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 Post subject: Re: What do the stores stock?
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:04 am 
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Landing at KMIA you can do your groceries shopping in White River, there is a very clean and well stocked Pick 'n Pay centre.
The butchery at Pick 'n Pay is also very nice and clean and also stock the basic meat, chicken etc.
At the same centre there is a Liquor Store as well so you can buy you drinks,etc at the same centre.
I see that you collect your vehicle in Nelspruit?
Well on the R40 back to White River is the Spar Crossings Shopping Centre where you can also buy what ever you need also with a liquor store.
And as foxy says, be careful and watch your speed especially between Hazyview and Kruger Gate and also have a lookout for the cows and goats!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Advice on shopping when visiting Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:28 pm 
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Hi Michael.
I agree with Droopy. Our town is on the way to Numbi gate and have everything you need. If you have special requests you can just ask and we'll see if we can sort it out for you.
If you move up north you can allways come out at Phabeni gate and visit the mall in Hazyview before leaving the south. Or you can go to Phalaborwa once there.
Everything you need you'll get in the park but at a price. The towns (Hazyview & Phalaborwa) are real close to the park but you have to decide for yourself.
Have a great trip.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice on shopping when visiting Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 3:05 pm 
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Personally, I would choose to shop outside the park, there is a far greater selection there.
Either the Pick 'n pay or Spar in Hazyview.
In fact they are in the same mall so if one doesn't have what you want, try the other.
I have found fresh veggies can be difficult to come by in the park shops on occasion, so perhaps get some tins for bad days (eg 3 bean salad is available in a tin, beetroot salad, baby potatoes etc)
The Freezer section of the fridges is of average size, so if you bought your meat outside the park, you could keep the 1st 2 days meat in your fridge and put the rest in the freezer.
I don't know if either of the above mentioned supermarkets have the facility to vacuum pack the meat, but if they do ,it is a good option as the meat will keep fresh for much longer- I always have my meat vacuum packed at my local butcher when I go to the park.
Vacuum packed meat keeps longer in the fridge and freezes without freezer burn.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice on shopping when visiting Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:04 pm 
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Hi Downunder & Alf King.
The shops mentioned will be open on Saturdays & Sundays except Outdoor Warehouse for Sundays.
And there is places in White River which vacuumpac the meat.

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 Post subject: Re: Easter Shopping Hours
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I think Hoedspruit would be the nearest shopping to Orpen Gate, but it will be quite a distance.

You should stock up at much as possible before you enter the Park - especially non-perishables and then maybe replenish perishables in the shop at Satara.

We find, once in the Park, we don't want to leave it for any reason!

If you get your meat vacuum-packed before entering the Park and put it in the freezer/fridge at Satara, it should keep OK.

Others can be more specific about distance from Orpen to Hoedspruit. I can't remember any shops between Orpen and Hoedspruit.

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 Post subject: Re: Shopping
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Two options.

When following the main road (N4) from the airport and you approach Malelane you will find a set of traffic lights.
This is your first entry point in to Malelane and where you will again be re-entering the N4 to go to KNP Malelane gate.

Now at this traffic light you have two options:

1. On your right, just of the N4 is the local "Pick-n-Pay" supermarket.
It is clearly visible.
This is the smaller supermarket but will give you all the basics and more.
So just turn right and directly left in to the parking area.

2. Spar. This is the bigger supermarket and offers an excellent variety of everything.
Turn left at the traffic lights, and keep on going for approx. 500 meters.
After crossing another set of traffic lights, you will clearly see the parking area and a large shopping complex on your left hand side.

After shopping you will return to the N4 and continue on your journey, leaving Malelane behind you.
After a few kilometers at the top of a steady but gentle rise you will see the turn of to KNP Malelane gate.

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 Post subject: Re: Shopping
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Just to add to Imberbe's post - don't worry about getting lost in Malelane! It is a very small place with only 2 sets of traffic lights on the N4.

The Pick and Pay is usually slightly cheaper, but the Spar does have a bigger choice. There is a Wimpy restaurant right next to the Pick and Pay if you need a snack stop too - and a coffee shop next to the Spar.

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 Post subject: Re: Shopping outside the Park
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Just turn left when you get to the T-junction at the end of the airport road.
Keep straight on to the end of that road and turn left on to the N4.
Keep straight on to Malelane and do your shopping there at Pick and Pay or Spar.

However you are probably best time-wise to enter at Crocodile Bridge gate - keep on the N4 through Hectorspruit to Komatipoort where you turn left at a Sasol garage, go through Komati (there is a Spar at the first stop street if you prefer to do shopping there - choice a little more limited than Malelane, but still good). Keep on through the town and past sugar cane fields and you find yourself at CB gate in about 8km.
Then you could take the S28 or other route to LS if time allows, or use the tar road which will be quicker if needed.
But gate closes at 6.30pm now so you should have no problems.

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 Post subject: Re: Shopping outside the Park
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Detour a little into Hoedspruit - good supermarket on the R40 and you can park right outside it. Much closer to Orpen than Lydenburg!

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 Post subject: Re: Shopping outside the Park
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And if you do shop at Riverside, park underneath the centre!
From the airport turn left at the traffic lights below the centre, then keep straight at the next lights and ignore the first parking entrance (for the casino), take the next turning (if you get to the circle just double back!) and keep to the left to go underneath.
At least you park in shade, and are near the management office, so probably a little safer too.
Woolies is roughly in the middle of the centre.
Pick and Pay at the airport end, and Checkers near Woolies.
There is now a new (and huge!) Spar opposite the centre - and parking there is free too!
Excellent selection of groceries, bakery, and salads, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: shopping
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We shopped the Phalaborwa gate Spar in September, and found it well stocked and more reasonably priced than the Park stores. Great selection of Veggies and meats. We bought charcoal and supplies for Brai and lots of snack items for our daily drives. Hope you enjoy your Kruger visit!

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 Post subject: Re: Good boerewors in the park?
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Just another word of advice when buying boerewors .
Boerewors needs to conform to certain minimum standards in order for it to be called BOEREWORS . Therefore , if the label does not state " boerewors " , but something like " braaiwors " or " oom Gertjie se lekker plaaswors " then it probably contains much more fat and bone and gristle than that allowed in genuine " boerewors " .

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 Post subject: Re: Good boerewors in the park?
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In Phalaborwa you must ask for the Laeveld Slaghuis. They sell great meat and wors there. It's right in the centre of town just behind Woolworths.


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 Post subject: Re: Stocking up in Phalaborwa for Letaba, Shingwedzi +Punda
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Sprocky is spot on. In the city Woolies tend to be more expensive than Spar outlets, but that specific Spar in Phalaborwa is mostly a bit too expensive.

When I am in Phalaborwa I buy at:

Woolies for groceries and fresh food - they have great quality foods.
Lowveld butchery for meat - they haven't been the longest surviving butchery in town for nothing.

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 Post subject: Re: Shopping
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Shops in Malelane will be open normal Sunday times. The town is about 10km from the gate.

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