Kruger Area Safari Help

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Jul 3rd, 2003, 12:42 PM
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Kruger Area Safari Help

Hi all,

I posted a question about this a while back and got some great responses...but wanted to ask some follow up questions:

The gist of things is that a friend of mine and I have about 3 days or so to stay in the Kruger area (either in the park or a private lodge). We don't have tons of money to spend, though.

A travel agent in SA suggested that we stay at the Hotel Kruger and take day trips into the park. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? He also said we could get escorted tours of the park, rather than just driving ourselves, as an option...How do you think this compares to just staying the park?

Of course, the other option is a private reserve. The most I can imageine spending is $250/per person, per night...I think we can get Honeyguide for this. Does anyone have any thoughts on Honeyguide or any places that they would suggest at or under that price?

Thank you again!
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Jul 3rd, 2003, 01:00 PM
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If you have the opportunity to "sleep under canvas" in Africa, DO IT!

While planning our trip to Southern Africa all of our accommodations were hi-end, and then I realized that what was missing was "canvas", so we opted for 2-nts. at Honeyguide and doing so really rounded out the trip. However, Honeyguide did not in any way take away from Singita at Kruger or Chilwero in Chobe, but canvas-is-canvas.

It's wonderful to hear the night sounds without walls separating them, and the rain on canvas is so relaxing.

For that price you're on private reserve land and we never saw another vehicle while out on game drives. The tents are very comfortable with great linens and have an ensuite bathroom; food was fine, ranger's were excellent and the staff was very warm and friendly.

If you have the opportunity, again DO IT! You won't be disappointed.
 
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Jul 4th, 2003, 10:51 AM
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If your looking for a bargin option at a private camp in the Kruger area I would suggest Umlani Bushcamp. We stayed there 3 days in May and had a great time. The staff was very friendly and the rangers and trackers did an excellent job finding the animals (we saw all the big 5, plus many more) and only charged R950 per person, per night, (this price included all drives, walks, meals and drinks). It isn't fancy like Singita, but its clean and friendly and you get to see just as many animals as you would at the high priced lodges and more than you would in Kruger.
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Jul 6th, 2003, 02:15 AM
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Mike...could you elaborate on how you arrived at Umlani Bushcamp? Where did you fly into? Thanks!
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Jul 7th, 2003, 02:34 PM
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We chose Umlani because Fodors and Frommers both recommended it, they allow childern (I took my 10 year daughter) and the cost was inside my tight budget. If you mean logistically, we took an early morning flight from Cape Town (spent 4 days there) to Johannsesburg and rented a car and drove it. We took our time and drove the Panorama Route and spent the night at the Graskop Hotel, and arrived at Umlani the next day at lunch. We spent three days there before driving the 5 hours back to Johannesburg. There are direct flights from Cape Town to Hoedspruit (which is only 10 miles from Umlani), but they were all full for the days we needed so we did the drive. The drive was nice, but if I could have gotten the flights I needed I would have flown straight to Hoedspruit and saved the day for other sightseeing.
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