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Re: Shopping

Unread post by arks » Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:28 pm

Stark wrote:A question about bringing in meat...does it need to be packaged in any special way to bring it into KNP? What about fruits/veggies?

RSA supermarkets will vacuum pack your meat for you.
I always ask them to vacuum pack mine in meal-sized packets, so that I only need open one pack per braai. These packets can then be frozen, so it's easy to carry enough meat for a two-week stay in the park.
Most RSA supermarkets also sell excellent re useable cooler bags that will keep groceries at least chilled for several hours, plus they fold flat and fit in your luggage! 8)
I brought mine home with and am using it here regularly and it will likely travel back with me on my next trip! Adding ice to such cooler bags when traveling between camps worked fine for me in keeping meat and produce cool or frozen — just use separate bags for what you want to keep frozen and what only needs to be cooled.
I also freeze juice boxes (and water bottles) to use in cooler bags when traveling to my next camp — and to keep my padkos cool on game drives :wink:
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Re: What do the stores stock?

Unread post by Pjw » Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:57 pm

There are a number of stores in Nelspruit where you can stock up before entering the park.
There is a Woolworths foods - their fresh fruit and veggies are probably the best.
There is also a pick 'n Pay ( local supermarket) in the Riverside mall where you can get everything as well
Hazyview, a small town just near Phabeni and Kruger gates also has supermarkets that stock most things so you shouldn't have a problem.
The drive from Nelspruit to Hazyview will take about 45min-1 hour, then you can choose which gate to enter at.
Phabeni to Skukuza will take about 2 hours depending on how much you see.
This gate is very close to Hazyview.
Kruger gate is about half an hours drive from Hazyview. Kruger gate to Skukuza will only take about 20 min to half hour max, again depending on what you see.
The choice of gate will then obviously depend on how much time you have available before camp gate closing time
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Re: What do the stores stock?

Unread post by droopy » Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:04 am

Landing at KMIA you can do your groceries shopping in White River, there is a very clean and well stocked Pick 'n Pay centre.
The butchery at Pick 'n Pay is also very nice and clean and also stock the basic meat, chicken etc.
At the same centre there is a Liquor Store as well so you can buy you drinks,etc at the same centre.
I see that you collect your vehicle in Nelspruit?
Well on the R40 back to White River is the Spar Crossings Shopping Centre where you can also buy what ever you need also with a liquor store.
And as foxy says, be careful and watch your speed especially between Hazyview and Kruger Gate and also have a lookout for the cows and goats!!!
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Re: Advice on shopping when visiting Kruger

Unread post by Pjw » Sun Mar 22, 2009 3:05 pm

Personally, I would choose to shop outside the park, there is a far greater selection there.
Either the Pick 'n pay or Spar in Hazyview.
In fact they are in the same mall so if one doesn't have what you want, try the other.
I have found fresh veggies can be difficult to come by in the park shops on occasion, so perhaps get some tins for bad days (eg 3 bean salad is available in a tin, beetroot salad, baby potatoes etc)
The Freezer section of the fridges is of average size, so if you bought your meat outside the park, you could keep the 1st 2 days meat in your fridge and put the rest in the freezer.
I don't know if either of the above mentioned supermarkets have the facility to vacuum pack the meat, but if they do ,it is a good option as the meat will keep fresh for much longer- I always have my meat vacuum packed at my local butcher when I go to the park.
Vacuum packed meat keeps longer in the fridge and freezes without freezer burn.
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Re: Advice on shopping when visiting Kruger

Unread post by Bouts777 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:04 pm

Hi Downunder & Alf King.
The shops mentioned will be open on Saturdays & Sundays except Outdoor Warehouse for Sundays.
And there is places in White River which vacuumpac the meat.
20 min. from the nearest gate! I think the Park is calling. Again.

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Re: Shopping

Unread post by Imberbe » Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:48 am

Two options.

When following the main road (N4) from the airport and you approach Malelane you will find a set of traffic lights.
This is your first entry point in to Malelane and where you will again be re-entering the N4 to go to KNP Malelane gate.

