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Unread postby Johann » Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:40 am

On my last couple of trips I've taken units with a kitchenette and bathroom.
Towels,soap and toiletpaper are provided. Changed daily if you wish so, but preferably not, we need to conserve as much water possible.

Units with cooking facilities vary as some have hotplates and sinks and some only have sinks. The ones I used all had hotplates. Units with kitchenettes include the following: (electric sometimes) kettle, crockery & cutlery (set of four: plates, side plates, pudding bowls, glasses, cups & saucers, knives & forks, spoons and teaspoons), 2 pots and frying pan, salad bowl, bread knife, tin opener, water jug and braaitongs.

I think that's all of it. If anything is short you can just report it to reception and they will try to replace it as quickly as possible.
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Unread postby Shidzidzii » Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:26 pm

BUSHBRO this answer is more to help others also wondering what the accomodation has , as you say you will be prepared .

The communal kitchen blocks have sinks for washing up , 2 plate stoves for cooking side dishes etc and a boiling water dispenser ( you can fetch boiling water in a thermos flask ) to make beverages . Always one close to your bungalow and a great place to talk to other people about who saw what.

All bungalows have braais - supply your own wood/charcoal
firelighters , matches and tongs (or use a fork etc) .

Some bungalows have own kitchenettes usualy with utensils .
You can hire utensil sets at reception offices but it is a "schlep" and you must hand them in next morning which wastes game viewing time. It is worthwhile having your own set
You definatly need your own utensils at picnic spots so in my opinion take a set with. You can buy them in hypermarkets cheaply.

Picnic spots all have skottel braais for hire and this tradition (bush-breakfast) should not be missed. They also have basic kitchen wash-ups etc. Invariably these attendants would like to do your washing up for a fair consideration .

The most important appliance is the fridge to keep food fresh and the drinks cold . Every single accomodation unit (except Balule ) has one with a small deep freeze compatment .

The one piece of equipment all visitors should take is the humble coolbox . It is necessary to keep food cool between overnight camps , and also to have a supply of cool drinks at stopping (get-out) places . Buy one or two at hypermarkets when you get your utensils is my advice.

Otherwise the KNP has enough facilities including shops to supply your needs.

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Unread postby Senyetse » Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:05 am

Utensils includes everything you would need in a kitchen - including dish washing soap and cloths etc.
If the bungalow has a kitchen it will be fully equipped.
You just have to bring your food, drinks, cooler box, clothes and towels for swimming.
I don't think paper towels are supplied but loo paper is.
I would take an extra roll of loo paper just in case there is none at the picninc sites.

Some bungalows (not the budget huts) have a communal kitchen, you will have to bring your own utensils.
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Unread postby Kingfisha » Mon Oct 01, 2007 8:22 am

HI Lovehyena (love your name)!

There are pools at Letaba and Pretoriuskop as well.

Regarding utensils, there are certain things I always take with me - it seems they are the popular items that go home with some of the guests:
Corkskrew/bottle opener
Tin opener
Braai tongs
Steak knives / sharp knife for cutting veggies etc.

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Re: Camp accommodation question.

Unread postby alf » Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:20 am

Here is a pic of the BD4 bungalow at Mopani.

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Accessible accommodation for wheelchair users

Unread postby JimS » Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:42 pm

From reading some of the posts on the topic of accessible wheelchair accommodation at the various camps in Kruger there appears to be confusion on what is available and how to book the accommodation. The term "accessible" is open to interpretation as to the level of accessibility provided.

The suitability of certain accessible units will depend on the extent of the disability of the wheelchair user. Some units are totally accessible, especially if the wheelchair user has a carer to assist. Other units are only suitable if the wheelchair user has a certain amount of independent mobility.

One of the best sources of information is" onclick=";return false; which is an approved site by SANParks. This website has photographs of accessible accommodation in most of the Kruger camps plus a description of the accommodation and facilities provided. The website also covers other National Parks.

