Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 1 of 2
 [ 16 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Spreading a bit of Kruger ..love
Unread postPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 10:04 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:07 am
Posts: 590
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Over the past 6 months I have been overwhelmed with the amount of help forumites have given me in putting together this trip of a lifetime (commences in a couple of weeks. Yippeeeee :) )

As someone who will be travelling from overseas (and there are a few of us on the forum who are in he same boat) I will be buying things especially for this trip in SA...for eg an esky/coolerbox which I dont aim to take back to Australia. I was wondering if there is anywhere where we could leave this for another OS visitor so they don't have to buy one. This would not only save money but reduce unnecessary wastage of items when they are just discarded.

Is there already something set up or is it worth considering?

Some of the items could be
cooler boxes
braai equipment - grids/egg slicers/tongs
storage boxes (that keep pests and baboons out!)
camping stuff

The park authorities if they decide to keep it may even raise some funds by hiring these out???? Just a thot

What say you?

_________________
Be the change you want to see in the world- Gandhi
Rusky's Kruger Ramble Jun 08 - a 1st timers dream trip


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 10:40 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Posts: 41969
Location: Somerset West, Cape Town
Hi rusky,

Great idea! :clap:

I will do some 'investigation' on how this could possibly be run for forumites! Please just give me a week or two to do so!

_________________
Sawubona
Dalene

A roaring lion does not catch any prey - African Proverb


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 11:28 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jan 16, 2005 3:19 pm
Posts: 7330
Location: Portsmouth, England
Sounds like a good way to recycle - putting our Earth Day pledges into practice.

_________________
Want to say Thank You or Well Done to a fellow 'mite? Why not nominate them for a Kudu?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 2:08 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar
Award: Funniest/Best Forumite Name (2013)
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:38 pm
Posts: 9641
Location: In the shadow of Table Mountain
FAC Member (2012)
Richprins lives close to Kruger, maybe this is something he could look at!

_________________
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 9:22 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:12 pm
Posts: 256
Location: Malelane
Great idea Rusty. My location, Malalane, 7km's from heaven. My SO and I have been toying with the idea of storing equipment for overseas forumites, a coolerbox maybe two, braai equipment ect. I do not have a lot of space but can manage the bare essentials. We can even do a bit of shopping so you guys do not have to waste to much of your time in shopping malls.(groceries, meat, snaks and so on, even a couple of cold ones) Obviously this favour will be limited to forumites entering through Malalane or Croc Bridge. As we are working forumites, the 7 to 5 type, it will take some organising, but I do not forsee it being a problem.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 10:51 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 05, 2006 4:01 pm
Posts: 548
Location: 10,000 miles from where I'd like to be
I left a coolerbox on our last trip, and will probably buy and leave one on my next trip in November.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 1:44 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:07 am
Posts: 590
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Looks like this is a goer. Thanks for all your responses.
@DB. Thanks. It would be great for the Parks as a forumite fund raiser. Of course this should not be viewed as a "dump my rubbish" avenue.
@NB. I'm jealous (of your location). U see when we started planning our KNP trip this was to be the "trip of a lifetime" - a once off. But I have a feeling that this will not be the "one and only". Thanks for volunteering your services. i will pm you if required. As DB will take 2 weeks to work out something I may need to leave items with you till then.
You know. the first thing you can stock up on ............yellow ribbon (for those forumites that forget!) :wink:

@SW, BB and Saraf - thanks for posting your affirmations.

From small acorns do BIG oaks grow.

_________________
Be the change you want to see in the world- Gandhi
Rusky's Kruger Ramble Jun 08 - a 1st timers dream trip


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 6:43 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar
Award: Funniest/Best Forumite Name (2013)
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:38 pm
Posts: 9641
Location: In the shadow of Table Mountain
FAC Member (2012)
Good on you Neels :clap:

_________________
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 10:36 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Posts: 41969
Location: Somerset West, Cape Town
I am going to move this over to the Wild Projects forum shortly.

Lets make this project happen :dance:

_________________
Sawubona
Dalene

A roaring lion does not catch any prey - African Proverb


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 10:49 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:10 am
Posts: 327
Location: Pretoria
Not negative but,

Will it not be cheaper for overseas people to rent from a local supplier all the needed equipment. For instance the cooler box and braai equipment will be standard on a camper/trailer for camping.

