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Recommendations for Kruger National Park

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Recommendations for Kruger National Park

Hi,

I know this is late in planning our trip but it's just been confirmed we'll be in Johannesburg in Sept. We're keen to go to Kruger National Park & unsure if to fly their or take a bus from our hotel. Is there a recommended minimum stay in the Park? We're also looking at going to Cape Town for a few days & we're just trying to work out an itinerary.

Thank you

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1. Re: Recommendations for Kruger National Park

If you can afford it, fly, as it will save you time. The drive is 5-6 hours, longer on a bus I would imagine. If you stay in private lodge ($$$), 2-3 days would probably be enough. You'll only see a small part of the park, but you should see a lot of wildlife. It really depends how much money and time you can afford.

Edited: 14 July 2014, 12:55
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2. Re: Recommendations for Kruger National Park

Thank you Andrew, Hubby tells our friends that anything less than 31/2 star for me is camping, I'm keen for somewhere nice & comfortable but not over the top.

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3. Re: Recommendations for Kruger National Park

Most of the private game reserves are very comfortable, but upwards of $300 - 500 dollars a night (thats not too dissimilar to a good hotel in Sydney though). However almost everything is included, 2 game drives, meals and drinks. Tips for the Ranger, spotter and staff are not included though.

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4. Re: Recommendations for Kruger National Park

You may well struggle to get bookings given the short notice and remember that September has a long weekend and a lot of people will have children in Kruger on school holidays so accommodation is at a premium. Check the Sanparks web site for availability first!

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5. Re: Recommendations for Kruger National Park

Which week end is the long weekend & when are the Sept school holidays?

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6. Re: Recommendations for Kruger National Park

The 24th September is a Public Holiday and the private schools break up the day before. The Government schools all break up on the following Friday - 3rd October.

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7. Re: Recommendations for Kruger National Park

Thank you the price seems quite reasonable for where you are & the experience. In regards to tipping, is there a set amount or %? Do you tip daily or at the end of your stay? Different places we have visited we have tipped the staff directly & others have requested we leave our tips in an envelope for the staff at the front desk so they are not perceived as helping themselves to guest belongings. Tipping is not the norm for us apart from restaurants, it can get a little stressful as we don't want to offend anyone.

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8. Re: Recommendations for Kruger National Park

Hi Andrew,

We are going to SA from mid Oct. to mid. Nov. for 4 weeks. I`m thinking about flying from JB to to Nelspuit or Skukuza and after Kruger fly back to JB or another destination. Is it more expensive to rent a car only for a few days in Kruger and rent another one somewhere else than rent a car for a longer period of time ?

Thanks

Jan

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9. Re: Recommendations for Kruger National Park

We always hand our tip to our guide and his tracker, in separate envelopes with a note of thanks personally to them. Having had a son in the industry for many years we are only too aware of the fact that money added on to credit cards for tips as well as cash has in fact never found its way to the people we intended it for. Sadly this appears to be a fairly common failing. We make sure that our staff gratuity tip is in a separate envelope and put into the box at reception and can only hope that whatever lodge we are staying at makes sure that the right people get the money. A bush experience can be made utterly complete with a brilliant guide and tracker or can be an absolute misery. Where our guide has gone out of his way we have made sure that the gratuity fits the extra effort shown. This is a personal issue and its very hard to say what the rule of thumb should be. There will always be those who walk away leaving nothing for the guide and tracker and believing that they are paid handsomely for the work they have done. Unfortunately this is an industry crying out for some form of regulation and contrary to what most tourists believe guides are not particularly well paid and their employers get away with this by telling them that they are putting them in a position where they can earn tips. We make sure that even when we stay in timeshare or the Park itself that we always leave a gratuity for the person who has mopped our floors, made our beds and made us feel that we were on holiday!!

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10. Re: Recommendations for Kruger National Park

Give envelope with tip in local currency direct to guide/tracker at end of yr trip. Most lodges offer guidance re this issue. Always at discretion of guest and not mandatory. Most guides work very hard to please the guests and spend yrs getting qualified. Many many lodges to choose from. Use TA reviews to assist you.