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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon May 16, 2016 8:33 pm

So glad all has worked out well for you Linda. :dance:

I have found the camp shops, especially Skukuza to have vastly improved over the past few years, and if folk fly into Skukuza not Nelspruit or Joburg, why go all the way back outside the park to shop when they can shop at Skukuza?

On the other hand if people do fly into Joburg or Nelspruit, then shopping at a supermarket outside the park is a good idea, as the choice is so much better than any of the park shops. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue May 17, 2016 6:16 am

Lindah, thank you for that feedback. :gflower: I am pleased that you had such a tasty start.

I agree with Val. There has been a substantial improvement in service and the quality of foods available.
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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by George_Brits » Tue May 17, 2016 8:10 am

I have found (during my recent KNP visit) that the shops are actually quite reasonable (even for a south african). The selection of products and quality of the products on offer are excellent!

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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Div » Wed May 18, 2016 6:56 pm

The shops in all our Parks used to be very expensive. But Sanparks definately listened to public opinion about this.
Not only are the range of products better but also the prices. Yes you do pay more, but the prices, considering the location, is fair and the products are of good quality. In my opinion, well done Sanparks.

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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Platjan » Fri May 20, 2016 11:12 am

Div,

That has been our experience as well. The prices are still 10 -20% more than at a supermarket outside of the park, and not the 50%+ that it used to be 10 years back. For the convenience( and the quality of the fresh produce that you now get at the Shops in KNP), I am willing to pay that extra 20%.

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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Shopiata » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:01 pm

Hippotragus wrote:Being "locals", we normally take all our food, drinks etc. (usually far too much!) but, when looking through the shops, we have seen a huge improvement in their stock.
The shops seem to have far more fresh vegetables and fruit and frozen meats than before. There is a good variety of tinned and bottled things as well - jams, sauces etc.

There is also a good supply of things you might have forgotten - torches, sharp knives, batteries, mugs, flasks etc.

The clothing is expensive but is unique to South Africa and the parks - I have to be restrained when looking at the kids' clothing. I have bought several outfits for grandchildren - they love the animals on T-shirts.


That's good to hear that there has been a huge improvement when it comes to their stock. I do love fresh fruits and vegetables. This is good news for me.

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by Captainron » Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:45 am

The cost of getting the book/curio etc. into a major newsagent in a town is loads less than it is to get the delivery into Satara, Letaba, Mopane etc. Camps near the gates take less time to get to, which in turn means lower costs. Perhaps this has a bearing on their pricing structures?

I wouldn't be tempted to buy statues/curios at the road side vendors on the outside of the park though. They are causing havoc with the local trees as they cut down indescriminantly.

I am not too bothered about pricing in the shops though. I am on holiday so maybe I just laugh it off.
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Excellent Meat in Kruger

Unread post by Chacma » Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:54 am

Hats off to the official KNP butcher!
We have been sampling his wares for over a month now, and with another fortnight to go I am delighted to report that everything we have eaten has been of excellent quality: tender, flavourful and reasonably priced.
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Re: Excellent Meat in Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:12 am

Good to hear that Chacma, thanks for the feedback. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Excellent Meat in Kruger

Unread post by Crested Val » Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:49 am

I would agree Chacma, a vast improvement in recent times. :dance:
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Re: Excellent Meat in Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:37 pm

Thanks for posting Chacma. I agree 100 percent. :thumbs_up:

In the past, I would always buy outside the Park before entering. I am now happy to rely on the Park's shops.
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by Stark » Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:16 am

Hi all, how are the shops stocked for cutlery? I'm also in the market for a good directors or camp chair.

So glad to hear the prices are down and the quality is up! I'm happy to purchase my food in the park.
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:25 am

Hi Stark, I cannot say that I have seen camp chairs. There are small packs of cutlery though. They are quite adequate, especially since you will be traveling back to the States.

I am not sure which gate you are planning to use, but it would be easy to pop into one of the Malls to pick up a camp chair and possibly a cooler box.
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:20 am

I see you are also debating flying in or driving from Jhb...... If you fly in, choose KMIA rather than Skukuza as you would have a wider range of hire car firms to choose from.

And whichever you do, go to Makro on the edge of Nelspruit. Easy to get to from the by-pass or the airport and easy to get back to the by-pass to drive to Malelane gate. They will have a good range of camping things like chairs, cutlery, at reasonable prices, and you can get some groceries too. You will need to go to customer services and get a membership card, but it is a simple process. Otherwise Checkers at Riverside Mall (also on the edge of town and easy to access) also has some chairs etc and groceries of course.
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by Koen » Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:40 am

Josh of the Bushveld wrote:The only thing I take when I go to Kruger is meat and cheese (I keep Kosher, so can't buy these things there.........

I am continually impressed at the range stocked by the shops in the camps as well as the hours they're open (which might also contribute to higher prices?)


Im bumping this up because we might need to do some shopping in the Park, primarily for things like meat and cheese in fact but also eggs, milk, yoghurt.... anything fresh.

Im wondering when you were last in the Kruger and what so impressed you by the shops general "range". We were there year before last and the shops had nothing. They weren't sold out as such but what little they stocked food wise was altogether ridiculous. The meat was absolutely awful, much of it freezer burnt and there was hardly any fruit and veg and what little they had like the odd tomato was appalling quality. Not even things like pumpkin, gem squash, potatoes the things that one could reasonably consider logical long life stuff to stock. In fact there is nothing logical about the stock at all even the curios are abysmal.

Only thing they do reasonably well are books which I am always happy to pay over the odds for if I see something new or special that catches my eye or that I don't already have in my library.

How do you keep your meat and cheese fresh in the Kruger logistically speaking? We are stopping in Nelspruit to do some shopping but our first night is catered so we cant buy fresh in Nelspruit, the second is a bush camp so we need groceries to take with us, third and fourth bush camp same then last two again catered. Doesn't your meat go off constantly thawing and the cheese turn all soft and sweaty if not entirely inedible?
We don't even have a cooler box as we are arriving, driving, directly from from Oliver Tambo, but we could buy one in Nelspruit but in Kruger's December temps Im not sure this will be of much use anyway. Last time it was close to 40%C for much of the time! Yah hot.

Can you tell me the better shops for groceries so we can plan a bit ahead please. Basics like coffee and tea, tinned goods, sugar, condiments, salt and pepper that sort of thing we will get in Nelspruit, absolutely no need for basics from the shops at all, just for fresh produce that you can't keep.

Im so excited :) I don't mind starving but children are a different story. I also don't see much about the catering in the Kruger on the forum has this perennial crisis been solved already? Would be very convenient if it was. Anywhere recommended for Christmas dinner? And what can we expect. I will make a separate thread on this one anyway.


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