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Re: Camping Necessities

Unread post by Binkieloo » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:44 pm

We've just finished 14 days camping in Kruger! Ok we do it a little less sparcely than you're planning, but the best necessitiies we came up with are the following:

Tent, poles, hard ground pegs and ground sheet
Metal hammer - the ground in Kruger is really really hard
Bedding of some sort
Chairs - our neighbours just had little three legged stools, we have big racing chairs, but you need something.
Flask - this comes in handy for a lot of things
Cooler box - we just bought 2 bags of ice every day to fill it up - keep a fair amount of water in the cooler box to keep everything cool
Ziplock bags - keeps the packaging away from the water in the cooler box
Can opener, bottle opener and wine bottle opener (very very important)
Salt and pepper - it's expensive in the park
Canned goods are quite a bit more expensive than outside
We loved our Just Juice cans, but packing lots of juice help with the heat!
Buy meat, brickets, wood and coal in the park (it's not too expensive than outside)

Our best luxuries were the gazebo, for shade outside of the tent. And our big plastic bucket that we used for a lot: dirty dishes, washing veg, soaking feet in ice water in the heat.

We've seen it done well on a budget, and we had a ball with all our extra bits and bobs.

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All Camping trip with a two and a half year old:
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Re: Deepfreeze facilities for campers

Unread post by Binkieloo » Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:41 pm

I can confirm that there are 2 "freezers" at Balule - they are good at keeping things colder than the outside, but not truely freezers.

I can confirm that the 2 freezers at Maroela though are exactly that - everything we put in them, came out frozen. Not so great for the leftover boerie we wanted to get cold for lunch the next day. Boerie is not nice with ice crystals!

Enjoy your trips all! Wish my trip wasn't just over :(
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Kruger 2016 trip BOOKED! :dance:
All Camping trip with a two and a half year old:
17-23 Oct - Satara
23-29 Oct - Letaba
29 Oct - 2 Nov - Skukuza
2-6 Nov - Lower Sabie

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Re: CHECK IN TIMES AT "CAMP SITES"

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:18 pm

Officially camp site check-in time is the same as the bungalows, but unofficially they usually allow earlier arrivals for the camping folk.
Remember however that this has a 2-way effect.....many folk decide they can also leave camp sites late, meaning that you may not find a site early (if the camp is full), or may miss out on a good site because someone leaves late and only then do you realise you could have had that prime spot at the fence!

One thing that is important though.....you must check-in before setting up camp.
Find your site if necessary (eg if towing a caravan or trailer) but do not set up until you have been to reception. This is stated clearly on the entrance permit, so nobody can plead ignorance.
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Re: Camping in Punda, Shingwedzi, Tsendze and Letaba

Unread post by ndloti » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:23 am

Quite correct , only Tsendze (as well as Moroela & Balule) has communal fridges due to absence of power points in the camps .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Camping in Punda, Shingwedzi, Tsendze and Letaba

Unread post by Wild about cats » Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:58 pm

Hi LyndaK :)

I've camped in Punda Maria, it's such a great place! Only make sure you have a way of keeping cool there, because the weather really gets hot, especally in a tent!
We stayed near the hide last time I was there; it was great because we didn't have to walk far to get there, but it can get a bit noisy. The shop can be a bit limited, so try to get essentials before going to Punda.

Also camped in Shingwedzi. The shop there is great. We stayed near the pool, which is great on hot afternoons, bu it can get very very noisy. It also gets very, very hot; even when you camp in the shade.

I hope you have a great trip :mrgreen:

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Comprehensive Camping Checklist

Unread post by norms » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:56 am

The Automobile Association of South Africa has published this comprehensive camping checklist on their website.

Camping Checklist

Save or print this checklist.
It will sure come in handy when packing for a camping holiday.

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Re: First time Kruger Park camper

Unread post by Wild about cats » Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:44 pm

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Exploring Letaba - '13-'14

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Re: First time Kruger Park camper

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:07 pm

Coco what great news :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

To add to the list of reading you should check this out:
viewtopic.php?style=2&f=48&t=28185&start=0
Its a summary of all the camping places in Kruger's facilities. since what you need might depend on where you camp.
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Re: First time Kruger Park camper

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:19 am

Coco, you don't need a kettle or cooker top, there is 24 hour boiling water and electric stove tops in almost all camps.
You will need a blue adapter for power though.
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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread post by Guzz » Thu May 05, 2011 1:01 pm

Balengo,

If I were you I'd book the 1st week in August in Tamboti. There are 2 and 4 bed tents available for the whole week, and you won't be sorry. Closer to the African bush you won't get! All you'll need is your own plates, glasses, food and wood... and something to wash your biltong down with.
Each tent also has it's own fire place.

Cheers!

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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread post by Hugh » Thu May 19, 2011 12:14 pm

If you want to rough it I love Balule and Tsendse No lectrics Perfect
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Re: advice needed: camping in Satara

Unread post by Hugh » Thu May 26, 2011 7:06 am

Camping means either bring your own caravan or tent,
Can be coldish at night but the days can be very hot.
Plenty of clean ablution blocks with usually hot hot water.
Kitchen areas with hot plates sinks and always boiling water for coffees/tea
The restaurants and take away and shops are for all the people in the camp and those passing through .
Go for it we will be in KNP in August too ...camping
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Re: First time camper advice

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:03 am

Thanks everyone!!
Packing now!

So far:
Tent + all its set up parts
camping chair
fold open table
lantern
spot light and a torch
Sleeping bag
Beanie + exra blanket
2 towels
mosquito repelant
Cooler bag with ice and vacuum packed meat
charcoal + firelighters + braai tonges
toaster
tin opener
electric frying pan
Extension chords + power box apadter + multiplug
Blow up matrass + it's chrger
Rubber snakes :lol:
cutlery + crockery

Kruger map + map of SA (just in case :wink: )
Bird Book 8)
Animal List to tick off what I see :D
Binoculars! Phew! :roll:
Wldcard :thumbs_up:
Rservation docs :thumbs_up:

That is a whole bunch of stuff :doh:
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Sleeping in your car at campsites

Unread post by dcliff1 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:24 pm

Hello!

We're planning to do a self drive through Kruger but we're backpacking around the world, so we're on a tight budget! Is it generally "acceptable" to sleep in your car at the campsites at the different camps?

We're tossing up between buying a tent (which we understand is expensive in S.A, so we'd carry our own in) or just sleeping in a car. We've done the sums, and sleeping at a campsite in a car is the cheapest way.

Is it actually allowed? :pray:

Cheers!

(I tried searching but couldn't find anything on the topic, apologies if its been asked before)

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Re: Sleeping in your car at campsites

Unread post by esto » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:36 pm

I have done it before but i rather just buy a cheap tent it is more comfortable,if you
go to a place like game you can pick up a cheap tent not the best but for your purpose
it will do fine
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