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06 Feb 2017 @ 22:56:34 pm
Camper Jo
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Hello,
We are a 60 something couple from Canada planning a 45 days trip to SA, Bots, Nam and would like to start in Kruger from JNB airport. Could you please advise on the best campsites for our Land Cruser camper and game viewing. We will arrive around the 8-9th of May 2017.

Thanks so Much

George and Jo
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07 Feb 2017 @ 08:53:06 am
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Welcome to the forum George,
The Kruger is normally booked a year I advance, so see where you can get place, book while the going is good.
All I can suggest is to see where there is place available and work from north to south, or, south to north,
Depending on the availability for the period that you want to visit.
The Kruger is quite big with different habitat along the length and breadth. South you will normally find more game and predators in bushveldt type of terrain.
The northern section has great birding and trees, but divide your time in getting to see what you like most, but if you do not see the whole park, you cannot talk about it or sdvise others.
You will struggle more in the south for camping, because of the popularity of this area.
If you can get camping in the botten half or third, then you can still do drives covering this whole area in any given day.
Welcome to our country and enjoy.
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07 Feb 2017 @ 08:55:35 am
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Welcome George n Jo,

It's probably best to look at the Sanparks website, but from experience, the southern camps yield the most sightings, but are also the most popular, especially at that time of year.

Lower Sabie, VERY popular and the whol;e place a little too commercial for me. Crocodile Bridge, not so mant campsites, Berg n Dal, for me a bit limited to shortish game drives, or, very long ones, taking all day.

Have a good look & I'm sure you'll get some good advice here, but whatever the case BOOK EARLY!

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07 Feb 2017 @ 09:08:59 am
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Welkom in SA. Geniet die weer.
As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransmannetjie. (Parys - Frankryk)
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07 Feb 2017 @ 10:21:01 am
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Good Day George and Jo,

Welcome to the Forum.

As mentioned in some of the previous posts, do your booking on the SANPARKS website as soon as possible.

Regarding the camps in Kruger - depending on the time available, I would also rather visit the Southern part of the Park with camps like Lower Sabie, Crocodile Bridge, Berg en Dal or even Skukuza.

If we had a little more detail on the amount of time you want to spend in that area and a broad plan of your route we could advise more comprehensive.

Also note that it might take some time to check and equip the vehicle before you can start your trip to Kruger which is at least 350km from the Airport area.

You could make contact with me on my e-mail if you would like to - as I stay approx 7km from Johannesburg International Airport and could advise on local shopping centres and even just to share some knowledge and experience. I will only be to gladd to do that. Could even perhaps meet you at the Airport and save you some Taxi fee's to get you to the rental company. ???? andresmit@dlsys.co.za.

Looking forward to hear from you.

Greetings - Andre

 

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07 Feb 2017 @ 10:25:10 am
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G'day Jo!

In my experience, of the camps I've stayed at, these 3 from top to bottom I would recommend:

Punda Maria. Old school and peaceful. Plenty of shade. Very little traffic compared to the circus (bottom third of the park which is the busiest).

Letaba. In my opinion the best camp sites in the park. Abundance of shade. Plenty of game drives in all directions.

Skukuza. The most sites of all the camps. Busy but not intrusive. Plenty od nooks and crannies for privacy and ideally situated for drives to all of the southern camps and picnic sites. A trip to Hazyview Mall for groceries can be done as two game drives via Kruger/Phabeni and Numbi gates. My 2c worth. Wish I was there again!
Soet wees!
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07 Feb 2017 @ 10:34:03 am
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Hi Geert,

Sien jy het 'n ander vertolking van die 60+ uit George se post.

Ek was onder die indruk dat hy en sy companion is 60+ jare oud en jy vertolk dit as 'n groep mense van 60 lede.

Hoop nie onstwee veroorsaak te veel verwarring tussen die drade nie.

Groete

 

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07 Feb 2017 @ 10:37:54 am
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Jy is reg André...ek het nie mooi gelees nie😆😎
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07 Feb 2017 @ 21:18:29 pm
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Welcome to the forum. If I were in your shoes I will definitely go to Satara because of the wide variety of animals around the camp but it all depends on how mutch time you are planning to spend in the KNP. All above information/tips is important and applicable. I really hope that your stay is going to be awesome and something to remember for a long time!!!
Om te kamp is 'n voorreg!
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07 Feb 2017 @ 23:04:21 pm
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Thanks so much for all the information and tips.
We are over 60 and this is going to be a trip of a lifetime for us.
We are planning to rent from BushLore a Toyota bushcamper in Johannesburg for 45 days.
http://www.bushlore.com/Vehicles.asp
We will be arriving around May 7th to 9th as I am traveling employee standby on South African Airways from JFK and will start booking Kruger around May 10th as per all your suggestions. I have been on the SAN website and registered as a member. Would like to go through Kruger South to North as we are planning to continue to Chobe in Botswana with a day trip to Vic Falls and then across Moremi pans then Namibia to the coast and down to finish in Cape Town with a few day in the wine region.
We have found:
Berg-en-Dal camp open
Satara lots available
Letaba 1 or 2 sites
Skukuza lots
Balule 4-8
Swingedzi and Punda Maria with lots available.

Thanks again for all the help and we are going to start booking in the next day or 2..
George and Jo
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08 Feb 2017 @ 02:27:40 am
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Thanks so much for all the information and tips.
We are over 60 and this is going to be a trip of a lifetime for us.
We are planning to rent from BushLore a Toyota bushcamper in Johannesburg for 45 days.
http://www.bushlore.com/Vehicles.asp
We will be arriving around May 7th to 9th as I am traveling employee standby on South African Airways from JFK and will start booking Kruger around May 10th as per all your suggestions. I have been on the SAN website and registered as a member. Would like to go through Kruger South to North as we are planning to continue to Chobe in Botswana with a day trip to Vic Falls and then across Moremi pans then Namibia to the coast and down to finish in Cape Town with a few day in the wine region.
We have found:
Berg-en-Dal camp open
Satara lots available
Letaba 1 or 2 sites
Skukuza lots
Balule 4-8
Swingedzi and Punda Maria with lots available.

