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Re: Where to shop!

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:08 am

There are big supermarkets in Hazyview (Phabeni Gate) or Malelane (Malelane Gate) where you will be able to get all those items.
Depending on which gate you intend entering the park from.
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Re: Where to shop!

Unread post by Lawrence » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:55 am

Pick and Pay in Hazyview for the cooler, tongs, meat and majority of the large food items. Buy beers, wine in Hazyview as well as the prices in the park for alcohol are high.

Bread, milk and other basics can be bought in the park when you need.

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Re: Where to shop!

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:56 pm

It depends on what type of cool box you buy as to the price Samson, but a basic one shouldn't be that much.
I haven't actually bought one for many years as we have all of ours already.
You will get charcoal, firelighters and all you need for a braai in the supermarkets.
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Re: Where to shop!

Unread post by yoda » Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:16 pm

Samson123 wrote:Is it worth buying a cool box? in your opinion?


If you are going to buy perishables, than a cooler box is a must.

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Re: Where to shop!

Unread post by Merlin11 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:44 pm

Samson, the first time we went we bought a soft cooler bag in the park. It has been back each time we go, we fold it up and pack it in our case with a couple of freezer packs. When we shop in Malelane we buy a bag of ice to get our stuff to our first camp (which tends to be Berg en Dal) then freeze up the packs which last after that. Can't remember prices too much, just remember the overall impression of how cheap it was.

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Re: Shopping en route to Kruger.

Unread post by bert » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:58 am

Hi Samson
I travel by plane with 2 foldable coolers.
In Kruger use the smaller one for drinks etc
The bigger one for meat etc.

This system works fine for me
And soft (foldable coolers) are not expensive in SA

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Re: Shopping en route to Kruger.

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:10 pm

There is a Pick and Pay shopping centre as you come into Hoedspruit from the airport. You can get all you need there.
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Re: Shopping en route to Kruger.

Unread post by Nodrog » Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:58 pm

Samson, I have also taken a lot of advice from the mites about shopping as we are coming from Aus and self catering in the park and need cooler boxes etc. We are hoping to come into the park at croc bridge to Lower Sabie depending on road works. I have made contact with Pick N Pay in Malelane via e- mail. The manager has advised me that if I sent him a shopping list two weeks prior to arrival and they will have it ready
For us to collect on our way into the park. White River P nP also offer this service if you ask.
If you have time constraints this may be an option for you to consider.

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Re: traveling from j.b. to punda maria november 2014

Unread post by Hippotragus » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:31 pm

The Mall is your best bet. Giyani is a very rural town - I went into the Spar and was very disappointed.

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Re: traveling from j.b. to punda maria november 2014

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:53 am

A warm welcome, Tomboy :gflower:

I agree with Hippotragus about Giyani's Mall. It would be better to shop beforehand.

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Re: supplies

Unread post by alexmagda » Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:13 pm

In Komitipoort (Crocodile Bridge) you have a shopping center and there is a Superspar.

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Re: supplies

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:25 am

Cheetahlady, thanks for that tip, it certainly saves time if one's order is packed and ready to go.

Must say I am a Woolies junkie :lol:
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Re: supplies

Unread post by Hippotragus » Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:16 am

I'm also a Woollies junkie. Their stuff may be a little more expensive, but it is good quality and lasts much longer than other brands. I usually do most of my perishables shopping for trips at Woollies. Now we are just 2 at home, we tend to buy our day to day perishables there too!

We seldom have to stock up during a trip - I buy and pack in car freezer, fridge and cool box before leaving home. Odds and ends can usually be bought at the camp shops in Kruger.

Good to know about the various options close to the Park gates, though. I have been known to leave essential things at home!!
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Re: supplies

Unread post by carolv » Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:43 pm

I would always exit at Phabeni Gate as it is only 10mins drive to Hazyview and the Shopping Mall is on the left hand side so very easy to park, shop and get back into the Park.
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Re: supplies

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:37 am

I tend to do the same as Carol. The Pick n Pay center has all the necessary shops needed.

I often buy a grilled chicken, fresh rolls and salad for my first night at the Pick n Pay. It takes away the hassle of supper and is usually tasty and reasonably priced. They also have a Woolies, but last time I was there, it did not have food.

It is also convenient for cash withdrawals.
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