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 Post subject: Re: shoping tips and advices ..?
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:09 pm 
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Agreed with the posters
And the airport is to expensive

btw, love the ellie dung paper articles
And the cheap Kruger mug (R130 i believe)
really keeps you coffee hot and they last forever

And some real Kruger books
Like: Gamer Rangers by Jan Roderiques
And Kobie Krugers books
Can be found in the Skukuza shop

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 Post subject: Re: shoping tips and advices ..?
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And Kobie Krugers books
These are a great idea - they are easy to read and really tell what it is like to live in Kruger and bring up a family in the Wilderness.

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 Post subject: Re: shoping tips and advices ..?
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Would love to see someone explaining to Aussie customs officer how the Ellie dung coasters are perfectly safe!


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 Post subject: Re: shoping tips and advices ..?
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Good question Leervis :lol: :lol: :lol:

Ellie dung paper also makes a lovely gift. I have a painting of Meercat done on ellie dung and it is delightful.

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 Post subject: Re: shoping tips and advices ..?
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Don't buy wood carvings on the roads. The wood may be from endangered trees, and it may not be treated so you may be buying a lot of trouble! Stick to park shops or the community shops mentioned (the latter are probably the best!)


Thanks for the advice, EJ. :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Discussing Curios in Kruger Shops
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We always 'treat' any wood carvings we buy, irrespective of the source.

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 Post subject: Boring insects in wooden souveniers from Kruger area
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We bought some wooden carved Yellow-billed Hornbills from Numbi Gate's craft stall.
Purchased date was May 2012.
In late October 2012 we noticed some wood borings on the floor under the souvenir and found some small holes had appeared in the souvenir which is light wood.
What would this insect be and is there a danger of the insect spreading to other wood in the house?


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 Post subject: Re: Boring insects in wooden souveniers from Kruger area
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It's a wood boring beetle and yes it can spread all over the house.

We bought masks at Maropeng in 2010 and the same thing happened.
We got stuff from a place on one of the Dutch Islands - Texel.
You spray it with it etc etc.
Took a couple of treatments to get rid of it.
I have no idea what to use in South Africa though.... I would suggest going to a Hardware store or Garden centre immediately.


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 Post subject: Re: Boring insects in wooden souveniers from Kruger area
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I suggest though I might be wrong
Get a stong plastic bag pop the wood carving in it spray with "doom" or any crawling insect spray and seal and leave it a day or two . repeat if necessary . Has worked for me .

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 Post subject: Re: Boring insects in wooden souveniers from Kruger area
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That's what we did with the stuff we ordered as well. Can't name the product but after 3 treatments it worked. :D

The mask that was "infected" made us smile though. The borer was in the "nostril", so every time it started up again it looked like the mask's nose was running. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Boring insects in wooden souveniers from Kruger area
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and there's me thinking that you were talking about insects that weren't exciting, wildebeeste :) :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Boring insects in wooden souveniers from Kruger area
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We have done the same with the legion of wood carvings in our house.

When a new one arrives it gets the treatment. I don't want my roof to come crashing down.....

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 Post subject: Zebra Skin
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I seem to remember that at least the shop in Lower Sabie (and perhaps others, too) do sell zebra skins - does anybody know if they are from "real" zebras (because here in europe they also offer cow leather painted with zebra stripes)? and how much do they appr. cost?

if they are from "real" zebras I wonder where they come from: from special farms or indeed from inside the park (which I seriously doubt). last but not least: if you buy one, do you get some sort of certificate to avoid trouble when leaving the country and re-entering your own?

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 Post subject: Re: Zebra Skin
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I have wondered about that.

I have also seen zebra and other hides for sale, at Afsaal.

They are genuine hides, but I don't know the procedure for 'import/export'.

I cannot imagine they originate in Kruger. I think they also sell blesbok, which is not a kruger antelope.

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 Post subject: Re: Zebra Skin
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I looked at one at one of the shops (not that I would even consider buying it...) anyway it was on sale for R18,000 which seemed an awful lot of money!

It just seems a bit contradictory selling that kind of stuff in the park :?

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