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Kruger Park and the experience

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1. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

hi, in south africa in march, flying into jo'burg to see some friends in pretoria...im thinking about doing a 3 day safari before meeting up with my mates...i am wondering is it worth seeing and doing?

im getting quotes of 330 euro etc...so quite expensive just for a 3 day event...

anyone know of cheaper ones? or better ones? i only looked at http://www.krugerpark.co.za/ just to get a bit of insite...

thanks

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

If you rent the cheapest car (volkswagen chico, 25 euro a day), and sleep in the cheapest accomodation (maybe about 20-25 euro a day per person sharing) it's possible for about 200 euro, including the day entry to Kruger. Unless you like camping of course.

3. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

thanks but the problem is...i dont have a driving license to drive with...in ireland we can drive without licenses and just use our provisional license as our license...pay slightly more insurances thats about it...

hmm...i need to apply for my license me thinks.

4. Posted by Backinafri (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Hi Oslane,

Tours can be less hassle & you definitely see more game & learn more about the bush. Have a look at www.backinafrica.com for an excellent 3d tour that's about 274 Euros - think the prices are going up 1 Mar but if you book now you can still get the current rates.

If you have the time, would definitely recommend a 4 day tour tho' - that extra day gives you way more game-viewing & a chance to see some of the amazing sites of Mpumalaga - it's not called the Panoramic Route for nothing ;-)

Hope that helps,
Regards,
Alison

5. Posted by maxjourn (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Hi
Well yes, Kruger is totally overpriced but definitely worth it if you go on a good day. In other words, the animals go into hiding some days and then you don't see anything. But what you can do to cut down on costs is stay at a neighbouring park, Malelaan park. Don't have the contact details i'm afraid but i'm sure you can find it on the web and then do a day trip into kruger. But since you're not gonna drive maybe you should hook up with your friends and then do it together. Either that or do a tour.

6. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

the price isnt a huge problem but for a european thats quite high and since the rand is so weak! and everything is cheap in south africa EXCEPT for the safari then its very expensive when you compare.

i may not be in south africa again so thats why now i am considering in doing the safari.

i will go to south africa again if ireland qualify for the 2010 world cup though:)

Backinafri - ill check out that link you provided me...

thank you all for your feedback on this.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 10, 2007, at 1:53 AM by oslaue ]

7. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member 210 posts) 9y

I used www.wagontrails.za they were fantastic and extremley cheap, took us to some great spots on the way to Kruger and everyone on the trip was of the same mind set to see things on the cheap! Would deffo recomend them!

8. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

thanks dwalker! ill check that link out now!!!
always good to have a recommendation from a fellow traveller.
beats me walking in blind!

9. Posted by Backinafri (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

That's the one!

Regards,
Alison