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 Post subject: Re: Sleep in a tent in August in Kruger Park
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:36 am 
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A very warm welcome, Benjamin :D

I have done camping in August and the only real problem I had was wind. Remember tent pegs, its not an optional extra :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Sleep in a tent in August in Kruger Park
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I guess it all depends on one's ability to tolerate cold (or heat)

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 Post subject: Camping without a power point
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Dear all,

Due to the fact we weren't able to secure a CK6P site at all camps we are visiting in June/July, I was wondering about solutions when camping without power.

We are driving a Maui Spirit 4 camper. We'll stop at a supermarket on the way to Kruger and get loads of candles for lighting, and given that the battery is charged while driving, and that we need no aircon in winter due to cooler nights, we will manage just fine in that department.

I was just thinking about food, vegetables, milk and meat in particular. If we stock up at the supermarket beforehand, it would be great to still be able to keep things cool or even frozen when we are camping without power and the fridge is not working. Are there any communal fridges in the camps? Can you ask for ice, or use these special containers with fluid in them and have them frozen? Any other creative ideas? ;-)

Meanwhile I'll watch the reservation system daily to see if we can still switch from CK6 to CK6P in the camps we visit.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping without a power point
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We often camp without power and it is not a problem at all, although it needs a little planning. All camps have communal kitchens with boiling water and 2-plate electrical stoves, so cooking is never a problem - you need to provide our own utensils, pots, pans etc. It is good to invest in a thermosflask and cups to make tea along the road. It is also wise to invest in a gasbottel, cooking pot, frying pan and kettle. A picnic basket stocked with tea, sugar, condensed milk, salt, pepper, other seasoning, etc also helps a lot. In our basket we also keep mugs, plates, basic cooking and eating utensils. It is really nice to stop at a picnic spot and prepare a late breakfast.
We have stormlamps for light around the camp at night. In addition we also have a small power saving light that clips directly to the vehicle battery. Candles do not work well as the night breeze tend to blow them out. Candles are also more of a fire hazard than 12V battery powered lights.
The camper van has its own light indoors as well as an external light.
All major camps have a well stocked shop with a grocery section with fresh veggies, meat, etc. We usually buy condensed milk or long life milk.
Do not worry, the park shops are well stocked and with minimal planning you will find camping without electricity very enjoyable.


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 Post subject: Re: Camping without a power point
Unread postPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 8:11 pm 
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Thanx - our camper is hired though, we are coming from The Netherlands, so investing in our own utensils would be a once off, plus we only have a few hours left after our drive to Kruger to stock up.

Nevertheless, we know the camper is equipped quite well, I'm guessing the cooking will be done on gas anyway and we it wouldn't be an SA holiday without using the braai. I was just guessing that meat/veggie prices are higher in the camps compared to the supermarkets outside the park, plus it might be handy to have supplies for a few days when stay in bushcamps.

Of course, these issues are luxury "problems" but being to Kruger before, and having seen that boiling water and cooking facilities are provided, I was wondering if that also went for fridges.


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 Post subject: Re: Camping without a power point
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Hi Sander!

Some of the smaller camps have freezers but this is not guaranteed like the hot plates and boiling water at all the sites Nevertheless, all the shops in the park sell bags of ice and there are also ice machines around now (though they are not always working) which are actually better value for money then the ice you buy in the shops. I don't think you have to worry about your food going off. How long will you be in Kruger and where will you be staying? You could always buy enough food just before coming in to the park to last you till you are without power (and perhaps use meat that you'd frozen when you are camping without power so it should still be fresh). You can buy meat, veg, etc, in the Parks shops but, as you said, it is a little more expensive than outside. Depending on where you are staying after camping without power, you could always pop out of the park and stock up again???

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 Post subject: Re: Camping without a power point
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Well, campers are a special breed. If you're really stuck, just ask your neighbours (with access to power points)- I'm sure they'll find space in their fridges for some of your stuff ! Even in camps with no power, like Marula, your neighbours might just be well equipped locals with battery/solar operated Engel fridges - don't be afraid to ask !


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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
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Hi Wendy,

Thanx for the ice tip!

For now this is how it looks:
Letaba (power)
Shingwedzi 2 nights (power)
Shingwedzi 1 night (no power)
Punda Maria (power)
Just outside Kruger: Pafuri River Camp (no power)
Shingwedzi (Power)
Letaba (no power)
going outside Kruger (Balule, not sure but staying at a place with dinner provided)
Back into Kruger, Satara (no power)
And then 3 nights in the south, all with power

If I look at it and realise there is ice and fresh food in the camps, I think I'm making too big a deal out of this ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
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When you arrive at the camp, ask the reception for a powered site. 9/10 times they'll have space available, as changes in reservations are made up to the same day, and often there are no-shows...

If however there is none available, I'm sure your freezer will keep all the necessary goods frozen over night. Then, when you leave the next morning it will power up again when the engine starts. Other than that, I'm sure you'll be fine with a torch and a headlamp. Maybe have an early night.. :)

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 Post subject: Caravan camping sites in Lower Sabie
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Does anybody have photographs of the caravan stands at Lower Sabie. I believe that the stands are not very big and one finds it difficult with a big caravan and tent. Is this true? Is the stands on a first come first serve bases or do you get a prelocated stand?


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 Post subject: Re: Caravan camping sites in Lower Sabie
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Hi Leon welcome to the Forum.
Unfortunately I do not have any pics of the sites at LS and the sites are rather small but they are easily accessible and its on a first come first served basis.
When will you be there?

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 Post subject: Re: Caravan camping sites in Lower Sabie
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I'm afraid I don't have pics :slap:
It is as Sparrow said :thumbs_up:
Although it is not the best place to camp in Kruger, families of about 6 do manage their caravan plus tent in those smallish demarcated areas. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Caravan camping sites in Lower Sabie
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 Post subject: Re: Caravan camping sites in Lower Sabie
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Hi Sparrow. Thank you for your reply. I will be at LS from 01/07 to 07/07. It was quite difficult getting a booking at Lower Sabie. Prior to LS I will be at Berg en Dal.


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 Post subject: Re: Caravan camping sites in Lower Sabie
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Try and get there around 9 or 10am, by then most who are leaving that day would have packed and left, giving you a bit more of an option.
Enjoy, the night sounds are awesome.


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