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 Post subject: Braais at Olifants and Lower Sabie
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:15 pm 
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Hi all!

We're going to Olifants and Lower Sabie spending two nights at each of the camps as per details below. We will be making our way to Olifants from Sabie via the Panorama Route and Phalaborwa Gate then heading down to Lower Sabie two days later. It would be great to have these questions answered:

1. Will we have braai facilities at both camps?
2. What utensils will be available at Lower Sabie?
3. What utensils will we need for Olifants?
4. Should we buy food and utensils before entering Kruger? If so, where from?
5. What fuel is usually used for the bbq and where do we get it from?

These are the details of our accommodation:

Olfants: BG2 (BUNGALOW): 1 bedroom with 2 single
beds, Aircon, Communal Kitchen, Fridge, No
Smoking, No utensils, Wc and shower

Lower Sabie: LST2U (SAFARI TENT): 2 single beds,
Ceiling Fan, Fridge, Kitchenette, No additional
persons allowed, No Smoking, Perimeter,
Utensils, Wc and shower

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 Post subject: Re: Braais at Olifants and Lower Sabie
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:27 am 
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A very warm welcome to you, Lambada :D .

You are going to be staying at one of my favourite camps, Lower Sabie tented camp. You should find all that you need there, plus the view. 8) JUst keep things locked at all times, the baboons are very clever and notice any opportunity to raid.

You will have a braai area at Olifants, but you will have to buy plates, knives and forks. You will also have to buy your own braaiing utensils. Perhaps someone can help here, but I do think that you can hire the essentials at some of the bigger camps.

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 Post subject: Re: Braais at Olifants and Lower Sabie
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Hi Lambada and a warm welcome to the forum! :clap:

In addition to what MM has already told you,

1. Braai facilities in both camps
2. & 3 all availability at LS but not Olifants, you will either have to buy those or hire a utensils box there.
4. You will be able to get all you need in the town of Phalaborwa just outside the gate, they have a Spar, Pick & Pay and Woolworths.
5. You can use either wood or charcoal for the bbq and some firelighters to get it all going.
Also available in the shops in camp or outside.

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 Post subject: Re: Braais at Olifants and Lower Sabie
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Thank you both for your replies.

Buying meat at Phalaborwa town isn't an option as the drive to Olifants takes 3hrs, by which time the meat would have defrosted. Can we buy meat from the restcamp itself?

Any idea how much it costs to rent a utensils box and if it contains enough plates / cutlery for two people?


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 Post subject: Re: Braais at Olifants and Lower Sabie
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As far as I can remember hiring the utensils box costs R5 per day. Maybe double that now, but it is still a minor amount. It is for two people.

You can keep the meat rather frozen by sticking it in one of those coolerbags that are sold at5 the Spar and such. Add a small bag of ice, wrap it in newspapers and keep it out of the sun.
Then again, I have never been really been disappointed in the quality really.

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 Post subject: Re: Braais at Olifants and Lower Sabie
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:36 pm 
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DuQues wrote:
You can keep the meat rather frozen by sticking it in one of those coolerbags that are sold at5 the Spar and such. Add a small bag of ice, wrap it in newspapers and keep it out of the sun.


Thanks for the suggestion however I'm not totally confident that the meat will remain cold enough. Any possibility of purchasing it from somewhere close to Olifants Restcamp itself?

What about Lower Sabie, can we purchase meat when we get there on the 3rd day?


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 Post subject: Re: Braais at Olifants and Lower Sabie
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Hi Lambada

Meat is readily available in all camp stores but is pricey, which is why the recommendation has been made to get it outside the Park. Ice and a cooler will keep the meat well chilled on your drive.

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 Post subject: Re: Braais at Olifants and Lower Sabie
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Should we buy the meat for the two nights we'll be spending in Lower Sabie from Phalaborwa too or will it not keep that long in the fridge? Would something like ostrich meat keep longer than beef?


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 Post subject: Re: Braais at Olifants and Lower Sabie
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If you ask them to vacuum pack it for you, keeps much better and keep it chilled until you get to Olifants then immediately put it in the freezer, so its frozen hard for the trip down to Lower Sabie, again keeping it in a cooler box it will be perfectly OK.
We have done this many times and even in the heat of mid summer. :thumbs_up:

IMO I wouldn't say ostrich keeps any longer then beef, but have never tried that before.

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 Post subject: Re: Braais at Olifants and Lower Sabie
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Frozen meat , well wrapped , together with ic-bags , takes a long time to thaw out complete . In any event , you do not want it still to be completely frozen when you braai it , just cold . Frozen meat does not cook properly :whistle:
The meat in the camp-shops are not bad , but somewhat more expensive than outside the park . If I was you , I would buy from them as and when you require it on a daily basis .
Besides this , you will need a few spices , salt ,etc , as well as paper-plates if you need them , and all of this you can also precure at the camp-shops .

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 Post subject: Re: Braais at Olifants and Lower Sabie
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Oh, that's a great tip...vacuum!

Can I safely assume that the fridge in our Olifants bungalow will have a freezer too?


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 Post subject: Re: Braais at Olifants and Lower Sabie
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Vacuum packing it will not freeze the meat .

All fridges have freezers , but do not rely too much on it in good ( freezing ) condition .

Go and enjoy , and stop worrying :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Braais at Olifants and Lower Sabie
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The drive to Phalaborwa gate will give you a chance to see wild dogs that have a den in the area. Plus the Sable dam hide.

Go for it! If it does not stay frozen enough, you can braai it all and have it on the road next day.

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 Post subject: Re: General advice needed
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I have a reservation for a family cottage for 4 adults and 1 child. The five of us plan to travel into the Park in 2 separate cars, arriving at different times of the day, and different entrance gates. Will this be okay? Or does everyone who is booked under a particular reservation number need to enter the Park at the same time and entrance gate? Do we need special permission to arrive separately? Thanks for your help.


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 Post subject: Re: General advice needed
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Gazbat, it should not be a problem. Just have the reservation number ready. I have done this myself on a few occasions. Sometimes there is an extra charge on the extra vehicle.

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