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    Flight. Cost not included as there are so many ways of getting to Joburg. We fly BA (as in Branson Airways aka Virgin).

    Car.
    Road journey
    CashInternet
    Conservation fee.
    Pre safari accommodationhttp://rissington.co.za/



    Park accommodation. Book this in advance on the SANParks website https://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/default.php





    I hesitate to mention it, but the yellow Labrador has not been to the Kruger so if you like the paper it advertises take your own!


    Catering.


    or fish



    And they cater for veggies too



    Game drives.


    Bush walks, night drives and other forms of transport are available.




    The energetic could try arm wrestling.

    What will you see?Daily routine.
    David

    EM1ii, EM10ii

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    Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

    A first class thread, David, full of information and useful advice. Excellent pictures, too.
    John

    "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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    • #3
      Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

      Originally posted by Zuiko View Post
      A first class thread, David, full of information and useful advice. Excellent pictures, too.
      Absolutely

      I fancy something like this ... as soon as I can stop this habit of working for a living we're off and the advice like this is very useful ... not sure about a Rav4 mind... it would have to be a Land Rover even if it was more likely to break down it would look better in the pictures and mean I wasn't drummed out of the club back home

      Regards
      Andy
      My Kit (OK I'm a hoarder...)
      4/3 E500, E510, E30 + 35macro, 50macro, 7-14, 11-22, 14-45 (x2), 14-54, 40-150 (both types), 50-200, 70-300, 50-500,
      m 4/3 EM1MkII + 60 macro, 12-100 Pro
      FL20, FL36 x2 , FL50, cactus slaves etc.
      The Boss (Mrs Shenstone) E620, EM10-II, 14-41Ez, 40-150R, 9 cap and whatever she can nick from me when she wants it

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      • #4
        Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

        With an LR you'd stand out like the proverbial - hardly anyone uses one in the park!
        David

        EM1ii, EM10ii

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        • #5
          Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

          Originally posted by Melaka View Post
          With an LR you'd stand out like the proverbial - hardly anyone uses one in the park!
          Yes, but you're not going to get Lara Croft in a Rav4 are you

          What do you recon is the best time to visit if you are only going to be able to do it once ?

          Regards
          Andy
          My Kit (OK I'm a hoarder...)
          4/3 E500, E510, E30 + 35macro, 50macro, 7-14, 11-22, 14-45 (x2), 14-54, 40-150 (both types), 50-200, 70-300, 50-500,
          m 4/3 EM1MkII + 60 macro, 12-100 Pro
          FL20, FL36 x2 , FL50, cactus slaves etc.
          The Boss (Mrs Shenstone) E620, EM10-II, 14-41Ez, 40-150R, 9 cap and whatever she can nick from me when she wants it

          My places
          http://www.shenstone.me.uk
          http://landroverkaty.blogspot.com/
          https://vimeo.com/shenstone
          http://cardiffnaturalists.org.uk/

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          • #6
            Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

            I don't think The Wife would approve of Lara being in the car with us!

            Our visits have been in September, November and February/March. September is always dry because it's the end of winter but in 2016 there had been a drought too. The effect was that there was hardly any vegetation and you could see a long way and some animals were close to starving. If you do a forum search on Kruger or safari you'll find the pix I posted then.

            Avoid mid December to early January because that is the peak ZA holiday season. This will tell you why https://www.sanparks.org/about/news/...t.php?id=57710 There are other useful posts on that forum.

            Animals start to produce young in November/December and there are still quite a few around in February, as my soon-to-come posts will show. If you want to see certain migratory bird species such as swallows, rollers and storks then early in the year is good before they return to Europe. There are no mass migrations in the way you get in Serengeti or the Mara.

            In short, apart from avoiding the crowds, any time will do.
            David

            EM1ii, EM10ii

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            • #7
              Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

              Thanks for this.


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              Ed

              What if the Hokey Cokey is what its all about?