Thanks again for all the help and we are going to start booking in the next day or 2..
George and Jo

Welcome on the forum George. Just a few points:

1. If you book on line you will not get the 40% discount on offer for the dates you want to visit the Kruger Park.

2. In order to be registered for the above discount you need to provide some identification that will show you are over 60.

3. Due to the discount camping sites are getting difficult to get in camps like Letaba, Satara, Crocodile Bridge etc.

4. Note there is no camping at Olifants camp.

5. The sooner you book the better the chance of getting sites in some camps. You might battle if you delay booking until you are in South Africa.

I am sure you will get the help you need to make this once in a life time trip one to remember for ever.

Regards.

 

 

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08 Feb 2017 @ 06:46:27 am
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Goeiemore Suid Afrikaanse Makkers,

Ek het per e-mail met George en Joanne kontak gemaak en die trip in SA grootliks met hulle uitgeklaar.

My kennis van Botswana en Namibie is egter te beperk om hulle behoorlik raad te gee.

Het net daar ge- Bosoorlog en toe het die Army my rondgery en gevlieg. HeHe

Hulle gaan op dag 8 na hulle aankoms deur die Groblersbrug grenspos in Botswana in en wil dan deur Chobe tot in die Noord Oos Caprivi reis, een dag oorskiet Vic Valle toe en dan via die Caprivi ddeur Noord Namibie, teen die Weskus af tot SA en dan weskus langs tot in Kaapstad toer.

Help bietjie asseblief en gooi maar daai Rooitaal.

Groete en kom ons maak die twee se "trip of a lifetime"die moeite werd.

Andre

 

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08 Feb 2017 @ 06:50:42 am
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Good Morning George and Jo,

In my previous post I "commandeered" our South African friends to get involved in your planning.

Mostly from leaving SA through Groblersbrug Borderpost and then further through Botswana, Namibia and back to SA.

As I got to know them, the local knowledge will be shared shortly.

All the best of luck with your planning and keep an eye on this forum as these guys and girls are normally very  willing share knowledge and experience.

Regards

Andre

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08 Feb 2017 @ 20:49:27 pm
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09 Feb 2017 @ 00:04:35 am
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Thanks you so much all and
Danie SLK please tell me how to get the 40% Discount mentioned.

Welcome on the forum George. Just a few points:

1. If you book on line you will not get the 40% discount on offer for the dates you want to visit the Kruger Park.

2. In order to be registered for the above discount you need to provide some identification that will show you are over 60.


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09 Feb 2017 @ 00:09:55 am
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Welcome on the forum George. Just a few points:

1. If you book on line you will not get the 40% discount on offer for the dates you want to visit the Kruger Park.

2. In order to be registered for the above discount you need to provide some identification that will show you are over 60.

3. Due to the discount camping sites are getting difficult to get in camps like Letaba, Satara, Crocodile Bridge etc.

4. Note there is no camping at Olifants camp.

5. The sooner you book the better the chance of getting sites in some camps. You might battle if you delay booking until you are in South Africa.

I am sure you will get the help you need to make this once in a life time trip one to remember for ever.

Regards.

 

 


Please tell me how to get the 40% discount.

Thanks
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10 Feb 2017 @ 01:33:17 am
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Please tell me how to get the 40% discount.

Thanks

George I am sure by now Andre would have e-mailed you with the information. I leave it up to him to compile all the information provided by the members of the forum.

I would just like to add that it is best to make a reservation at any available camp like Skukuza, Pretoriuskop or Bergendal and then change it for free as and when you see available days at the camps you would like to stay at. This way you know you have at least got place in the park.

I have just gone through the battle to get nights at Letaba, Satara, Krokodil Brug etc.

 

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10 Feb 2017 @ 06:29:15 am
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Goeiemore maters,

Ek het geen idee hoe om daai 40% afslag te kry nie.

Het van die maand af nog 24 Pay days voor ek vir so iets kwalifiseer.

Kan IEMAND asb vir George help voor hy geld mors.

 

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10 Feb 2017 @ 06:38:18 am
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Ek wonder of dit nie net vir SA burgers is nie...praat onder korreksie
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10 Feb 2017 @ 07:01:20 am
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Hi Geert, 

Dis hoekom ek nie uit die vuis uit vir die Kanadese Omie raad wil gee nie.

Die manne wat "weet van"  moet asb regeer.

 

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12 Feb 2017 @ 22:04:23 pm
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12 Feb 2017 @ 22:29:51 pm
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Please tell me how to get the 40% discount.

Thanks

George, I am not sure if a non-citizen will qualify for the discount or not, but as far as I know jou can not get it with online bookings, only if you call directly.

Good luck.

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12 Feb 2017 @ 22:47:55 pm
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Maybe consider an international wild card...ZAR3455 Maybe its worth it...depending how long your stay is in KNP
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12 Feb 2017 @ 23:08:41 pm
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Maybe consider an international wild card...ZAR3455 Maybe its worth it...depending how long your stay is in KNP

If your stay is 6 days or longer in KNP, it's cheaper to buy a wild card. The conservation fees for foreigners per adult is ZAR308/adult....for you two = ZAR616/day. That ZAR3455 is the price per couple...valid for 1year...no conservation fees payable at any Sanpark....see list on their website
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