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 Post subject: Re: First time camper advice
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:01 am 
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Your RESERVATION ADVICE and WILD CARD :D

Use the rubber "mat" of your Corsa in front of your tent, helps to keep dust out.

Put all your goodies inside tent when you go sightseeing - :huh: baboons. If these guys are really a problem, buy an ordinary rubber snake at any shop and put on or in front of your tent. This advice I got from the people at the Nkuhlu picnicspot :thumbs_up:

Tinopener :D

Roads :hmz:
At some spots the R36 use to be very rough, if I remember correctly, in the vicinity of Talamati and nearer to Orpen. Not sure now. But the herd of sable is on the R36!
R39 usually OK - if not, the scenery will make up for it :)


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 Post subject: Re: First time camper advice
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Hi Cheetah

You are going to be fine and I believe you will have many more happy camping trips in Kruger.

You can also take the following which will just make your life easier while you camp:
1) Camp light - I did not see it on your list. It is good to have one you can move from outside to inside.
2) Small groundsheet - It comes in handy
3) Small broom
4) Cutlery and crockery and something to wash it with
5) Where are you going to keep your ice for your drinks? A small cooler or insulated pitcher works well. One that's big enough for a bag of ice.
6) Take something to lock your tent with to keep the monkeys and baboons out.
7) Camp chair!!!

I hope it helps a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: First time camper advice
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Thanks everyone!!
Packing now!

So far:
Tent + all its set up parts
camping chair
fold open table
lantern
spot light and a torch
Sleeping bag
Beanie + exra blanket
2 towels
mosquito repelant
Cooler bag with ice and vacuum packed meat
charcoal + firelighters + braai tonges
toaster
tin opener
electric frying pan
Extension chords + power box apadter + multiplug
Blow up matrass + it's chrger
Rubber snakes :lol:
cutlery + crockery

Kruger map + map of SA (just in case :wink: )
Bird Book 8)
Animal List to tick off what I see :D
Binoculars! Phew! :roll:
Wldcard :thumbs_up:
Rservation docs :thumbs_up:

That is a whole bunch of stuff :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
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I would avoid Pretoriuskop as it is very cramped and the ablutions arent very nice, why not try Berg-en-dal great place to go camping

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 Post subject: Sleeping in your car at campsites
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:24 pm 
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Hello!

We're planning to do a self drive through Kruger but we're backpacking around the world, so we're on a tight budget! Is it generally "acceptable" to sleep in your car at the campsites at the different camps?

We're tossing up between buying a tent (which we understand is expensive in S.A, so we'd carry our own in) or just sleeping in a car. We've done the sums, and sleeping at a campsite in a car is the cheapest way.

Is it actually allowed? :pray:

Cheers!

(I tried searching but couldn't find anything on the topic, apologies if its been asked before)


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 Post subject: Re: Sleeping in your car at campsites
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I have done it before but i rather just buy a cheap tent it is more comfortable,if you
go to a place like game you can pick up a cheap tent not the best but for your purpose
it will do fine

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 Post subject: Re: Sleeping in your car at campsites
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:49 pm 
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Just don't forget, you will be paying for the campsite (no avoiding that) so indeed you would be better off with even the cheapest tent. (And they are not really expensive to begin with.)
So get yourself a little tent, something to sleep on, and you'll be fine. Well, better off than sleeping in the car anyway. That depends on the ground, and how good a mattress you bought.

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 Post subject: Re: Sleeping in your car at campsites
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Agree, go for a tent from Game. R300 +/- will buy you a whole lot more comfort. And try and add some sort of mattress into the equation if you can.

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 Post subject: Re: Sleeping in your car at campsites
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Thanks for the advice.. a tent seems to be the best option :-)

I'm wondering now, is it cheaper to buy a tent in S.A on the way to the park. I can pick one up on the way through France for around 285 ZAR.

I'll try and search around for that info too :)

Thanks again... can't wait to post some photo of sightings!


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 Post subject: Re: Sleeping in your car at campsites
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Better to buy here instead of lugging a tent around the world and then try and sell it before you go back, alternatively donate it to Sanparks.


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 Post subject: Re: Sleeping in your car at campsites
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Geez. You can even buy a two man, Bushbaby, tent at Checkers for R 148.00.
I have been using it now for nearly 7 months and it is still going strong. :thumbs_up:

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It is not big, but it will do for a few weeks.


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 Post subject: Re: Sleeping in your car at campsites
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In fact, the practice of sleeping in your car is frowned upon in KNP. Different camps may manage it differently, but it is not a practice which is encouraged.

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 Post subject: Re: Sleeping in your car at campsites
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Imberbe We have been sleeping in our car for twenty years now.. :redface: :redface: Oh we do have a tent but the SO does not do tents !!!

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 Post subject: Re: Sleeping in your car at campsites
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Joao wrote:
If you sleep in a tent it is called camping.

What is it called if you sleep in a car?


Cramping????? :D


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 Post subject: Re: Sleeping in your car at campsites
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