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 Post subject: Re: Tsendze - suitablity for tenting
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:12 am 
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We have booked camp sites at Tsendze, the satellite camp at Mopani. Is this camp suitable for tents as we intend tenting.


You can only tent @ Tsendze.

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To add, it is superb for tenting/caravanning!
I was there last week and highly recommend it.
Remember there is no power at the sites so bring along the gas lamps and torches - it is very dark on the walk to the ablution block.
There are solar powered lights in the ablution and communal kitchen only.
Gas stoves and a freezer are supplied at the kitchen.

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Hi Aloe and welcome to the forums!

Have a look at the Tsendze topic, there are photos and more information there.

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We are caravanners and have taken our van to Kruger many times.
We do avoid towing on the dirt roads though.
They could be corrugated, and then there is the dust problem.

All the camps that cater for caravanning are accessible by tar roads.
So when you arrive in Kruger or change camps, you can drive only on tar.
Balule camp is the exception, but the gravel road to Balule is not bad at all.

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 Post subject: Camping sites
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From previous experience I would say Berg en Dal, Letaba or Punda Maria - all the camping grounds have lots of shade and a swimming pool. We camped at Tsendze last December and had a very nice shady site and enjoyed it tremendously despite very high temepratures, but remember no swimming pool and no power.


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what essentials will I need for camping

These are discussed elsewhere in this thread but here are some:

1. Tent
2. Inflatable mattress and pump
3. 50 m extension cord with blue plug - blue plug is discussed elsewhere and is essential for camping in KNP, obtainable at camping and caravanning shops in JHB
4. Warm sleeping bags and pillows and warm clothes for nights.
The beginning of August can be quite cold at night, even in KNP - less than 5 degrees C is common - that's freezing in a tent
5. Fold up table and chairs
6. Eating and cooking utensils, washing up stuff - camps have communal kitchens with basins and two plate stoves (gas in Balule and Tsendze)
7. Kettle - something to boil water in for Tsendze and Balule - other camps have urns
8. Toiletries - remember you will use ablutions
9. Hammer (for tent pegs)
10. Cooler/ice box - refill with ice every day
11. Food - try get vacuum-packed meat as it lasts a few days

Make sure you get a vehicle with enough space for all this equipment - something with a large trunk or a bakkie (pick-up) or large SUV!

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are their electric points


Most camp sites in KNP have electric points (make sure you book one with an electric point as not all sites have them) except in Tsendze and Balule.

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Its a pleasure :) .

I don't know if there's anywhere you can rent camping equipment but you can rent vehicles kitted for camping.
I saw a Dutch couple with one in Shingwedzi - it is a converted 4x4 pick up with a roof tent, electric connections, gas bottles and is equipped with everything you would need while camping.
I'm sure some of the other forumites will be able to provide you with a link to such rental companies.
Otherwise you could buy the stuff in Joburg (there are many shopping centres near the airport, ideas anyone?) and either ship it back home afterwards or donate it to KNP.

You'll just have to weigh up the costs of all your options.

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Hi John n Poppy,
Check out the website of Buffalo Campers (google it). They rent out fully equipped vehicles for camping etc. They have very good rates and are based in Johannesburg.
I have used them twice already and was very satisfied with their services.

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Here are some that rent camping equipment

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Let me rephrase my earlier post.
Buffalo Campers do offer the usual camper vans, 4x4 with roof tents etc.
However they also offer a Toyota Fortuner 4X2 diesel.
You can then add camping gear which they supply, ie:a tent, chairs, cooler box, table, gas/skottel, cutlery etc.
Just tell them how many people you need camping gear for.
The camping gear is in good condition and at a very reasonable price.
The beauty is you can rent a car and camping gear from one company which cuts out a lot of logistics.

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Hi Richard

The only problem I can foresee on gravel roads is corrugations that could shake things loose. Take it slow in these areas. Other than that it should not be a problem anywhere in KNP, I have seen many campers on gravel roads in KNP.

I don't know how noisy the aircons in campers are but if not then it should be no problem.

One thing I have noticed with other campers in campsites is that they pack up everything and then go on a drive only to find their site occupied by newcomers upon their return. I would leave something on the site such as a table and chairs or something obvious to indicate that the site is occupied.

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Camping where?
Depends on if its a high rainfall area or not.
Its not too bad as long as you make sure you don't pitch tent in a depression that could be prone to flooding.
If you have a large tent / gazebo then it makes it easier to escape the rain.
There's nothing as bad as sitting out the rain in a 2 man tent.
A canvas tent is better than nylon since water does not come through as easily -
I lived for 2 years in a canvas tent as a student while doing field work - the only problem I had was fungal growth.
When you get home make sure you dry out the tent before storage to prevent fungal growth.
Take along a ground sheet so that your tent does not stand in the mud.

