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Vegan/Vegetarian food availability?

Unread post by markwalker74 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:23 pm

I'm new to the forum but I've had a look around and it seems a great source of information with many experts! :D

Is there a decent range of food for vegetarians on offer?
I'm expecting a limited selection but just wondered how limited! :-)

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Re: Questions on game drives and vegetarians

Unread post by FlorisCathy » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:07 pm

When you stay in Skukuza, go to the Selati Train Restaurant.
They serve you very good food, I would say the best in Kruger.
We both like meat and those choices are massive, but correct me if I am wrong, but there are also fish and veggie menu's.
On the most SANpark Restaurant, the food won't kill you, but isn't very well.

But there is always a camp store (in the biggest camps) who sell food to prepare yourself.
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Re: Questions on game drives and vegetarians

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:54 pm

SA is not vegetarian friendly and the Kruger even less so - and since their new menus, even less so.
Last time I ate at Selati, all they had for vegetarians was a greek salad :|
The restaurants have recently removed their few vegetarian options off their menus.
I think it is just because Saffies love their meat and us veggies are in the very minority. *sigh!

I suggest that you self cater.
Do the braai thing; stop at a Spar on your way to KNP and buy some of the Fry's vegetarian hotdogs, braai sausages and 'chicken' burger patties. Yum!
A bit of tom sauce, mayo and mustard on a roll, and you have a delish meal.
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Re: Questions on game drives and vegetarians

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:08 am

If your booking says 'communal kitchens' then all you will find is a 2-plate stove or two, sinks and a hot-water boiler.
No utensils, pots, crockery or cutlery at all.
If you have a booking with a kitchen you will have your own 2-plate stove, a couple of pots and a frying pan, basic utensils and enough crockery and cutlery for the number of beds in the unit.
In some camps you can hire a box for utensils, pots, etc - check with the camp itself before you arrive.
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Re: Questions on game drives and vegetarians

Unread post by annapangolin » Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:09 am

Veggie food is a little hard to come by. I'm one myself.

The restaurants do a nice cheese and tomato toasted sandwich and also some basic salads. The shop in Skukuza is great for pre-packed veggies. I went a little crazy there yesterday- really reasonably priced as well :)

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Re: Questions on game drives and vegetarians

Unread post by saraf » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:02 am

My other half is a veggie and the main problem he has is that the busy camps tend to run out of veggie food. Also be prepared to eat the same thing every day.

The veggie burgers at the cafes are OK, as are the toasted sandwiches.

At Lower Sabie we went to the restaurant one evening for their buffet. If you mention before hand that you want the vegetarian option then they will reduce the price. He had a large bowl of soup, a lot of salad and all the veggies and potatoes he could eat, along with a dessert, so a fairly good meal in the end.

At the smaller camps that have an a la carte menu, ask if they can do a vegetarian meal but be prepared for macaroni cheese or a potato with cheese sauce.

As they seem to have changed the menu since Jan I'm not sure about this but the breakfast menu used to include omelette and toast.

In recent years we have started to take some packaged food with us - soup, beanfeast and boil-in-the-bag rice. We buy tinned vegetables (peas, corn, beans) etc. and get some dried pasta from the supermarkets and add some spice with a Nando's sauce. Just gives him a bit more variety.
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Vegans In Kruger

Unread post by TI » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:28 pm

Hi,

We will be traveling to South Africa this September, and looking for some vegan advice.

We will spend 10 days at Kruger, and wanted to get some info on the vegan options - Are there any vegan options at the camps' restaurants/cafeteria? Can we buy the required grocery at the camp's shops? Mainly fresh vegetables, lentils, rice and so on (not expecting to find tofu or seitan). We will be staying at self-catering bungalows in: Letaba, Olifants, Satara, Skukuza and Crocodile Bridge.

BTW, vegan - means that we don't eat meat of any kind (including chicken or fish), nor dairy products, or eggs. We DO eat lots of vegetables, lentils, peas, rice, wheat etc.

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Re: Vegans In Kruger

Unread post by forestgump » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:36 pm

Are vegans browsers or grazers ? :lol:
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Re: Vegans In Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:38 pm

Hi TI and a warm welcome to the forum, :clap:

There is a little advice Here but more for vegetarians.
You will be able to buy certain foods to suit you at the camp shops but certainly nothing too unusual.
The veges are also a bit hit and miss, some times nice and fresh but can't really be relied on.
So my best advice would be to stock up on all your main food stuff before entering the park.
There are nice supermarkets in Komatipoort, a little town just outside Croc Bridge, where your choices will be not so limited..
and also Phalaborwa which is outside the gate of the same name and the closest gate and town to Letaba.
If you plan on driving from Jhb then some of the larger supermarkets in the bigger centres will be even better.
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Re: Vegans In Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:39 pm

Hi Tamir

Being vegetarian I hope I can help you out here.

Are there any vegan options at the camps' restaurants/cafeteria?
Very limited ones. One I enjoyed was a Vegetable Bredie - pap (maize meal and vegs in a nice mild curry sauce); and of course there are salad options. But do not rely on much variety from the restaurants.

Can we buy the required grocery at the camp's shops? Mainly fresh vegetables, lentils, rice and so on (not expecting to find tofu or seitan). We will be staying at self-catering bungalows in: Letaba, Olifants, Satara, Skukuza and Crocodile Bridge.
You can get some fresh veggies in the shops, and rice ... maybe dried lentils, I cannot remember. Shops are re-stocked once a week, throughout the park.

I suggest you stock up as much as you can before entering the park. There are fruit and veg stalls alongside the roads that sell nice nuts, and a wide selection of lovely fruit. Avos are a favourite with us.

Also try and get to either a Woolworths food, or Spar. Which way are you driving to enter the park?
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Re: Vegans In Kruger

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:40 pm

Best shop at supermarkets before entering Kruger for fresh stuff. There will be an assortment of tinned foods in the camps' shops, but South Africans are largely carnivores.
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Re: Vegans In Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:42 pm

forestgump wrote:Are vegans browsers or grazers ? :lol:

Either way be afraid FG!!! Think Hippo and Rhino type of respect here!
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Re: Vegans In Kruger

Unread post by forestgump » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:50 pm

I enjoyed your link DinkyBird ! :lol:
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Re: Vegans In Kruger

Unread post by saraf » Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:09 pm

Most of the vegetarian options in the restaurants are served with cheese, so be careful. Some of the larger camps in the south have a deli section in the self-service cafes which stock ready made up salad pots.

DinkyBird has given you some excellent advice with regards to the fresh veggies. My SO is a vegetarian, although not vegan, and we bring packet soup and soya with us from the UK which we then use herbs and spices and such to spice up. We buy rice and pasta while we are there. We also stock up on canned sweetcorn, peas and potatoes as we can't always rely on the shops to have fresh stuff. There's a really nice South African dish that you can buy in cans - very spicy but I can't for the life of me remember its name shaka something? We add it to pasta or rice.

From experience it is difficult but not impossible to eat well, you just need to plan and also to be prepared to eat the same meal a few times.
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Re: Vegans In Kruger

Unread post by Hugh » Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:11 pm

Vegan stuff .. well I suggest a shop thats just before Nelspruit coming from JHB that sells fruit ,dried fruit ,preserves .and fresh veggies etc Its on the right hand side and its called Halls ( hope the mods dont mind me naming the place)
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