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Accomodation in S Africa/Kruger Park

Old May 24th 2007, 7:04 am
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Tim.....
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Hi,

I'm thinking of booking an impromptu trip to SA in about 4 weeks time.

1) If I just fly into Jo'berg, rent a car and then drive in the direction of
the park, will I have difficulty finding somewhere to stay or do I need
to make arrangements beforehand?

2) Is it possible to arrange safari trips through the park 'on the day'?
(I presume that I'm not allowed to drive to see the elephants in my
hire car!)

TIA

tim
 
Old May 24th 2007, 7:59 pm
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Marc Lurie
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Hello Tim,

You've picked an excellent time of year to do Kruger. The weather will
be cooler, so you'll see more animals. Hopefully the grass will be
drier, and shorter too.

You will have very little difficulty in finding accomodation outside
the park without booking as schools are only on holiday after the 22nd
June. There are many hotels, lodges and B+B's around the park.
However, staying inside the park is always much nicer. You can book
online if there'es accom available.

You can take your own car through the park. That's what I would do.
I'd recommend that you hire a higher car (something like an SUV if
possible), prefereably with a sunroof.

The only safari that you will have to book inside the park is a night
drive. I'd really recommend staying inside the park and doing a night
drive at least once.

I find that its always better to drive yourself around the park. You
can stop where YOU want to, and if you're fascinated by something you
can sit and watch it for as long as you like without other tourists
getting bored. You can do the whole park in a saloon car, but an SUV
gives you better views because of the height.

Cheers,
Marc

On Thu, 24 May 2007 20:04:26 +0100, "tim....."
<[email protected]> wrote:

>Hi,
>
>I'm thinking of booking an impromptu trip to SA in about 4 weeks time.
>
>1) If I just fly into Jo'berg, rent a car and then drive in the direction of
>the park, will I have difficulty finding somewhere to stay or do I need
>to make arrangements beforehand?
>
>2) Is it possible to arrange safari trips through the park 'on the day'?
>(I presume that I'm not allowed to drive to see the elephants in my
>hire car!)
>
>TIA
>
>tim
>
>
 
Old May 24th 2007, 8:14 pm
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tim..... schreef:
> I'm thinking of booking an impromptu trip to SA in about 4 weeks time.
> 1) If I just fly into Jo'berg, rent a car and then drive in the direction of
> the park, will I have difficulty finding somewhere to stay or do I need
> to make arrangements beforehand?

If you intend to stay inside kruger, you will have big difficulties to
find a place. Especially for first week of july, everything is fully
booked. I believe there is a school holiday then.

I tried making reservations for that same period back in
january/february and found that most camps were then already fully booked.

Your only option would be to try and book accomodation just outside the
park and try to get in each day as a day visitor. But if the park is
fully booked, they might not let in day visitors.

Another option would be the private reserves bordering Kruger. They
might have vacant rooms, but at a price level different from Kruger!

> 2) Is it possible to arrange safari trips through the park 'on the day'?
> (I presume that I'm not allowed to drive to see the elephants in my
> hire car!)

Yes, nearly all people that visit kruger will do so with their own (or
rented) vehicles. No 4x4 needed. That makes access easy and cheap. But
it does take away a bit of the true feeling of wilderness.

regards,
Hans
 
Old May 24th 2007, 9:01 pm
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Marc Lurie schreef:
> I'd recommend that you hire a higher car (something like an SUV if
> possible), prefereably with a sunroof.

Putting your head through a sunroof to watch animals is officially not
allowed in Kruger. I know, most people don't care about these rules, but
officially you should not have any parts of your body sticking out of
the car.

Regards,
Hans
 
Old May 24th 2007, 11:02 pm
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"tim....." <[email protected]> schreef in bericht
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> Hi,
>
> I'm thinking of booking an impromptu trip to SA in about 4 weeks time.
>
> 1) If I just fly into Jo'berg, rent a car and then drive in the direction
> of
> the park, will I have difficulty finding somewhere to stay or do I need
> to make arrangements beforehand?

If possible book in advance (big advantage comparing to outside) into the
park and also if possible at more than one location (camp) in the park.


> 2) Is it possible to arrange safari trips through the park 'on the day'?
> (I presume that I'm not allowed to drive to see the elephants in my
> hire car!)

Make your own game drives with your hired (normal) car and not only during
morning times.
Take the whole day for it and take also the "dirty" roads.
Between the camps "Olifants" and "Lower Sabie" you will met a lot of
wildlife
--
=================================Lou Andreoli
Human, wildlife & nature photographer
http://www.homepages.hetnet.nl/~louine

=================================

> TIA
>
> tim
>
>
>
 
Old May 24th 2007, 11:56 pm
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Hans, you're quite right about it not being allowed. However, bird
spotting is far better with a sunroof, and in winter it will let the
sun into the car. Just remember to CLOSE the sunroof when there are
baboons around!!! ;-)

On Fri, 25 May 2007 11:01:36 +0200, Wildpicture <[email protected]>
wrote:


>Putting your head through a sunroof to watch animals is officially not
>allowed in Kruger. I know, most people don't care about these rules, but
>officially you should not have any parts of your body sticking out of
>the car.
>
>Regards,
>Hans
 
Old May 25th 2007, 2:14 am
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Marc Lurie schreef:
> Just remember to CLOSE the sunroof when there are
> baboons around!!! ;-)

Indeed! Many years ago we had a fullgrown male baboon in our car at Cape
of Good Hope. I stopped at a parking spot and didn't see any baboons at
all. So I forgot to immediately close the back door when I took my
camera out. Suddenly I heard mt wife screaming as she was busy trying to
scare the baboon off. He came right at her. luckiliy he didn't bite,
just smashed his fist on het leg. It was black and blue for quite a while.