Now at this traffic light you have two options:

1. On your right, just of the N4 is the local "Pick-n-Pay" supermarket.
It is clearly visible.
This is the smaller supermarket but will give you all the basics and more.
So just turn right and directly left in to the parking area.

2. Spar. This is the bigger supermarket and offers an excellent variety of everything.
Turn left at the traffic lights, and keep on going for approx. 500 meters.
After crossing another set of traffic lights, you will clearly see the parking area and a large shopping complex on your left hand side.

After shopping you will return to the N4 and continue on your journey, leaving Malelane behind you.
After a few kilometers at the top of a steady but gentle rise you will see the turn of to KNP Malelane gate.
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Re: Shopping

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:00 am

Just to add to Imberbe's post - don't worry about getting lost in Malelane! It is a very small place with only 2 sets of traffic lights on the N4.

The Pick and Pay is usually slightly cheaper, but the Spar does have a bigger choice. There is a Wimpy restaurant right next to the Pick and Pay if you need a snack stop too - and a coffee shop next to the Spar.
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Re: Shopping outside the Park

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:50 pm

Just turn left when you get to the T-junction at the end of the airport road.
Keep straight on to the end of that road and turn left on to the N4.
Keep straight on to Malelane and do your shopping there at Pick and Pay or Spar.

However you are probably best time-wise to enter at Crocodile Bridge gate - keep on the N4 through Hectorspruit to Komatipoort where you turn left at a Sasol garage, go through Komati (there is a Spar at the first stop street if you prefer to do shopping there - choice a little more limited than Malelane, but still good). Keep on through the town and past sugar cane fields and you find yourself at CB gate in about 8km.
Then you could take the S28 or other route to LS if time allows, or use the tar road which will be quicker if needed.
But gate closes at 6.30pm now so you should have no problems.
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Re: Shopping outside the Park

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:48 pm

Detour a little into Hoedspruit - good supermarket on the R40 and you can park right outside it. Much closer to Orpen than Lydenburg!
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Re: Shopping outside the Park

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:21 pm

And if you do shop at Riverside, park underneath the centre!
From the airport turn left at the traffic lights below the centre, then keep straight at the next lights and ignore the first parking entrance (for the casino), take the next turning (if you get to the circle just double back!) and keep to the left to go underneath.
At least you park in shade, and are near the management office, so probably a little safer too.
Woolies is roughly in the middle of the centre.
Pick and Pay at the airport end, and Checkers near Woolies.
There is now a new (and huge!) Spar opposite the centre - and parking there is free too!
Excellent selection of groceries, bakery, and salads, etc.
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Re: shopping

Unread post by normana53 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:21 pm

We shopped the Phalaborwa gate Spar in September, and found it well stocked and more reasonably priced than the Park stores. Great selection of Veggies and meats. We bought charcoal and supplies for Brai and lots of snack items for our daily drives. Hope you enjoy your Kruger visit!
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Re: Good boerewors in the park?

Unread post by okie » Sun Apr 04, 2010 12:56 pm

Just another word of advice when buying boerewors .
Boerewors needs to conform to certain minimum standards in order for it to be called BOEREWORS . Therefore , if the label does not state " boerewors " , but something like " braaiwors " or " oom Gertjie se lekker plaaswors " then it probably contains much more fat and bone and gristle than that allowed in genuine " boerewors " .
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Re: Stocking up in Phalaborwa for Letaba, Shingwedzi +Punda

Unread post by Sundowner » Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:19 pm

Sprocky is spot on. In the city Woolies tend to be more expensive than Spar outlets, but that specific Spar in Phalaborwa is mostly a bit too expensive.

When I am in Phalaborwa I buy at:

Woolies for groceries and fresh food - they have great quality foods.
Lowveld butchery for meat - they haven't been the longest surviving butchery in town for nothing.
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Re: Shopping

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:39 pm

Shops in Malelane will be open normal Sunday times. The town is about 10km from the gate.
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Re: Shopping

Unread post by onewithnature » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:07 pm

As far as I can remember, there is a Spar, as well as superettes, in Thohoyandou, about 60km from Punda gate. Then, of course, there is the Park shop at Punda itself, with sometimes limited supplies though.
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