It's my 1st time camping in the Kruger, have decided on Skukuza as it might be "easier", also it's my fiancee's first time in the park. Do you have general tips for us?
Were planning making it a longish w/end out of it, starting from the 1'st of July.
Any tips, ideas would be awesome ! Being proactive I would like all the info I can get my hands on before venturing out
Kudos for showing the SO where it (KNP, SANParks in general) all began.
But live a little, and get to other camps for a more bushveldy type experience.
Skuk is very mod and busy with tourists.
You can get electrified camp sites at most of the camps and depending on how well kitted out you are, will be just as comfortable as the chalet-dwellers.
I'd happily recommend LS, BnD and Croc Bridge as good camping sites in the southern park, in addition to Skukuza.
The basics are...
- Shelter - decent tent that you can put up or break down in minutes.
Canvas for the win, but decent nylon is lighter and takes less space.
A separate gazebo or umbrella in case you get no trees, and it's hot.
- Clothing - you're more exposed, take warm and cool clothes.
- Warmth - you want your bum off the cold earth at night.
So decent mattress.
The blow up jobs are pretty impressive IMO.
Similarly, decent sleeping bags, duvets and blankets.
- Food - goes without saying, plan your meals, buy your groceries accordingly.
A good coolerbox (Coleman if budget permits) to keep your frozen and cold chain goods cold as long as possible.
If you know you're in for three days and your food will all be defrosted by the second afternoon, that evening you braai your last meat and the last day you operate out of tins, boxes and packets.
If you really get into camping, and buy a trailer, a small bar fridge is superb.
- Equipment - you need light (torches, plus gas, stick light that operates off 12V, or a 220V light for in the tent),
you need gas cooking equipment (Cadac plus budget cooker, skottel if funds permit),
you need work and eating surfaces (table),
you need seating (the twin bag of fold up chairs available from Makro for about R180, for the win), a tub to collect up your dirty dishes to take to the wash up (if you get into the camping, you buy the whole stand / tub / drying rack arrangement to do it at your site),
you need storage boxes for your kit and food,
you need kitchen utensils, a braai grid and brush if you're squeamish about braaing on the previous occupant's leftover grease, crockery and cutlery (picnic basket makes a good starter pack), a metal kettle for the gas stove, or take the electric from home, and to top it all off,
a utility type tool (Leatherman or similar) that can do various things if you forgot XXX widget at home
- Park-related stuff - map, binocs, camera, bird book, notepad
- Entertainment - portable radio to catch the test match, cards, books
- Electrics - extension to reach central electricity supplies, blue plug, multiplug
- Beer - forget this at your peril!
The camp shops stock most of the camping gear you might need, if you've left something at home, but the prices will make Mastercard weep.
Added: here be my humble refrigerator...
Fits in the Venter, and I take a duck board along, so that the door is raised a bit and doesn't foul the tent's built-in groundsheet.
Set to 3 it will keep anything in the ice box and immediately below, frozen.
Set to 5, it's basically a freezer.
it's really done mileage.
But it really is a winner.