In our many trips to the Kruger Park my wife has photographed the accessible accommodation and sent the photographs to Karin Coetzee for inclusion on the website" onclick=";return false;

It is essential that accessible accommodation is reserved in advance of arrival at a camp. Accessible accommodation units are reserved for wheelchair users until a few weeks before occupation, if these unit are not reserved then they are open for the general public to book.

Bookings for accessible accommodation must be made directly with the National Parks Board and cannot be made with any of the booking agents.

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread postby Graeme & Nicky » Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:05 am

Greetings all,
I would like a few questions answered:

Are there still guided tours at the Masorini Site?

The movies that are shown in camp, what are their times?

What time can a person arrive at a picnic site? (We have always gotten there
at about brunch time)

Is the Elephant Museum open over Christmas time?

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:59 pm

Hi Graeme & Nicky and a very warm welcome to the forum. :clap:

I am pretty sure the guides there do still take guests on a walk around, certainly the case in Feb.
Scipio or Sprocky would know for sure.

The movies will be shown as soon as it gets dark enough, not sure exactly what time that is.

You can arrive at the picnic site as early/late as you like, as long as its within the time the camp/park gates are open and you allow time to get back in the afternoon.
The sites that have shops and or attendants will have certain hours, but if you are self catering without the need for a skottel then there is no problem.

I am sure the Elephant museum will be open over Christmas.

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread postby wbevents » Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:10 pm

you would have no problems or no need to worry about it, infants ( under the age of 2 ) do not pay any fees in the park.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread postby saraf » Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:17 pm

Hi Leo, welcome the the forum and congratulations on your wedding.

The safari tents are always a good option, especially the luxury ones. Lower Sabie have some that over look the river, Tamboti is very quiet and bush like and looks onto a dry river bed (in Dec you might get it flowing if you are lucky). And Punda's also have a very nice view. However they only have fans not air con so may get a bit hot.

Olifants have lovely rondavels with fantastic views over the valley. Letaba and Lower Sabie also have bungalows with river views but are not as secluded. And Orpen have cottages overlooking the waterhole where the webcam is situated.

You could splash out and get a guest cottage. Satara has one with it's own waterhole. And there's a lovely one at Shingwedzi, again overlooking the river and with views across the causeway.

Then there are the bush camps, but you would need to self cater. Not sure if you really want to cook on your honeymoon?

There are private alternatives but we aren't really allowed to talk to you about them openly, if anyone has any recommendations they will PM you with them.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread postby Reptile » Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:06 pm

HI Mites

Just a quick question about the power supply at camp sites. Hope someone can help.Does one need to plug a special adapter into the power supply socket for us to be be able to use the electricity or do we just use the normal 2 pin plug and extension cord ?
And if an adapter is needed, where could I get one? I live in joburg.
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread postby Anna Price » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:56 am

Meandering Mouse wrote:You will need a "blue plug" adaptor.

What configuration is a 'blue plug' adaptor - my google-fu isn't up to finding it!

I'll be visiting Kruger from Australia in a couple of months - I already have a standard South African adaptor and a range of others, I'm wondering if one of them might be compatible with your blue plug...

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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:04 am

This is what they were referring to


These are needed when camping......not when you're staying in the chalets.
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Re: Orpen & Pretoriuskop.... Will we be sorry?

Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:11 pm

since you are a large family, I will recommend Bungalow - BG6 (nr 40) at Pretoriuskop. It consists of 2 bungalows with a large bathroom in the middle. It is very near the communal kitcken and also near the gate, restaurant and shop. Each of the bungalows has 3 beds and in one of them is a large fridge/freezer, and of course aircon in both.

We have been there in May again this year and if you drive around in the area, there is an abundance of animals - big 5 plus cheetah and wild dog and most of the other animals such as raptors, smaller birds, various species of antelopes, etc. You can also drive from there to any place in the South including Skukuza, Tshokwane, Orpen Dam, Mlondozi, lower Sabie and even Croc bridge in one day.



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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:54 pm

Does anyone know which number is the FU4D bungalow in Pretoriuskop? Thanking you in advance :thumbs_up:
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