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Re: Hi! Question regarding prices in South Africa & NP's

Unread post by Stark » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:31 am

Warm welcome to the forum, ruralgal. :)

You've gotten great advice in this thread from others, but I want to echo arks statement that you will get a taste of Kruger, and some of the camps I'm sure, while on your tour. I'm always planning my next trip - Africa gets in your blood and Kruger is a very special place.

There are shops in every camp, each with its own unique style. Most will carry alot of the same items, I've found that each tends to have something unique. Be sure to take advantage of shops outside of the parks if you have the opportunity to. We've found several unique items, often run by locals or non-profits. The airport at Joberg also has several shops, and those shops and duty free stores are fantastic!

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Old currency - legal tender? Help please!

Unread post by Mez » Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:07 pm

Hi everyone!
I have some zar from a few years ago. It is the " big 5" rand (signed by Gill Marcus) but doesn't have Mandela on it. Will I still be able to use it when I visit in July? And if not is there anything I can do to avoid wasting it?
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Re: Old currency - legal tender? Help please!

Unread post by carolcass » Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:35 pm

Hi, yes they are still legal tender. Enjoy your visit.

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Re: Old currency - legal tender? Help please!

Unread post by nighthawk2 » Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:40 pm

The only one you'll have a problem with are the "old" 200 Rand notes.
Check online for the differences as the "new" 200 Rand note with the leopard is very similar to the old.
They stopped accepting them in 2011/2012.
If you have any of these old notes, the only place to exchange them is at the Reserve Bank in Pretoria.
We didn't know & drove from Joburg to Kruger, only to find out no one will accept them. Had to exchange other foreign currency at the bank in Skukuza and allow time to go to the Reserve Bank in Pretoria on the day of our departure. Just be careful as they close for lunch at odd times & go for quite some time or at least they did when we went.
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Re: Old currency - legal tender? Help please!

Unread post by jonjon » Fri May 01, 2015 7:20 pm

R200 notes were withdrawn due to counterfeiting but are back in circulation

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Shops in Kruger

Unread post by lindah » Tue May 03, 2016 10:27 pm

Hi I am wondering if the food shopping is good in the camp shops. We're flying into Skukuza so can't do any shopping before arriving into the park so will be relying on camp shops to buy food for nights in Talamati, Biyamiti and Crocodile Bridge camps. Any help would be appreciated thanks.

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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Tue May 03, 2016 10:48 pm

Lindah, I would say Skukuza is the best shop to be able to provide most basic food stuffs that you would need, certainly initially!
I found it pretty well stocked for meat, veggies, salads, breads and other groceries etc
Not sure if you would be using the restaurants for some meals or relying totally on the shops for all your food stuffs.

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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Afriphile » Tue May 03, 2016 10:57 pm

Hi Lindah,
We have found the shops quite good and always had something to make a meal,but you have to take what they have,not always what you want.!
If you are in the park for a while then I would drive out to do a big shop.
Crocodile bridge,Malelane and Phebeni gates all have big supermarkets close by and leaving and re-entering is easy.
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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by stefan9 » Tue May 03, 2016 11:44 pm

Very hit and miss imho. If possible I would rather land in Nelspruit and buy atleast the fresh food there.
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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed May 04, 2016 5:20 am

I found that the shops have greatly improved. Unless you have special needs, the stock is pretty reasonable. The prices are a lot more competitive than previously.

As Elsa said, Skukuza is probably the best shop for most things.

I also often pop in at the Komatipoort SPAR when I stay in the Southeastern camps. It is only about 8 km from Croc Bridge Gate. It is clean, well stocked and caters a lot for tourists. I might suggest that you take a quick drive out.
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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by victimofnature » Wed May 04, 2016 8:23 am

Good morning.

We visited the Kruger the past weekend and I was looking at the shops at Lower Sabie and Skukuza. That is the best shops to buy your basic day to day stuff like fresh bread, veggies and so on.

If you can.... go and sit down at Mugg and Bean at Lower Sabie. Food is very good and fresh with a very nice scenery.

But if you go to a pick nick spot to make a brunch. Take everything with you. Service is poor and the sit down food is not up to standard. Pick nick spots in the Kruger is not up to standard. You can see them going backwards every year.

Good example is Nkuhulu near Lower Sabie. Very nice place to sit and relax, but don't expect to get more than a scenery photo. Once a very nice pick nick spot, but now is only a pitstop.

Enjoy your trip. Kruger is the place to be!!!!


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Unread post by Yoda » Thu May 12, 2016 3:56 pm

The following question was posed on a general travel forum that I am also a member of.
No one seemed to know the answer.

Is alcohol sold in KNP shops on a Sunday?

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Re: Alcohol

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu May 12, 2016 4:20 pm

Yes, it is - and no restrictions on hours.
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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by lindah » Mon May 16, 2016 7:50 pm

Hi we're here now sitting in Biyamiti and have just had two lovely porterhouse steaks bought chilled from Skukuza shop along with potato salad, coleslaw and fried eggs. Not to mention a fine bottle of red and some Castle lager. So the answer to my own question is that the shops are fine and for us Brits extremely reasonable as was the Cattle Baron at Skukuza last night. Found flying into Skukuza airport and shopping in the park so much less hassle than flying into Nelspruit and doing a big shop at Malelane. Just need a little bit of forward planning but enjoying being back in our favourite place and staying at Biyamiti for the first time.

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