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    Default Do you need to book for CKGR?

    We will be going on a +- 3month tour starting May 2021. On our return we would like to go through the CKGR. We are not sure when it will be, we have only booked for Gonarezhou, the rest we will camp where we find space. So do we need to book CKGR or can we just arrive and find out at the gate if there are available campsites?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whisky View Post
    We will be going on a +- 3month tour starting May 2021. On our return we would like to go through the CKGR. We are not sure when it will be, we have only booked for Gonarezhou, the rest we will camp where we find space. So do we need to book CKGR or can we just arrive and find out at the gate if there are available campsites?

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    Definitely book.

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    Default Re: Do you need to book for CKGR?

    You need to book.

    Depending on which camps you want to go to you'll have to book through DWNP and/or Bigfoot tours. As far as I understand they're are not taking bookings for 2021 yet as they're only catering for changed bookings at the moment (due to covid).

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    Default Re: Do you need to book for CKGR?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whisky View Post
    We will be going on a +- 3month tour starting May 2021. On our return we would like to go through the CKGR. We are not sure when it will be, we have only booked for Gonarezhou, the rest we will camp where we find space. So do we need to book CKGR or can we just arrive and find out at the gate if there are available campsites?

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    2021 is going to be a busy year. Driving to the gate without a booking would be a very high risk Act, and very high chances of not finding any campsite. Most of the 2020 bookings transferred to 2021.

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    Default Re: Do you need to book for CKGR?

    I wouldn’t book, after 3 months on the road you’ll not be in the mood to be tied down by a booking. You’ll find a spot, guaranteed, it’s not the busiest reserve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobH View Post
    I wouldn’t book, after 3 months on the road you’ll not be in the mood to be tied down by a booking. You’ll find a spot, guaranteed, it’s not the busiest reserve.

    and that is why, when we show up to the spot we booked a year in advance, there is someone in it...

    absolutely right it’s not the busiest reserve - it also has very few sites and they are for the most part very spaced out, because what drives people to go there is separation and space.
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    Default Re: Do you need to book for CKGR?

    Between June and September in the Prime Safari Season for people from the northern hemisphere in Prive Locations in Botswana (and Namibia). These guys book a year in advance and all the spots in all the camps are normally fully booked 11 months (max they will allow) in advance.

    Your chance to find an open spot on your arrival will be extremely slim. People often say that although the places were all booked, they found some vacant campsites when they were there. This is because people book and do not arrived, or block bookings by big Safari Operators were not all taken.

    Unfortunately the DWNP system is not set up to take cancellations and show that these campsites are available again. So you might arrive but the gate officials have no way of knowing that bookings for certain campsites have been cancelled.

    Allowing people in without bookings hoping that they will find open campsites causes a lot of problems. Imagine you have booked your preferred campsite for a week, only to find people have made themselves at home there the day before already, because the people at the gate told them to go in and find a campsite because there may be cancellations......

    That is the frustrations caused when people arrive without a booking!
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    Default Re: Do you need to book for CKGR?

    There are campsites like CKT02 (Tau) that are not commonly used, but beautiful. A phone call to DWNP reservation office before heading to the entrance, you might be in a luck, but enquiring at the entrance, if there is anyone there would be problematic, as they are 4 entrances to CKGR, you never know, someone might be there. And with potential revenue collection at the entrance being privatized, a confirmed booking would be a MUST to pay park fees.

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    Default Re: Do you need to book for CKGR?

    I trust that you have done your homework and are aware of the vast distance between Gonarezhou and CKGR, apart from the fact that they are situated in different countries.
    Not meaning to be critical at all, but many folk from elsewhere do not always realize the size of the African continent and / or distances (not only in Km but also in travel time).
    If you have done your research then my apologies.
    Just trying to give some practical advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1949 View Post
    I trust that you have done your homework and are aware of the vast distance between Gonarezhou and CKGR, apart from the fact that they are situated in different countries.
    Not meaning to be critical at all, but many folk from elsewhere do not always realize the size of the African continent and / or distances (not only in Km but also in travel time).
    If you have done your research then my apologies.
    Just trying to give some practical advice.
    Thanks Peter, yes we have done our homework. Cape town - Gonarezhou - Malawi - Zambia - Namibia - Botswana - Cape Town. It is +- 3 month tour it could be longer as we are not bound by time.

    We will phone DWNP when in Nam to find out if there are sites available.

    Thanks for all the comments.
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