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Re: What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by Eagle Owl » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:42 pm

Hêhê, Rooies :lol: :lol: You really were very brave....and naughty.. :naughty: :naughty:

We picked up rhino dung in a non Sanparks game reserve...if we got caught and banned from that park, my heart would have stand it. But I am mightily scared that they could catch us in Kruger, and probably ban us, and THAT my heart could never have stand!!!!!

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Re: What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by bert » Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:36 am

Also ellie dung paper, the big 5 drawn on it by a artist, bought in 1999.
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Re: What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by Rooies » Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:08 am

Bush Baptist wrote:I have also got that map Mama, and I think it cost 15 cents!

I have got a map with a 30 cents price tag on it. It is a fold out map with a small map of Kruger on the front page. No Berg-en Dal but Shawo resting spot, Kemps cottage and Punda Milia.
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Re: What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by TheunsH » Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:34 pm

My coolest souvenir was the genuine Buffalo leather wallet that Elzet bought me in Skukuza when I have introduced her to Kruger in 1984. I have used it for approximately 27 years and had to replace it a few days ago due to wear and tear!

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shoping tips and advices ..?

Unread post by homer.s » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:05 pm

Hi all,

would like your tips and advices on shoping:

after all the game viewing there is the presents issue
(other wise im a dead man when i return back home... and i wanna live and maybe visit the kruger afew more times :wink: )

ok so ...
1. what would you buy as presents or souvenirs (from the park or from South Africa) ... (for kids, love ones etc...)
2. where would be the best place to buy these things... (air port duty free on the way back? on the way to the kruger somewhere? one of the camps...?)

interesting answers as well as any other thoughts would be welcomed..

thanks in advance to all!!

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Re: shoping tips and advices ..?

Unread post by saraf » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:27 pm

It depends on how much you want to spend. All the shops have a variety of fridge magnets, souvenir photo books, postcards etc. which are relatively inexpensive.

They all sell "nature" themed clothes - tee-shirts, socks etc. Expensive but the quality is good. But they are imported, not made in SA. You can get candle holders place mats, crockery etc.

At a couple of the gates (Numbi and Phalaborwa) are community shops run by the locals, selling things that they have manufactured themselves. Some really lovely and unique things but remember - anything you buy has to be transported back to Israel with you. Not sure if these can be found at any other gates.

The caretaker of the picnic site on the way to Giriyondo gate has a collection of unique can sculptures, very impressive. However I know the picnic site has been closed due to the floods and I don't know whether or not it has opened again or if he is still selling his sculptures.

We have bought South African wine and brandy for friends, sorry can't advise on where to get it or what the quality is, I'm tee total :wink:
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Re: shoping tips and advices ..?

Unread post by Nina! » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:03 pm

Hi Homer,

We found that the souvenirs made of elephant dung (like e.g. coasters) are a great souvenir. These things are beautiful, something special and easy to transport as they are extremely light. And don't be afraid: they don't smell :D

Regarding the heavier stuff, like wood carvings, candles, wine etc., we usually buy these at the Airport after check in, in the boarding area. They have several shops there which are more expensive than at other places but a great advantage is that you can take a bag with souvenirs with you on the plane in addition to your hand luggage.

Further more, sometimes you find shops that offer shipment. It's not cheap, but you don't have to worry about transportation, weight limits etc. and it is really nice when you get a package from South Africa after some weeks.

Hope that helps.


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Re: shoping tips and advices ..?

Unread post by Hippotragus » Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:55 pm

I think the airport duty free shops are a rip-off!! Rather buy in Kruger or close to the gates. Depending on your weight allowance, you can buy carvings, wooden fruit bowls or just lovely tablecloths.
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Re: shoping tips and advices ..?

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:08 pm

Don't buy wood carvings on the roads. The wood may be from endangered trees, and it may not be treated so you may be buying a lot of trouble! Stick to park shops or the community shops mentioned (the latter are probably the best!)
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Re: shoping tips and advices ..?

Unread post by norms » Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:43 pm

I totally agree with EcoJunkie - Do NOT buy any wooden carving from the road side sellers. These articles are from indegenous trees, some endangered and threatened. This wood also has not been treated and you will probably take home more than you bargained for - like bugs and worms!!
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Re: shoping tips and advices ..?

Unread post by leervis » Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:38 am

Would love to see someone explaining to Aussie customs officer how the Ellie dung coasters are perfectly safe!
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Re: shoping tips and advices ..?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:28 am

Good question Leervis :lol: :lol: :lol:

Ellie dung paper also makes a lovely gift. I have a painting of Meercat done on ellie dung and it is delightful.
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Re: Discussing Curios in Kruger Shops

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:50 pm

We always 'treat' any wood carvings we buy, irrespective of the source.
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Re: What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:23 am

My coolest souvenir from Kruger is a lunch menu from the Letaba Camp Restaurant from the 1980’s. I am not sure how the menu’s was reproduced back then but it looked like it was typed on a typewriter. Perhaps it was a full time job in those days for someone to type the menu’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner :)
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Re: What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by ndloti » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:32 am

Mine would be hair from the mane of a lion taken from a bush whilke on foot in the KNP .
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