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Madikwe or Kruger?

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Madikwe or Kruger?

My wife and I will have 3 nights to spend on safari after spending a few days in Capetown and settling in for business the following week at http://kapensis.co.za/ . Trying to find the best guidance for something mid-price (more than camping style yet not high end or luxury). Adventurous and want to make the most of our time (and have a decent bed each night). Is Madikwe a good option? Kruger seems daunting and may require days than we have. Maybe better to swing east to Garden route? This will be in the 2nd week of September. Any thoughts or guidance would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Madikwe or Kruger?

Madikwe or KNP, your choice.

I would opt for KNP, but then, that is a very personal opinion.

If you go east, Addo, near Port Elizabeth would also be a good choice.

Madikwe and Addo are Malaria free, KNP is not, if that makes your decision any easier.

Edited: 28 June 2018, 00:56
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2. Re: Madikwe or Kruger?

Availability might be your limiting factor in September if you want a private lodge experience. Share a budget and we might be able to help with options. You can’t do self drive in Madikwe but you can in Addo and Kruger.

Why is Kruger daunting? Most people visit for 3 days. Just fly direct from Cape Town to the airport nearest your chosen lodge or rest camp, rent a car or get a transfer to your lodge or bungalow. Madikwe requires a charter flight or long drive to get there but is a great second option if you can’t find suitable accommodations in Kruger. My nephew recently visited and had a great time at a high end lodge.

Senalala has good availability that week and there is nothing at Skukuza or Lower Sabie in Kruger Park but cancellations happen and there are other rest camps like Berg en Dal.

Edited: 28 June 2018, 01:37
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3. Re: Madikwe or Kruger?

Because your business is in the Western Cape, from a logistics point of view it would probably make more sense to go on safari first to either Kruger or Madikwe then visit Cape Town before your business in the Western Cape.

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4. Re: Madikwe or Kruger?

They both great, depending on your budget for flights it can be easier to fly to one of the Kruger airports and get to your lodge but it’s expensive.

Madikwe is a 3 to 4hr drive from Johannesburg, alternatively Amakhala in PE area is also an option.

Sandy - owner - Love Africa Travel

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5. Re: Madikwe or Kruger?

More information. We will have a car. While I don't really want to spend full days just driving to get to our destination, leaves us pretty mobile. Budget should be something below $300 USD/night, ideally under $200. We are flying in/out from Capetown from the US. Thank you for all the input.

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6. Re: Madikwe or Kruger?

Use skyscanner or similar to check all flight options from / to CT and see which is quicker / cheaper / better schedule:

- flying somewhere close to Kruger, getting a car there and driving to the park

- flying to Port Elizabeth, getting a car there and driving to Addo (1 hour away)

For September you'll also be limited by availabilities in the parks this late.

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7. Re: Madikwe or Kruger?


- easier to get to from CT due to variety of airports in the region (Skukuza, Hoedspruit, Nelspruit have direct daily flights from CT)

- malarial

- variety of accommodation options, from luxury all inclusive lodges to camping with self-driving, and everything in between


- drive from Jo'burg or Sun City (direct Sun City flights to/from CT on Mon/Wed/Fri)

- non-malarial

- accommodation options all include game drives but vary by standard of accommodation, from bush camps to luxury

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8. Re: Madikwe or Kruger?

We just returned from South Africa after two weeks there in early July. We spent four days on safari at Madikwe, and another four days on safari at Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. We chose those two spots because they were malaria free. Both are amazing! Our accommodations at Madikwe Safari Lodge were outstanding, and probably more upscale than you might like (from your comment). Kariega Game Reserve accommodations were more moderate (cabins), and our animal drives were outstanding there, as well. From Cape Town, we flew to Port Elizabeth and were picked up and shuttled (90 minutes) to Kariega. If you go to Kariega, be certain to ask for the game ranger named Trust - he was outstanding! Enjoy!

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