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Can a rent a car, sleep in it paying camping fee only?

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Can a rent a car, sleep in it paying camping fee only?

Thinking spending different night at different camps, so since single traveler, not easy to find the right accomm. Noticed all have camp groudns, cheap, so will I be allowed to sleep in the car?

Will be there January 2012

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1. Re: Can a rent a car, sleep in it paying camping fee only?

This has been asked on the sanparks forum and the general feeling from people who have a lot to do with the park is that it is frowned upon by management. I guess they can't really do anything about it if you have paid for your campsite. Really, you can buy a little tent for next to nothing. Buy one when you get there and donate it to a staff member when you leave.

Most of the accommodation in the park is on at least minimum 2 person base rate but have you looked at the basic huts or basic safari tents in some camps which are more reasonably priced? For example at Lower Sabie they do have some 1 and 2 bed huts (EH1 and EH2) from R200 - R380 (communal kitchen and ablutions).

A few other camps have similar huts. A good alternative to sleeping in the car! Also in January it will be hot and the nights in the car might be unpleasant with warm temps and with windows down you could get bugs, mosquitoes etc.

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2. Re: Can a rent a car, sleep in it paying camping fee only?


I think you will be extremely uncomfortable sleeping in a car in January (at one of the camps). It will be very hot and humid and I recommend accommodation with airconditioning.

January is the wet season with rain and the likelihood of mosquitoes (malaria).

Edited: 30 October 2011, 17:57
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3. Re: Can a rent a car, sleep in it paying camping fee only?

I would recommend overnighting outside the park and do day trips with your rented car into the park. There are plenty of cheap B&Bs around or even backpackers. That would for sure be more comfortable and advisable than sleeping in the car.

Plan your trips that way that you are getting to one of the gates where you can exit and look for accommodation in the respective area (Malelane, Komatipoort, Hazyview, Phalaborwa etc.)


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4. Re: Can a rent a car, sleep in it paying camping fee only?

As tryhard mentions just stay in one person Huts. Coded EH1 on accommodation availabilty. These are permanent huts with a single bed (all clean bed linen and towels provided) they have Aircon/Heating, full mosquito screening and your own fridge - you have to keep your beer somewhere! They share ablution facilities including hot and cold showers nearby as well as a kitchen you can use. Cooking yourself is obviously the cheapest way of eating (all the bigger camps have shops, but thay also have quite good and cheap restaurants.


At Lower Sabie - one of the very best camps in Kruger - a camp site pitch costs you R180 for one person and you sleep crouched-up, in a stiffling hot car, together with the mosquitos! An airconditoned EH1 Hut with clean, comfortable bed, costs R215 per night - that's US$4 more!! How much was your airfare?

Edited: 31 October 2011, 00:06
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