Another thing, can someone please explain to me what is the use of a spare wheel cover, where the spare wheel is attached to the back of some 4X4 vehicles, like the Prado?
Rooies, I think it's for cosmetic purposes!
Hi Chuck...oops Ndloti
...yes, I also prefer the citronella oil for my Dietz as well. December when we were deep in the bush I have used paraffin and the glass was smoked pitch black! This was due to a VERY
windy and stormy night and I had to turn the lamp high due to flame blow-out problems. I don't think citronella oil causes a black smoke but I'm not so sure!
Herewith a pic of my lantern hard at work:
I have some of those parafin lanterns and have used both citronella oil and parafin. I agree that the oil smells less offensive than parafin but I have to admit that I don't believe it works to keep the bugs at bay. It does have some benefit, but IMHO, a very small one. The thing I found with the oil (citronella) at Balule last time I camped there, is that the wick on my lantern burned far more quickly than when using parafin. I think one lamp used one wick in ome night. I thought it was the oil level that had dropped too low but this was in fact not the case. I still have a citronella candle and use it all the time just in case it does work.
In my kit, I have a 3x3M Bron Free dome canvass tent. One 6 foot folding canteen table, chairs, sleeping bags, blanets, duvet and pillows. I also purchased on of those folding queen size beds with an inflatable matress. It is uber comfy and works well.
Unfortunately Ndloti, I also have an electric pump to inflate the mattress. It takes 90 seconds. (Timed it) I also only use it during the day when most people are out game driving. It will not be used at night due to noise levels.
I have gas bottles, skottel and gas light (100CP). Torches and spotlight (specifically only got half million CP as it is adequate for any application I may need it for and is unlikely to burn the hide off an animal anything more than 10 meters away. Also have one of those small camping Gaz gas lights.
I have a pretty comprehensive Medical kit and tend to use cooler boxes rather than a fridge freezer, although that is more outof budgetary constraints than anything else.
To lug all this around I use a trailer.
I do not allow my SO to use a hair dryer because she spends too much time doing her hair at around gate opening time.
I do subscribe to the make as little noise as possible theory, once set up and do not make excessive noise setting up. The matress pump is the noisiest part of everything. For this, I make no appologies. I am able to blow up the mattress, but fail to see why I should if I can pump it in less than 1/4 of the time with a little battery power. More time to st down and adjust to camp life after the hectic rush of the city.
I agree with the comments about buying what is useful as opposed to what is fancy. A lot of time you see something advertised and you think I need one of those. And then you never use it.
I also have an electric kettle which I will use in camps not supplying hot water like KNP. A round plastic dish, I use to carry my dishes to the communal kitchen where I do the washing up. Also have a low energy (yellow) light on a stand which I use when there is electricity and only while preparing food. Once done, this get's switched off.
I use rubber mallets if I can't push the tent pegs inby hand and a metal one only if the rubber one doesn't work because the ground is too hard.
Once everything is set up, the table goes next to the trailer with all the junk packed inside. (Tent bags, gas bottles, torches etc.) Cooler boxes also go inside the trailer. This is more for ease of access and keeping monkeys and baboons out of my food supply. Going for a game drive / walk around the camp is a simple matter of close and lock the lid of the trailer and off we go.
I really do sig my camping, especially in KNP. Planning a Balule / Tsendze and Punda Maria trip next year. With some luck Ndloti, you will be out of camp when I inflate my bed.
Conservation is not an option.
It's imperative.Leave KNP alone. Go build a hotel someplace else. Reserves are for the preservation of wildlife. Think Pink. ..