And for the next two weeks, we were scratching because of baboon flees.
:-(((((

Regards,
Hans
 
Old May 25th 2007, 7:49 am
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"Marc Lurie" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Hello Tim,
>
> You've picked an excellent time of year to do Kruger. The weather will
> be cooler, so you'll see more animals. Hopefully the grass will be
> drier, and shorter too.
>
> You will have very little difficulty in finding accomodation outside
> the park without booking as schools are only on holiday after the 22nd
> June. There are many hotels, lodges and B+B's around the park.
> However, staying inside the park is always much nicer. You can book
> online if there'es accom available.
>
> You can take your own car through the park. That's what I would do.
> I'd recommend that you hire a higher car (something like an SUV if
> possible), prefereably with a sunroof.
>
> The only safari that you will have to book inside the park is a night
> drive. I'd really recommend staying inside the park and doing a night
> drive at least once.
>
> I find that its always better to drive yourself around the park. You
> can stop where YOU want to, and if you're fascinated by something you
> can sit and watch it for as long as you like without other tourists
> getting bored. You can do the whole park in a saloon car, but an SUV
> gives you better views because of the height.
>
> Cheers,
> Marc

Well thanks everybody, but I think one of us counted the
weeks wrong.

The earliest I can leave is June 19, and I actually wanted to
make Jo'burg the second week, - there's a convenient day
time flight back which I won't be able to connect into from
anywhere else.

So how does that work out with the school holiday?
I can travel a bit later if that helps? (But flights get fuller
in that period because I'm into the school holiday here
by then).

I've no interest in staying in the park if that equates to
'camping'.

And can it really be that they don't let 'day' visitors in if
all the accomodation is full? Surely the day capacity of
the park is much more than the number of sleeping places?

tim
 
Old May 25th 2007, 5:30 pm
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Wildpicture
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tim..... schreef:
> I've no interest in staying in the park if that equates to
> 'camping'.

Here is a link to Kruger's official website:
http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/

You can find all the information you need there, including pictures of
all kinds of accomodation. You can camp, but you can also rent a small
(or big) bungalow in the park. All the bigger restcamps have shops,
restaurants, fuelstation etc so there is no need to go rough, unless you
choose so.

On the website you can also check the availability of each type of
accomodation online.

> And can it really be that they don't let 'day' visitors in if
> all the accomodation is full? Surely the day capacity of
> the park is much more than the number of sleeping places?

There is a maximum to the number of overnight visitors and day visitors
in Kruger park. Once that number is reached (all entry gates and camps
era linked by a computersystem) no more day visitors are allowed in. We
expereinced that once several years ago. Luckily we had rservations, but
we had to stand in queue for a LONG time and watch all day visitors in
front of us get rejected.

This is done so that the pressure on wildlife isn't too great and it
also ensures that visitors can still have pleasant experience.

You can also find all this info and loads more on their website.

Regards,
Hans
 
Old May 25th 2007, 6:31 pm
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"Wildpicture" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> tim..... schreef:
>> I've no interest in staying in the park if that equates to
>> 'camping'.
>
> Here is a link to Kruger's official website:
> http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/
>
> You can find all the information you need there, including pictures of all
> kinds of accomodation. You can camp, but you can also rent a small (or
> big) bungalow in the park. All the bigger restcamps have shops,
> restaurants, fuelstation etc so there is no need to go rough, unless you
> choose so.
>
> On the website you can also check the availability of each type of
> accomodation online.

OK thanks. R500 for a bungalow is easily affordable.
It seems that the week that is best for me: 1-7 July
still has some availability.

Waiting until about July 14 is better but then my flights
will be 200 pounds more!

Seems I will need to book the accomodation first and
then make the flights fit. Unfortunately, I can't find the
cancellation details.

I presume that car hire in Jo'burg isn't going to be a
problem!

>> And can it really be that they don't let 'day' visitors in if
>> all the accomodation is full? Surely the day capacity of
>> the park is much more than the number of sleeping places?
>
> There is a maximum to the number of overnight visitors and day visitors in
> Kruger park. Once that number is reached (all entry gates and camps era
> linked by a computersystem) no more day visitors are allowed in. We
> expereinced that once several years ago. Luckily we had rservations, but
> we had to stand in queue for a LONG time and watch all day visitors in
> front of us get rejected.

