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Unread post by richardharris » Sat Jul 08, 2006 6:03 pm

I don't know if 3G is available in the camps; I have never seen it advertised or anyone using it. GPRS is available though, with MTN and I think Vodacom.

You then use your mobile as a modem, connecting to your laptop either by infrared or bluetooth (or even a cable!).
It is fairly straightforward but does need a bit of setting up on the laptop.
I suggest you get this sorted out well in advance! GPRS is also a bit slow (roughly like a 28K modem - snail pace compared to broadband).
OK for text based e-mail and simple internet access but not much else.

3G would be much better but else where in the world tends to be available only in major conurbations.


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Unread post by lastpride » Sat Jan 19, 2008 4:48 am

For those who wanted to know the outcome. I purchased a SA Vodacom Sim card for 3G from Jo;Burg airport.

Works like a dream on GPRS here in Skukuza. Will try uploading pics later

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Cell (mobile) phone SIM cards

Unread post by Leopards4all » Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:41 am

Can I easily buy a SIM card to insert in my cell phone, in place of the ATT card that is in there now? Since I will be in South Africa for a month, it will be much cheaper to have a local card.

Details on finding them, costs, etc.?

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:54 am

You can buy starter packs for all three the mobile companies in sA at various places.

I won't name all of them, but I can just tell you that you will have no trouble locating such a place. :wink:
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Re: Internet/3G access in Kruger

Unread post by richardharris » Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:15 am


2G and 3G refer to the connection speed. 2G is all I have ever picked up in the Park so far. 2G is a bit like the 'old fashioned' modems whilst 3G can be almost as good as broadband. In the UK I currently get up to 1.8 megabits but there is talk of pushing this to 8 in the near future. Not sure about SA plans.

2GB is probably 2 GBytes, refering to how much data you can download, usually per month. Unless you are into downloading films etc thats quite a bit of web browsing. Even one with quite a lot of pictures should be OK. If my maths is correct, you could even look at 6000 of my 'full size' (1800x1200) photos via the url link, which are about 250000 to 300000 kbytes in size. That will keep you going for quite a while!



Re: Internet/3G access in Kruger

Unread post by Jumbo » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:01 am

For the guys using Vodacom, most of southern Kruger should already, or very soon, have EDGE (sometimes also referred to as 2.5G)…EDGE is an enhanced GPRS and gives you about a 3x faster speed than GPRS. Northern Kruger will also get this in time.
Skukuza already has 3G

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Re: Internet access?

Unread post by Tony Park » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:50 pm


The internet cafe in Skuuza is a bit hit and miss.

There's good mobile phone reception in the camps so may be better (if you are from overseas) to buy a south african sim card for your mobile when you get to the country, get the geek in the phone shop to download the local internet connection settings to your phone an connet that way.

I usually by 250meg or 500meg per month on a pre-paid sim card and use my phone as a modem via a cable connection to my laptop to get internet access.

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Re: SIM Cards

Unread post by DuQues » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:11 pm

According to the law the international tourists only have to show their passport...
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Re: SIM Cards

Unread post by Scipio » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:35 pm

Airport shops will be best, as you land, go to the Cellshop. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Lower Sabie 3G

Unread post by okie » Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:30 am

Get a mobile contract - works out much cheaper - Using your cell-phone costs at least R2.00 per MB , whereas it costs me R249 per month for 2GIG and this allows for a couple hundred hours connection per month .
I use a mobile all the time , on farm ,at home in Cape Town , on road , and any time for when I am not in the office . :whistle:
In KNP camps I got either at least EDGE or GPRS reception . In LSabie I had 3G .

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Internet in parks

Unread post by kstone » Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:18 pm

I would like to know if there is Internet access (WiFi or plug-in) in the Parks, as it would be very useful to post and check for sightings. Thanks!

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Re: Vodacom 3G signal in KNP?

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:04 am

I used 3G in Lower Sabie a few weeks ago. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Vodacom 3G signal in KNP?

Unread post by Katja » Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:42 pm

I had a Vodacom 3G modem during my Kruger stay in September, and it worked at almost every camp I went to (Punda Maria, Shingwedzi, Olifants, Letaba, Satara, Tamboti, Lower Sabie and Skukuza) but the signal was only 3G in Lower Sabie and Skukuza. At the other camps it was a different signal (forgot what it was called) which meant a slower internet connection but it still worked OK.
The only camp where I didn't get any signal at all was Biyamiti. I didn't go to BnD.
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Re: Vodacom 3G signal in KNP?

Unread post by Charming1 » Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:17 pm

Berg en Dal has very strong signal. Was there a month ago. Only camp I had a problem was at Tsendze.

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Re: Internet in Kruger.

Unread post by Boorgatspook » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:16 pm

When I bought my dongle from Vodacom about 2 years ago it cost about R1500. (It was for the dongle plus sim card on pay as you go). Have used it at Crocodile Bridge, Lower Sabie, Skukuza, Satara, Olifants without problems. Just don't count on a fast connection though :wink:

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