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 Post subject: Re: Camping Necessities
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:25 pm 
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get one of those blue power point adapters to plug your SA 3 point plug into the power boxes....

if you have plenty of beer nothing else matter realy...

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 Post subject: Re: Deepfreeze facilities for campers
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I can confirm that there are 2 "freezers" at Balule - they are good at keeping things colder than the outside, but not truely freezers.

I can confirm that the 2 freezers at Maroela though are exactly that - everything we put in them, came out frozen. Not so great for the leftover boerie we wanted to get cold for lunch the next day. Boerie is not nice with ice crystals!

Enjoy your trips all! Wish my trip wasn't just over :(

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 Post subject: CHECK IN TIMES AT "CAMP SITES"
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:15 pm 
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Afternoon,
I have tried (in vain) to contact our camp, Skukuza, to confirm check in times.
We are camping there from middle of December.
I can understand the need for check in times to be strictly adhered to with regards to rondavels and chalets, but surely not the same for a simple camp site!
What needs to be done to a camp site, prior to one's arrival!??

Can someone advise me by return if they have been successful in 'checking in' at a camp site before their stipulated time!???
We would ideally like to get to Skukuza around 8am and set up camp early (before the heat) and then do a round in the park for the day!

Can someone revert back to me please..... I can't get hold of this camp on the nubmers listed on this web site.


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 Post subject: Re: CHECK IN TIMES AT "CAMP SITES"
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:26 pm 
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Hi again
I managed to get hold of Lower Sabie and they told me for camp sites you can book in at any time that the gates are open.


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 Post subject: Re: CHECK IN TIMES AT "CAMP SITES"
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:18 pm 
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Officially camp site check-in time is the same as the bungalows, but unofficially they usually allow earlier arrivals for the camping folk.
Remember however that this has a 2-way effect.....many folk decide they can also leave camp sites late, meaning that you may not find a site early (if the camp is full), or may miss out on a good site because someone leaves late and only then do you realise you could have had that prime spot at the fence!

One thing that is important though.....you must check-in before setting up camp.
Find your site if necessary (eg if towing a caravan or trailer) but do not set up until you have been to reception. This is stated clearly on the entrance permit, so nobody can plead ignorance.

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 Post subject: Re: CHECK IN TIMES AT "CAMP SITES"
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:58 am 
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Ecojunkie, so when is official "check out" time for campers? I've seen many packing up in the afternoon.

I have never seen "check out" times enforced by any of the parks officials, maybe this is why the times are slipping into the afternoons???


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 Post subject: Re: CHECK IN TIMES AT "CAMP SITES"
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:46 am 
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The check out time is also the same as the bungalows!
I know the campers take chances and stretch times.
Wish there was some way of sorting this out.......
Would love to see large cards on tents/caravans with departure date on, then it is obvious if someone is staying longer than they should - and you can see where potential good sites are too.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Punda, Shingwedzi, Tsendze and Letaba
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Quite correct , only Tsendze (as well as Moroela & Balule) has communal fridges due to absence of power points in the camps .

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Punda, Shingwedzi, Tsendze and Letaba
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Hi LyndaK :)

I've camped in Punda Maria, it's such a great place! Only make sure you have a way of keeping cool there, because the weather really gets hot, especally in a tent!
We stayed near the hide last time I was there; it was great because we didn't have to walk far to get there, but it can get a bit noisy. The shop can be a bit limited, so try to get essentials before going to Punda.

Also camped in Shingwedzi. The shop there is great. We stayed near the pool, which is great on hot afternoons, bu it can get very very noisy. It also gets very, very hot; even when you camp in the shade.

I hope you have a great trip :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Comprehensive Camping Checklist
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The Automobile Association of South Africa has published this comprehensive camping checklist on their website.

Camping Checklist

Save or print this checklist.
It will sure come in handy when packing for a camping holiday.

Thanks AASA - :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive Camping Checklist
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Great List, thank you.

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 Post subject: First time Kruger Park camper
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We intend camping in the Kruger Park next month for the first time (we've camped elsewhere at places with lots of facilities) and would appreciate any tips on what to take, what to leave behind and anything else that may be helpful to us, especially food/meal ideas as I expect supplies at camp shops are limited (and expensive!).


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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive Camping Checklist
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Great list, but about 65% too much stuff to take with me for my liking. :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive Camping Checklist
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:09 pm 
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hi all

i have a master list, so depending on where? facilities/no facilities and for how long three days/
three weeks or anything in between) and the number of people who are going on the trip, so can adjust accordingly and in +/- 20 years have never yet got anywhere and discovered NO ????

It just makes life easier and anyway I am a control freak with OCD :D

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 Post subject: Re: First time Kruger Park camper
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:yaya: coco, welcome to the forums

There are a lot of places to find some tips.

Advice needed (not park specific)
no electricity - no fridge - how do I keep stuff coldish?
camping checklist

KNP camps and roads
Satara Camping
Camping and baboons / monkeys

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