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Re: Alcohol

Unread post by Hippotragus » Thu May 12, 2016 7:42 pm

Yoda - maybe they were day visitors? Overnight visitors should be asked for proof of residence before being sold alcohol.
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Re: Alcohol

Unread post by peppercat » Thu May 12, 2016 9:56 pm

Hi, that was me posting the question on Tripadvisor, I just stumbled on this thread this evening. I didn't see a reply on Tripadvisor and searches on both forums didn't turn up an answer.
Anyway that's good news about the shops we do enjoy a couple of beers with our evening meal.

To answer the mystery, the last time we visited Kruger was two years ago and had been previously on three other occasions all as overnight visiters. We were not able to buy alcohol in the liquor stores after Saturday lunch time (as far as memory serves), we drove in from Johannesburg mainly and once from Durban. I thought it was a generic rule in South Africa. I know we could buy alcohol in the park restaurants but this time we are trying self catering.

I have an answer now so many thanks, I should have posted on here first :-)

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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by lindah » Mon May 16, 2016 7:50 pm

Hi we're here now sitting in Biyamiti and have just had two lovely porterhouse steaks bought chilled from Skukuza shop along with potato salad, coleslaw and fried eggs. Not to mention a fine bottle of red and some Castle lager. So the answer to my own question is that the shops are fine and for us Brits extremely reasonable as was the Cattle Baron at Skukuza last night. Found flying into Skukuza airport and shopping in the park so much less hassle than flying into Nelspruit and doing a big shop at Malelane. Just need a little bit of forward planning but enjoying being back in our favourite place and staying at Biyamiti for the first time.

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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon May 16, 2016 8:33 pm

So glad all has worked out well for you Linda. :dance:

I have found the camp shops, especially Skukuza to have vastly improved over the past few years, and if folk fly into Skukuza not Nelspruit or Joburg, why go all the way back outside the park to shop when they can shop at Skukuza?

On the other hand if people do fly into Joburg or Nelspruit, then shopping at a supermarket outside the park is a good idea, as the choice is so much better than any of the park shops. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue May 17, 2016 6:16 am

Lindah, thank you for that feedback. :gflower: I am pleased that you had such a tasty start.

I agree with Val. There has been a substantial improvement in service and the quality of foods available.
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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by George_Brits » Tue May 17, 2016 8:10 am

I have found (during my recent KNP visit) that the shops are actually quite reasonable (even for a south african). The selection of products and quality of the products on offer are excellent!

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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Tue May 17, 2016 9:15 am

Being "locals", we normally take all our food, drinks etc. (usually far too much!) but, when looking through the shops, we have seen a huge improvement in their stock.
The shops seem to have far more fresh vegetables and fruit and frozen meats than before. There is a good variety of tinned and bottled things as well - jams, sauces etc.

There is also a good supply of things you might have forgotten - torches, sharp knives, batteries, mugs, flasks etc.

The clothing is expensive but is unique to South Africa and the parks - I have to be restrained when looking at the kids' clothing. I have bought several outfits for grandchildren - they love the animals on T-shirts.
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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Div » Wed May 18, 2016 6:56 pm

The shops in all our Parks used to be very expensive. But Sanparks definately listened to public opinion about this.
Not only are the range of products better but also the prices. Yes you do pay more, but the prices, considering the location, is fair and the products are of good quality. In my opinion, well done Sanparks.

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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Platjan » Fri May 20, 2016 11:12 am

Div,

That has been our experience as well. The prices are still 10 -20% more than at a supermarket outside of the park, and not the 50%+ that it used to be 10 years back. For the convenience( and the quality of the fresh produce that you now get at the Shops in KNP), I am willing to pay that extra 20%.

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Re: Shops in Kruger

Unread post by Shopiata » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:01 pm

Hippotragus wrote:Being "locals", we normally take all our food, drinks etc. (usually far too much!) but, when looking through the shops, we have seen a huge improvement in their stock.
The shops seem to have far more fresh vegetables and fruit and frozen meats than before. There is a good variety of tinned and bottled things as well - jams, sauces etc.

There is also a good supply of things you might have forgotten - torches, sharp knives, batteries, mugs, flasks etc.

The clothing is expensive but is unique to South Africa and the parks - I have to be restrained when looking at the kids' clothing. I have bought several outfits for grandchildren - they love the animals on T-shirts.


That's good to hear that there has been a huge improvement when it comes to their stock. I do love fresh fruits and vegetables. This is good news for me.

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by Captainron » Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:45 am

The cost of getting the book/curio etc. into a major newsagent in a town is loads less than it is to get the delivery into Satara, Letaba, Mopane etc. Camps near the gates take less time to get to, which in turn means lower costs. Perhaps this has a bearing on their pricing structures?

I wouldn't be tempted to buy statues/curios at the road side vendors on the outside of the park though. They are causing havoc with the local trees as they cut down indescriminantly.

I am not too bothered about pricing in the shops though. I am on holiday so maybe I just laugh it off.
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