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Also remember that all of the camps also have day picnic areas with gas available. Lower Sabie does not have the most aesthitically pleasing picnic site but it is there nevertheless. We often eat breakfast at Croc bridge and have also used day picnic areas at Olifants, Satara and Orpen (don't know how the construction might have affected this one).

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Out of the map book

"Picnic spots " The following facilities are available at all picnic spots : Communal braai/barbeques, boiling water and toilets.
There are food kiosks and curio shops at Afsaal, Nkuku and Tshokwane and a food kiosk at Makhadzi. Cooldrinks are available at Babalala, Masorini, Mondozi Dam, Muzandzeni, Nhlangulemi, N'wanetsi and Timbavati.

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Mgoddard wrote:
Yes, they do...think I paid R10 or R15 in July last year. Its great once you finish eating, they come and fetch it to clean....usually make a bit extra so they can also eat....and dont forget to give a tip as well.


Thanks Mgoddard .. Yeah .. that's why we leaving our skottel at home .. Less stuff to take with .. Never had skottel brekkies at these picnic spots .. so gonna see which ones we'll visit.

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Babalala and Makhadzi can be added to your list as well W@H, just incase you lose your way...

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Since we will make use of the gas braai's at the picnic spots almost everyday in Feb and reading this thread as well as some of the trip reports, would you suggest rather taking my own skottle and gas?
It seems from the trip reports that gas and braai's is in short supply at a lot of the picnic sites and is also not always in good working condition.

My second question I don't really know where to post, but do anyone know if firewood and charcoal is readily available at all the camps, and the estimated prices of these items?
Can't imagine a day in Kruger without a proper braai going at least once a day.
If the SO want to eat out for dinner in the restaurant we'll just have to braai for breakfast or lunch...... :twisted: Nothing like the smell of a good fire going, thatch and the bush, you know you are home! :lol:


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You can of course bring your own, but when I looked last month it looked like plenty skottels were available.

Wood is usually available at all the shops, but up north it may be a little dicey. I would make sure I had enough for the evening, regardless of what the shops have to offer. Pricing I have no idea of, I just grab it and pay the total requested at the till.
(Being european the prices are so low for me I don't even look at what stuff costs.. :wink: )

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Hi Dan,

I wouldn't recommend taking your own Skottel (unless of course, you have a lot of space to spare in your car), as from personal experience, the picnic spots always have them available and in good working order and they only cost about 10 bucks to hire.

Firewood and charcoal are normally available at the shops, but they are a bit pricey compared to what you pay outside, so if you have space, it wouldn't harm taking a couple of bags with, and you would save some money.

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By the sound of it DuQues the guys you hired your skottle from might have had a little private side enterprise going on. :naughty:

So by the way amanzi, talking about best braai wood.
I got this tip once from a plantation manager in Graskop.
Instead of using a lot of firelighters when you braai, he uses the pine cones you can pick up almost anywhere in Graskop.
When they are dry and they start burning, they give of an immense heat because of the oil it contains.
You start the lot with one firelighter, heap 3 or 4 cones in the center and your wood and coals on top of it. when the cones catch fire you gave it a blow or two and wallah!
I gave it a try, and it smells much better than the firelighters they use, also don't leave a taste to your food and is all natural.
I always pick up a bag or two when driving through Graskop or Sabie to Kruger. And yes, your northerner's wood is fabulous to braai with, that is maybe why they are always in demand and never in stock!
They are also damn tough to chop, once broke an axe on them in Mopani. :slap:
Had to drive all the way to Phalaborwa the next day to get one.


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DavenJan wrote:
One thing I have wondered about regarding cooking breakfast on as grid, how do you cook your eggs?

My opinion is that having coals available all day is an awful waste of scarce resources!

We (OI I was still small so my parents) used to make a whole breakfast consisting of egg, bacon, toast etc on the coals at Tshokwane and other sites. You just use a pan on the braai grid.

We even sometimes had a braai at Tshokwane over lunch as well as rest camps like Satara. Easy enough as you did not have to wait for the wood to burn out.

In those days I think they still used hardekool wood which burns long and make one very hot fire. On my uncles game farm we used to braai on hardekool and the next morning the coals were still hot enough to make breakfast and coffee on!

I for one would enjoy having an alternative to the gas braais

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 Post subject: Re: How do you tell which Day Visitor Facilities have gas?
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Most of the picnic sites I have been to have gas.
BnD definitely does not have gas anymore, well in September anyway.

I have been to one up north which was fantastic and I'm pretty sure it was Letaba.
They had gas and each site was well separated.
The site was very bushy and one felt like you were actually in the bush.
Not like the cleared dust patches of some of the picnic spots.
We had 2 bird parties pass through the bush around us during our breakfast :)

saraf is also right, there is definitely gas at Orpen, I have used this a couple of times too... Just needed you guys to job my memory a bit :tongue:

@christo: Only once I have had a problem with cooking (at Afsaal), but I just swapped to a skottel that worked.
Cooking in the wind is also an issue as it REALLY cools it down, so I try to find a tree or something to help block the wind...

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Orpen Day visitors centre should definitely have gas as its newly opened and upgraded.
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 Post subject: Re: Picnic Sites around Letaba
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Hi Figjam, unfortunately there is not many picnic sites in the vicinity of Letaba, the one nearest would be Timbavati or the Masorini site on the H9 towards Phalaborwa. I think there is also a Picnic site on the H1-6 towards Mopani but I cant give you any info on it.

The Timbavati site is about +-60km's south towards Satara. Great for a morning drive. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Picnic Sites around Letaba
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Well starting from Tshokwane, which is about the the most far south, skottles are available, lots of shade, lovely birds, shop with eating facilities.
It's 69km from Letaba to Satara and then another 48 km to Tshokwane.

The other large picnic spot is Timbavati.
Again, skottles available, but no shop.
Tends to be rather crowded.
It has a couple of resident cheeky Bushbuck that make a living from begging.

That would be 68 km, taking the S39.
If you go further, keeping on the same route, you will reach Muzandzeni.
It will be about another 41 km.
This picnic spot is very small with pit latrines.
I did spot the most lovely Scops in one of the trees.
It does have shady trees though.

If you decide to go another 27km, you will get to Nhlanguleni.
Again, very small, I know, you can hire a skottel.

I would recommend Nwanetsi.
It would be 69km to Satara.
I would then do the S100 22km, then turn into the Gudzani road for the final 11km.
I have never stopped there, but it does seen to be a favourite with many members.

I will leave someone else to give tips going north.

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 Post subject: Re: Picnic Sites around Letaba
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DD and MM have already given you great advice :D
up north there is also mooiplaas below mopani .
A great picnic site with a look out over a small river that has great views :D
It has skottels for hire and is more or less 40km from Letaba.

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 Post subject: Re: Picnic Sites around Letaba
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Masorini is the only one really near Letaba.
Or is it?
Makhadzi on the H15 towards Giriyondo is certainly worth a visit!
The road is great with good sightings, and Makhadzi is a very good looking picnicspot.

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