunset drive or an even later night drive.
In between those times you will have to entertain yourself in the camp.
The drives will be flexible in terms of where and what areas they drive but remember no 2 drives will be the same in terms of what sightings you can find. The animals move around during the day and night.

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by cheetahlady » Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:16 pm

Hi Camquez,

As Elsa and MM have said, you can stay at Skukuza without a vehicle. The SANParks morning/afternoon/night drives are on SANParks vehicles. You will be with between 6 and 20 people, depending on the demand. It can get cold on the vehicle in the early morning and evening as they are not fully enclosed, so make sure you have a jacket.

The advantage of Skukuza is that there is an AVIS office there so should you wish to hire a vehicle when you are in the park, you will be able to (subject to them having vehicles available). You may find that you want the freedom that a car gives you to drive to other areas or be out and about during the mid day.

If you are only in the park for 3 nights, I would stick to one camp. We usually visit for a longer period and try to spend a minimum of 2 nights in any one camp.

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:59 am

Hi camquez, unless there is a health reason, I would also consider a walk one morning. It is a unique experience. Remember to dress warmly for early morning and evening drives.

The guides do know where the latest sightings have been seen, so they are likely to take those routes. They also know which roads offer the best sighting possibilities. Some guides are better than others, but they will be able to give information on the bush and animals seen.

As Cheetahlady said, if you do find that you wish to self drive, you can go to the Avis offices at the Skukuza reception area and make enquiries.

During the times when no drives are available, the gardens offer lovely walks. The Skukuza gardens really are very beautifully laid out. The promenade next to the Sabie River also offers the possibility of great sightings. There is also the Museum, pet cemetery and the historic Saliki train. I would get a bird book and binoculars to make use of this time. The map books also give a bit of information on some of Kruger's birds, reptiles and mammals.
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