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Need help with travel plans

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Need help with travel plans

Looking to spend 4 days at Kruger Nat'l Park at the beginning of October. Main interest is seeing the wildlife and not concerned with expensive luxury spa type private reserves. We want to stay inside the park and do some driving on our own, but also want to be able to do a guided game drive in a open safari vehicle(as long as their allowed off road to get close to the animals or is that just in the private reserves?) and bush walks. Thinking of doing 2 camp/lodges in southern part of the park. Do any of the camps/lodges offer these options and if so, what two do you suggest?

Howick, South Africa
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1. Re: Need help with travel plans

I suggest you first look at


and go to the Kruger setion. This is the site for most of the parks run by the SA Parks Board. Kruger has some excellent camps with facilities ranging from camp sites (take your own equipment) to ready-erected tents, rondavels (thatched, round cottages) and family cottages.

I take it you'll be having your own car for travel on the roads you're allowed to drive on and, yes, each camp has it's own open-top safari vehicle for day- and night-drives that go on the roads that visitors aren't allowed on. They don't go "bundu bashing" off-road though.

I've stayed in most of the camps and can thoroughly recomend them. The more northerly camps (Satara and above) tend to be the quietest. There's no guarantee that you'll see particular animals as they all roam freely in an area the size of some countries. I'd been there at least six times before I saw a lion and I've only seen a couple of leopards in 26 years of visits.

I would recommend the area around Lower Sabie camp for your 4 days.

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2. Re: Need help with travel plans

Go to http://www.sanparks.org/forums/

There is loads of info on the forum. It is a bit slow though.

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3. Re: Need help with travel plans

we did a similar trip around the same time last year. We stayed in the crocadile bridge camp for 2 nights then drove up to lower sabie for the last 2 nights. crocadile bridge is a small/basic camp but it just inside one of the main gates into kruger (crocadile bridge gate) so is a good place to start your trip. lower sabie is a good deal bigger - with a nice restaurant etc...

the roads to and from these camps are very active with all sorts of wilflife!

both camps have sunrise/sunset drives that you can book before you go. these are in open vericles and they travel along some roads that are normally not accessible to you in private transport.

if you are staying in crocadile brige i would recommend staying in one of the tents over the bungelows, which were smelly and dirty!

Pickering, United...
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We have travelled to the Kruger several times on self-drives doing what you plan to do and it was brilliant. We've even had a 80 year old grannie and young child with us. I would certainly stay at two different places. Distances are huge and the speed limits low. Travel times are listed at:


The ecological zones change so if you want to see a variety of birds and animals plan to travel around via two different camps. Have a look at:


Bush walks are a great way of getting to see things from a different perspective. Visit the SANparks site for info on booking, etc. I don't find their site slow on UK broadband and it's always my first port of call on anything from up-to-date seasonal advice on malarial prophylaxis to what's new lately. It's easy so above all - enjoy!

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