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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread post by Lepardfan » Tue Sep 02, 2014 3:40 pm

So after a lot of sweet talk I convinced my SO to camp in Kruger over December. 8)

Of course this will also be my very first time camping in Kruger. :dance: :mrgreen:

After reading most of the advice given by some seasoned campers, I just wanted to know.... I am intending to bring a small bar fridge with us to keep meats frozen/cold as well as beverages, will it be safe in our tent from monkeys and baboons?(we have a lagoona cabin8 tent and will be placing the fridge in the front room) Will they still try to come in even though the fridge is closed with a rope or strap? We will be keeping all our other food in the trailer.

I really don't want the SO and my children be put of from camping by a incident that we could have avoided from the beginning.

It is also very difficult for us to decide which camps we will be camping at for the first time. Berg en Dal, Pretoriuskop is 2 of our current choices, any other suggestions. SO can't handle extreme heat so the northern part might not be a option. We intend to go for 10 nights

Any help or advice will be appreciated.
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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread post by RobertT » Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:20 pm

I leave my fridge/freezer in trailer in shade. I have 2 gazebos, 1 for us and 1 for the trailer. Then I leave trailer lid open a little when we are away for airflow.

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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread post by Delene D » Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:50 pm

I have witnessed baboons at Pretorius kop unzipping a smallish tent and getting inside to cause havoc, before I could get there and chase them away by clapping my hands and swinging my arms and shouting like a fishwife. (I think they took one look at this apparition and fled). But seriously baboons can cause a problem so strapping up your fridge is an option - but soon they will learn how to unstrap things. I like RobertT's advice about leaving the fridge in the trailer (with a gap for air). By the way we were warned at P Kop to put our popup top down when away from our caravan as baboons once got through the netting and messed a van up completely also left their "calling cards" inside on the beds etc. I wonder if the baboons are still so active at P Kop?

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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:22 am

Lepardfan, I am going to support Delene's post. The worst camping experience that I have had was at Pretorius Kop. I am not sure if it might have changed, but as much as I love the camp, I would not have it high on my list for camping.

It is also a camp where lots of people just stop over, so it can be quite busy in terms of people packing up very late at night, or early in the morning. I am sensitive to noise, so for me that is a ''no no''.

It would be interesting to hear from other mites.

I would recommend Berg n Dal and I have also had good experiences at Skukuza. It is a great camp for kids.

It is quite surprising how quiet Skuks can be at night, once all the visitors have gone. It is also a lovely camp for evening walks along the boardwalk.

Do take a fan. It is a lifesaver for those who are new to camping.
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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread post by Lepardfan » Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:48 am

Thank you all for the advice so far>

RobertT it is a good option ,I just think that the trailer will be too low for the bar fridge to stand up straight, but sure we will work something out..

Dalene D that is exactly what I am scared off them monkeys and baboons destroying our little home from home, my SO will not take that very easily.

MM, I am with you we really love PK, but I don't want it to end up a disaster. SO will not even consider Skukz she says it is too busy and there is just too many people for her liking, even though I agree it can be quite quiet in the evenings.

So far it seems like 2 options Berg en Dal, and Satara. Having little shade @ Satara I might have to consider taking the portable aircon.(SO is a headache sufferer so if it is too hot she will not enjoy it at all).

One of my other concerns is camping space. Will there be enough for our camping equipment? Won't it be struggle with other campers being right on top of us?

Any Advice on this. :)
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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:50 am

Lepardfan, one of my favorite camping camps is Croc Bridge. It is just a super little camp and since they have moved the entrance away, it is a lot quieter.

The trees in the Croc Bridge central area are so shady that it provides a lovely place to sit during the day.

Some camps have very strictly laid out areas. If you don't mind not getting a perimeter site, Satara should not be a problem. I think the same with Berg n Dal.

Last time I camped at Croc Bridge I had lots of space, but I was happy to sacrifice the perimeter sites.

