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Feb 25th, 2009, 11:08 PM
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Distance from Satara to Skuzuza + Zimbabwe itinerary.

We are spending 12 nights in Zimbabwe in May. 4 at little Makalolo in Hwange, then 4 at Ruckomechi in Mana Pools followed by 4 at Matetsi nr Vic Falls. We are then flying to SA and spending 12 nights in the greater Kruger area ( anywhere we can book last minute on MT beds , we were at Exeter leadwood, Ngala tented and Tangala last year )
However I have booked a couple of nights each at Satara and Skuzuza to reduce the cost a bit. ( We wern't intending to have another trip to Africa so soon but got the bug ! ) Could some kind person tell me how far in distance and how much time I need to allow to drive between the two allowing for game viewing.
Also if any one knows a good tour guide for Johannesburg and ideas as we now have two nights there prior to Zim as SA air have changed the flight times and days from Australia. We are booked into the Mondior Concorde nr the airport.
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Feb 26th, 2009, 04:22 AM
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It's 93 km from Satara to Skukuza, but the distance guide on www.sanparks.org says to allow close to 4 hours to travel this due to the number of sightings you'll likely have. There are also many ways to get from these 2 points (e.g., the tar road, numerous back roads).

Skukuza and Satara are the biggest camps in the park; were you limited in your availability?
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Feb 26th, 2009, 01:17 PM
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I am looking at a KrugerPark map - it says 99km and 4 hours as the distance / time between Satara and Skukuza. We spent 2 nights in Satara in December and saw so many animals! (You can check my trip report for details). We really enjoyed the animal viewing in the Satara region - I am sure you will have a great time!

We are also from Australia and our travel agent suggested the Mondior Concorde to us as well. We did visit the complex (one day passing a little time on the way th JHB airport), but other than for the hotel and casino complex, there is nothing there. It would not be my choice for 2 nights in JHB. We stayed in a B&B near Bryanston (you would need a car though) - called Cape Elegance (http://www.capeelegance.co.za/ ). Check out this website for alternatives to expenisive hotels in the JHB area (http://www.portfoliocollection.com/ ).

We had 4 days in JHB - mostly transit stops between places so did not "do" anything whilst there - sorry we can't help you on that point.
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Feb 26th, 2009, 01:36 PM
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The Mondior Concorde is in the Emperor's Palace complex about 10 minute drive from airport. Last Sept 2008 I stayed at the Metcourt Laurel there ($140 night then, now even less) on my way into safari. That complex, along with a few other hotels is very near the airport, JNB. You don't need a car, they all have shuttles to JNB.

If you have not already found it, Kruger Park has a great web site -
http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/
It shows driving times/distances between camps. As well as camp bungalow availability and much more. Fun web site to explore Kruger. Gotta love the internet!!!

regards - tom
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Feb 26th, 2009, 05:02 PM
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Thanks everyone. We choose the Mondior because we originally only had a 16 hr stopover between flights until SA air changed their flights from Australia otherwise we would have chosen a B&B to stay in. However cancellation costs rule that out. We have stayed there overnight befor as it is close to the airport and there are lots of resturants in the complex.
We didn't have much choice with the Kruger park accomodation as I was very late booking. Thanks again
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Feb 27th, 2009, 06:22 AM
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No worries, kimac. There are lots of people in and around the Skukuza area, because there are lots of animals there. Some of my best sightings in Kruger have been in that area.
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