Does arriving really early get you in? I note that it opens
at 6:00, or does everybody do that?

> This is done so that the pressure on wildlife isn't too great and it also
> ensures that visitors can still have pleasant experience.

This I can understand, but....

The park would appear to be about 400km from end to end.
That's a size of a medium sized country, 2 or 3000 people
is not going to fill it.

> You can also find all this info and loads more on their website.

Right, off to the Library, to get a book, so that I can work
out what to do with a week in Cape Town.

tim
 
Old May 25th 2007, 6:54 pm
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tim..... schreef:
> OK thanks. R500 for a bungalow is easily affordable.
> It seems that the week that is best for me: 1-7 July
> still has some availability.

There may be some bungalows available in that week, but if you intend to
visit different restcamps (which I would certainly advice), please keep
in mind that distances between camps can be BIG and you are only allowed
to drive very slowly (around 40kmh).

> Waiting until about July 14 is better but then my flights
> will be 200 pounds more!

I found the same thing. And since we need four tickets (me, wife, 2
kids) that counts.

> Seems I will need to book the accomodation first and
> then make the flights fit. Unfortunately, I can't find the
> cancellation details.

Cancellation details for the parks should be on the site somewhere. But
if you want to book on such short notice, you will have to pay the
entire sum immediately, without getting a refund upon cancellation. I
think the entire sum has to be paid six weeks in advance.

> I presume that car hire in Jo'burg isn't going to be a
> problem!

I would try to rent a car beforehand and have it ready at the airport.
So you don't need to go into Jo'burg and can head for kruger
immediately. It is about a 5-6 hour drive to Numbi gate (close to
Pretoriuskop camp).

> Does arriving really early get you in? I note that it opens
> at 6:00, or does everybody do that?

It helps, but most people arrive early. I guess really big crowds only
happen at national holidays and long weekends. Don't know about this
early july holiday.

> The park would appear to be about 400km from end to end.
> That's a size of a medium sized country, 2 or 3000 people
> is not going to fill it.

If I remember correct the park can hold up to 4300 overnight tourist at
a time. Still, some accomodation can be fully booked a long time
beforehand. You can book accomodation 11 months before.

More general info here:
http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t&68

> Right, off to the Library, to get a book, so that I can work
> out what to do with a week in Cape Town.

Cape Town is nice if you have a week. I would visit/do:

In Cape Town:
- City centre and botanical garden
- Table mountain
- Waterfront
- Old dutch fort.

In the area:

- Cape of Good Hope
- Simonstown (pinguins)

- Cape Agulhas
- Hermanus (Whale watching)

Regards,
hans
 
Old May 25th 2007, 11:23 pm
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"tim....." <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Hi,
>
> I'm thinking of booking an impromptu trip to SA in about 4 weeks time.
>
> 1) If I just fly into Jo'berg, rent a car and then drive in the direction
> of
> the park, will I have difficulty finding somewhere to stay or do I need
> to make arrangements beforehand?
>
> 2) Is it possible to arrange safari trips through the park 'on the day'?
> (I presume that I'm not allowed to drive to see the elephants in my
> hire car!)
>

Hi Tim,

1. In the month June you don't have to book in advance.
2. Guess what... you are allowed to drive in the Kruger Park with your own
vehicle! Off course you can also book gamedrives, but meeting elephants and
all the other animals is also very nice when you're driving yourself.

Enjoy your trip!

Regards from the bush,

Corn�.

www.amukela.com
 
Old May 25th 2007, 11:23 pm
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"tim....." <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
> Hi,
>
> I'm thinking of booking an impromptu trip to SA in about 4 weeks time.
>
> 1) If I just fly into Jo'berg, rent a car and then drive in the direction
> of
> the park, will I have difficulty finding somewhere to stay or do I need
> to make arrangements beforehand?
>
> 2) Is it possible to arrange safari trips through the park 'on the day'?
> (I presume that I'm not allowed to drive to see the elephants in my
> hire car!)
>

Hi Tim,

1. In the month June you don't have to book in advance.
2. Guess what... you are allowed to drive in the Kruger Park with your own
vehicle! Off course you can also book gamedrives, but meeting elephants and
all the other animals is also very nice when you're driving yourself.

Enjoy your trip!

Regards from the bush,

Corn�.

www.amukela.com
 
Old May 27th 2007, 7:05 pm
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School holidays are from 22 June to 16 July



On Fri, 25 May 2007 20:49:48 +0100, "tim....."
<[email protected]> wrote:


>So how does that work out with the school holiday?
 
Old May 28th 2007, 4:01 am
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Tim.....
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"Marc Lurie" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> School holidays are from 22 June to 16 July

Um, that's interesting.

So, would I be better to wait two weeks?

Doing this will cost me a little under 200 pounds on
the flight cost (because that's when the holidays here
start). But how much of my time will be wasted
driving around looking for somewhere to stay (generally,
not just in the park)?

I really don't want to have to pre-book, experience
tells me that I will end up with a compromised route
doing this.

tim
 

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