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Kruger National Park Rest camps

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Kruger National Park Rest camps

Several questions about getting around:

1. Is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport the same as the Nelspruit/Kruger airport listed on flysaa.com?

2. If we fly into Phalaborwa (for Olifants) versus Nelspruit (for the other camps) are there taxis, etc or public transportation to take you inside the park? What is the cost?

3. Since we are not renting a car, if we wanted to say for example one night at Olifants....and then one night at Skukuza...and then one night at Elephant Plains (private lodge) is there transportation that makes it easy to get between the camps?

4. In March, since the park vehicles can not leave the road, what are our chances of seeing the big 5? In other words, would it be much better to stay somewhere like Elephant Plains the entire time?

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1. Re: Kruger National Park Rest camps

Hi

1) Yes they are the same

2) No taxis or other transport.

3) No transport between the two camps

4) Yes in your case if you are not renting a car a lodge would be the best bet and you would be more likely to see the Big 5 with them.

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2. Re: Kruger National Park Rest camps

Without a car, it would be very difficult to do the National Park rest camps.

The only other option, apart from staying in lodges, is to stay somewhere like Hazyview or Hoedspruit and take daytrips in.

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You could rent a car from Nelspruit; the drive to Kruger is not very far. We drove from Pretoria, stayed in Nelspruit overnight, then into Kruger. Driving from Nelspruit is not far. You would find it difficult without a car to see Kruger, and its a magical experience; we were sometimes only a few feet away from elephants and lions. We saw everthing we wanted and more. We saw all the Big 5. You do not need to stay in an expensive private lodge for this, when there are lots of camps in Kruger to choose from.Get a car; you won't regret it!

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The park lodges are wonderful--and far less expensive than private lodges. You might want to re-think car rental. There's something absolutely wonderful about driving along on your own time and meandering in exactly the direction you want to go and seeing amazing animals. The roads in Kruger are very safe. And if you're nervous about driving on the left side of the road, don't be. It's quite easy to get used to. It's not like there's much traffic in the park, and there are no roundabouts or other difficult-to-navigate things. Also, speed limits are low and well-enforced, so it's not like you've got speeders to contend with.

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5. Re: Kruger National Park Rest camps

Your chances of seeing the big 5 are much much better at the private lodges like the mentioned Elephant Plains. At the private reserves, the game viewing vehicles are all in radio contact to notify each other of special sightings like the big 5. The game viewing vehicles at the private lodges are allowed to travel off road when following high profile animals like the big 5, wild dog & cheetah. A self drive safari in Kruger is great, but if possible, try to combine it with a 2 -3 night stay at a private lodge!

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6. Re: Kruger National Park Rest camps

We have never stayed in a private lodge but I imagine that it would be a fantastic experience and you will definitely see the big 5.

However the money that you will save by going DIY will more than make up for the cost of hiring a car and you will not regret the experience. As long as you do not mind cooking a BBQ or two or eating in one of the camps restaurants

We saw all the big 5, some of the little 5 and all of the big 6. If you're not sure what they are check the boards in Skukusa.

In most of the camps they display maps of the park that are peppered with colored pins that show, 'Today's Sightings', and 'Yesterdays Sightings'. This will help you home in on any of the big 5, Cheeter, Wild Dog, etc that you may have missed so far.

Whatever you decide have a great holiday.

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7. Re: Kruger National Park Rest camps

We saw the big five both times we went to Kruger. Also on the night drives with the park rangers they too keep in radio contact with each other. We once spent ages admiring a pride of lions, with tiny cubs, cavorting in front of us on the road,and we would have been there all night if our driver hadn't decided we had right of way for a change, not the animals.

Self drive is IMO the best way to see KNP supplemente with some night drives.

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