Or do I miss the point, is this for people that doesn't camp. People staying in bungalows??

As I said not negative, but just thinking if all the stuff will be used regular to match the costs?

Maybe I am missing the point.....

_________________
Done:
Elephants Back Pack Trail - 2009
Mphongolo Back Pack Trail - 2011


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 2:12 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:07 am
Posts: 590
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Sawubona - for any project to work and be a success we need all points of view. Your point is very relevant

Let me use our example as not everyone can camp/caravan. We are budget travellers and when we first started putting our trip together we were looking at camping (tents). But then decided against this as
1) We would have to buy or rent a lot of equipment thus increasing the cost of the trip.
2) carrying all the equipment from Australia would be a pain.

So, we upgraded accommodation to tents/huts with communal facilities - which is still very affordable in KNP. This still means we will need to buy/borrow/rent bits and pieces.
Not knowing where we can rent these bits and bobs and also not wanting to spend too much time "shoppping" (I suggested to the Mrs we parachute straight into Kruger but I got "the stare" :lol: ) we will end up at a large supermarket where we can stock up on provisions and buy equipment.

I may have mislead you by saying "camping stuff". By this I mean

-Spotlights - saw this mentioned on someones list. I'm presuming its for spotting animals that roam the fence.

-Gas lamps/burners - I am aware that skottles can be rented at picnic sites. But when we camp we have a portable one.

-foldable Chairs + table.

- basic cooking utensils - pots, sauce pans, fry pan and ladles/egg flips/tongs - again I am aware that you can hire utensils at the camp but I take this to mean plates and cutlery(to eat and not to cook). Another item we use regularly on camping trips is a camp oven. Its a cast Iron pot that is very versatile. It weighs a "tonne" and you can cook stews, roasts, bread/damper, you name it. You just stick all the items in the pot and chuck it on the wood fire.

- coolers/eskies/cooler box - you can never have enough of these

- storage containers: large plastic rectangular boxes where dry goods can be stored so the pests can't get at them

I am sure I can add to this list as it is difficult to ascertain what may be needed. Will only know once I've been there.

Hope the above clarifies things a bit.

_________________
Be the change you want to see in the world- Gandhi
Rusky's Kruger Ramble Jun 08 - a 1st timers dream trip


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 4:03 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:16 pm
Posts: 1861
Location: Fairest Cape
Hi rusky -- just a couple of points

Quote:
-Spotlights - saw this mentioned on someones list. I'm presuming its for spotting animals that roam the fence.

-Gas lamps/burners - I am aware that skottles can be rented at picnic sites. But when we camp we have a portable one.


You can use a torch (flashlight) as well. Small & easy to carry.
You won't need the gas lamp as you will also use the torch for going to the ablutions at night.

Quote:
-foldable Chairs + table.


The accommodation units all have outside chairs and table and so do the picnic sites (trying to save you space here too !)

Depending on your accommodation type, they may also have basic cooking utensils, but often your own egg flip & tongs come in handy.

The cast iron pot (camp oven) is called a potjie here :D

Still think this is an excellent idea as cooler boxes are really necessary and the good ones are expensive.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 4:04 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:07 am
Posts: 590
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Dankie p@m.

By gas light/burner I meant : Gas bottle and camping stove that comes with the attachment for a light. We use this for camping here.

_________________
Be the change you want to see in the world- Gandhi
Rusky's Kruger Ramble Jun 08 - a 1st timers dream trip


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 9:10 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Posts: 41969
Location: Somerset West, Cape Town
Rusky, when is your last day online before you leave for SA?

_________________
Sawubona
Dalene

A roaring lion does not catch any prey - African Proverb


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 3:16 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:07 am
Posts: 590
Location: Melbourne, Australia
DinkyBird wrote:
Rusky, when is your last day online before you leave for SA?

28 May 08. 6 sleeps to go! Yipppeeeeeeeeeeeee. I'll pm you a cell no for SAf.

_________________
Be the change you want to see in the world- Gandhi
Rusky's Kruger Ramble Jun 08 - a 1st timers dream trip


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by swartj at 19:10:55 Submitted by BevAnn at 09:48:15 Submitted by BevAnn at 11:48:23 Submitted by BevAnn at 11:46:22