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Unread post by gwendolen » Wed May 16, 2007 10:11 am

The design of the Cobb originated with safety in mind. An innovation straight out of Africa, the Cobb was initially designed as a cooking system for people in rural areas without access to electricity so they could cook in a safer environment, with less danger of out of control fires. The initial fuel source for the Cobb was dry corn cobs, abundant in rural Africa, hence the grill’s name. The unit has been refined and the result is a small, eco-friendly, portable and incredibly efficient barbecue. Charcoal briquettes, a universal commodity, have replaced the corn cobs.

We especially love the Cobb because it allows us to BBQ on campings where open fires aren't allowed. We tried this recipe, it is lekker! You need to buy the wok (or the frying pan, but the wok is better)

Potato, bacon and egg breakfast

2-3 potatoes
10 rashers of bacon
150g mushrooms
30ml olive oil
4 eggs
twig of fresh rosemary

Cut the potatoes in cubes and parboil for a few minutes. Cut the bacon and slice the mushrooms. Prepare the Cobb and when it's ready fit the wok or frying pan on. Heat the oil and fry the potatoes for about 15 min. Add the bacon and fry until crisp. Add the mushrooms, sprinkle over the rosemary and some salt & pepper. Cook for a few minutes. Then make 4 spaces in the pan. Crack the eggs into the spaces, cover the pan with the lid for 4-5 minutes until the eggs are set.

The Cobbglobal website has lots of info.

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Re: 1st time campers & 1st visit for fiancee

Unread post by Perks. » Wed May 16, 2007 5:30 pm

JB wrote:Hello forumites,
It's my 1st time camping in the Kruger, have decided on Skukuza as it might be "easier", also it's my fiancee's first time in the park. Do you have general tips for us?
Were planning making it a longish w/end out of it, starting from the 1'st of July.
Any tips, ideas would be awesome ! Being proactive I would like all the info I can get my hands on before venturing out :dance:

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But live a little, and get to other camps for a more bushveldy type experience.
Skuk is very mod and busy with tourists.

You can get electrified camp sites at most of the camps and depending on how well kitted out you are, will be just as comfortable as the chalet-dwellers.
I'd happily recommend LS, BnD and Croc Bridge as good camping sites in the southern park, in addition to Skukuza.

The basics are...
- Shelter - decent tent that you can put up or break down in minutes.
Canvas for the win, but decent nylon is lighter and takes less space.
A separate gazebo or umbrella in case you get no trees, and it's hot.

- Clothing - you're more exposed, take warm and cool clothes.

- Warmth - you want your bum off the cold earth at night.
So decent mattress.
The blow up jobs are pretty impressive IMO.
Similarly, decent sleeping bags, duvets and blankets.

- Food - goes without saying, plan your meals, buy your groceries accordingly.
A good coolerbox (Coleman if budget permits) to keep your frozen and cold chain goods cold as long as possible.
If you know you're in for three days and your food will all be defrosted by the second afternoon, that evening you braai your last meat and the last day you operate out of tins, boxes and packets.
If you really get into camping, and buy a trailer, a small bar fridge is superb.

- Equipment - you need light (torches, plus gas, stick light that operates off 12V, or a 220V light for in the tent),
you need gas cooking equipment (Cadac plus budget cooker, skottel if funds permit),
you need work and eating surfaces (table),
you need seating (the twin bag of fold up chairs available from Makro for about R180, for the win), a tub to collect up your dirty dishes to take to the wash up (if you get into the camping, you buy the whole stand / tub / drying rack arrangement to do it at your site),
you need storage boxes for your kit and food,
you need kitchen utensils, a braai grid and brush if you're squeamish about braaing on the previous occupant's leftover grease, crockery and cutlery (picnic basket makes a good starter pack), a metal kettle for the gas stove, or take the electric from home, and to top it all off,
a utility type tool (Leatherman or similar) that can do various things if you forgot XXX widget at home

- Park-related stuff - map, binocs, camera, bird book, notepad

- Entertainment - portable radio to catch the test match, cards, books

- Electrics - extension to reach central electricity supplies, blue plug, multiplug
- Beer - forget this at your peril!

The camp shops stock most of the camping gear you might need, if you've left something at home, but the prices will make Mastercard weep.

Added: here be my humble refrigerator...

Fits in the Venter, and I take a duck board along, so that the door is raised a bit and doesn't foul the tent's built-in groundsheet.
Set to 3 it will keep anything in the ice box and immediately below, frozen.
Set to 5, it's basically a freezer.
it's really done mileage.
But it really is a winner.
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Unread post by G@mespotter » Mon May 28, 2007 4:45 pm

Hi JB,

Just want to add the following..

If I may advice you, when going there in june/july/august, SERIOUSLY take the cold nights in consideration when camping, take WINTER sleepingbags with, and the most important to take with you are extra cloths or groundsheets to put underneath your mattress, eventhough you have those on stands, as we learned it the hard way......

