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Re: Picnic sites : info / discussion

Unread postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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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Facilities at picnic sites

Unread postby Mike1234 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:55 am

Doing some planning and would like to know if the following picnic sites have skottle braai hire facilities?
- Pafuri
- Makhadzi
- Masorini
- Shawu? (about 4 kms south of Mopani

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Re: Facilities at picnic sites

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:14 pm

Warm welcome to the forum Mike! :clap:

Skottles available at
Pafuri
Makhadzi
Pretty sure at Masorini
and Mooiplaas, just south of Mopani. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Breakfast spots

Unread postby 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.
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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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Re: Breakfast spots

Unread postby Hippotragus » Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:41 pm

You can also add N'wanetsi to the list. It is a nice drive from Tamboti along the H-7 towards Satara and then down the S100 to N'wanetsi. We have done that in the past.

Sometimes we just have a quick comfort break at N'wanetsi and then return via the H-6 and the Sweni Road (S126) and have our cooked brunch at Muzandzeni picnic site. Then up the S36 to rejoin the H7.

So - you will have plenty of choice for a spot to have your brunch. Hope you have a great trip.
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Re: Breakfast spots

Unread postby Dup » Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:25 pm

One of my favorite route's -from Tamboti H7(looking for male lion pride ) then the S39 lions, leopard and the trees along the Timbavati river then late breakfast or brunch at Timbavati picnic spot.
- braai and gas last time R20 .00, they do the cleaning.
Must have your own tools .
- warm(boiled) and cold water available
then via Satara and a ice cream back to Tamboti
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Re: Breakfast spots

Unread postby tent dweller » Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:51 am

The picnic site at Orpen gate is a day visitors site, in my opinion does not look very inviting.........I would prefer to make breakfast at one of the picnic spots further into the park
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Re: Breakfast spots

Unread postby PietSkiet » Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:38 pm

I always try and include the S36 and Nhlanguleni breakfast stop in on our trips. You can most definately hire skottels there and drive up to your table. It is by far my favourite place in Kruger. In our March trip we entered at Phabeni and reached Nhlanguleni between 12:00 and 13:00. As far as the S36 goes, in my opinion, best road for Sable, and have had wonderful lion sightings over the years. Also came across a side striped jackal about 1km from the picninc spot earlier this year.
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Picnic Spots near Shimuwini, Mopani and Letaba

Unread postby Mant » Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:08 am

Hi,

Does anyone know what picnic spots there are near Shimuwini, Mopani and Letaba? I was looking on the map but I can't seem to find any.

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Re: Picnic Spots near Shimuwini, Mopani and Letaba

Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:27 am

Mooiplaas picnic site is very near Mopani, and I think probably the nearest to Shimuwini as well.
Letaba has a day visitors area right next to the camp. It has braai facilities, and a pool. :dance:
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Re: Prices of skottels at picnic sites

Unread postby duncanblizzard » Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:21 pm

We were at both this past week and much preferred Tshokwane over Afsaal. Tshokwane was cleaner, more relaxed, less crowded, and the employees were very friendly and helpful to us as first-timers explaining what foods were and what we might want to order. Unfortunately we missed eating there on our second visit because we didn't realize they stopped serving food at 3:30. We arrived at 3:45.

In contrast, Afsaal had multiple full-sized busloads of people there along with half a dozen game drive vehicles. Many appeared to only use the restrooms and not eat, though. When we went to order, three of the four main meals were not available -- said they didn't carry them anymore. The man taking our order kept disappearing and seemed disinterested. The food was fine, but it just wasn't the same as Tshokwane.


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