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 Post subject: Re: first time campers
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:50 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: first time campers
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:12 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: first time campers
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:52 pm 
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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.
Remember camping is a about fun and the first time is a learning experience.

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 Post subject: Satara camping advice needed please.
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:57 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Satara camping advice needed please.
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:20 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Satara camping advice needed please.
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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.
Enjoy!

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 Post subject: Re: Satara camping advice needed please.
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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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 Post subject: Re: Satara camping advice needed please.
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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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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:57 pm 
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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.
Enjoy the experience, camping in KNP is the best!


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 Post subject: Extra vehicle cost at a campsite
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Hi All

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


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 Post subject: Re: Extra vehicle cost at a campsite
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:23 pm 
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Hi Glen,

We have camped in Kruger numerous times when meeting friends there. We have never been charged for the extra vehicle.

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 Post subject: Re: Extra vehicle cost at a campsite
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I see the site just states an additional rate will be levied for extra vehicles but doesn't stipulate what the charge is?
Suggest possibly calling the reservation office.

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 Post subject: Re: Extra vehicle cost at a campsite
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:41 pm 
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Thanks Stephan, Elsa.
I sent them an email this afternoon, will see what they say.


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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:45 am 
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I have camped twice with 2 vehicles, and have not been charged extra once. We have always made sure that we have made the gate and the camps we have checked in at aware that we have 2 vehicles, and have always been given 2 exit permits.

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How is it possible that 2 cars can be on one site if no extra charge was payed. Surely each vehicle needs an exit permit and the same reservation number cannot be used for more than one vehicle so that the park can control the vehicles coming in and out. The only way to get around is to ask for two separate exit permits at reception and thereby having it on record on the system . The reservation system should then automatically pick it up as two vehicle pet site and charged for the extra vehicle. :hmz:

If it does not work that way what control is there then for more than 1 vehicle to use the same reservation number and only pay for one site instead of two. Currently there is no control at the camp sites and any one can enter, pitch a tent / park a caravan without any one checking if the booking is for the correct number of vehicles / caravans / persons. The current rate is from R190 for 1-2 persons plus R60 for each extra person. A total of 6 people thus pay R430 per site for one power point. This can be quite a loss in revenue if it is so easy just to pitch up and camp with friends.


When you fill in your gate form you have to state how many people in your car and that is on the permit, if it is different to the number of people in the car you wont be allowed entry, also surely when checking in for camping that number is also checked?

Or is it sadly people just not taking the extra effort to do something, I recently took 2 German friends to KNP. Myself and my Father both have wild cards, but after check in I had to ask why there had been no conservation fee's charged for my friends and I got the reply "but you have a wild card". I dont think enough care is taken when people check-in at gates or at camps.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Kruger
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Just to confirm, we also had exit permits for both vehicles.

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