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 Post subject: Help with Kruger Trip
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:45 pm 
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Hi All

I am hoping for some advice - this is my first post on the forums so hopefully it is in the right place.

I have planned a trip to Kruger for my family in June next year. We are flying into Skukuza, renting a car and driving first to Lower Sabie and then to Olifants. We didn't have that much choice on accommodation so we booked the BG2 (x2) in Lower Sabie and NG2U (x2) in Olifants. We then drive to Hoedspruit airport to continue our holiday. I was hoping for some help with a few questions:

1. I presume there won't be an issue with either Sanparks or Avis with picking up the car in Skukuza and dropping it off at Hoedspruit airport (the Avis web-site let me book this).

2. Both the Lower Sabie and Olifants accommodation specify "communal kitchen" and "no utensils". What does this mean? :doh: I think we'll be fine for dinner and perhaps lunch to use the communal kitchen but I am thinking about the early starts and a bit of breakfast. Does this description mean there is nothing in the units - no plates, cups, kettles, etc? How much of a hassle is it to use the communal kitchen for an early breakfast and cup of coffee?

3. Should we bring our own utensils - kettle, cups, etc?

4. Any other tips?

Many thanks in advance for your help!! :thanx:

Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Help with Kruger Trip
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:12 pm 
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Hi Theassassin,

A little advice from me as to your stay.

a) If your vehicle has been booked by Avis it should not be a problem except that you will have to pay a penalty for dropping the car off at a different location.

b) The communal kitchen and no utensils is not too much of a hassle. Communal kitchen - means that they have 2 plate stove, wash up basin and hot water available. No utensils - means just that, nothing. You will need to take your own plates, cups, knives and forks. A kettle is not really needed because you can get hot water from the kitchen. You could also use paper plates which is much easier, just throw in the dirt bin when finished. We normally use our picnic bag which has all the necessary goods you will need.

Hope that helps.
Gregej


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 Post subject: Re: Help with Kruger Trip
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:40 pm 
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Hi There - gregej is spot on

I have often hired a car at Nelspruit and returned to Phalaborwa and there is no problem, just a small fee

With regard to communal kitchens - exactly as gregej says - I find the only time it is a bit inconvenient is the early mornings - I suggest you get a good thermos which you fill with boiling water at the communal kitchen - last thing at night - that way you can have something hot when you wake and then usually fruit and rusks are fine for breakfast - you will want to get on the road really early as that is the best time for viewing so no point wasting time with breakfast. A nice brunch somewhere will be nice and then dinner at the restaurant in the evenings if you don't want to self-cater and/or take all your cutlery and crockery - will just need cups for the early morning drink


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 Post subject: Re: Help with Kruger Trip
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:57 pm 
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Never mind the cutlery and crockery..

Start by packing a bottle opener.... :D

It's no use having a fridge and the cold beer and no opener :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Help with Kruger Trip
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Warm welcome to the forum Theassassin! :clap:

The others have given you good advice re the communal kitchens and car drop off.

There is a Topic on Communal Kitchens if you would like to have a further read up on them.

If you are wanting to try and get accommodation with your own kitchen you have plenty of time to keep a careful check and eye on the Availability
Often something becomes available for your dates.

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 Post subject: Re: Help with Kruger Trip
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:24 am 
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Thanks all for the helpful replies. :D

I see from the Communal Kitchens thread that it is possible to hire a utensil box at some camps. Can anyone advise if this is available at Lower Sabie and / or Olifants? We are coming from Australia so won't be able to bring too much with us...

Paper plates are a good idea!

I will keep an eye out for alternative accommodation.

Thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: Help with Kruger Trip
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You might be in luck in Olifants as per This notification
I will have to try and find out if L. Sabie does still have the utensil boxes for hire.

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