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Accomodation in S Africa/Kruger Park

Old May 28th 2007, 4:03 am
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Tim.....
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"Wildpicture" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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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.

I had no intention of not pre-booking.

Just that it will be the last thing. I didn't want to book a flight
to somewhere, to find that I can't get a car.

> 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)

Thanks

tim
 
Old May 28th 2007, 8:28 pm
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Marc Lurie
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Tim, I can't tell you what to do, but I'd personally want to avoid
school holidays here. The park will be chock-a-block and facilities
are stretched to the limit. There's nothing worse than finding an
amazing sighting (lions on a kill for example, or a leopard in a
tree), only to have 5 million other tourists descend on you for a
gawk.

When its quieter its always better.

A major advantage of staying inside the park is that you can get into
the park slghtly earlier than outside tourists which means you have a
better chance to see the shy animals such as leopard. However, you
have to get up REAL early to be at the front of the queue to leave
your camp, and its chilly at this time of the year in the mornings.

Cheers,
Marc

On Mon, 28 May 2007 17:01:56 +0100, "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
>
>
>
>
>
 
Old Jun 11th 2007, 5:08 am
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safarihenry
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On 29 May, 09:28, Marc Lurie <[email protected]> wrote:
> Tim, I can't tell you what to do, but I'd personally want to avoid
> school holidays here. The park will be chock-a-block and facilities
> are stretched to the limit. There's nothing worse than finding an
> amazing sighting (lions on a kill for example, or a leopard in a
> tree), only to have 5 million other tourists descend on you for a
> gawk.
>
> When its quieter its always better.
>
> A major advantage of staying inside the park is that you can get into
> the park slghtly earlier than outside tourists which means you have a
> better chance to see the shy animals such as leopard. However, you
> have to get up REAL early to be at the front of the queue to leave
> your camp, and its chilly at this time of the year in the mornings.
>
> Cheers,
> Marc
>
> On Mon, 28 May 2007 17:01:56 +0100, "tim....."
>
> <[email protected]> wrote:
>
> >"Marc Lurie" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> >news:[email protected].. .
> >> 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

Self drive safaris are fine in theory but the best safaris are
normally guided by someone with local knowledge of the likely places
you will find elusive aqnimals like leopard. That's not to say you
won't find these animals on your own, simply to point out that
experiencd guides will make a huge difference to your safari.

Safarihenry
 
Old Jun 11th 2007, 6:32 am
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Wildpicture
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[email protected] schreef:
> Self drive safaris are fine in theory but the best safaris are
> normally guided by someone with local knowledge of the likely places
> you will find elusive aqnimals like leopard. That's not to say you
> won't find these animals on your own, simply to point out that
> experiencd guides will make a huge difference to your safari.

So much for this sponsored commecial message. :-))
 

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