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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby MATTHYS » Sun Oct 09, 2011 3:57 pm

Perks. wrote:But it seems the prices of locally available stuff has stabilised, to the extent that it's much of a muchness, buying it outside the park, or in camp. Stuff like milk, bread, meat, Amarula. Sure, it's not as cheap as shopping around in Gauteng, but at least I didn't feel thoroughly violated every time we went in.

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We take most of what we would need (and this is very basic :D ) with us and what we did leave behind, never left us feeling violated if/when we needed to buy in the park/camps.
We don't buy curios or momentos though...

edit : I do/did find fresh veggies rather expensive.
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:51 am

My opinion as a non vegeterian :wink: I agree with DB.

I seldom buy meat in the Park. I am also never sure of how it has been kept cold on the trip to the camp. Chicken is a complete "no, no". I am also not too happy with some of the deli meats and try to buy most perishables outside the Park.
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Re: Products available in Kruger NP shops?

Unread postby threedogs » Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:49 am

It seems that each shop has a slightly different compliment of groceries - obviously the larger camps have a better range. Generally they have some 'fresh' veg and fruit, meat, cheese, milk, bread, rolls, biscuits, alcohol, fizzy drinks, juice, condiments, some tinned food and packet mixes for flavourings, sauces etc, rusks, biltong, cereals, confectionery etc etc. Then there is a large range of other items (non-grocery) and souvenirs, books etc.
Many people prefer to do their main stock up outside the park (prices are cheaper, better range) and then just buy top up items, milk etc in the park as you go.
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Re: Products available in Kruger NP shops?

Unread postby Albert » Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:58 am

honeybee79 wrote:Hi
We are planning a trip to KNP in July.
What kind of groceries are commonly for sale on the shops (Punda Maria, Letaba, Skukuza etc) inside the park?

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And what 3dogs said. Availability will vary, fresh bread will generally disappear from the shelves quite quickly. We also tend to stock up on certain items when we get there (there are good places to buy things close to most gates). Like yourself, I travel from the Cape every time I go there, so it is sometimes a mission to transport fresh produce. I do, however, have my butcher vacuum pack the meat I want to take. I freeze the meat, wrap it in newspaper, and pack in a cooler box with some "cold bricks". Even after 2-3 days the meat is still mostly frozen, or at least very cold.
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Re: Products available in Kruger NP shops?

Unread postby Nicolette » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:54 pm

Personally I do not buy at Kruger apart from Charcoal and wood. Depending wherfe you are coming from there aqre some good supermarkets on gthe way in. There are superspars at Malelane and Hazyview as well as a nice one in Komatipport. I would rather buy there

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Re: Products available in Kruger NP shops?

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:29 pm

Mel, do not rely on getting much at Punda shop. Letaba and Skukuza are far bigger shops and stock more. Mopani also has a nice shop, and we have found it to have the best fresh produce. BUT I think it depends if you strike it lucky and go to the shop on a delivery day.

Even with items like cheese, at times I have only be able to buy processed sliced cheese. Last time I was in Skukuza, I bought the last bag of tomatoes ... and they were not too great.

You will not starve if you have to rely on the park's shops, but if you are going to self cater, rather buy before you enter the park as suggested here.
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Re: Products available in Kruger NP shops?

Unread postby honeybee79 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:31 pm

Thanks everyone!
Useful info!

Regarding meat - is there a good variety or only braai chops and boerewors? Can one get something like chicken fillets?

We will be in the park for 2 weeks so we will have to buy some groceries there.
Do you know if these specific items are available?
Canned tomatoes?
Ham?
Margarine?
Onions?
Potatoes?
Fruit?
Fruit juice?

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Re: Products available in Kruger NP shops?

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:27 pm

Honeybee, you should be able to get most of the things on your list at the bigger camps, as has been said.
but do check the expiry date carefully on any meat products before buying.

We found Skukuza in particular had a good variety of foodstuffs on the shelves during our recent trip.
Of course you will pay more than outside the park but its the convenience.
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Re: Products available in Kruger NP shops?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:38 pm

Depending on the size of the shop,

Canned tomatoes - at the bigger shops
Ham :hmz:
Margarine :thumbs_up:
Onions :hmz:
Potatoes :hmz:
Fruit :hmz: canned, yes
Fruit Juice :thumbs_up:

There is usually quite a variety of canned items, but fresh items depend on deliveries etc.
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Re: Products available in Kruger NP shops?

Unread postby kujo » Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:12 am

Any recommendation on a COOLER BOX to buy, bearing in mind the cost and it will have to go in a smallish boot?

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Re: Products available in Kruger NP shops?

Unread postby Lawrence » Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:23 am

The shops are very unreliable.

You may find 3 of the items on your list at any given shop on any given day.

Skukuza is a the largest of the Kruger shops and usually the best stocked.

It will be in your best interest to buy your groceries outside the park, as even when they are available the prices are high and the quality poor.

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Re: Products available in Kruger NP shops?

Unread postby normana53 » Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:48 pm

Coming from America -we purchase an inexpensive cooler at one ofthe stores near the gate - we like the SPAR in Phalaborwa and also the one in Malelane. We stock up on Ice, meats, cheese, bread, fruit, yogurt, museli and whatever else looks interesting. When we are ready to leave we find a staff member and offer the cooler and any things that we have left over that we can't take on the plane home.
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Re: Products available in Kruger NP shops?

Unread postby fee » Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:32 pm

honeybee - if you are interested I have what I call my KP 'check list" with everything from extension cords to food on it. Have forwarded to a number of visitors on the forum who have found it useful when planning.
If you pm me with your email address, I will gladly forward it to you.
I do buy everything before ... only use the park shop for emergencies. They are far too expensive.
If you go through Melalane gate, then shop at the Spar or Pick 'n Pay in Melalane. Have everything you would need.

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Re: Products available in Kruger NP shops?

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:01 pm

DuQues wrote:
DinkyBird wrote:Mel, do not rely on getting much at Punda shop.

That is not true anymore. Or at least, it wasn't in Januari last year. The Punda shop was way better stocked than the Shingwedzi or Letaba shops.
Must have been a fluke, or a long time ago :wink: Certainly not in Nov last year, nor on our previous visits.
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Re: Products available in Kruger NP shops?

Unread postby Toddy » Tue May 01, 2012 4:41 pm

Although we buy most of our food and things outside the park I like nothing better than browsing in the shops, particularly the books and curios etc. Don't normally buy much but do find that they always stock items that I generally wouldn't find in the UK or wasn't aware off. On the whole we use them for luxurys as opposed to necessities although I did have to buy a torch when I was there in December as we had forgotten to bring one with us. The batteries cost twice as much as the torch though. :shock:

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