Student (23 years old) travelling to Kruger SOLO
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Feb 25, 2013 5:03 AM Last Post By: Jeroen
Nov 30, 2012 4:07 AM
15Rudi's absolutely right - I actually meant the 5th, during your transit from LSabie to Orpen. Just to get a look at the area around the main road, about 10-15km north of Satara.
Interesting to hear about the name changes - when I visited both names seemed to be used (quite randomly) on road signs.
Nov 30, 2012 9:21 AM
16RudiK and Jeroen, let me just say Thank You for all of your help. I've done quite a bit of browsing on these forums and your posts have really given me insight on planning this once in a lifetime opportunity, not just in this thread but in many others as well. On behalf of all posters on the S.Africa forum, thank you once again - your knowledge is much appreciated!
RudiK, yes I have booked the 4 days already so I'm set there. My reasoning for staying in Nelspruit is because that's where I'm renting the car from so I'd like to get rid of it ASAP so I don't have to pay an extra day! The only uncertainty right now is the cost of hiring a car (and of course seeing game in KNP itself :P).
I have a question about itineraries - I arrive at JNB at 3:15PM on March 31st. Would it be possible to get a bus to Nelspruit on that same day? If so, it would give me an extra day in KNP since I would have all of April 1. Perhaps then I could even do the first 3 nights at Lower Sabie and the last 2 at Tamboti.
March 31 - Arrive in JNB (bus to Nelspruit?)
April 1 - KNP (not booked yet, but Lower Sabie?)
April 2 - Lower Sabie
April 3 - Lower Sabie
April 4 - Lower Sabie (change to Tamboti?)
April 5 - Tamboti
April 6 - Blyde River/Panorama Route (stay in Nelspruit)
April 7 - Nelspruit to JNB by bus
April 8 - Fly home
Dec 1, 2012 9:01 AM
17My pleasure - I discovered out a lot of details from Rudi and others here on TT before my own travels, just glad to pass the good karma on :)
Arriving 15:15 means you could be through customs and reunited with your bag by 16:00, on the Gautrain and arriving at Park Station by about say 17:00... you'll need to check greyhound.co.za and other bus sites to check afternoon/evening departures.
For car hire in SA I often used a broker site like www.carhire.co.za (or easycar.com or similar). This gets you cars from one of the major rental brands at a cheap price and (importantly) with often all insurance and unlimited kilometres included. Even for Kruger and Namibia I was always fine with the smallest, cheapest car. Aircon may be handy to have if it very hot.
It may actually work out cheaper to rent from Joburg airport instead of from Nelspruit - the airport's already to the east of the city, it's a pretty easy drive east past Nelspruit to the Malelane or Croc Bridge gates of Kruger, count on 5-6 hours. Note there are tolls to pay. Note that if you get the car by 16/17h, you'll probably need to endure some traffic jams the first kilometres east out of the city till you're past Benoni. If you're not tired and don't mind highway driving after dark, you could drive all the way east past Nelspruit to Malelane town or Komatipoort (town with many guesthouses near Croc Bridge gate) and enter KNP first thing the next day.
Dec 3, 2012 7:19 AM
18Thought the train might be convenient but it does not go to Nelspruit on Sundays, and I have no idea as to bus time-tables. For car hire you could also try Aroundabout Cars.
Depending on your timing, I would suggest that your first night in Kruger be at Pretoriuskop (April 1st) and that on the 2nd you drive via Skukuza to Lower Sabie. Effectively that would have been the day-trip that I suggested you do once you were based at Lower Sabie and saves you that day. As you would prefer to stay in a safari tent, Satara and Olifants are ruled out, so the possible change to Tamboti seem to be a good choice. But bear in mind that Tamboti has no shop and no cafeteria - you need to buy food at Satara or at Orpen (where you can also have a meal) and self-cater at Tamboti. There is a braai (BBQ) facility at each tent at Tamboti, but for that you would need charcoal and fire-lighters too.
Feb 21, 2013 8:21 PM
19OK so I am rebumping this thread because I am a bit worried about safety. In particular, how safe is the Greyhound from Johannesburg (Park Station) to Nelspruit? Everywhere I search online, it says Central Joburg is NOT a safe place. Unfortunately, the Greyhound bus leaves from Park Station, which is right in the middle of the city centre.
Is there a way to get from Tambo Intl. Airport to Park Station via Gautrain, without leaving the trains?
Feb 21, 2013 10:40 PM
20You can catch the Gautrain from the O R Tambo airport all the way via Sandton and Rosebank to Park Station. The bus terminus at the station is not a dangerous area. I have never had any mishap in the centre of Johannesburg, but there are a couple of areas that I would prefer to give a miss, viz. Hillbrow and Joubert Park and the minibus taxi area at the Park Station (on the opposite side of the station to the bus terminus.
Feb 25, 2013 5:03 AM
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