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 Post subject: Acc and supermarkets closest to Punda Maria / Pafuri
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:42 am 
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Hi

Am going to Kruger next year up to the north for the very first time and would like some information on places to as close as possible to either Punda or Pafuri prior to going into the park.
Also where to stock up on supplies also.

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 Post subject: Re: Acc and supermarkets closest to Punda Maria / Pafuri
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:44 pm 
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Hi sucramuk - I hope you have a fantastic trip to the north of KNP. It is truly magical up there - especially if you like birds and trees - some special ones up there.

I don't know Makhado but if there is a shopping mall there, you should be OK. Otherwise, there are several large shopping malls in and on the outskirts of Polokwane. After you leave either of those large towns, the area between them and Pafuri or Punda Maria is extremely rural with very few shops, fuel stations etc. The shops that are there are very basic, so you would be advised to shop in one of the larger towns - Makhado or Polokwane.

As for accommodation outside KNP in the north of Limpopo province, you should Google for bed and breakfast places and see what comes up. There are also some web pages that cover that sort of thing.

You don't say where you are coming from and why you need to shop that close to KNP. When we go to KNP from our home near Johannesburg, we do all the shopping and packing well before we leave and have a fairly straightforward trip to the park. I guess you are maybe coming from overseas and are flying in, so don't have the luxury of car fridges and freezers. Maybe when you do shop you should look at buying a cheap cooler bag and some ice blocks that you can freeze when you are in camp - makes keeping food fresh much easier.

Have a great time planning and have a super trip when you get here.

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 Post subject: Fresh fruit and veg before you enter Kruger
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Hey all.

Hope this is not a silly question but was wondering if anyone can confirm whether their is fresh fruit and vegetable stalls next to the road around Acornhoek or on your way towards Orpen Gate. :pray: :pray: Nice fresh fruit in season, rather than the ones that was in a fridge the past month, before being packed out in our local supermarkets. :wall: :wall: If so, please let me know, then one can rather buy there before entering the park.

Merry Christmas everyone, and I'll see everyone in Kruger next week!!! Cant wait! :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Fresh fruit and veg before you enter Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:41 am 
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I would buy it in the nearest supermarket before you get to any gate in Kruger. There are some dodgy areas outside some of the gates, so rather be prepared upfront. There is normally some fruit and veg available in the main camps in the South, which is regularly replenished. What you DON'T want to do, is eat in the restaurants :( Just been there. Yuk. Enjoy your trip!


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 Post subject: Re: Fresh fruit and veg before you enter Kruger
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I agree, only stop at recognised and well populated stalls

One recommended Here
and maybe more in that topic as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Fresh fruit and veg before you enter Kruger
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DG brookse . I think if you visit KNP after April you are going to be in for pleasant surprise when eating at a camp restuarant . :D
Often the "farm stalls" have their produce sitting in the hot sun or under the shade under stifling conditions . I would preferre to buy food in the supermarkets Though I am sure there are some super farm stalls along the way .

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 Post subject: Re: Fresh fruit and veg before you enter Kruger
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Well I remember we were buying oranges close to entrance at Malelane. Those oranges were much tastier than the oranges we bought at SPAR.

My last webalbum pictures I took during our last visit to Kruger:

http://www.keesennico.nl/kees/zuidafrika2013/album/
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 Post subject: Re: Fresh fruit and veg before you enter Kruger
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Depends from which side you are coming. Acronhoek shopping centre is quite safe(follow normal safety as you would at home), or from Hoedspruit the local shops would be fine.

Remember any fruit can be smelt through open car windows by elephants and baboons can see them. So ensure packed far away.

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 Post subject: Butcher please on way to Punda
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We usually stock up at Pick n Pay Polokwane, I gather there's a new one in Mall of the North which will mean we wont get lost in the one way system in town, as the new mall is on the R81.
But we would love to buy some game. we can very rarely buy it in the Park and anyway for the first week we are in Punda and Sirheni.
Anyone know of a butcher selling game. We drive OT airport to Punda the day we land and just have time to do a one shop stop on our way and a couple of loo/petrol/coffee stops.
We are so limited on time we have our essentials shopping list we keep from one year to the next. (Not so limited that we don't have time to stop at a Spur. Holiday started.)
Thanks for any ideas
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 Post subject: Where to shop!
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We will be overnighting in waterval boven at the arca retreat and heading on to hazy view for a elephant experience.

We are then hopefully staying for 2 nights at Berg en Dal and travelling through the park for 5 nights..

Having been reading about what to buy etc for trips in the park..

Wher can we buy tongs,cool box ,toilet paper and food etc ?

Can we buy in camp or is there a hypermarket en route?

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 Post subject: Re: Where to shop!
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There are big supermarkets in Hazyview (Phabeni Gate) or Malelane (Malelane Gate) where you will be able to get all those items.
Depending on which gate you intend entering the park from.
Toilet paper is supplied in all the bungalows.

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 Post subject: Re: Where to shop!
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Pick and Pay in Hazyview for the cooler, tongs, meat and majority of the large food items. Buy beers, wine in Hazyview as well as the prices in the park for alcohol are high.

Bread, milk and other basics can be bought in the park when you need.

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 Post subject: Re: Where to shop!
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Also lots of great advice Shopping en route to Kruger Samson.
Going to merge it in shortly. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Where to shop!
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Thanks Elsa very helpfull

can you giive us an idea of cost? think we are going to be shocked after UK prices!

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 Post subject: Re: Where to shop!
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Trust me Samson you will be shocked :big_eyes: Unless things have changed in the 2 years since we last went, prices were so much cheaper than here, particularly wine. Certainly the exchange date is far more beneficial now than it was on our last trip so when we go in a few weeks we are expecting things to be even more cheaper for us.

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