camping in National Parks
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Sep 16, 2013 8:43 AM Last Post By: karystos_exile
Sep 14, 2013 3:40 AM
camping in National ParksHi!
My first posting on this site as it is our first visit to Zimbabwe, but I have used other sites and always had lots of helpful advice.
We (2 retired adults) are planning a camping trip in Zimbabwe in December, we will have spent a month in South Africa and Botswana. We will be travelling in a SA hire car and have all our own equipment. My Bradt Travel Guide advises that all accommodation in the National Parks has to be pre-booked through the Harare office. We would find this very restrictive as we tend to plan as we go along, sometimes spending longer in one place than we had initially intended. Has anyone any experience of just turning up at NP campsites?
Any other suggestions or experiences will be gratefully received.
Sep 15, 2013 2:53 PM
1For the more popular parks, namely Mana and Hwange I'm afraid the chances of getting something by rolling up on the day are pretty low. The most popular sites often sell out within days of being released (thirteen months in advance). It won't help that from 6th Dec onwards it is SA school holidays. Try and make contact with this lady and see what availability there is.
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I know it's nice to make your own schedule but unfortunately these places have very limited sites and they are hugely sought after. Botswana is just as bad - campsites within the parks have a tiny capacity and often book up months in advance. In contrast most south African parks have relatively big capacities so you can usually find something on an ad hoc basis. For example Kruger can probably accommodate 10,000 people. Chobe Riverfront has only 10 sites each of which will be booked by one party of 2 to 6 people.
Sep 16, 2013 8:43 AM
2Thank you very much for that information. Although it's our first trip into Zimbabwe we've been to both SA and Botswana before on a previous camping trip. We've already booked all our campsites in Kruger as we know they get busy in the school holidays. We sort of thought that as tourism is down (so we heard) in Zimbabwe it wouldn't get so busy even at peak time, so thank you for letting us know otherwise. We'll just have to sit down and plan out a route in advance and see what we can get.
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