Re: Needs Attention: Kruger Park

Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:19 pm

What I did find odd is there is a private company doing the garden maintenance in Lower Sabie. -O- -O-

Re: Needs Attention: Kruger Park

Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:18 am

They seem to be sourcing out, almost everything. In this way they only have to pay one "guy" (who has the responsibility too) and not a whole bunch of dependents O** There goes giving work to the communities along the border of the park O**

Re: Needs Attention: Kruger Park

Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:47 pm

Sanparks rules for Kruger National Park , state that heavy vehicles are not allowed onto dirt/gravel roads . Buses with seating for 54 or more passengers , or vehicles of more than 8000 kilograms Gross weight , and also some caravans , are not allowed to be driven on gravel roads in the park .
We were in Balule on 31st August 2016 , when late afternoon , a big tour-bus arrived to check in for the night . The attendant Titus , would not let them in , because they had not checked into Olifants or Satara camp as is required . They went away , and returned about 90 minutes later with the required check-in notes .

Now , Balule is on the S90 which is a dirt road , and therefore question how it is that this tour-bus was allowed to :
1 ) firstly travel on the dirt roads , and
2 ) secondly , why were they allowed to camp in Balule for the night .
Balule is a wilderness with only 17 camping sites , but this tour-bus took up at least 3 of those camping spaces .

Furthermore , the bus is quite high , and had utmost difficulty in getting into the camp , with lots of screeching noises and breaking of tree branches . They left the next morning , again lots of branches being broken etc .
I will post pics , but having some difficulty with photobucket at present

Re: Needs Attention: Kruger Park

Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:58 pm

:shock: 0*\ 0= :X:

Re: Needs Attention: Kruger Park

Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:24 am

okie wrote:therefore question how it is that this tour-bus was allowed to :
1 ) firstly travel on the dirt roads , and
2 ) secondly , why were they allowed to camp in Balule for the night .

Because this is Africa and rules are made to be broken!! 0*\ :evil:

Re: Needs Attention: Kruger Park

Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:03 pm

Hmmm..... then I also noticed another thing .

As we all know , check-in times are posted all over etc etc . Now , for a satellite camp such as Balule , you need to check in either at Olifants or Satara , and my assumption is that one should check in there early enough in order to still arrive at Balule before normal gate closing time .
This time around , we stayed at Balule for three nights , but each evening visitors arrived well after dark at around 8.30 pm , at least two hours after gate closing , and every time they were escorted by a Sanparks vehicle . Generally these visitors did not spend any time outside their huts , just went to sleep , and left again next morning .
I got the impression that these visitors had been on night drives ( either Satara or Olifants ) , and of course explains why they could not check in at Balule before gate closing .

Why is this allowed ? It should be noted , that these visitors clearly do not stay in Balule for the experience of being there , or as Sanparks put it :

With only the most basic of facilities and no electricity, a low fence is the only barrier that separates you from the wilderness, resulting in a true back to basics experience. It is this unique wilderness feel of the camp that makes it a firm favourite with backpackers, the caravanning community and other visitors who want to get away from it all 0*\ 0*\

Re: Needs Attention: Kruger Park

Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:50 pm

0- :no:

Re: Needs Attention: Kruger Park

Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:28 pm

Nothing worse than people who spoil your solitude experience... for whatever reason...
And I also think, if you make a choice for certain camps where there are no own drives on offer (and it doesn't matter if it's in the morning before gate opening or in the evening after gate closing) you cannot participate on such drives. Full stop.

Re: Needs Attention: Kruger Park

Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:57 pm

You must maar put up some pics and summate your query here, okie? This thread is about passing stuff along, so let's see? \O

Re: Needs Attention: Kruger Park

Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:24 pm

Let's bear in mind here,..
some of the more rustic campsites allow for
their visitors to attend the restaurants in the
bigger camps.These usually functioning after
gate closure times. Tambotie been one. Allowance
is there to travel after hours. Tsendze as well!!

Perhaps Balule do the same. Would not surprise me
under escort though!!??