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    Default Kruger park

    Two remarks by members recently : ……

    SimonB :
    It's the travel stuff that foreigners really come here for, and we want them to stay.
    Engel :
    Im just amazed that there is about no posts on the Kruger.
    …….. made me think : it would be more than useful to have info about one of the big attractions of our country in one place on the forum, so,

    let’s treat our foreigners to some delicious Kruger Park pics and stories.
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    Just got back from the park on monday from a 5 day stay there. I hadnt been there in years. It really is a magical place, yes, there are some places that are a little too busy for my liking, but some of those gravel roads, winding through fantastic tree forests, or nexto a river are just the best!
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    I am on my way to Kruger Park on for the month-end. Does anyone know if a 1-day 4x4 trail is open to the public in the park? We are booked in Berg-en Dal for a few days.
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    Link to SANPark's Kruger page :

    http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/
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    We are also going there first week of August - cant wait - the athmosphere hits you after a day or so, and then one just have to reduce the pace!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwkruger View Post
    I am on my way to Kruger Park on for the month-end. Does anyone know if a 1-day 4x4 trail is open to the public in the park? We are booked in Berg-en Dal for a few days.
    Digging a little deeper on the link that Gaitshi Gubib posted you get the one day trials in KNP

    Going to KNP next weekend, and doing the Lebombo trail in September
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    Last year March I spent a week at Merry Pebbles in Sabie and a week at OnderSabie in Kruger in my caravan.

    To be honest this was probably my most relaxing holiday ever. The Lowveld offers you so much in scenery and natural beauty such as all the waterfalls, God's Window, The Pinnacle, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Sudwala Caves and much more.

    Kruger was a revalation. All the camps are well kept and many upgrades have been done or was in progress when we were there. At least Kortbroek is doing well here. We saw all the big five in the week we were there as well as plenty other scarce game such as Wild Dogs, Hyena and a lone Honey Badger. Elephant are nowadays more common than Impala and some of the s we encountered were fairly aggressive, such as the one that caused an Isuzu to do 0-100 in 4sec in reverse about 300m down the road in front of us.

    For a relaxing family holiday I will certainly return to Kruger. The Sanparks website offers a lot of info with a forum discussing camps, facilities and much more. If you often visit national parks I would also recommend getting a Wild Card. You can save quite a bit in the long run.

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    A few Kruger pics,
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    Just passing through the park on the way to Mozambique in April:

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwkruger View Post
    I am on my way to Kruger Park on for the month-end. Does anyone know if a 1-day 4x4 trail is open to the public in the park? We are booked in Berg-en Dal for a few days.
    I think this ones been answered already, but here's some info anyway:

    The four Adventure Trails:

    Madlabantu

    Distance: 42km
    No. of Vehicles per day: 6
    Tariff: R460,00 (R100,00 deposit)
    Book from: Pretoriuskop

    Translates to 'Man-Eater'. Begins on the Pretoriuskop - Fayi Loop and winds southward towards, and then along, the Nsikazi River through Big 5 country. The northern part of the trail leads north from the Napi Road and loops past Mtshawu Dam before turning south to rejoin the Napi Road near Shabeni Koppie. The route is also traversed by a guided hiking trail, so don’t be disturbed should you accidentally meet trailists en route.

    Mananga

    Distance: 48km
    No. of Vehicles per day: 6
    Tariff: R460,00 (R100,00 deposit)
    Book from: Satara

    Translates to 'Wilderness'. Begins 11 km from Satara, traveling a short distance north before turning east into knob thorn / marula savannah. Here you can expect herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, and of course their predators –– including cheetah.

    Nonokani

    Distance: 62km
    No. of Vehicles per day: 6
    Tariff: R460,00 (R100,00 deposit)
    Book from: Phalaborwa Gate

    Translates to 'Drive Slowly. From a little east of close to Masorini picnic site, 14 km from Phalaborwa Gate, this route meanders southward through mopane / bushwillow woodlands to Reënvoël Dam, an ideal spot for breakfast if you make an early start. The route then continues towards and along the Olifants River where lunch can be eaten at any of the two viewpoints of the river itself. White rhino middens indicate the presence of these enormous animals in the area. Look out for the many pure-white rock outcrops in the rugged Olifants River Bushveld. The trail eventually ends once past Sable Dam.

    Northern Plains

    Distance: 49km
    No. of Vehicles per day: 6
    Tariff: R460,00 (R100,00 deposit)
    Book from:
    Shingwedzi/Punda Maria

    Begins 12 km. north of the Babalala picnic site and heads eastwards into mopane scrubveld, on sometimes slippery clays, before turning north through sandveld and into the baobab country of the Pafuri. The trail meets the main tar road at Baobab Hill. Roan antelope are likely to be seen on this route.