Furthermore, Skukuza is a nice camp and a perfect gaming area, but the camp and camping can get very crowded in July, and I personally had some bad experiences with the (dirty)abolution blocks of Skukuza, so I would advice you consider other camps aswell, such as Croc bridge, Lower Sabie and Berg-en-Dal or Pretoriuskop. (For Pkop take the camping furthers from the gate)

Furthermore you will need a REALLY BIG HAMMER and extra strong pegs, as the soil is like concrete in July.. :wink:

Hope you will consider my opinion and enjoy it, I'll follow your tracks in KNP a week later! :D
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Monkeys and camping

Unread post by Linda » Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:38 pm

Hello Forumites,

I'll be camping for the first time at Kruger (LS Sept).
In Jan this year we had baboons in the cottage at Talamati, they opened the screen door entered the kitchen and ransacked the cupboards while we were napping.

What sort of precautions should we be taking to protect our food from monkeys while camping? I don't fancy packing everything up and taking it in the car while we are out. Will they rip open a closed and locked tent if they can smell food in it?

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:11 pm

We keep all our food in a big camping box and put it into the Hilux when we go out, just to be safe.
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Re: Tsendze - suitablity for tenting

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:12 am

Aloe wrote:We have booked camp sites at Tsendze, the satellite camp at Mopani. Is this camp suitable for tents as we intend tenting.

You can only tent @ Tsendze.
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Unread post by Senyetse » Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:25 am

To add, it is superb for tenting/caravanning!
I was there last week and highly recommend it.
Remember there is no power at the sites so bring along the gas lamps and torches - it is very dark on the walk to the ablution block.
There are solar powered lights in the ablution and communal kitchen only.
Gas stoves and a freezer are supplied at the kitchen.
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Unread post by DuQues » Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:09 am

Hi Aloe and welcome to the forums!

Have a look at the Tsendze topic, there are photos and more information there.
Not posting much here anymore, but the photo's you can follow here There is plenty there.

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Jul 08, 2007 11:26 am

We are caravanners and have taken our van to Kruger many times.
We do avoid towing on the dirt roads though.
They could be corrugated, and then there is the dust problem.

All the camps that cater for caravanning are accessible by tar roads.
So when you arrive in Kruger or change camps, you can drive only on tar.
Balule camp is the exception, but the gravel road to Balule is not bad at all.
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Unread post by naomi c » Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:24 pm

From previous experience I would say Berg en Dal, Letaba or Punda Maria - all the camping grounds have lots of shade and a swimming pool. We camped at Tsendze last December and had a very nice shady site and enjoyed it tremendously despite very high temepratures, but remember no swimming pool and no power.

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Unread post by Senyetse » Tue Sep 18, 2007 10:43 am

what essentials will I need for camping

These are discussed elsewhere in this thread but here are some:

1. Tent
2. Inflatable mattress and pump
3. 50 m extension cord with blue plug - blue plug is discussed elsewhere and is essential for camping in KNP, obtainable at camping and caravanning shops in JHB
4. Warm sleeping bags and pillows and warm clothes for nights.
The beginning of August can be quite cold at night, even in KNP - less than 5 degrees C is common - that's freezing in a tent
5. Fold up table and chairs
6. Eating and cooking utensils, washing up stuff - camps have communal kitchens with basins and two plate stoves (gas in Balule and Tsendze)
7. Kettle - something to boil water in for Tsendze and Balule - other camps have urns
8. Toiletries - remember you will use ablutions
9. Hammer (for tent pegs)
10. Cooler/ice box - refill with ice every day
11. Food - try get vacuum-packed meat as it lasts a few days

Make sure you get a vehicle with enough space for all this equipment - something with a large trunk or a bakkie (pick-up) or large SUV!

are their electric points

Most camp sites in KNP have electric points (make sure you book one with an electric point as not all sites have them) except in Tsendze and Balule.
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Unread post by Senyetse » Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:36 am

Its a pleasure :) .

I don't know if there's anywhere you can rent camping equipment but you can rent vehicles kitted for camping.
I saw a Dutch couple with one in Shingwedzi - it is a converted 4x4 pick up with a roof tent, electric connections, gas bottles and is equipped with everything you would need while camping.
I'm sure some of the other forumites will be able to provide you with a link to such rental companies.
Otherwise you could buy the stuff in Joburg (there are many shopping centres near the airport, ideas anyone?) and either ship it back home afterwards or donate it to KNP.

You'll just have to weigh up the costs of all your options.
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Unread post by Skydiver » Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:25 am

Hi John n Poppy,
Check out the website of Buffalo Campers (google it). They rent out fully equipped vehicles for camping etc. They have very good rates and are based in Johannesburg.
I have used them twice already and was very satisfied with their services.

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Unread post by Senyetse » Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:50 am

Here are some that rent camping equipment
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Unread post by Skydiver » Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:00 am

Let me rephrase my earlier post.
Buffalo Campers do offer the usual camper vans, 4x4 with roof tents etc.
However they also offer a Toyota Fortuner 4X2 diesel.
You can then add camping gear which they supply, ie:a tent, chairs, cooler box, table, gas/skottel, cutlery etc.
Just tell them how many people you need camping gear for.
The camping gear is in good condition and at a very reasonable price.
The beauty is you can rent a car and camping gear from one company which cuts out a lot of logistics.

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