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Title: Kruger Park Advice
Post by: mox on October 22, 2015, 10:37:17 am
I have only ever been to the park twice and have only spent a total of 4 days there between Skakuza and Malelane . The last time was probably 20 years ago and would like to see the place again.

What regions of the park are best to visit during December or January? I'll be traveling alone( lekker ding  :biggrin: ) so accommodation can be flexible from camping, sleeping in the back of the jeep to tented camps.
The main criteria are:

Good game viewing
Good vistas (overlooking rivers)
Good supply of basic groceries but meat is a must.
Excellent supply of beer.
Ice if possible

Diesel: Is it available ? What PPM ? ShouldI Just carry my own?

Time: Jhb to Jhb 7 days

Local prices: how to obtain this, I don't want euro and dollar rates.

or should I just book something with a bloody tour company  ::)



Title: Re: Kruger Park Advice
Post by: LeonDude on October 22, 2015, 11:13:54 am
Mox, by this time you will only have one option - to camp, everything else is usually booked full way in advance.
You will also have to take what you can get, as campsites like Skukuza and Lower Sabi will probably be booked out completely by now.
The good news is that the other sites usually have less visitors.
Fuel is not a problem, you should be able to get what you need.
Title: Re: Kruger Park Advice
Post by: FrancoisTz on October 22, 2015, 11:16:42 am
We travel through the Park regularly as we stay in Maputo and "home" is Kampersrus, just outside of Hoedspruit. In fact we are going through tomorrow. We drive different route through the Park and tomorow will enter at Malelane and out at Orpen. Should be able to update you after the visit. In the meantime have a look at the Kruger Park website, a lot of useful information there.
Title: Re: Kruger Park Advice
Post by: LeonDude on October 22, 2015, 11:17:55 am
Oh ja, you can book online, just go to the national parks website.
If you are near or in Pretoria, you can also go to SanParks offices (close to Unisa), the staff there are helpful and very efficient.
I have had only good experiences with both the online booking and the offices.
Groceries, and yes, meat, is plentifull, but be prepared to pay a premium, it has to be shipped in from outside the park. As long as you are not a day visitor, beer and other drinks are also available, but have your pass with you at all times, they might want to see that you are not a day visitor before selling you alcohol.

Enjoy your trip
Title: Re: Kruger Park Advice
Post by: mox on October 22, 2015, 12:13:40 pm
Okay noted that it is the wrong time to start planning, that's work for you, may try shift this trip to February.
Regarding regions, maybe start up north at Pafuri and head south down to Crocodile Bridge?

I am not too keen on the larger camps( maybe one night in luxury) and if I do pass nearby one I will stock up for the night at a smaller camps.

Question, I assume that the larger camps are situated nearby the better game viewing?
Title: Re: Kruger Park Advice
Post by: bud500 on October 22, 2015, 12:19:23 pm
In my opinion you find more game the further south you go. But the north offers the proper isolated bushveld experience.
For a nice vista, try Olifants camp.

Also note, it will be damn hot, last week in Skukuza was 43 degrees at 16h00 in the afternoon.
Title: Re: Kruger Park Advice
Post by: Noneking on October 22, 2015, 01:10:13 pm
In my opinion you find more game the further south you go. But the north offers the proper isolated bushveld experience.
For a nice vista, try Olifants camp.

Also note, it will be damn hot, last week in Skukuza was 43 degrees at 16h00 in the afternoon.

More game, more cars, more people......

Try some of the lesser known camps with camping facilities only.
Title: Re: Kruger Park Advice
Post by: Noneking on October 22, 2015, 01:11:06 pm
South is also very green and overgrown in summer and that limits game viewing.
Title: Re: Kruger Park Advice
Post by: King Louis on October 22, 2015, 03:23:12 pm
Mopani north of Letaba is very nice, small and another one would be Balule (south of Olifants). Game viewing time/area doesn't make much difference to me, what you see is what you get, appreciate all of it. Be that a leopard or a tortoise. Big chance you see the tortoise longer than the leopard. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Kruger Park Advice
Post by: LeonDude on October 22, 2015, 03:51:07 pm
Ah, and King Louis just reminded me of something.
If you really cannot get camping in Kruger, if everything is booked to capacity, there is another, strange option.
At the south of the park is a place called Marloth Park. Inside Marloth Park there is a municipal campsite. There are only 8 or so camping spots, the ablutions suck and the mosquitoes carry you away. But...
The camping spots are right next to Kruger's fence, and have a very wide and wonderful view over a large stretch of the Crocodile River, where you are bound to see large amounts of game. There are also a couple of kilometers of walkway next to the Kruger fence. Marloth itself boasts a lot of wild animals.
Take care though, the last time I was there I saw the biggest puffie I'd seen in my life.
If you do stay there, it's ten kilometers from Crocodile Bridge entrance, so easy enough to hop in for day visits.
But wait, for this post only, you will also get...
If you go to the parks office in Pretoria, ask them about a 'Wild Card'. This card gives you free access into the park. I've got one for Cave Girl and myself, it cost me about R770 (this year, prices do go up), but hell, we visit a park once or twice and the card pays for itself.
Title: Re: Kruger Park Advice
Post by: Grappa on October 22, 2015, 08:10:50 pm
Hell hot at that time of the year. Game not very abundant during the day. Mosquito's are annoying. Postpone your trip until the autumn/winter months. My 2c
Title: Re: Kruger Park Advice
Post by: Draadwerk on October 22, 2015, 08:27:49 pm
Nee hel, save the trip for April next year. Way too hot in December.

Gaan see toe in Desember 👍🏻😀