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Rest Camps Advise for first timers

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Rest Camps Advise for first timers

Hi, I am planning for a June 2018 KNP visit for our family (3 to 5 active adults). After reading posts and guide books, I am hoping to do the self-drive route. For about 7 days, where would you recommend for lodgings for first time safari visitors? How many days in each rest camp? Seeing games, beautiful nature, and convenience to stores/restaurants would be our priority. Thanks

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1. Re: Rest Camps Advise for first timers

2 nights each Skukuza, Satara and Lower Sabie and the final night at either Bergendal or Pretoriuskop. All large cams in good game viewing areas, with on site restaurants and gift shop.

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The above would be a good itinerary. They're all good camps.

>>>>Seeing games, beautiful nature, and convenience to stores/restaurants would be our priority. Thanks

If you want to branch out, though, know that the smaller camps may really not be too far from stores or restaurants either. For example, on our first trip and every one since, we've stayed in the Tamboti tented camp. Every tent faces outward (perimeter tent). If you want to get away from it all and feel like you're out in the bush, it's a very nice camp. There is no store or restaurant, but Satara is only an hour away. You can easily eat there or pick something up there to eat at Tamboti. We leave each morning as soon as the gate opens, so even when we stay at a camp with a restaurant, we don't eat before we leave (and the restaurants aren't open then anyway). So we'll eat brunch somewhere else and then often stop mid afternoon for another meal. That way we miss the crowds at the restaurants (which are not known for speedy service). During the day we supplement with snacks like nuts or things from our cooler.

So even staying at Tamboti, we have the convenience of restaurants and picnic areas throughout the day for meals -- or we can BBQ when we get back to Tamboti. And I like spending a few nights in a quieter camp like Tamboti.

It's really very easy to have the conveniences of the big camps from any camp given that you can pretty much always get to a main camp or picnic area within about two hours regardless of where you are in Kruger.

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Excellent, thank you both for your advise, and I appreciate the tips on more remote camp. I think we'd give that a try for a couple nights.

A couple more questions - I believe the earliest I could book on SANparks website is 12 months ahead - meaning for June 15, 2018, I could access booking on June 15, 2017?

- driving from JNB to Kruger NP rather than flying is a reasonable and safe option?

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SANparks bookings open 11 months in advance (the first day of the month). So for June, bookings will open in July of the previous year.

And yes, it's perfectly reasonable and safe to drive from JNB. I've done it multiple times. I think it's the most common way. It's best not to drive after dark, though. Most roads aren't lit, and animals and such can be hard to see/avoid.

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as mentioned earlier, the reservations open 11 months ahead. For June 2017 trip, i logged in July 1st and the web site was not very responsive, on July 2nd when i tried, i could not get the reservation i wanted at Lower Sabie. So there is big demand even 11 months ahead.

Last time we visited we stayed 1 night in each camp, Biyamiti, Tamboti, Satara, Shimuwini, Letaba, Satara. It was too much work packing every day. So the advice to be 2 nights in each camp is a good one.

I would try to squeeze in Letaba in there as the terrain in the north-central region is different from the rest of the proposed itinerary.

Staying in the smaller bush camps - Biyamiti, Tamboti, Talamati - is also very good suggestion.

For my upcoming june trip my itinerary is 2 nights each at Pretoriouskop, Talamati, Letaba, Satara, Lower Sabie

Good luck

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duncanblizzard and Rob, thank you both.

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Hello again, I am looking at more specific dates (mid June 2018) and locations of the camp. Looks like most sites mentioned above have availability.

Here's my rough itin.:

day 1 arrive, check in at Skuzuza

day 2,3 Lower Sabie

day 4,5 Tamboti

day 6 Letaba (with an extra day 7 option as needed) exit park travel back to Joburg via Blyde River Canyon.

Appreciate your input, thanks

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Sounds Great and book soon .. I hope you are using the Sanparks website ..and do join the forums and come and chat . us mites love to hear from new people and the Sanparks mites are well seasoned Krugerholics and if you have a question someone will have first hand knowledge . One of the mites has compiled photos of all the Kruger camps by people that have sent in their own photos .

and book soon ... and good luck

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9. Re: Rest Camps Advise for first timers

if you are driving through the blyde river canyon/panoramic route, i suggest keeping the last camp very close to the gate, eg: Tamboti so that you can exit quickly and have whole day to drive the panoramic route.

If you are spending multiple days on the panoramic route, about line up will work fine.

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