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 Post subject: Re: best southern camping sites
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:40 pm 
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I've camped at all the southern rest camps except Lower Sabie and Malelane.
My favourite so far is Berg-en-Dal.
Most space, very quiet camp with good facilities, good game area.

I would advise against Pretoriuskop unfortunately, the camping area is minute (and we had serious trouble finding a place to pitch our tent during a long weekend).

I don't think you can really go wrong though

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 Post subject: Re: best southern camping sites
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Quicker way: http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/to ... bility.php
Just select the days to see the availability in all camps.

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 Post subject: Re: A Beginners (Dummies) Guide To Camping
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On your question about the mattresses, stretchers and sleeping bags. I found that I would rather go for this small type of stretchers, that roll op smaller than the camping chairs and are stored each in it's own bag. It rolls up smaller than an air matress and you do not have the problem of blowing it up and end up with a deflated matress halfway during the night. I would also recommend sleeping bags for the same reason, as blankets and duvets take up a lot of space.

Buy yourself a picnic basket from Hyperama, where you get cutlery and plates and glasses for 4 people. It also has a compartment where you can put in a bag of ice (like a cooler box). There is also space for a small braai tongs and we even put a butchers' knife in there. It also comes with a nice small cutting board, and a salt and pepper holder, that is really all we take along, and then you also have it available at the picnic spots. On the side of the bag there is enough space for dishwashing liquid and a cloth for the washing as well.

Buy wood in the park. That save space in the boot with bags of charcoal (and we found the price the same as outside the park.)


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 Post subject: Re: best southern camping sites
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Lower Sabi is the least pleasurable camping experience (although the game viewing is best)
Skukuza is a busy camp and I would not recommend it for the best camping experience.

Croc Bridge, Berg En Dal and Malalane are simply fantastic!
Just considering the experience of camping :D
I haven't camped in P/kop yet ...

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 Post subject: Re: best southern camping sites
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Cheetah, I have a very soft spot for Pretorius Kop, but not for camping.
Because it is so often an overnight stop for many, I have found it to be very crowded.

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 Post subject: Electric Plugs/cords in the KNP Camping Sites
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Hi Everyone,

I have just bought a new 3X3 Bushdome stratus Tent with a middle double extension. what i want to know from mites who have been camping for many years is that, which electric cords or extension most camp sites in the Kruger National Park use.

Any response will be appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Electric Plugs/cords in the KNP Camping Sites
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Hi Chungu. You need to take your own extension (anything from 20 to 30 m just to be sure your extension will be long enough) with a blue caravan/camping plug. You can find that at any store that sells camping equipment. Just remember when you decide on your extension, take one with a plug that can be changed... if you take one of these permanent fitted plugs, it will not fit into the blue caravan plug. Hope you understand what I am trying to say here... :redface:


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 Post subject: Re: Electric Plugs/cords in the KNP Camping Sites
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You are going to love camping in Kruger :dance:

All the camps have 'the blue plug'. You can buy an adaptor at most camping/outdoor shops. This adaptor takes a 3 pin plug, so if your extension cord has a 3 pin plug on the one end, and you take an blue adaptor, you will be fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Electric Plugs/cords in the KNP Camping Sites
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Hi

Most campsites DB boards have only 10AMP circuit barkers so you don't need a thick extension cord. Make sure u get one that is at least 20 meters long depending on where you like to set up camp.
Also Remember to get a special adapter that fits on the DB board its available at all camping stores and in the Park shop .

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 Post subject: Re: Electric Plugs/cords in the KNP Camping Sites
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Damn the ladies are on the ball here today :shock: :gflower:

Petra I have to say I prefer the sealed plug extensions.If you just trim the plug on the cord a bit it will fit into the adapter :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Electric Plugs/cords in the KNP Camping Sites
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DB board :hmz: new one for me.

Just something that I have thought of reading Radman's advise ... in a camp like Punda, one does need a long extension cord. I would say 50m, if you do not want to be restricted as to where you pitch your tent.

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 Post subject: Re: Electric Plugs/cords in the KNP Camping Sites
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Chungu, I am sure you are going to love camping. Just one thing to remember, Balule and Tsendze are rustic camps with no electricity. But I must add, due to that it is THE gems of Kruger. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Electric Plugs/cords in the KNP Camping Sites
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Hi PetraJ,

Balule and Tsendze without Electricity. in order to survive in both two camps what is it that will be required/ or must have equipments looking at the unavailability of electricity.


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 Post subject: Re: Electric Plugs/cords in the KNP Camping Sites
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If it is essential to have power you can buy an inverter 800W for under R 1 000 and together with a 12V battery (or two depending on your setup) you can have 220V on your vehicle. Better not to uise your vehicle's battery for this though!!

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 Post subject: Re: Electric Plugs/cords in the KNP Camping Sites
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There are communal gas fridges for your meet. There are no shops, so make sure you buy what you need in the camps where you book in. For example if you go to Tsendze, you have to book into Mopani, buy your ice, etc there. Balule you can book in at Olifantskamp or at Satara depending which way you are coming from the North or the South.

At Balule there is gas and a kettle for boiling water, but I found at Tsendze you will need to take you own kettle, if I remember correctly there is gas. However, if you do not have a kettle, speak to Rodger the camp manager, he will gladly lend you one :lol: There is at both camps oil lamps at night, which make the camps very charming. So, for your own tent, take a gaslamp or battery operated lamp for lighting inside your tent. Make sure all camera (and cellphone if necessary) batteries are charged, or get yourself one of those car chargers if you are going to stay longer than one night. :thumbs_up:


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