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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:19 pm 
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Joshi , I have built in groundsheets in my tents .
Are you referrring to those for outside use ?
Yup, exactly. Want to protect my tent, as well as keep it a bit cleaner.

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Shade netting works perfectly for outside use .

I did a bit of reading today (on some other SA forums) and most people say the groundsheet material is a lot thicker and of a different weave than shadecloth (and therefore better). I think the major groundsheet manufacturer also makes shadecloth.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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joshilewis.For under our tents we use the shade netting that you buy at most hardware stores,but for outside we bought the ones made for camping not sure what its called.But just make sure if you use the shade netting outside the tent that its not slippery.The ones we have under our tents are very slippery.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Thanks b5s. In my reading thats why people advise to get 'proper' ground sheeting and not shade cloth.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Josh if you do not have a built-in base in your tent
then a groundsheet will be an added plus to camping.
Groundsheeting has two plus factors that I know of, and perhaps other campers know of more.

1. Added protection for the base of your waterproof
tent against small stones and thorns,-

2. Early hours when you wake and fling that body of
the matress you don't emmediately end up standing
ankle deep in the mud or whatever. Though that would be the original way of camping.

Groundsheeting also allows the vegetation beneath to continue growing thus somewhat restricted.

As Ndloti mentioned, shadenetting proves to be sufficient though groundsheeting seems thicker and
probably manufactured from waste or left overs.

Groundsheeting may be a little bulky but not heavy
with many plus factors. The grass still tickles your feet without falling all over the place.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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SO at Glen Reenen. On the table is my cheapie restaurant-style lamp from Mica (which worked great) and my new Dietz.
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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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RUMURUTI wrote:
I'd love to camp your way ndloti but close to impossible when you live in Europe and max 20 kg per person luggage allowance.
One day, soon I hope, will organise a KNP camping holiday.


We camp and come from Europe. I recently started a thread to find out of other do the same as us - but it seems to have disappeared.

It's completely possible to do. Normally there are 4 of us who travel from the UK. We take 2 suitcases for the 2 tents/camping stuff and 2 suitcases with clothes etc. We then stop en-route to KNP at Nelspruit and buy foam mattresses, an ice box, plastic plates, cutlery etc. We normally stop for between 3 weeks and a month. Then as we leave the park we stop and give away the things we bought in Nelspruit to people beside the road.
There's no way we could afford to stay for as long as we do if we didn't camp and I love the cameraderie of camping too.
Gemma

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Us 'old' girls occasionally have to visit the ablutions late at night.

The velcro and zip on my canvas tent and the zips on all of my other tents make alot of noise in the dead of night.

I have pegged back the velcro on the Travel tramp but is there a solution to noisy zippers? Trying to zip or unzip slowly just prolongs the din.

I guess this disqualifies me from Ndloti's special camping place :P

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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mizzbee, an old system was to pass a bar of soap along the zip's. They still the system in East Africa and works great.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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This sturdy camping chair folds up just small enough to fit in my backpack that I can climb down a rock outcrop for more solitude with a book and binoculars and a view over kilometers of mopaniveld .

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mizzbee wrote:
Thanks Rumuruti. Will give it a try.


Yeah. Soap or Candle wax will do the trick and if that do not help just open the Zipper and get it over with. :lol: :lol:
Others have to go too. :tongue:


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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Just before the Golden Gate Easter trip I added pole repair and tent repair kits to my kit.

On almost every trip I go on (camping and others) I start remembering the forgotten things about an hour into the drive.

SO and I have started making lists though, so all the things we missed at Golden Gate will be with us in KNP.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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This morning I bought a 7.7x3m piece of shadecloth to use as a groundsheet. Bought as off-cut, sold by length, and thus a lot cheaper than a pre-packaged groundsheet. If you're interested in where I got it, PM me.

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ndloti wrote:
Your favourite Kruger camping coffee , iit instant or coffee bags of plunger type ?

Instant, with plenty of condensed milk (and a rusk) :)
Its the only time I drink coffee

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As the Kruger is special, I always take along special extra strong imported coffee. It is instant though. The aroma is strong enough to wake up the neighbours.

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I discovered the existance of coffee bags when on a KNP wilderness trail .
These are most usefull , especially as on a game drive one can enjoy coffee with an aroma close to that of filter coffee .

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