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              • #8
                Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

                Good info.
                Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
                Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
                Lenses (OM Zuiko): 50mm/F1.2, 24mm/F2, 35mm/F2.8 shift
                Lenses (OM Fit): Vivitar Series II 28-105mm/F2.8-3.8, Sigma 21-35mm/F3.4-4.2, Sigma 35-70mm/F2.8-4, Sigma 75-200mm/F2.8-3.5, Vivitar Series II 100-500mm/F5.6-8.0, Centon 500mm/F8 Mirror
                Learn something new every day

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                • #9
                  Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

                  My wife and I and two friends let someone else organise it (Titan Holidays) when we did four areas last July (Entabeni, Limpopo, Karongwe, and Kruger).
                  Probably more expensive, but less hassle. It was a brilliant two weeks.
                  Dave

                  E-M1 Mk2, Pen F, HLD-9, 17, 25, 45, 60 macro, 12-40 Pro, 40-150 Pro, 12-50, 40-150, 75-300, MC-14, MMF-3 (all micro 4/3rds), 7-14 (4/3rds), 50, 135 (OM), GoPro Hero 3, Novo/Giottos/ Manfrotto supports. Lowepro, Tamrac, Manfrotto, and Billingham bags.

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                  • #10
                    Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

                    There's not much hassle in the Kruger because what we do is what the South Africans do. Book flight, book car, book accommodation, rock up at camp restaurant.
                    David

                    EM1ii, EM10ii

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                    • #11
                      David

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                      • #12
                        Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

                        Originally posted by shenstone View Post
                        Absolutely

                        I fancy something like this ... as soon as I can stop this habit of working for a living we're off and the advice like this is very useful ... not sure about a Rav4 mind... it would have to be a Land Rover even if it was more likely to break down it would look better in the pictures and mean I wasn't drummed out of the club back home

                        Regards
                        Andy
                        With apologies to David, if you fancy a safari in Kenya in a Land Rover, you would be most welcome to join us. Land Rovers are a common sight in the parks and are freely available for hire. Most of the driving is off road on dirt or gravel roads. My sister-in-law has 2, a third one belongs to an American lecturer/friend at MIT and she only uses it for her visits to Nairobi. Sis in Law's husband has a Ranger Rover V8 for his work and for safari. Just a thought.
                        All the best

                        Phil
                        https://www.flickr.com/gp/gatekeeperphil/44A3Dc

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                        • #13
                          Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

                          No apology needed! Of my five safaris in Kenya four were self drive in an LR - you need one for the roads there! The important thing is to go; you won't regret it.
                          David

                          EM1ii, EM10ii

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                          • #14
                            Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

                            Originally posted by Melaka View Post
                            No apology needed! Of my five safaris in Kenya four were self drive in an LR - you need one for the roads there! The important thing is to go; you won't regret it.
                            Thank you David and your thread is great advice for anyone contemplating a safari in the Kruger. There is a lot of information and up to date details with the costs involved, thanks for taking the time in writing it up. I enjoyed looking at your photos immensely and reading about your adventure. Last week I went to a lecture here about a 5 day safari to visit the Gorillas at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 3 days if one does not want to walk up to the edge of the active volcano. The park has just reopened and it is heavily fortified with soldiers to protect the tourists from kidnapping. The lecturer suggested we visit and help support the economy of the DRC.

                            A photo of a rented LR on safari with the family having sundowners in the Maasai Mara.

                            Sun downers with the family in the Maasai Mara by philip Gate Keeper, on Flickr
                            All the best

                            Phil
                            https://www.flickr.com/gp/gatekeeperphil/44A3Dc

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                            • #15
                              Re: DIY Kruger safari - admin

                              Originally posted by Gate Keeper View Post

                              A photo of a rented LR on safari with the family having sundowners in the Maasai Mara.

                              Sun downers with the family in the Maasai Mara by philip Gate Keeper, on Flickr
                              Ah.. Limestone... the best colour - strangely the same as mine
                              My Kit (OK I'm a hoarder...)
                              4/3 E500, E510, E30 + 35macro, 50macro, 7-14, 11-22, 14-45 (x2), 14-54, 40-150 (both types), 50-200, 70-300, 50-500,
                              m 4/3 EM1MkII + 60 macro, 12-100 Pro
                              FL20, FL36 x2 , FL50, cactus slaves etc.
                              The Boss (Mrs Shenstone) E620, EM10-II, 14-41Ez, 40-150R, 9 cap and whatever she can nick from me when she wants it

                              My places
                              http://www.shenstone.me.uk
                              http://landroverkaty.blogspot.com/
                              https://vimeo.com/shenstone
                              http://cardiffnaturalists.org.uk/

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