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 Post subject: Re: Afsaal Picnic Spot
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:20 pm 
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Also popped in to Tshokwane and Nkuhlu and can confirm both were in good working condition.
MUCH better than Afsaal. It's such a pity cos where else do you go in the South for breakfast?
Next time we will use the new Pretoriuskop picnic area - nice and clean and quiet!!!



There's also a new day visitor site near to Berg-an-Dal. We popped in to have a look around last year and it looks like it has some pretty spectacular views but no food cooked for you like at Afsaal.

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Sara we spend some time at the B&D day visitors area last month and it is stunning!!

Lovely to sit there and make your food on the skottel. It was very quiet (we were the only people there) which was very lovely after the busy picnic sites.

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 Post subject: Re: Afsaal Picnic Spot
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Afsaal was/is not one of our favourite places, always very full and never gave us the "feeling" that it was situated in a national park BUT it is very sad to hear what has happened to it, Pretoriuskop day visitors area get 10 out of 10 for service, cleanliness and position. Lovely atmosphere to cook breakfast and to sit and absorb the bush that surrounds the picnic spot.

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 Post subject: Re: Afsaal Picnic Spot
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We stopped by Afsaal, Tshokwane and Nkuhlu twice each during our week at KNP, but mostly only for coffee and bathroom breaks. At least for me, Afsaal was the least stressful since there were no monkeys around. Nkuhlu was the worst with having to deal with aggressive baboons. I almost got my wors roll stolen by a vervet at Tshokwane, but that was because I was too intent on getting the focus on my food shot. Afsaal store did seem to carry the least amount of goods out of the three, and the noise from the renovations did lessen the bush ambiance a bit. Still, we were always grateful for the 3 picnic areas providing toilet stops during our self-drives.

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 Post subject: Re: Afsaal Picnic Spot
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Any forumites who recently visited Afsaal and made use of the cafeteris facilities?? Will you recommend it? I am asking as I will be leading a group of 14 persons in Kruger during the weekend of 23 - 25 May (staying in Berg-en-Dal). I am thinking of taking a game drive on the Saturday morning in the direction of Afsaal to have brunch there. But I do not want to prepare the brunch myself for such a large group.

Or will it be safer to opt for a shorter drive and come back to Berg-en-Dal's restaurant/cafeteria for brunch.

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 Post subject: Re: Afsaal Picnic Spot
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Hi Stoffel,

Just as Sanparks has privatised the restaurants at the camps they have taken back management of the "Tea Stops". Afsaal, sadly, in my opinion is shocking compared to a year ago when it was extremely well. I found the place dirty/untidy, half the menu not available, shop limited, food poorish and staff unfortunately very unfriendly and unhelpful unfortunately.

I would strongly recommend the trip back to Berg en Dal or why not Pretoriuskop? They should have the bush kitchen running which are great :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Afsaal Picnic Spot
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We visited Afsaal about a week ago, found it clean and had a lovely breakfast there,great value for money, we had bacon, eggs, fried tomato and toast for only R25, staff were very friendly and helpful

The shop there is a bit of a let down, only very basic things like cold drinks available, looks very dark and dingy inside :doh: :doh:

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Carol g wrote:

The shop there is a bit of a let down, only very basic things like cold drinks available, looks very dark and dingy inside :doh: :doh:


That's a pity.

I stopped there in December 2012 and the shop was very good.
Well stocked - snacks, postcards curios etc.


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Yes yoda it is a pity about the shop, used to have lots of interesting things in it, now almost nothing :cry:

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Please don't get me wrong but I thought a picnic was a trip or excursion to the country, seaside, etc, on which people bring food to be eaten in the open air. Not to go shopping.

However when we are in the Park we only use the ablutions at these places as we prefer to cook our breakfasts on skottles at the less frequented lookout spots without shops attached.

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Jaaaaa Sparrow :lol: , it's just that tourists are always looking for curios and the shop used to have some nice ones

I don't need fancy things in the shop, but I don't see why it should look so dark and very unwelcoming with almost nothing in it :doh: :lol:

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A few years ago Afsaal had a vibrant bush type of atmosphere, whilst complimenting the Kruger environment. A person felt a sense of excitement when stopping there but in a subtle, good way as Afsaal, including the shop, was part of the Kruger experience. Afsaal now has very little “Kruger” or any atmosphere. It is now just a place to go for a desperate human break before it is too late.

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Grantmissy wrote:
Afsaal now has very little “Kruger” or any atmosphere. It is now just a place to go for a desperate human break before it is too late.

What a pity!!!

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Afsaal now has very little “Kruger” or any atmosphere. It is now just a place to go for a desperate human break before it is too late.


And unfortunately the "facilities" are only unlocked at 08h10, so desperate could be the right word :redface:

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