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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:43 am

Only a freezer (which as you say, is more than likely going to be a fridge in Dec :lol: )

Tip - mark your items and perhaps close them in a bag when you put them into the freezer .... saves getting muddled which water belongs to whom etc.
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Unread post by Horrace » Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:45 am

Thanx DinkyBird - will definitely do as advised...


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Unread post by leervis » Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:06 am

They are described as freezers, but in the camping area, with 15 campsites they carry heavy traffic and so might freeze stuff overnight. The hut area should be better with only 5 huts.
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Unread post by Horrace » Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:14 pm

Thanx for the info leervis. For myself, it's more a question of keeping meat frozen for 2/3 nights rather than freezing anything.

Sounds like the freezer can do exactly that. Don't think I'll be bringing with any lettuce and other green goods on this trip though, I'm sure they won't survive....


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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:12 am

Horrace wrote:Thanx for the info leervis. For myself, it's more a question of keeping meat frozen for 2/3 nights rather than freezing anything.

Sounds like the freezer can do exactly that. Don't think I'll be bringing with any lettuce and other green goods on this trip though, I'm sure they won't survive....


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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by onewithnature » Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:49 am

leervis wrote:They are described as freezers, but in the camping area, with 15 campsites they carry heavy traffic and so might freeze stuff overnight. The hut area should be better with only 5 huts.


The hut area does have decent freezer space, but sometimes even that gets rather cramped. And because of the depth of the containers, occasionally you find your stuff piled over with other people's goods. This isn't usually a problem as long as your stuff is already frozen or hard enough not to be squashed, and as DB says is clearly marked or identifiable. We have found the freezers to be good quality, so things freeze pretty quickly, even if fairly choc-a-blok.

Though most campers (or hut-roughers in our case) are usually pretty hands-on and filled with common sense and respect for others' things, you always can get the bad apple. Last time someone let at least half a litre of meat blood run all over one of the freezer bottoms and didn't bother to clean it up. And, though we're talking about Balule here, when we stayed at Tsendze last time we were shocked that, for the first time ever in a camping area, someone had the gall to steal two packs of our boerewors, despite said meat being clearly marked and well-sealed! :evil: However, happily, such people are certainly the exception rather than the rule.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Horrace » Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:53 am

Thanx MeanderingMouse and onewithnature. We'll freeze only what's necessary and use Olifants for daily goods. With the predicted heat, I'm sure that will include liters and liters of water bought cold at Olifants and hopefully frozen at Balule.

If I may ask, having never stayed in the huts, how hot do they get given that there are no windows only top ventilation? Are they hotter or cooler than the safari tents I normally stay in at LS or Skukuza?


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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Horrace » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:12 am

Hi mites, can you please advise if there is hot water (for tea/coffee) at the bungalow side of Balule?

Most camps have hot water on tap in the communal kitchens, given that Balule has no electricity I'm not sure in this case....

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Unread post by leervis » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:40 am

On the camping side there is a huge kettle on a gas ring so boiling water is always available. Enjoy your trip.
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Unread post by Dream Weaver » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:46 am

Hi Horace

There is indeed hot water for coffee and tea on the bungalow side.

There is also a kettle on a gas ring in the kitchen shelter that side that is available to everybody.

You may need to fill it and set it going yourself.

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Horrace » Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:02 pm

Thanx Dream Weaver

Definitely need my 04:30 tea to get me going...


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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by chirinda » Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:35 pm

Horrace, it can get hot in the huts with no through draught. I would love if they would put a screen door on them so you could leave the door open, but with no screen door the mozzies are in, not to mention "anyone else" who might be around inside the camp when we've gone to bed. Safari tents are definitely cooler.

Another tip, shower while it is light, the light in the bathrooms is only one hurricane lamp over the basin, unless you take your own light into the shower.

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Horrace » Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:50 am

Thanx for the tip Chirinda!

Looking at the rains in park today, and the predictions for next week, I think I'm going to get lucky and experience not only the great rains in the park, but a cooler December as well....


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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by leervis » Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:24 am

Horrace, believe me, we are all preying that you are right!
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Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Horrace » Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:32 am

Will you be in Kruger leervis - if so where are you staying


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