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Gluten free eating/supply in Kruger

Unread post by arthas » Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:50 pm

Hello all!

My girlfriend has coeliac disease, so she has to eat gluten free (no wheat/barley/kamut and derivatives).

How easy is it to find gluten free (ie made of rice or corn) crackers/bread/biscuits in shops at rest camps in Kruger National Park? I'm mainly interested in Satara and Lower Sabie, but I guess they'll all be similar in that respect.

With this information we can basically decide how many things of that kind I should buy before entering the park (in Nelspruit, likely).

Also, are restaurants well equipped for gluten free meals? I know a steak is usually fine, but a bit of variety wouldn't be bad. :-)

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Re: Gluten free eating/supply in Kruger

Unread post by MATTHYS » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:22 pm

arthas wrote:Also, are restaurants well equipped for gluten free meals? I know a steak is usually fine, but a bit of variety wouldn't be bad. :-)


Hello Michele

See the Mugg and Bean menu, kindly posted by Norms, here.
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Re: Gluten free eating/supply in Kruger

Unread post by Yoda » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:26 pm

The shops carry a basic range.
I suspect you will struggle to find gluten free products.

How long are you in Jhb before driving/flying up to Kruger?
It will probably be worth your while to do some shopping at one of the supermarkets first.

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Re: Gluten free eating/supply in Kruger

Unread post by arthas » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:32 pm

Hello!

yoda wrote:How long are you in Jhb before driving/flying up to Kruger?
It will probably be worth your while to do some shopping at one of the supermarkets first.


We won't be in Johannesburg at all (well, except for the airport): we're flying directly to Nelspruit and then spending more than a week in KNP.

I however suppose there are some supermarkets in Nelspruit, so we could stock up there. Or do we need to carry everything from Italy (and it could be problematic to fit everything in the luggage)?

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Re: Gluten free eating/supply in Kruger

Unread post by cheetahlady » Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:46 pm

Hi Michele,

There are shopping centers in Nelspruit. Woolworths has some gluten-free foods (and are labelled as such). Not sure about the other grocery stores.
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:50 pm

Michele, rather stock up after you land, that will not be a problem. Either in White River, or Nelspruit, will leave those who know that area well to advise.

Woolworths have a good range of gluten free products.
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Re: Gluten free eating/supply in Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:46 am

Woolworths always labels their food very well and it should be relatively easy to find what you need. If you have a problem, the shop manager would be able to hep you.

Nelpruit has a very good and well stocked Woolworths.
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Re: Gluten free eating/supply in Kruger

Unread post by arthas » Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:35 am

Hello!

Thanks everybody for the replies.

Looks like Woolsworth Nelspruit Crossing is right on my way from the airport, and there's another one at Riverside Mall which doesn't seem far either. Great! ;)

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Unread post by Carol g » Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:41 am

Athas I have found that the Woolies at the crossings centre is better stocked that the one at Riverside Mall, good luck, hope you find the goodies you are looking for and enjoy your time in Kruger :dance:
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Re: Gluten free eating/supply in Kruger

Unread post by arthas » Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:01 am

Hello!

Ah, it's not really on my way: I saw Nelspruit Airport on the map but I'm really landing and Nelspruit Mpumalanga International (of course ;-)).

On the good side, I'll be driving right in front of the Woolworths in Hazyview, so I'll likely stock up there.

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:19 am

Just check that they do have a food store ... not all Woolworths have food stores.

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:22 am

We won't be in Johannesburg at all (well, except for the airport): we're flying directly to Nelspruit and then spending more than a week in KNP.

Woolworths at the ORT International Airport does have a food store. Perhaps they can assist you to box the items you buy so they survive the flight to MIA.
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Re: Gluten free eating/supply in Kruger

Unread post by arthas » Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:28 am

Hi!

The Blue Haze mall in Hazyview seems to have (besides Woolworths) a couple more groceries... I'm quite confident I'll be able to find what I need in such a big mall... but I'll take a look at the WW in Johannesburg airport as well (and bring also something from Italy just to be sure). ;)

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Re: Gluten free eating/supply in Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:33 am

Unless it has changed the Woolworths in Hazyview is not a grocery store, just clothing.
But there are other of the big supermarkets in there as well.
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Re: Gluten free eating/supply in Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:33 am

Elsa wrote:Unless it has changed the Woolworths in Hazyview is not a grocery store, just clothing.
But there are other of the big supermarkets in there as well.


I think it is still just a clothes store, but I might be wrong.

I know it might be a hassle, but I would recommend getting a good cooler box and stocking up on gluten free goods in Nelspruit. The Hazyview Mall is an excellent center, but in your case it might not offer the goods, or advice that you need.

Woolworth products also seem to last a lot longer. If you enjoy wines, they also have one of the best selections at a reasonable price. You cannot go wrong.

Their meat might be on the pricey side, but it is sometimes vacuum packed and that helps with Kruger heat. I try no to buy chicken if it has to last longer than two days. Salmonella is a greater danger with chicken.

By the way, I do not have Woolworths shares. :wink: Unfortunately. :(
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