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 Post subject: Braai facilities/Utensils/ETC in Accommodation
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:39 pm 
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Hi there everyone...(first time visitor on the forum)
My 15 yr old son and I are planning a first-time KNP North-South Trip for 9 days 18 Sept 2010 with a stop at a different camp each night.
We'll be staying in Safari tents and bungalows.
I know that campers are catered for, but will there be braai facilities at these camps that we can also use if we want to braai?


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 Post subject: Re: Braai facilities for bungalows and safari tents
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:04 am 
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All bungalows and safari tents have individual braais — except at Punda Maria, where those staying in the bungalows share a communal braai area.
But if you are staying in a PM safari tent, you will have your own braai on the tent's deck.


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 Post subject: Equipment needed to braai
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:56 pm 
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Coming from the US and trying to travel light we have to rely on what is provided at the camps in KNP
Generally just buy meat etc that can be cooked in a fry pan
However after reading all the lovely stories about rituals etc i really want to braii
I will be entering at Phalaborwa and already have the info filed on supermarkets and butchers, please tell me what else is need for a successful braii
Do you use charcoal or wood?Is that stuff easily available outside and inside the park?
A list of stuff I need so that I can pick it up in the supermarket before entering is much appreciated
I know i will not be entering KNP for more than 3 months,can't help myself!
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 Post subject: Re: Equipment needed to braii
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Asking whether to use wood or charcoal is likely to start an argument :lol: Its one of THOSE topics. Every S. African has their own opinion! Just remember , which ever you use, don't hurry it. If your fire is too hot the meat will burn quickly and be YUK. The rule of thumb is when you can hold your hand over the fire at the level at which you are going to braai without it burning foe about 90 secs it is ready. This takes about an hour with charcoal and can be longer for wood depending on the type of wood used

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment needed to braii
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:42 pm 
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Hi
Back in SANParks in September for our third visit. Previous two trips we didn't use the brais.
This time we are going to make the effort.
I have read all the threads regarding braiing and will supervise Mrs JDW accordingly.
I am aware that we have to provide the grill and suitable tools etc.
My question is what size grill will fit all the brais in the various parks we will be visiting. Space in the vehicle will not be a problem.
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 Post subject: Re: Equipment needed to braii
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SANParks camps usually have a braai grid in all their braais

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment needed to braii
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Always remember .. braai over coals, not fire. So wait untill you have proper coals and then put the meat on.

Wood / Charcoal: Wood is better, but charcoal is easier and faster.

As a general rule you need a good heat on the meat. If you can hold your hand over the coals on the meat's level for approx. 8-10 counts - that's good heat. Less, is too hot, more is too cold. Adapt the height of your grid accordingly.

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment needed to braii
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judik, all you need for a braai is:
meat
tongs (a fork will do if you're really stuck, but will pierce the meat letting juices out)
charcoal or wood
firelighters (or some other ignition material)

I don't know if KNP accommodation comes with tongs, since I camp and take my own

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment needed to braii
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Judik -re equipment - we bought two billy cans (from camping shops) at least 10 years ago -easily packed in case,really really useful and they have been used for countless braiis and still going strong. We do peppers, taties & onions, sweetcorn,mixed tomscourgettepeppers, even beans in them.


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 Post subject: Braai Facilities: Orpen and Talamati?
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Just a quick questions regarding facilities for Orpen and Talamati, where we have booked two nights at each. Do the bungalows at Orpen have braai facilities (either private or shared)?
We are in category BD2.
How about Talamati, where we are in a guest cottage (GC6)?
I tried to find out from the information given on the website, but couldn't determine.

Thanks so much for your help with this -- I'd hate to buy big steaks for a braai and then have to cook them on a stove top if not braai facilities are present!

Cheers,
James


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 Post subject: Re: Braai Facilities: Orpen and Talamati?
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Hi James

No need to worry ... you will have your own braai at both Orpen and Talamati! :D

Enjoy the trip.

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 Post subject: Limited dstv - where is it available
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I want to go to the Kruger to escape city life, including mindless TV, but I have an only child who is 4 years old and hence gets bored easily.
Also I don't allow DSTV at home, so for her, its part of her holiday treat.
Is there any accommodation available in any of the more central camps that has limited DSTV.


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 Post subject: Re: Limited dstv - where is it available
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Hi Snazy

Welcome to the forum.

I stand to be corrected, but the only DSTV you will find is in the Selati restaurant in Skukuza, the ladies bar in Berg-en-Dal as well as some of the other big camps.

I also know that some of the guest houses, like Franklin in Satara also has DSTV.

I am in the same situation with small kids and although I wish I could forbid any form of TV in Kruger, it does make life easier for the real young ones. We bought ours a small portable DVD player and a few DVD's which does the trick.


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 Post subject: Re: Limited dstv - where is it available
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Hi Snazy and a warm welcome to the forum! :clap:

As far as I know only the more expensive guest houses have some limited TV .

Depending on the time of year you go many of the camps have lovely swimming pools where they can get rid of excess energy.

Another idea is to before your trip start getting together little odds and ends in the toy line, they needn't be expensive and then once in the park bring them out slowly one per day.

If you have a read Here I am sure you will find lots of good advice and ideas.

Enjoy your trip.

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 Post subject: Re: Limited dstv - where is it available
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Warm welcome to the forums, Snazy :D
Some of the semi-luxury bungalows in Skukuza show to have limited dstv available. If you check this page and click on "LB2D" and "LR2W", you will see
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