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Arks asks: Are there also freezers in the fridges at the wilderness camps?

Arks, we have been to Grootkolk, KTC and Urikaruus and they all have freezers.
An excellent idea of Arks to vacuum pac your meat. Freeze when you arrive at the camp. If you buy a couple of the ice bricks in Upington, you can freeze them overnight to use in your coolbox when in transit from camp to camp. We have never had a problem in keeping food frozen between camps if we use these. I just make sure that the coolbox is snuggly packed and not opened up at all between camps. Use a seperate coolbox for the goodies you will need at the picnic spots!
To confirm Restio's advise, Mata Mata also have freezers in the chalets.
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Thanks, Dreamer, one less thing to worry about now! One tip for overseas travelers who may not wish to "invest" in ice bricks for the cool box is to freeze juice boxes or water bottles and use those instead to keep your frozen items cold in transit. this has always worked well for me.

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Upington has got a Game store in the Pick & Pay centre that sells Weights etc. You will get them there. You can contact me if you need help. I live in Upington
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thanks for the tips... I'm taking notes of everything carefully, what is really making me be afraid is the cold temperatures... and how I am going to manage to put summer cloth and winter cloth for a full month in a 12Kg bag...
About the food, anyone made a checklist that can share, we are not really used of bying suplies for 7 days, so if anyone has and can share it it will be very helpfull.

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PS: We are arriving at TR the 26th August... can't wait!


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Pirata, in terms of cold, I don't do cold well. What is useful if you are saving on space is to buy hiking trousers that have zip off bottoms. This means that during the heat of the day they can be turned into shorts.
The other thing is to have really warm socks, a pair of gloves, scarf and if you have short hair a woollen cap. This keeps the extremities warm and its not necessary to pack two wardrobes.
I also have a very lightweight running windbreaker that is helpful in wind. It weighs next to nothing, costs very little and can be an extra skin
I always try to take a good jacket, no matter where I go.

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Thanks, yes, I think I'll follow that.. today I went to do some shoping, we are still on "sales" so...

I bought a new sleeping bag, but I'm still not sure if I did the good choice. There were 2 sleeping bags:

5ºC
0ºC

The big diference was in the weight, I finally bought the 5ºC, but still not sure if I should change it for the other one... I have taken a look for the temperatures on the last week of august and I had no success on finding average Temperatures.. It only says summer and winter... any idea?

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Pirata, the problem in August is always unpredicatability and that area does have a reputation for freezing nights.
There was a product in our first "Wild" magazine called "Grabber". Its a disposable hand and feet warmer that relies on a chemical reaction.
I am not sure where you live, but to read more I think you can go to www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za and check it out.

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pirata, another option is to buy a hot water bottle once you've landed in SA.

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hmmm we were wondering what should we buy for eat... for a week, 2 days at augrabies and 4 days ecotrail kalahari, the day we are moving from augrabies to kalahari we won't be able to buy nothing cause it's sunday (we just realized that today!!!) so we need to make a big shoping for a week...

how many water?

how many wood?

Will eggs, bacon and sausages go fine for a week if we buy them at the begining of our trip?

what meat? as i am spanish speaker, will it be enough to say "a kilo of meat" or will I have to start saying what part of the meat....

I'm starting to get very very excited... but i have the sad impression that I will forget many important things!! arrrrggggg

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Hi Pirata,
I hope this is helpful.
Supermarkets like PickNPay and Shoprite/Checkers are usually open on Sunday mornings, until about 14h00. Maybe some forumites from Upington can confirm this.
Otherwise Spar or Kwikspar is open later, but they are more expensive generally.

2 litres of water per person per day should be enough.

If you are not camping, each unit has a fridge with a deep freeze compartment.

You will be able to choose your own meatpacks at the above shops. If you need help, ask at the butchery.

Don't forget your camera, binoculars and just ask us here if you think of anything else.

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Pirata, according to Pick 'n Pay's website, the Upington Family Story is open from 08:00am - 8:00pm every day, including Saturdays and Sundays. Their telephone number is +27-054-331-2719 if you'd like to phone them to double-check or to get directions.

In terms of meat, most supermarkets will have pre-packaged meat in fridges, and you can simply look at it and choose the part you want.

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The Pick and Pay and the Checkers in Upington have got in-house butcheries and you can buy almost any meat products there. I know both the butchers and they supply good meat and do vacuumpacking. :

Both shops are very easy to find once you are in the town's business centre, but here is a map to help you.
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A(nother) question: Will I be able to buy booze (wine) in Upington on a Sunday???

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j-ms wrote:
The Upington P&P has a wine counter. I am sure the Upington Spar also has a wine counter as well.

Yes, thanks, but my question is whether it is open to sell booze on a Sunday? Apparently this varies between provinces, so it would help to know in advance.

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I'm quite convinced that the wine counters of the supermarkets in Upington will be closed on Sundays.

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