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CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Discuss the different camps and roads of the Kruger National Park
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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:58 am

MATTHYS wrote:Glamping sounds very 8) , DB !
Something like the perimeter safari tents @LS :dance: , I hope :wink:


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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby JenB » Sat Mar 22, 2014 6:23 am

This is ours.

The shady set up.
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The quick set up.
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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby Hugh » Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:34 am

Lovely thread I can remember camping at Letaba sleeping in Veture Tiny tent on the side and then our neighbours arrived !!! :big_eyes: Huge caravan,towing a second small 4x4 enormous tarps and tents .. state of the art camp furniture Fence .. and of course picket fencing neatly around the caravan and to crown it all plastic flowers in pots around the perimeter .. "home from Home" But that's not all In one corner a small teeny tent.......and that was the staff quarters . that poor maid worked overtime . but I couldn't help smiling Now that that is what I consider GLAMPING, unfortunately no photo
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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby Stampajane » Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:44 am

Hugh, that reminds me....donkeys years ago, I was in my teens, we were camping at Golden Gate. 5 of us in a small caravan. In rolled an enormous old caravan pulled by an enormous old car. They set up a huge caravan tent, complete with lounge furniture, a carpet and the cherry on top was a piano! They also had a couple of rosé bushes growing in pots. They lived in the caravan, moving on to a different camp every couple of months.
Our eyes were out on stalks watching them set up.

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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby 4O4-5O4 » Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:59 am

So, as I setup my camp at Berg en Dal, the gates had closed by some time and the sun was under the horizon by some way and the braai doing just fine eating happily into the hardehout that I was feeding it.

A late arrival I thought as the car lights swept across the camp. Never fun pitching tents in the dark I thought to myself. I reached for my torch thinking perhaps I could offer my help.
The car stopped, a guy got out, opened his boot, pulled out an instant tent which he flung haphazardly up into the air, it instantly popped up and floated to the ground just where it fell. Next, he pulled out a tiny rollup sleeping mattress, then a sleeping bag and chucked them into the instant tent. He closed his boot, switched off the car, pulled out a car mat which he placed in front of the tent door, and then disappeared into the tent. I heard a zip closing. Then. Silence.

I was quite dumbstruck. Within 30 seconds, this camper had arrived, pitched his tent, and was now fast asleep.

The next morning, I was up early. The instant tent camper soon appeared from his tent. He scurried off to the ablutions and within a few minutes had returned. He opened his boot, chucked in his sleeping bag, his tiny mattress, and within 30 seconds he had grappled easily with the instant tent and this too was now packed.
He picked up his car mat, climbed in the car and was gone. Again, I was dumbstruck. Camping light, like I had never seen before.

The following night the entire episode repeated itself. Except, as he arrived, I went over to introduce myself and find out more as to how this camper operates. Turns out, that's all the equipment he carries when camping at kruger. But what about food I asked. No need for that he replied, I eat at the restaurants. They have everything I need.

So. For those that want to give camping a try, here is proof that you don't really need much. Just get out there and enjoy.

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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby isinkwe » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:07 pm

Satara

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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby Albert » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:21 pm

Gee, you lot are prepared for anything....

Our setup at Tsendze (minimal amount of extra stuff)

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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby glordon » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:43 am

Hi All,
What a great thread.
It is interesting to see the set-ups that other campers enjoy.
We are avid campers and have been caravanning for about 35 years usually together with good friends.
Our children grew up enjoying caravan holidays and we would hardly see them throughout the day.
Now that we are retired our favorite places are Kruger,Kgalagadi and Ballito.
Here is a pic of our rig at Satara. A 1994 Gypsey Regal and Hyundai Tucson.

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Warm regards to all and we hope to meet up with some 'mites in Kgalagadi later this year. We will be there from 5th to 17th November at TR & Nossob

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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby JenB » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:42 am

isinkwe, I love the paper towel holder!
How practical! :lol:
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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby TornaDouw » Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:16 pm

I love camping! We usually go camping 6 or 7 times per year. For me the best camping is done where it is quiet enough to hear the crackling of your camp fire and where you can enjoy being surrounded by nature.

Camping shouldn't be effort or work, I am lazy, and therefore I don't like to take all the contents from my house with me when going on a camping trip. Me and my wife know what we each need to do and if everything goes well we set camp up in 15 minutes. But we keep it very basic!

We have a nylon Howling Moon tent which is light, folds up small and it is quick and easy to pitch. I have grown to hate inflatable mattresses and I had a custom foldable foam mattress made for us. Our National Luna fridge fits perfectly behind the seats of my Colt ClubCab to keep food fresh and beer cold.

The top four places, in no particular order, that I have camped at:
Kgalagadi. The silence and isolation is awesome.
Kruger. The vastness and having a herd of 200 buffalo passing 30 meters from your tent is something to behold.
Mazhou campsite in Mapungubwe. Only 10 stands in lush bush with the chance of lion sniffing on your tent.
Forest Timber Camping Decks in the Knysna forest. Unique camping where you pitch your tent on a wooden deck thus camping elevated from the ground completely surrounded by trees.

I will post some pictures a bit later on. :cam:

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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:18 pm

Sounds like a great setup, I look forward to your pics! :thumbs_up:
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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby TornaDouw » Fri Aug 01, 2014 4:18 pm

As promised, here are some pics of our camp setup. In the spirit of this forum, all of the pics posted were taken in a SANPark. Some of our camps in the photos are very untidy as the photo's were taken just after pitching the tent. :redface:

Nossob, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park:

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Mountain Zebra National Park:

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Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park:

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Twee Rivieren, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park:

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Punda Maria, Kruger National Park:

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Mazhou, Mapungubwe National Park:

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Camping Decks (Knysna Lakes Section), Garden Route National Park:

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Mata-Mata, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park:

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That is it for now. As you can see, very basic. I don't like working when I am on holiday. :lol:

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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:13 pm

TornaDouw, those are really lovely pictures. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: I think you should think of writing a trip report next time you take a break.
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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby MATTHYS » Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:15 pm

Ditto from me, MM and TornaDouw ! 8)
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Re: CAMPERS - show us your camp setup

Unread postby TornaDouw » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:35 pm

Thank you! I will consider a trip report when I visit a SANPark again. :think:


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