I don't know if Letaba is too far North for you, but it is possibly one of the best camping camps around. Lots of shade, and again, if you are happy with a non perimeter site, there should be ample room.
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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread post by RobertT » Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:08 am

Agree, for camping Letaba is one of the better camps. Lots shade and space. I also have 1 of those misting fans, they are quieter and works a treat in the tent.

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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread post by Lepardfan » Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:25 pm

Thanx for all the advice. :mrgreen:

Letaba is not too far north for me at all, it is just that game viewing for us there so far was not very lucrative ( I know being at the right time at the right place plays a big role).

I stayed in Croc Bridge once many years ago and it is a lovely camp, only problem there is no swimming pool. :( .

I personally would love to stay at Satara but as I have read there isn't a lot of shade. :wall:
It is quite difficult to make a final decision especially if you have to keep so many women happy. :mrgreen:

For me just being in Kruger is a blessing even if I just see bush veld the whole time I am there, it beats Joburg by far.
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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread post by GlenD » Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:19 pm

123 wrote:Does anybody know if they still show evening films at the amphitheater?Last time i saw one was about 30 years ago! I know times have changed but for me that was part of the excitement and entertainment in the evenings.


The amphitheatre seating area now has a road running through it so im not sure about that one :twisted:

Just some advise on where to camp. If you have a choice on the upper or lower level, rather camp on the upper level. The ablutions on the lower level (near the pool area) are disgusting.
Also the lower level tends to flood out if it rains heavily.

Enjoy :mrgreen:

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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:31 pm

Some camping sites have fixed braais others have mobile tripod braais. The grids are variable! I would take a grid with you.
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Camping In summer

Unread post by Stickman360 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:35 am

My lady and I are planning a cross country trip from the eastern cape to the KNP after our exams at the end of november, this will be my 15th trip and it has been a long time since i last made use of the camp sites. We are taking her parents Land cruiser motor home and we are planning on staying at various camps starting in the south and finding our way north from there.

A few things that concern me and that i would like to know are listed below and i would appreciate any feedback:

===>Which camps have lots of trees other than lataba, and would be best suited for camping in summer?

===>It will take us 3 days to complete to +-1500km journey to and from KNP, where can we stay over night, which towns have safe camping facilities?

===>What advice should be taken when doing kruger in a motor home?

===>What should i take not of when driving up to kruger in such a big vehicle?

===>As we are both students, when do specials for accommodation get listed?

===> In the south are there any roads that are not motor home friendly, the motor home involved does have 4wd however it is very high?

===> General manners when at a sighting with such a big vehicle that i should take into consideration?

===> Top 10 water holes to visit in the park

Lastly
===> How do i stop myself from spinning out with excitement before and during my exams? :dance:

Any feed back would be appreciate and if someone has more to add i would really appreciate it.

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Re: Camping In summer

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Sep 23, 2014 2:36 pm

Hi Stickman360
I will answer a few of your questions and give some useful links to start you off but otherwise suggest you have a nice browse around the forum, its a mine of info which I am sure will help you and give you loads of info and advice. :thumbs_up:

To start with Index to KNP Topics

Motor Homes

Campsites in Kruger

Waterholes and Dams in Kruger

Have a look through the Camps and Road Forum and also the Activities and Sightings.

That is a good way to help pass the the time till your departure and get the excitement really going! :dance:

Good luck, sure you are going to have a fantastic trip.

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Re: Camping in Kruger

Unread post by Stickman360 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:52 pm

Thanks Elsa, Just had a quick browse though the forums will have a good detailed read and makes some notes later tonight. cheers

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Re: Extra car??

Unread post by leander09 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:05 am

Hi Gemma T

I am not sure they will charge you any extra for an extra car. We have been camping once where we visited people so we had two cars at the camp site and there was no charge. We just try to stop the second car so that it was in no ones way even leaving it one night at the extra parking there where you get together for the night drive.

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Re: Extra car??

Unread post by spargish » Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:52 pm

Hi Gemma

We have camped with 2 cars on a couple occasions. We have always clearly stated that we have two cars and as such have 2 permits but we have never been charged anything.
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