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Communal Kitchens/Cooking Utensils

Unread post by Barbara-Ann » Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:48 am

Good morning All.

We are off to the Kruger in Dec for 7 nights staying in two camps, Olifants and Biyamiti.
At Olifants we are in a 'no utensils and communal kitchen' bungalow.
I know you can hire utensils from the offices but are there things like pots, pans, kettles in the communal kitchen or do we have to hire those as well?

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Re: Cooking Utensils

Unread post by roaneric » Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:51 am

As Andreas said, there are no utensils in the communal kitchen.
You can find hot water there for you coffee thought, so you don't need a kettle.
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Re: Cooking Utensils

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:34 am

Barbara-Ann wrote:I know you can hire utensils from the offices but are there things like pots, pans, kettles in the communal kitchen or do we have to hire those as well?
Warm welcome to the forum Barbara-Ann! :clap: If I remember correctly when we hired a utensil box once there were pots and a frying pan included.
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Communal kitchens

Unread post by Tim Robinson » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:41 pm

I'm looking at the accommodation options for Lower Sabie and Satara for August and there's very little left! However, to keep prices down I can probably still get something basic like a hut, then depend on communal loos and kitchens but I can't find a description of the kitchens.
If there are lots of people in the rest camp, may I find that the braai facilities and hotplates are all being used and I have to wait for hours?
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Re: Communal kitchens

Unread post by RosemaryH » Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:19 pm

Hi Tim

Generally each hut has it's own braai facility so you shouldn't have to wait for a braai.

I've never had to wait for hours to use the kitchens, a few minutes maybe, besides it's the best social place in the camp :) A place to catch up on other visitors sightings.
There are generally 2 hotplates in each kitchen.

Have a look here at the layout of the camps to see the number of kitchens close to the huts you choose to book.
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Satara Camp Map

Enjoy your stay - hope you find the accommodation you are looking for.
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Re: Communal kitchens

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:42 am

Tim, it is a good point to remember that you need to take your own utensils.
But you will only need very little.
One can really survive well with a braai a day and then keep the left overs for lunch the next day.
You can also treat yourself to a take away at the cafeteria from time to time.

The communal kitchens provide boiling water on tap 24/7 - so no probs making coffee etc.

As Rose said, the atmosphere in the communal kitchens is really special.
I love using them.
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Re: Communal kitchens

Unread post by ad rem » Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:18 pm

Ever thought of taking your electric frying pan?
Marvelous what you can cook in one.
Remember an extension cord.
No problem with the communal kitchen.
Take "Sunlight Liquid" dishwash liquid, swabs and most important, a PLUG for the sink.
Remember a Thermos flask as well.
Fill up before bed and ready for morning coffee.

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Re: Communal kitchens

Unread post by Ouma Biskuit » Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:58 pm

If you get to these facilities before the gates close and the masses return from drive there will
be all the cooking facilities at your disposal. Its about prioritising. :wink:

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Cost of hiring cooking utensils

Unread post by Tim Robinson » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:09 pm

Hi
I'll be in Kruger for 5 nights in August with the family. Only one night's accomodation includes cooking utensils. As we're coming from Spain I don't know whether to buy and have to travel with a camping set of pots, pans, plates, etc, etc since I've read you can hire this stuff, but I can't find a price.
Does anyone know how much they charge for these things?
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Re: Cost of hiring cooking utensils

Unread post by saraf » Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:15 pm

Stephens.L wrote:Please note that guests can still hire utensil boxes at a cost of R20.00. However, not all the camps offer this services. It is always advisable to check with the camp you have booked in prior to your arrival to check if they do offer this service.


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Re: Cost of hiring cooking utensils

Unread post by cheetahlady » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:29 am

All main camps have boiling water "urns" at the communal kitchens. Bring a thermos flask and that will be okay as the water is boiling,not just hot. I would recommend this anyway as we like to have tea in the car in the morning. Also bring travel mugs and a small 6 pack cooler (we take these even when we have utensils in the accommodation). As far as utensils go, if you have a set of camping pots(light ones),these will be useful but we have found that most things can be cooked on a BBQ in foil - veg, potatoes, squash etc. you can purchase cheap utensils in SA if you are not too fussy. Paper plates,plastic utensils are easy to purchase. I have hired a picnic basket from lower sabie before but can't remember the cost.

You can purchase camping GAZ cylinders is you have the burners, but these are not really necessary.

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Microwave ovens in communal kitchens?

Unread post by Strandloper » Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:34 pm

Can you please advise whether the communal kitchens in Skukuza and Letaba have microwave ovens available?

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Re: Microwave ovens in communal kitchens?

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:48 pm

No I am pretty sure they don't, there is hot water available and electric cooking plates.

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Communal kitchen/bathroom units

Unread post by shfish » Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:44 pm

Hi Guys, forgive my ignorance.... I'm a Capey and only been to KNP once. Regarding this kind of accommodation, can one at least braai near your unit or is it usually a braai boma for everybody near the communal kitchen. I'm just trying to figure out whether it's worth trying to save the extra R500 odd for a full unit. Thanks for your advice.

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Re: Communal kitchen/bathroom units

Unread post by minettest » Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:48 pm

Hi also a capey :wink: every accommodation has its own braai
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