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 Post subject: Nelspruit locals help needed
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:37 pm 
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Hello all you Mpumalanga locals!!!!
Need some help - had gathered all the info I needed, then the system crashed and all was lost... Please give advice on the following:
1.) Directions from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to shopping centres nearby;
2.) At these shopping centres, is there a Woolworths and/or Pick n Pay;
3.) Are there any butcheries in the area that you could reccommend who would vaccum pack meat for us if we phoned and pre-arranged this - if so, does anyone have numbers for them?
Thanks a ton!

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Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 10:39 pm 
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Kathy if you come into nelspruit from the airport side there is a big shopping centre on your left hand side, therin is all the usual shops but in and around nelspruit you will find all that is needed

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Masses of shops in Nelspruit. If you want a Woolies food, then the one at the Crossings Shopping Centre is better than the one at Riverside Mall, which is on the road to Whiteriver, about 3 kms out of Nellies..... the Crossings Shopping Centre is on the main road in from Barberton, and am sure you would have to turn right on that road when you come in from the airport. The Crossings also has a nice Spa or Pick n Pay,not sure now which, also a Mugg and Bean for delicious coffee and food.....
There is also a Value shopping centre just before you reach Riverside mall, which has camping shops and the likes. The only thing I have struggled to find in Nellies is a decent bottle store!!!! Think the Crossings one is the best though :lol:
Butchers that vacuum pack things for you? NOt sure, but have a friend who lives in Nellis staying at the Lodge tonight so will ask him and let you know tomorrow..... (He buys most of his meat here in Swaziland though!!) :lol:

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@ Elsa and LL: Thanks for this info. How far is this shopping centre from Maelane Gate?

The town of Malelane is about 13km from Malelane Gate and the Shopping Centre is a little further down the road, so I'd say maybe between 15-20km, arks. It will really be worth your while though and you will see it easily on your right-hand side coming from the Park, you can't miss it. :D

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macho mouse wrote:
Good to know about the Malelane centre. Its close enough to nip out if need be.

Is that closer to a gate than the Hazyview shops? Distance to travel outside the park for a shopping run is also a part of the shopping run equation :D


According to my information Hazyview is 43 kms from Kruger Gate and Malelane 13 kms from Malelane Gate, but it will obviously depend on where you are staying in the park as to what centre is closest in the end.
Altho we were staying a stones throw from Kruger Gate I figured that it was better to be in the park itself most of the time and less "outside" travelling time the better.
We left the park way too late and according to our calculations had to be back in by 4.30pm to make it up to Kruger Gate comfortably by 6.30pm and I promise you I shopped like a wild woman and made it back with 1 minute to spare!!! :shock: :lol:

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Both White river and Hazyview have supermarkets and butcheries. That would be a beter option than Nelspruit as they are on your route (unlike Nelspruit). White river is the beter of the two.


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As far as I can find from the website of Pick 'n Pay, their branch in White River, which is the first town that you will pass through from the airport en route to Hazyview, is open to 6.30pm weekdays, 5.00pm Saturdays and 2pm Sundays.
We have shopped here and got everything we needed.
I can't seem to find the Hazyview branch listed but might be because it is still very new! but I should imagine their hours to be much the same.

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@Peter B.; for some nice meat, in Phalaborwa, I can advice Lood se Slaghuis at the 56 Tambotie Street (home of the "blue bull" steak). 8)
From KNP: take left at second robot, take first left and direct right. Your now on the Wildevy. At the and on your right on the corner of Wildevy and Tambotie is the slaghuis! :lol:
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Cold boxes are certainly available to buy skywalker, (and its not a stupid question at all).
Ice is obtainable in many different places, but most often its garages you find them in.
There are different quality cold boxes, some better than others.
Which gate are you entering the park through?
If its Phabeni or Paul Kruger, maybe you should also stock up on ice in Hazyview at the garage there. (Its the garage just past where you would turn off, but only by a few meters)
Just don't buy chicken, unless its frozen when you buy it, because it will not, I repeat NOT, be OK to eat by the time you get to Satara, even in a cold box, but if its frozen its OK, but eat it first........

Hope this helps.

Edit: Maybe if your stopping in Nelspruit to shop, its a better bet to buy your cold box at Game, (just across from the Spar at the Crossings, or at Riverside Mall) There is a far better choice there.

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Personally in my opinion, I think the Pick N Pay in White River is the best, we always shop there before entering the park, they have all the stock including camping material & camouflage clothing.


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There is a lovely shopping mall in Hoedspruit :D

You should be able to get all the necessary items you need here :wink:

Allso try Bambino's outside Hoedspruit on your way to Orpen for some of the best braai-wood in the country :wink: :wink:

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 Post subject: shopping Palabora or Letaba?
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this year we are entering via Phalaborwa gate and want to pick up some cheap pots/pans etc so we can cook for ourselves during our 2 weeks there (we come out from the UK, so bringing that sort of stuff is a bit of a nightmare!) - does anyone know if there is a good, cheap shop between the airport and the gate, or can we get them in the Letaba shop? (our first night stop) thanks!

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Rather buy in Phalaborwa.
Firstly a much better, bigger & cheaper variety.
Secondly you'll probably find the shop 2 km's from the gate into Kruger.
Buying at Letaba will not be an option.
Limited options (if any!!!) and definitely prices sky high!!!

There is a Spar on route into Kruger at Phalaborwa, and they will stock the essentials you need to get buy for two weeks.
Yes, it wont be the selection you are used to at Harrods.....but all the same, it will be better than Letaba (not knocking them, they just geared up for day to day stuff).
If you need more specific articles, i suggest going into Phalaborwa central town, which really is no mission whats so ever, if you need. Enjoy!

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Checkers is on the left as you drive through Hazyview from Nelsprui.
Go through a couple of traffic lights past the turn to Phabeni gate and at the next four way stop turn down past the garage, turn immediately left carry on straight and you will see the Checkers in a small centre, and the Checkers is on the right in this centre.

Otherwise the Pick n Pay is on the road to Phabeni gate, turn into the big shopping centre, the turn off is only a very short way down that road and you will see the Pick n Pay plus other shops directly in front of you.
Its quite a good one.

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The Pick and Pay centre has a brand new, very reasonable and well stocked liqour store where you can get everything you need.

I would say that right now, there is no contest. The Pick and Pay centre has an upgraded banking section, most of the essential stores for every kind of shopping (clicks for toiletries, CNA for reading matter) and it is bright and airy.

I also often buy a freshly grilled chicken at Pick and Pay, with fresh rolls and salads for my first night when I am often tired and don't want the hassle of cooking.
The price of their chicken used to be R28.. its excellent value for money.

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