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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
Unread postPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 12:46 pm 
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joshilewis wrote:
Theuns, shame on you using so much firelighter! :P
In my week at Kruger, braaiing for 6 nights I used only one 4kg back of briquettes and at most half a box of firelighter.

Josh, what did you braai...marshmallows? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Where did you buy your firestick from? It seems like a good price.

It took me some time to find one and eventually I bought one at Bouwer Broers in Voortrekker street, Pretoria. They sell bicycles and camping equipment.

ndloti wrote:
The wood was damp and required much fanning with a dustpan and lots of firelighters to get a braai fire going

Ndloti, the rod is ideal for situations like that! :thumbs_up:

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Theuns, a whole packet of fire-lighters per fire :shock: Who taught you to make a fire? You obviously did not pay attention during your years in the Boys Scouts. Have you heard about dry grass and small twigs to start with? But gas? jislaaik :D


Rooies, yes I went through the Boys Scouts (Voortrekkers) phase moons ago and did the dry grass and small twigs thing as well, but I like to see flames with a whole 5kg bag of charcoal or preferably two bags of wood at once! Nothing is more frustrating than a fire struggling to get going! :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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TheunsH wrote:
Rooies, yes I went through the Boys Scouts (Voortrekkers) phase moons ago and did the dry grass and small twigs thing as well, but I like to see flames with a whole 5kg bag of charcoal or preferably two bags of wood at once! Nothing is more frustrating than a fire struggling to get going! :lol: :lol:


When your fire costs you more than your food you are a dedicated "bosveld TV" watcher ...

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 Post subject: Re: Camping hints and tips
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Got a question.

Been camping at Pretoriuskop two weeks ago.

We found site at the fence down by the fence.

Now my q, how the :doh: do you get the storm peggs in ground that is as hard as rock. The whole weekend i was praying that the wind don't come up, we would have been runnig like the three pigs.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping hints and tips
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Some people carry an electric drill!

Also try pouring water over the area you want to put the peg in to soften the ground a bit.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping hints and tips
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did try the water trick but was not helping a lot. will remember the dril part.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping hints and tips
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@Louis, before you guy buy yourself some 6" nails. They're strong and won't bend as quick as your tent pegs. Buy enough if you are moving to different campsites.


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 Post subject: Re: Camping hints and tips
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ecojunkie wrote:
If you use nails remember to take washers too!!!! But these won't do as storm pegs.


Yip, good idea. The nails will make it easier for the peg to go in. Something like a pilot hole.


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 Post subject: Re: Camping hints and tips
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Here it is:

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(GlenD has introduced me to it and I must say it is working wonderful! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Camping hints and tips
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We also had the same problem at Pretoriuskop in July, the ground was very hard, my husband was also praying that no wind would come up, our neughbours told us about the drill, now just to get one and put it in the trailer :)

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipments/Gear
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:19 pm 
Something that is easy to put up like a dome tent but made of a strong material such as canvas. A good tent and a gazebo is all you need.


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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipments/Gear
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Most tents are self contained, meaning you can zip them up and not have any openings for things to crawl through.
Beds - we use blow up mattresses and sleeping bags made of duvets.
Battery pack. Get one. It has a cigatesse lighter type of output and some have jumper lead 'handles'.
Matress blower upper - fits on the battery pack.
They your usual cooking/eating stuff.
Lighting - however much you see fit.

That is the minimum - good luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipments/Gear
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Hi Chungu, :D

I have done a few wrong things and many right things with tents.

If you have someone to help you erect a tent, I would go for something fairly sturdy. My tent is great, but it does sometimes want to fly away.

Don't trust the tent pegs supplied if you are going to be camping in windy weather. My brand new gazebbo ended up at the top of a tree in Croc Bridge.

Quite frankly, I am a small person, but I have given up on blow up matresses. The worst investment ever. I now have a really good stretcher and matress that I use with comfort and ease. I also have 2 double bed and 3 single bed matresses filling up my storeroom. Not one survived any of my trips.

I am not sure how some peple get through the hard ground in some of the camps, but I would also welcome advice on this one.

My best lighting friend has been a headlight. Easy for reading, braaing, going to the ablutions, and very reasonably priced. The one that has lasted me the longest has been the cheapest from Pick n Pay.. or any other outlet.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipments/Gear
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Advice to get into hard ground ... Ditch the pegs they are useless. Go to the hardware and buy a packet of long long sturdy nails, buy metal washes and a nice hammer with a hook on the head and you will have no problems. It was my job this last holiday to knock in the nails ( I am a little old lady ) Did see some peeps battling with drills etc ..
Tents?? get a nice large dome tent and a gazebo Ours are easy to assemble ( Takes about 15 minutes )
BIG suggestion .. a bucket with lid in case you need to sqeeze a kidney or two in the middle of the night.. Not nice walking around with all those creepy crawlies ( might even meet MM)
We have just camped for 2 months and had the minimum of equipment. ( did 11 game reserves not all sanparks )

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipments/Gear
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:26 pm 
I learned the hard way about proper tent pegs. Had to remove my tent from the fence at Shingwedzi one night after returning from a very fruitful but windy night drive. Lucky that the neighbors saw it and save it from clearing the fence altogether. :redface:


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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipments/Gear
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Hi chungu

Camping in Kruger is an amazing experience, you will love it.

I advise that you go through your daily routine in KNP and see you take the minimum needed to be comfortable.

You need shelter - a tent. If it does rain, tent with a bit of room to put your bags in with your mattresses is a good idea.

If your tent does not have a 'verandah' it is a good idea to take something for shelter from the sun and rain when cooking, sitting outside etc.

Mattresses and bedding, towels - blow up mattresses can leak and end up very uncomfy, so if you go that route, check your mattress at home. We have also bought one and ended up with it in the park minus the plug :slap:

Camping chairs, a table - make that a good size one. Cutlery and crockery, a pan or pot or wok. Camps have boiling water. Cooking can be done braaiing and in the communal kitchens. A cooler to keep your food cold, and baboon proof storage for food.

Lighting, torch.

One can be very comfortable with just the basics.

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