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Re: Camping advice for beginner

Unread post by RobertT » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:26 am

Because of the time frame I would look at renting a trailer, keep all your foodstuff etc locked away when you are out. Also means you just need to remove essentials from trailer, (tent, bed and chair) rest of stuff can remain in the trailer and you live out of there which makes it easy to pack when you move often.

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Re: Camping advice for beginner

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:38 am

Hi Koshka :D a very warm welcome.

Heat will possibly be your biggest challenge. I would not keep anything that has been opened. It is possible to stock up on tinned meals for easy use, just don't save any. The John West tuna meals are easy to tuck into if you want to eat "on the road". I also keep nuts and biltong available. Not "wet" biltong though, as that does not last as long.

Some camps have started stocking up more with fresh produce. I have found that I can buy fruit for the day. This is another "no/no" to keep.

I tend to make use of the larger picnic areas for the occasional quick snack, or meal. Each has their speciality. Remember to take lots of water. Hydration with Black Lable does not work. Believe me, I've tried it :wink:

Unfortunately, the only places with communal fridges are Tzenze and Balule.
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Re: Camping advice for beginner

Unread post by ils » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:46 am

What I think you should do is the following:

It looks like you will be staying in Pretoriuskop first so:

Get to Nelspruit and stop at the Makro, this is a great store you can buy all your food and camping equipment there.
They have a range of different tents at good prices.
While you are at the store, why not buy a few cases of cold drinks and get all your other supplies!

As my fellow forumites have mentioned, there are not really communal fridge, so while at Makro get a decent sized cooler box and also get your pots pans and any other cutlery you will need.
you will get them at a better price than you can buy the in the park.
also buy your chips and sweets.

What we normally do when we go camping is:
We get a cooler box for drinks and then fill it with ice, this will last you the whole day and sometimes even the next day.
every day that your ice is melted just throw out the water and replace it with ice again.
I would suggest buying meat at the camp shops, it is a bit pricy but it really wont kill your budget! :wink: and it is a bit of a hassle if you don't have a freezer handy to store your things in.
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Re: Camping advice for beginner

Unread post by WendyA » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:52 am

Koshka! I did exactly the same thing in Oct 2010 ...
Camped by myself in Kruger (but only for 3 weeks, not 5!).
It was the 1st time I'd ever been camping (apart from 2 organised tours).
I didn't want to splash out too much in case I didn't like it.
I had a tiny 2-person tent (R200!) into which my single inflatable mattress just fitted ...
And I realised after inflating it the first time that I had to do this inside the tent as the inflated mattress didn't fit thru the tiny door!
Like ur plans, I was out every day, all day, and my tent was only used to sleep in - it was fine. (check out my trip report from that adventure viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=48237).

The weather should b nice ... that said, u can get extremes ... 40 degrees one day and 16 degrees the next so bring a sweatshirt & a light rain jacket/windbreaker for the cool days!
I also found that long cotton trousers for the evening were great as they prevented mossies (but do buy anti-mossie stuff as well and apply it liberally at dawn and dusk).

A coolbox is a must ... As Hugh told u, fridges/freezers are NOT available at most of the campsites but u can buy ice in the shops to put in ur cooler box & keep stuff cold.
Meat can be bought in the shops but I have seen too many people buy meat then find it is completely "off". If u want to do meat braais, do those when ur are in P'kop, Croc Bridge, Lower Sabie, Skukuza where u can pop into town quickly (and not waste too much park time!) & buy meat ...
If u bought frozen stuff it would prob last a couple of days in a cooler box with ice but I wouldn't trust it much longer ...

A hammer & long nails was one of the best bits of advice I got when posting a similar question seeking advice before I went camping ... The ground will b very hard and a mallet & tent pegs may not work.

Definitely take a sleeping bag, it does cool down at night; a camp chair is also a must but u can get cheap ones here for about R100 that will work!
To recharge batteries, etc, u can either use SA electrical sockets in the kitchens & bathrooms or get a caravan plug for use in the campsite.
Will u b camping at a powered site?
U will need an extension cord as well if u r as the electrical boxes can sometimes b a distance from where u get ur tent set up.
A headtorch/flashlight is def recommended.
I would buy a plastic plate, bowl, knife, fork & spoon, a sharp knife & a chopping board, a bottle opener/corkscrew (very important!) a can opener; washing up liquid, a sponge, a couple of T-towels, clothes pegs, string (very useful for a number of things, including a washing line) canned meat, fish, eggs ... a stable Kruger food, a little saucepan and maybe a little frying pan too.
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Re: Camping advice for beginner

Unread post by PeterPM » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:31 am

WendyA wrote:A hammer & long nails was one of the best bits of advice I got when posting a similar question seeking advice before I went camping ... The ground will b very hard and a mallet & tent pegs may not work.