    The Adventure Trails are weather sensitive and can be booked only at the respective camps.
    • Madlabantu (013) 735 5128 Pretoriuskop
    • Mananga (013) 735 6306 Satara
    • Nonokani (013) 735 6509 Phalaborwa Gate / (013) 735 6636 Letaba
    • Northern Plains (013) 735 6806 Shingwedzi / (013) 735 6873 Punda Maria

    These trails are intended to bring you into close contact with some of the Park’s most stunning environments and its wildlife. Even though it is not challenging, a four by four vehicle with a low range capacity is essential to minimize the chances of mishaps. The routes have been designed to take guests as close as possible to the different wilderness areas in the KNP and were carefully chosen to bring out the uniqueness of the different landscapes and associated fauna and flora. They are not intended to ‘test’ a 4x4 vehicle. The vehicles should reduce environmental impacts.
    Some of the trails have dongas or riverbeds to be negotiated, and some can be treacherous in the wet season. As the adventure trails are not graveled, they will be closed after rains so that they can dry completely.
    The trails are self-drive and undertaken at your own risk, but a little common sense and preparation should keep you out of serious trouble. There are no facilities along the routes and you should make sure that you bring out with you what you take in. You should take great care at all times, especially when alighting from your vehicle, and keep well away from animals. Participants are requested to take their GPS with.
    Currently costing R460,00 per vehicle, regardless of the number of occupants, there is also a R100,00 deposit. This deposit is refundable upon completion of the trail and serves as a method of informing camp management of your safe return. Bookable on an ad-hoc basis, the trail can be reserved the night before or on the morning you wish to travel it. No advance bookings can be made.

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    Hey All

    Kruger is a great place to holiday at any time. Facilities are very good and roads are well kept.

    I've done 2 of the 4x4 trails - the one at Satara and the one at Pretoriuskop. Satara is a nice relaxing drive with good viewing, I'd do it again. Not very taxing as a 4x4 route but a good drive nonetheless.

    Pretoriuskop is a dodgy one, there are a couple of stream crossings to contend with but nothing too serious. The BIG problem with this route is that your vehicle WILL get scratched by branches and viewing is difficult cause of the tall grass along most of the track. A highlight of this trail is a stop at a large dam frequented by waterbuck, buffalo, elephants and hippo. I've done this track twice but will not do it again due to the scratching, it tends to kill the atmosphere having to get out the vehicle so often to pull back branches and each time you hear that nasty scratching sound it makes you cringe....

    I did not need low range for either of these trails.

    I'll be heading back to Kruger mid september and will be staying at Letaba, from here I'll do the Nonokani trail at Phalaborwa gate.

    Anyone done this trail?
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    We will be doing the "Northern Plains" trail somewhere between 25 to 27 Sept. First visiting Mapungubwe for a couple on nights then off to KNP - Punda Maria, from where I am planning to do the trail.


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    R 460-00 seems a bit steep!

    Has anybody done the Northern Plains trail?

    Anyone in the Park aound that time that woud like to join for a day trip?

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    Hi Iam planning a trip to the kruger park next year and would like some advice on which camps are the best to go to as I have never been there. Will look at staying in the family cottages and total stay 14 days. Would like to experience all the different areas of the park.

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    Hi, Stuartb, I don't see complaints about accomodation in Kruger, most guys say the camps are being neatly kept, the ablutions are clean - no complaints there. Each camp has its own unique character to be enjoyed.

    14 days !!, less 6 for getting there from down south and back, gives you 8 days - that should give you plenty of time to see ....plenty ! You may also like to consider getting a 'green card' if you don't already have one - can be a nice saving.

    Just take tons of photos - I hear guys say, yes here on the forum, "we just returned from Kruger", but no pics ?? ...

    ... a few more of my pics, earlier this year.
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    Some photos of our trip, 1 to 8 September - don't be jealous
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    hi stuartb,

    what time of the year are u planning on going?
    during the summer months the heat can be inhospitable and should the rains be normal the water would be widespread and gameviewing can be quite difficult with the dense vegetation.
    I find the best time 2b during the dry winter months - game will be largely concentrated near waterholes / river systems as well as keeping to the south of the park. I tend 2 stay away from the mopani thornveld areas (my preference) between olifants and past letaba.

    I will give you my favourite areas and roads in the park for different types of game.

    Cheetah - S28 and H4-2 (below lower sabie)
    Lion - H4-1 between skukuza & lower sabie, S110 (bergendal), S14 (pretoriuskop), H10, S89 (balule)
    leopard - S110, H3 right next 2 afsaal picnic spot 2 the left, H1-2 from Kruger Gate 2 Lower Sabie.
    Wild dog - S14, roads near skukuza.

    If u need more info pm me.

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    You guys in the northern provinces are lucky to be close to the Kruger for regular visits. I am planning a trip from Wellington next year June school holidays with the Echo 4 trailer. Booked at Skukuza for 8 days. Are there any day trips from there?
    Also planning to visit the Pilanesberg Reserve (Manyane) for 3 days after Kruger and will then return via Kimberly.

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