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Re: Not enough picnic spots in the north

Unread post by michel367 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:52 pm

Tshanga has a table and a few benches to sit down and have brekkies at, but you would need to take all your own cooking equipment.

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Re: Not enough picnic spots in the north

Unread post by Dabchick » Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:13 am

The north should be left as wild (and quiet - human-wise) as possible. IMO there's enough picnic spots. If you want to spent your time at a picnic spot rather than driving around looking for animals - go south.

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Re: Not enough picnic spots in the north

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:46 pm

My personal opinion is that there are enough picnic spots or areas in the North especially if one includes the various camps day visitor areas as well.

We never felt the need for more when up there for our extended trips and planned our routes around what was available.

Mostly our meals were in the form of a brunch or actual lunch as opposed to a breakfast so I guess it really depends on what ones needs are.
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Re: Braai Facilities in Kruger

Unread post by pamelajane » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:25 am

As seen in my pics both Nwanetsi and Mooiplaas have braai places with grids -just remember to bring your firelighters,charcoal or wood!
We also take our own hinged braai grid for easy turning of meat.
Interesting thread as one never knows where to find proper braai areas -
I do recall we could only get gas at Muzandzeni and I think (but open to correction) at Timbavati -not so nice if you plan on doing a boerie or chop braai :(

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Re: Skottels at Picnic Sites

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:49 am

We've been to all those picnic sites mentioned - all have skottels! :thumbs_up:
We've always been able to hire a skottel, never had to wait for them.
It's much nicer than taking one's own.
Firstly you save packing space, and then (probably the best part for me :redface: ) - you don't need to wash it afterwards! :D
Cleaning up afterwards is included in the cost! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Skottels at Picnic Sites

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:19 am

Just be careful over long weekends or busy school holiday periods when the demand can often exceed the amount of skottels or how quickly they can be recycled/cleaned.

We saw this once at Mlondozi, it was chaos and the poor attendant was doing his best but people we leaving empty handed after waiting over half an hour for one.

But in the quieter times there is never a problem.
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Re: Skottels at Picnic Sites

Unread post by RobertT » Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:04 pm

DavenJan wrote:We don't use a skottel since we discovered the 'paella pan' for breakfasts. Its flat bottomed and wipes clean easily if you use your own non metal tools. great invention.


Have similar pan from volcano, is great and easy to clean for missus.

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Re: Skottels at Picnic Sites

Unread post by safarigal » Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:48 am

Question: When you rent a skottel do you get an egg lifter too or do we have to bring our own?

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Re: Skottels at Picnic Sites

Unread post by Joep Stevens » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:02 am

Dear Safarigal,

Nope, you need to bring your own egglifter.

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Re: Picnic sites : info / discussion

Unread post by Shidzidzii » Wed May 22, 2013 11:20 am

Shawu picnic spot aka Shewani was still operational in the late 70's once the H1-6 tar road was compete but in 1980 Mooiplaas opened up and Shawu closed. It was one of the vey oldest. The other erswhile picnic spots to close afaik are Gorge and Ngonyamene (next to Mkuhlu for non-whites only) . Pafuri has changed position a few times .

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Re: Picnic Spots

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:26 am

Skukuza day area also sells a limited amount of cold drinks, sweets and chips.

Tshokwane has a good venison roll and sauce available.
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Re: Picnic Spots

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:45 am

When we were at Nkulu in June this year, there was a notice on the wall outside the shop saying that the kitchen had been closed from Feb 4th for renovations.
I asked the attendant when it was going to be reopened and he said he didn't know.
From what I could see there didn't seem to be any work being undertaken that particular day!

So no cooked food available there for the time being other than the usual cold drinks and basic snack type foods, like crisps, peanuts, sweets, biscuits, ice-creams etc
but certainly cooked food available at Afsaal, & Tshokwane. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Picnic Spots

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:13 pm

LeftyLynn wrote:Is ice readily available at all of the camps? Is there a fee for it? That information will be helpful in our decision on how much food to buy at Spar. If it's going to be a hassle to keep the food cool, we won't bother getting too many meats and cold items.
All the big camps have ice available for sale in either a big bag or a smaller size.
If you buy a cold box and freeze the meat/cold items at the first camp, then transport frozen in the coolbox between camps it should not be a problem. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Picnic sites : info / discussion

Unread post by cheetahlady » Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:05 am

Some updates for some of the picnic sites:

We stopped at Pafuri, Babalaba, Mooiplaas, Masorini, Letaba day visitors, Timbivati, Nwanetsi, Muzandzeni, Tshokwane and Afsaal during our July visit.

Gas skottles & hot water available at all sites,most also sell cold drinks. I saw wood/charcoal at Babalaba and Pafuri.
There is a shop at Letaba Day Visitors site but I am not sure if it is always open - may depend on season, but you can walk across the footbridge to Letaba camp shop if needed.

Tshokwane and Afsaal sell food. Both are now run by SANParks. Kuduwors rolls &steaks available at both sites. Also toasted sandwiches, breakfast, tea, coffee. There is a coffee stand at Afsaal where you can buy lattes etc. We had good food at both sites, and it was not overly expensive.
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Re: Breakfast spots

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:44 pm

2 I can think of that are closish to Tamboti are the Muzandenzi on the the S36 and the Timbavati on the S39.
Picnic Spots

The hiring of the skottle braai includes the washing up of it.
but do take all your own food, cutlery, plates etc.

Breakfast/Lunches

might be of help as well. :thumbs_up:
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