Just remember a washer on the nail to stop the guy rope from slipping off the top of the nail when the wind picks up.
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Re: Camping advice for beginner

Unread post by Canis Lupus » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:04 am

Ask the camp shops if you can store your meat in their big walk-in freezers. Last year we camped at Croc bridge and the camp staff had no problem with using their fridge facilities.
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Re: Camping advice for beginner

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:45 am

I did a camping trip with a caravan, and reported on the different camp sites and facilities - the report is here

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Re: Camping advice for beginner

Unread post by Radman » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:07 am

I did this kind of trip a few years ago all by myself what an experience.
As for you that are from a cold place and not use to our summer heat especially in Sep-Oct start of our summer here .

By looking at the reservations there seem to be quite a bit of CTT2 and HT2 available in most camps that you are visiting cost a little bit extra but no need to pitch tents and buy all kind of expensive camping equipment that will be left behind after all.
The safari tents and huts have a Fridge and Fan and some even air conditioner.
As for utensils there is some amazing Picnic bags at Pick and pay and other camping shop that would be all in one for you.
So that also means that you can by supply's outside the park and have a fridge to keep your groceries (beers) cold with out the worry of throwing away food that wont last in the heat.
All Safari tent and huts have there own power supply so when charging your stuff there wont be any worries.

Also Remember Sep/Oct months is the rainy season for the Kruger even though they experienced it a bit late last year you never know.
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Re: Camping advice for beginner

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:43 pm

Welcome Koshka!

If you get down to here;

The trailer is a great idea.
You can buy prepared food - pies, burgers, etc an most camps and picnic sites like Nkuhlu and Afsaal for a quick meal, otherwise timnned food is the way to go. As a single traveller, that mighht not be convenient, because the cans are quite big.
Crispbread (Pro Vita) and jam etc might also be an option.
Breakfast cereal and long life milk. Our LLM lasted 2 days in the Kgalagadi heat!
As for laundry, I always take my t-shirt & jocks into the shower with me and wash them and hang them up in the car or somewhere, it stretches the time between proper washes.
You would need a 'blue' caravan plug converter and about 5 metre cord.
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Re: Camping advice for beginner

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:37 pm

Koshka, if you can get a small fan, it will make a great difference to your comfort. I have a high heat tolerance, but even I struggle at times. I always take a fan with me to make my nights just a little cooler.
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A Beginners (Dummies) Guide To Camping

Unread post by kujo » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:40 am

Come on Forumites, help this old Kujo out, holidays are getting expensive and I would like my family to start camping... :thumbs_up:

Can anyone please give me advise on equipment I would need, taking into consideration there are 4 of us, 2 Adults, 1 Teenager and 1 young child. My feeling is if I could mirror equipment as close as possible to the safari tent then it will be a go with the family.

Here is my list of questions, if I have left anything off please advise me, thanks.

1. What type tent and cost?
2. Camping Chairs
3. Sleeping bags and mattresses (recommend?) or stretches (limited space in the car)
4. Cooking Untensils etc (Considering I would braai most of the time)
5. Cooler box or do I need to invest in a small fridge?
6. Gazzebo??
7. Electricity cables etc
8. General or anything I missed out??

I need to set a budget to buy all this stuff so if you can give me average prices it would be appreciated.

Any advise on camping areas around the country? (Kids like to go the beach).... :wall:

Thanks in advance

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Re: 2 questions

Unread post by Hugh » Tue May 29, 2012 9:53 am

In letaba some of the sites are without power BUT there is the "kitchen" area with hot plates and boiling water and sinks . plus all ablutions have electricity and there is a laundry in the Camp site So you just wouldn't have electricity on your camp site
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Re: 2 questions

Unread post by DuQues » Tue May 29, 2012 10:00 am

Campingwise Letaba is one of the best camps to stay at.
If you book a site with power you should have it, if not ask one of the staff who is using your outlet. (Better option is to bring an extensioncord so two sites can make use of the power.)
Be on the lookout for busbabies climbing overhead at night, they give you excellent photo opportunities.
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Re: 2 questions

Unread post by Viewfinder » Tue May 29, 2012 11:47 am

Hi Linkoe,

I have to agree with the other mites that Letaba is an awesome camp! I've camped there twice before and just loved it! Also got some great pics of the thicktailed bushbabys :D Lots of ellies around camp, in the riverbed and next to the fence, the resident bushbuck are always a treat and at night the sound of the hippos keep you entertained :)

I have travelled from Pretoriuskop to Letaba in a day which was a long drive, and stopped for lunch at Satara. So it will take you the whole day, but it's definitely do-able. Hope you'll have an awesome time!

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Unread post by Henk » Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:57 pm

It is about 8 years since I last camped in Kruger and now we are on our way again.
My problem is that I can't remember how the Power points in the camping areas work. Is it a normal 3 point plug or the blue "caravan-plugs".

Can someone please advice?


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