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Unread post by gwendolen » Tue Aug 01, 2006 7:21 pm

There should be clotheslines near the washing machines Bert. That's where I let my laundry dry last year.

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Unread post by arks » Tue Aug 01, 2006 8:22 pm

I've only used the washers at Olifants, but there are also dryers there and they are a real bargain!!
The wash, in a large Maytag, is only R5, and drying in a big Maytag dryer is only R2, which covered more time than I needed for my wash to dry and that included sweatshirts and sweatpants, as well as shorts, T-shirts and other items.
Guess I'd assumed that the launderette facilities at other camps were the same and included both washers and dryers.
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Unread post by luislang » Tue Aug 01, 2006 8:49 pm

We always wash each days undies.......soak it in the basin overnight & a quick wash in the morning.
SO then take a hanger, hang one undie on each side and hook it over the shower door rail with the bathmat on the floor!
Leave all bathroom windows open and if not dry by that evening, it's dry the next morning and whalla!
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Unread post by bert » Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:18 pm

While on the subject of washing
Some washing machines only accept old R5 coins :!:
Like the ones in Satara for eg.

Must admit that the washing is done for a fair price :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by rayb » Sun Jul 27, 2008 1:33 pm

I seem to recall that some staff would offer to do laundry for a nominal fee. Is this still in the case?
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Sun Jul 27, 2008 1:56 pm

Ray I think its viewed in the same category as washing cars, and dishes where the employees have their normal jobs to do and thus (Could be wrong) they are not allowed to....Most camps have clothes washing facilities...maybe not balule and Tsendze and the Bush camps but the Skukuza and sataras of this world certainly will have
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Unread post by Hugh » Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:15 pm

I know Mopani, Punda maria, Shingwedze, Satara, Olifants, Letaba, Pretoriuskop, Berg en Dal, Skukuza and Lower Sabie all have laundry's and they are those big "speed queens"
They work very well, and only take half an hour
Tumble dryers are there and wash lines.
It costs R5( some take old coins and some new) start collecting now!
For a wash just take own washing powder.
Its a good meeting place for a gossip over what has been seen and where!! and its not only the ladies that do their washing!!

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Re: Laundry

Unread post by Mgoddard » Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:02 am

anne-marie wrote:
Hugh wrote: :D if somebody can explain me for next time :wink:

anne-marie its quite simple, :D you select wash on the dial, load your washing, add the powder etc, insert the coin (R5) in the slot, push the lever in, so your R5 dissapears and there you go,
The machine will start taking water and wash and spin.
The dryers is another story, at PKop they took R2 coins and that only gives you about 20min of drying, not nearly enough to dry a load of clothes so you have to check and reload money if you want your clothes completely dry. :(

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Unread post by saraf » Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:59 pm

This is our experience at Olifants.

We followed the instructions on the machine.
Once we put the money in lights came on the machine and it started filling with water.

After about half an hour the attendant (not sure if she was officially the laundry attendant or just a cleaner) came in.
She started filling the machine with water from the sink.
Her English wasn't good but she indicated that the washing wouldn't actually start until the water was at a certain level.

She came back to supervise us filling up for the spin cycle too.

When it came to the drying, SO had wandered off with the money so she loaded up the dryer and put money in from her ready supply.
We paid her back, left a hefty tip for the water filling and left the rest of our soap powder.

I wouldn't have wanted to negotiate with her for doing the whole wash but she is certainly great at helping out clueless foreigners.
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Unread post by Timepilot » Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:52 am

Saraf, I had the same experience at Olifants in June and was expecting the same problem at Shingwedzi. The machines there though filled up superquick so it was'nt a problem.

One of the groups camping at Shingwedzi had brought their own maid with them :shock:

Great place for a chat the laundry - at Shingwedzi there were two old Ooms there, both of them on extended stays and we had a good old chat. They had only just arrived so I filled them in on what we had seen and where which led to a few memories popping up :)
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Laundries in the camps?

Unread post by safarigal » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:36 am

We will be in Kruger for a little over 3 weeks and will be in need of having to wash our dirty laundry.
During this time we will be staying at Berg en Dal, Pretoriuskop, Lower Sabie, Satara and Olifants.
Please could you tell me if any of these camps have washers and dryers.
Many thanks.

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Re: Laundries in the camps?

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:12 am

All have laundries with washers and driers situated in the camping areas. Keep a stack of the new R5 coins to operate them.
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Doing laundry.

Unread post by gregdeklerk » Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:10 pm

What are the laundromats like in the main camps? Are there coin operated machines or is it to be done by hand? Should I pack the camping washing line? I am a bit green when it comes to this, so it might seem like a dumb question!

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Re: Doing laundry.

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:47 pm

There are laundries in all the main camps in Kruger, washers and dryers.
They mostly take R5 coins, some of them the old coins and some the new! :wink:

And no, it wasn't a dumb question at all. :wink:

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Re: Doing laundry.

Unread post by Merel » Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:41 pm

In my personal experience Satara and Skukuza can be very busy at the laundry, whereas Croc bridge there was no queue and there is also a long line to hang your cloth to dry.
Take some coffee at the lovely cafeteria while you are waiting.
Asking the cleaners to do it sounds like a good idea too. Klotzof what do you pay them, if I may ask? (I never know how much to pay or tip in SA)

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