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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:47 am

LinnB wrote:What advice would you give 3 women in their twenties camping for the first time, without any camping experience?

Get tent(s) that are easy to set up and break down again.
Most dome tents are set up in a jiffie, yet are high enough for standing inside.
Make sure you have torches with you for when you walk to the ablutions and when you leave make sure the tent(s) are closed against unwelcome visitors like spiders or monkeys.
You can buy air mattresses with build in pumps, which you just switch on, saving a lot of effort.
That is, if you have electricity.
You will need an extension cord of at least 25 meters and a "Blue plug".
The plug you can buy in any camp store, but at a higher price than outside the Park.
In some camps the ground is rather hard, a hammer to knock in the tent pins would be handy there.

Bring braai gear and wood or charcoal if you want to braai, not all the camps have wood and charcoal for sale all the time.

Camp at the fence if you can, that way you can look at the wildlife parading by, just feet away from you!

And maybe a thing to remember, if you are dressing in the tent with a light on, your shadows on the tent can be rather revealing!
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Unread postby bucky » Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:02 pm

There is power .
There is water , but you need to fill your tank at it , there are no permanent conenctions .
There are camp sites that you park on to stay , and you have to pre book these .
You can only stay/sleep in a camp on a camp site with your trailer, not just anywhere in the park .

All the camp sites have abloution facilities that are shared by the campers with toilets/showers and baths .

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Unread postby bucky » Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:00 am

Hi , there is no electricity at balule , it all runs on gas and parafin .
In letaba you will need a longish extension , plus a special adaptor for the smaller type of plug in points used at a lot of camping places .

There is another thread on malaria in the "other" forum , check it out .

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Unread postby DuQues » Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:27 am

The so called special adapter is also called a "Blue plug". You can buy it in the camps, but buying it outside Kruger will save you some money. In Letaba you will need an extensioncord of 25 meters for a lot of places.

In Balule you will need none. 8) You'll enjoy that camp!
Hint: There is a hyenaden about 2 km's south of Balule, with a couple of young ones. (Born the end of may I think.)
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Unread postby gwendolen » Sun Sep 10, 2006 3:22 pm

Hi Werner,

You'll be able to find some info and a few pics in this thread: Punda Maria

The camp has a lovely shaded campsite. There are sites with and without electricity. When we were there two years ago it was nice and quiet and we got a great spot at the fence. Someone saw lion at the birdhide recently. :D

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Unread postby arks » Sun Sep 10, 2006 3:23 pm

Punda is a lovely and quiet smaller camp in a beautiful part of KNP.
There are good drives close by the camp, especially the Mahonie Loop, and you should plan on making a full day trip up to Pafuri and Crook's Corner.
The Nyala Drive (S64) is spectacular — be sure to drive all the way out to the end.
And the Luvuvhu river road is another favourite, lots of loops to take you right down to the river, where you're likely to see nyala, baboons, storks and many other birds, as well as lazy crocs.
I also really enjoyed the hippo at the confluence of the Luvuvhu and Limpopo at Crook's Corner.

If you haven't already, have a look at the Punda Maria thread under Camps and roads.
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Unread postby DuQues » Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:52 am

Werner, make sure that your extensioncord is a loooong one.
At least 25 meters.
there are spots with and without electricity, but there are also spots where you are supposed to have electricity, but you can't plug in as it's broken.
So make sure you plug in early before there are no working outlets left.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:57 am

Perfectly correct DQ, just double the length to be safe. I have needed an extension cord up to 50m at times in Kruger. At Punda actually.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:40 pm

I am not too sure of the Scout layout.
We have a Sprite Swing and love it!
We love caravanning in Kruger and find if we can park near a shady tree we don't even need to erect the awning.

Main thing to consider is do you have a tow vehicle that will easily cope with the van, especially up the passes from the Lowveld to Highveld.
You need to be able to manoeuvre the van around easily.
There are usually people around the camps willing to help with this task :D
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Unread postby bucky » Sat Oct 28, 2006 3:02 pm

Tent
Decent stretchers
Comfy chairs
Table
Plastic boxes that clip closed to store food etc
a electric cooler

Thats about it to start with, a trailer is good for leaving the fridge and foodstuffs in .

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Unread postby restio » Sat Oct 28, 2006 3:22 pm

- Groundsheet (or one of those nice plastic-backed picnic blankets - I got my from an AA shop). Useful for packing/unpacking the car if the ground is wet/sandy, and for creating extra sitting space and play space for the kids
- TIN OPENER (I always forget this, hence the caps)
- Plastic bakkie for putting dirty dishes in, washing, etc. Although you could also use one of the plastic boxes bucky mentions for this.
- Pegs (for pegging washing, pegging open bags of rice/pasta closed etc)
- Sleeping bags. I've always gone for hollowfill. If you get two bags of the same type, then you can zip them together to create a double-bag for you and your SO.
- Pillows - unless you're a really serious camper...
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Unread postby Foxy » Sat Oct 28, 2006 4:52 pm

Egg lifters, tongs, mozzie repellant, toilet roll

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Unread postby Freda » Sat Oct 28, 2006 4:55 pm

Long extension lead, blue plug, and multiplug to charge all the cam batteries etc. :wink:

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Unread postby Snoobab » Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:30 am

On our last trip we bought one of those fold-up camping cupboards - they are a win. I hated living out a suitcase for a week or so.
If you have the space a gazebo is also great and very easy to put up.
I always take a fold up table.
Mattress and PUMP. (I have a small foot one and it works great)
When camping you always end up with odd pieces of equipment (torches, medical bag, candles etc) and not having a hut with cupboards to srore them they can become a pain in the Butt. We bought one of those plastic container with the clip on lid (60cm/75cm/55cm) They are wonderful for dumping odd things in and don't mess the place up.
I also have a rather extensive picnic basket with everything in it.
A small brush to sweep tent out is also handy.
Tents don't come with mallets, I can't tell you how many times i've helped people out who were trying to wack the pegs in with rocks or logs.
Will as I think of handy things.

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Unread postby DuQues » Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:38 am

I can see you are all serious campers. :D

I bought a 2-person inflatable bed, with internal pump. Just stick the plug into an outlet and 70 seconds later the bed is full. Or empty (nearly vacuum) the following morning, easy to stow then. That cost R375.

And I miss the folding chairs, with the very handy net in the arms for your beer, wine, amarula or whatever your poison is. Only Bucky mentioned it? :wink:

Next I miss a stormlamp or the big outdoor candles for the bit of light you need.

A (hand) broom to sweep the tent clean before folding it up, inside and outside.
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