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Re: Electric Plugs/cords in the KNP Camping Sites

Unread postby peter_1949 » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:32 am

If it is essential to have power you can buy an inverter 800W for under R 1 000 and together with a 12V battery (or two depending on your setup) you can have 220V on your vehicle. Better not to uise your vehicle's battery for this though!!
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Re: Electric Plugs/cords in the KNP Camping Sites

Unread postby PetraJ » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:33 am

There are communal gas fridges for your meet. There are no shops, so make sure you buy what you need in the camps where you book in. For example if you go to Tsendze, you have to book into Mopani, buy your ice, etc there. Balule you can book in at Olifantskamp or at Satara depending which way you are coming from the North or the South.

At Balule there is gas and a kettle for boiling water, but I found at Tsendze you will need to take you own kettle, if I remember correctly there is gas. However, if you do not have a kettle, speak to Rodger the camp manager, he will gladly lend you one :lol: There is at both camps oil lamps at night, which make the camps very charming. So, for your own tent, take a gaslamp or battery operated lamp for lighting inside your tent. Make sure all camera (and cellphone if necessary) batteries are charged, or get yourself one of those car chargers if you are going to stay longer than one night. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Electric Plugs/cords in the KNP Camping Sites

Unread postby DuQues » Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:27 am

You may find an inverter a very handy gadget to have on you.
Just stick it into the lighter socket of the car and you have 220V for charging phones, batteries and what not.
I just bought one for what would be R200 if I convert from euro. And will need it in KTP....
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Re: first time campers

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:42 am

Hi there and a warm forum welcome!

Not being a camper myself I will try and find the various Topics that will help you make that first camping trip a wonderful experience.


and another long one Here

I do recall a topic for newbies as well but must first go and have a search for it!

Found Another

So lots of reading! :wink:
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Re: first time campers

Unread postby Rooies » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:12 pm

Shaun, in my humble opinion, it is not a good thing to buy camping stuff just before you go on a camping trip. Firstly, you are buying new equipment that you have not tested.
The best way would be to buy the basics, go and test them at a camping spot the closest to your home.
There you will learn how the tent, the camping beds, the pots and pans work.
You will also get an idea as to what works for and what not, what you still need and what is not necessary.

But, since you have already booked, give it a go.
If things go seriously wrong, you can always chicken out and book a bungalow.
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Re: first time campers

Unread postby gabbisa » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:50 pm

You are going to love it.
Just remember rather take too much then too little.
As long as you sleep ok you will be fine.

When you get to camp.
Look for a shady and level spot.
Consider the sun and the rain.
Look to see that you not in a spot where all the water will form a river under your tent :lol:

If you sleeping on mattresses keep your tent closed at all times to keep out unwanted creepy crawlies.

Also you can practice all your equipment at home.
Pitch your tent in the garden.
Remember your hammer, the ground can be hard.

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Re: first time campers

Unread postby isinkwe » Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:12 pm

A couple of basics :that we sometimes help our fellow campers out with(nice to help each other)
extension cord (at pretoriuskop 20m long should be fine)
blue adaptor to couple between standard 3 pin plug and park electric outlets.
decent metal hammer and mallet(4 lbs)(not rubber),decent tent pegs,the ground in Kruger can be like concrete
fill gas bottles
lighter or matches
pump for mattresses
paper clips or small lock for tent zips(monkeys easily open a zip)

will think about this a bit more using my own expierence of leaving things behind and let you know but i am sure there will be plenty more good advice on the way from others.

Make sure all food stuffs are properly secured(monkey proof)
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Re: first time campers

Unread postby spargish » Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:52 pm

Well I would say the tent and making it secure is the most important.
The ground at most camp sites is really hard, most standard tent pegs that come with tents will just bend. My advice would be to buy some stronger pegs from an outdoor shop.
I would also suggest taking a proper 4 pound hammer instead of a rubber mallet, also a screw driver in case the ground is really hard.

If you want electricity don't forget the blue plug, you should be able to get them from any caravan store, or if not 90% of the shops in KNP sell them.

Most important thing is sleep so make sure you bring along all your bedding and everything that is required.

When I camp I try to keep my cooking with pots and pans to a minimum so I usually have 1 pot that can be used on the fire and stove,
Mostly I will cook starch or veg on the braai(nothing beats a fire roasted potato) so you implements would have to match your menu.

Cleaning I would try and get a biggish bowl that you can use to carry all the dirty dishes to the kitchen, obviously you should take what ever you like to wash dishes with,
I also carry a plug in case there is no plug for the sink.

Don't forget towels as there will be no towels provided for you.
I take 2 cooler boxes one for day to day use and another to keep filled with ice to keep my stuff frozen.

In the end remember that if you forget something you will most likely find it at the shops or if its something you can borrow
I am sure a neighbouring camper would be happy to oblige.
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Satara camping advice needed please.

Unread postby Naturefanatic » Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:57 pm

I am taking the family in March/April this year for a camping experience .
We normally do the Rondavels and unfortunately the cost is becoming ludicrous for the amount of time.
I have a few questions I am hoping the members can assist me with .

The Camping sites with power and caravan sites are the same I take it ?
First come first serve on the day?
The next might sound dumb but would the power points there be able to handle a camping fridge/freezer as well as a portable aircon? (Just to be clear we booked a camping site with power).
What can you run on their power supplies.

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Re: Satara camping advice needed please.

Unread postby Foxy » Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:20 pm

Hi Naturefanatic

Welcome to forum ... You will find a lot of information and no question is considered dumb.
Lots of forumites will give you invaluable information.

Yes to your question on camping sites - you can phone Mopani about 3 weeks in advance to request a specific camp site at Tzendse.

We run a camping fridge / freezer off the power but am sure you will be able to also run a portable air con as well.
Some visitors run various electric appliances simultaneously.
Don't forget the special blue adapters which can also be bought at the shops in KNP.

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Re: Satara camping advice needed please.

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:52 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum Naturefanatic. :clap:

Have a look Satara Camping and also Camp Sites

Lots of great advice and info in there.
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Re: Satara camping advice needed please.

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:15 pm

A warm welcome to you Naturefanatic. I hope that you soon become a camping fanatic.

Firstly, if you book a site with power, you can run any number of options off one power point. You do need a blue plug, which can be bought at the camp shop and you you need good adapters. Make sure you have long electrical cables.

I have in the past run numerous fans/lights/and excreta from a single power point without a problem. Enjoy.
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Re: Satara camping advice needed please.

Unread postby tent dweller » Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:48 am

Stockman wrote:The ground is very hard, to get around this and to prevent a bag full of bent tent pegs, I take along a battery operated drilling machine with a very long (45cm) 6-8mm concrete drill bit and use this to make pilot holes for the tent pegs. Works like a charm. Had many a jealous camper around me this year.

Stockman, my hubby also does the "drill" thing, very good idea and works like a charm :D :D
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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread postby GlenD » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:57 pm

Hi Naturefanatic
Caravan power points can generally handle between 10 to 15 amps (they can vary from place to place)
To calculate amperage you will draw:
Amps = watts / volts
E.g. A 220v product that is rated at 1000 watts will draw 4.5 amps.
Most products specify the wattage somewhere on it.
Make sure everything you plan on plugging in doesnt exceed the maximum amperage the power point can handle. Try and stick to about 80% of the plugs rated power supply as startup current draw is a bit higher for that second or so that it takes the appliance to start running.
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Extra vehicle cost at a campsite

Unread postby GlenD » Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:13 pm

Hi All

Does anyone know what the cost is for an extra car and trailer at a CK6P campsite?
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