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Camp sites are on a first come first served basis at Balule.
The shady ones are along the fence that divides the huts from the camping area.
The best sites as per my opinion are:-
1) The North West corner next to the corner of the perimeter fence and the fence for the huts.
2)The North East corner.
3) The Northern perimeter fence.
Its just a luck of the draw, but this is a great little camp. Hope you have a ball.

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 Post subject: General camping tips
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Hi Fellow forumites.
Having read a number of posts, it appears that there are some of you who may benefit from this general topic.

When camping (or visiting any of the SANPARKs), it is vital to have good reliable kit. (if we have the correct toys, we can play any game).
Before undertaking your journey, make sure the car is serviceable and reliable.
Check the small things like fan belts before you are due to leave.
Never assume that the mechanic did this.
He may have charged you and overlooked the item.
Rather pay a little more and get a higher spec item than paying bottom of the range prices for your gear.
You get what you pay for as I have found out by experience.
If you buy cheap stuff, it costs more in the long run as you will no doubt go out and buy what you should have bought the first time around.
I bought a cooler some years ago and although not used much during my period of ownership, I am very disappointed in the performance of the product.
The manufacturers and or importers of the item say it's just tough luck and I have no option but to accept the item.
When buying coolers, always ask yourself how long you will need it to keep your ice or items cold and try to get one which will last longer.
Don't assume that the cooler will keep your ice for four or five days.
Get a basic first aid kit and keep the contents current. (make sure that any medication is within the expiry date.)
Get extra batteries and make sure your torch works.
If possible have spare globes for all your torches.
Keep spare jets for your gas equipment and if you have Cadac stuff, then keep an 11 mm spanner to change the jets with.
For gas lights, keep a few of spare mantles.
For extension cords which have plugs (especially if you need to use two cords to reach from the box to your tent) take a 2l bottle and cut the bottom off.
Make a whole in the top and feed your cord through the top, keeping the plug / joint inside the bottle.
This will help keep the "joint" dry and reduces the chance of electrical shock.
Get a few citronella candles to keep the bugs away.
Use yellow light bulbs to help keep the insect population away from you.
If camping in a tent / caravan, keep the doors closed.
Even your bungalow door should be kept closed.
The relative dark during the day makes it ideal for mozzies to seek a hiding spot and the relative light at night attracts the bugs.
Remember that prevention of malaria is better than cure.
Try to avoid being bitten and keeping doors closed helps to keep the mozzies away.
(I also carry mosquito coils, but dislike the smell, besides the toxicity aspect.)
Have a container of wet wipes in the car (especially if in the park) to clean sticky fingers and hands or just use to wipe you face on hot days.
If you are travelling in a park, keep books and other entertainment for the kids in the car.
It's really boring for them when you are not seeing game.
A distraction may just keep everyone's temper in check as it is frustrating and distracting for the driver with a car full of whining kids.
Share knowledge with them about the animals, they will learn and be distracted if you are not seeing game at certain times.
Wherever you go, especially when travelling with children, plan your trip and know where the local hospitals are.
This saves a huge amount of anxiety if you have an emergency and kids sometimes do things which give rise to an emergency.
Planning also helps for you to get to the right equipment when you stop for brekkie at a picnic spot.
Rather annoying when you get somewhere for brekkie and the bacon is frozen, right at the bottom of the cooler and the skottel is also at the bottom of the boot or trailer.
Try not to feed the children sweets in the car. Increased sugar gives rise to increased energy levels.
If you have no children on your park trip, keep a deck of cards, travel chess or some other games in the car.
It helps while away boredom when waiting for action at water holes.
Have plenty of water to drink in the car in a separate cooler if space allows.
You will sweat a lot and run the risk of dehydration, especially in summer.
Have a rain coat or umbrella handy, you never know when it may be needed.
Keep your maps, bird and animal identification guides, binocs, cameras and video cameras in the car, or get them into the car at the entry gate.

The above are general tips and very basic common sense ideas, but it amazing how often we overlook the obvious.

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 Post subject: Camping
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:23 pm 
More specifically pertaining to camping in tents, there is one innovation which has made a big difference to my trips throughout Southern Africa...

At most curio stalls along the way one can purchase cheaply one or two "woven" grass mats, of various sizes, but equivalent to a "Welcome mat" outside a normal home's front door.

Put this at the entrance to your tent, and you will virtually remove the sand and dust taken in from shoes and feet!

Most are about 1.5 inches thick, and less than a metre by 0.5 metres, and let the sand through very well!


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