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Re: Shopping en route to Kruger.

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:09 am

Wonderful itinerary Birdalf! :clap:

I would definitely do the shopping in Hazyview before entering the park.
There are good bottle stores either attached to the supermarkets or close by in the malls where where you will be able to pick up some great wine.
Unless you are really pushed for time rather enter at the Phabeni gate which is only about 15 kms from Hazyview and travel to Skukuza along the S1 in the park. 40 kms.

Depending on which camps you are staying at during your stay and if need be, you can always replenish your supplies from the shops in Phalaborwa which is just outside the gate of the same name.
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Re: Shopping en route to Kruger.

Unread postby Birderalf » Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:56 pm

Thanks for this great advice Elsa, you really are tremendously helpful and informative. We shouldn't be pushed for time so using the Phabeni gate is a great idea - in fact I can't think why I didn't come up with it myself.

We are staying at Skukuza, Satara, Shingwedzi, Punda Maria, Letaba, Olifants, Skukuza (again), Lower Sabie and Berg-en-Dal, which is a pretty comprehensive tour I know. We may well get a chance to "pop" out to Phalaborwa from Letaba, so that sounds like a plan.

I know that we can buy some wine at the shops in the camps but last time we visited they were a bit too "fruity" for our tastes. Naturally we still drank them.

Thanks again, I'm sure that I will have plenty more questions in the forthcoming months.
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Re: Shopping en route to Kruger.

Unread postby cheetahlady » Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:46 am

Hi Birderalf, we have just returned from a 18 day stay in KNP. Skukuza has a decent wine selection. I generaly find the northern camps tend to have a limited selection.

I suggest that you ask your local wine store for recommendations re SA wines that would suit your palate.

As far as shopping goes, there is the mall in White River that you almost have to drive past to get to the R40 to Hazyview. This has a woolworths food store. Hazyview is a good option as Elsa has said.

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Re: Shopping en route to Kruger.

Unread postby Elsa » Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:05 am

cheetahlady wrote:As far as shopping goes, there is the mall in White River that you almost have to drive past to get to the R40 to Hazyview.
Birderalf is coming from the Pilgrims Rest area, not the airport cheetahlady. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread postby Marge » Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:55 pm

We are travelling up from Johannesburg and staying one night in Tzaneen with friends, and then going in at Phalaborwa gate and staying at Letaba.

Can someone advise where it would be a good shop to buy our perishables. We will be braaing so need to buy good quality meat.

I presume there are some good supermarkets in Phalaborwa not to far off the main road?

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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:22 pm

Hi Marge

There is a great Spar that you pass on your right just before you reach the park gate. There is also a small woolies food tucked a little round a few corners in Phalaborwa. When will you arrive, as I think the Woolies will be closed on Saturday afternoon and maybe Sunday.

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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:48 pm

There is also a good butcherie on the R71, just before you enter Phala. If you are coming from Tzaneen you will pass it on your right.

It is called "Lapaside" (Tel:0761274774)

The Phala Spar meat is not always very lekker, but Woolies meat is usually very good. :thumbs_up:

We always found Spar very good for fruit and veg.
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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread postby Marge » Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:36 pm

Thanks DinkyBird and Crested Val for your help. We will be arriving at Phalaborwa in the morning of 12 August (week day), so the shops will be open. Will pop into the shops mentioned.

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Sun lounges, where can we get them?

Unread postby Shutterbug » Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:16 pm

Hi Folks,

Well its our ninth year in a row now and we will be visiting Kruger again for another month in February, we spend about 2 hours a day at the pool and as you know there is little to no facilities at the pools so we are hoping to buy some sun loungers, does anyone know if there is somewhere we can buy them? we are flying in and out of Skukuza and plan on doing our shopping in Malelane, could also go to Hoedspruit.
On a side note I think it would be a great revenue generator for SanParks if they had a setup at the pools where you could buy cold drinks, ice cream or even a pie?

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Re: Sun lounges, where can we get them?

Unread postby leervis » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:54 pm

Shutterbug, I wish you every success in your quest to find loungers. I think that Nelspruit, sorry, Mbombela, would be your best option, a little further, but a great shopping option. To travel regularly to Kruger in February means that you are not intimidated by high temperatures so ENJOY!
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Re: Sun lounges, where can we get them?

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:59 pm

You won't find anything in the park. Nelspruit really is your best bet, with Makro, Builders Warehouse, Trappers, or Outdoor Warehouse all in the same area and likely to have something.
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Re: Sun lounges, where can we get them?

Unread postby Shutterbug » Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:29 pm

Ok thanks guys, looks like we will probably have to take a drive into Nelspruit, never been there so that will be fun, I guess from Skukuza the R536 - R40 (skip the R538) is the best way to get to Nelspruit ?

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Re: Sun lounges, where can we get them?

Unread postby iLoveMeerkats! » Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:40 am

Shutterbug - Are you looking for actual big lounger chairs? Our last trip, we got some really nice camp chairs at REI that folded up and fit in our luggage(big duffles). They were super comfortable and we pulled them out at every get-out bridge. Ahhhhhhh heaven!

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Re: Sun lounges, where can we get them?

Unread postby Shutterbug » Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:09 am

Thanks very much ILM but we are doing a week road trip in the UK before we head off to Kruger so our luggage will be maxed out weight wise already :( our only choice is to buy in SA.

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Re: Sun lounges, where can we get them?

Unread postby ecojunkie » Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:25 am

From Skukuza take the Phabeni gate and go into Hazyview then take the R40 to Nelspruit. You end up coming into Nelspruit where the shops I mentioned are. Makro will be on your right, Outdoor Warehouse a little further down the road also on the right after Builders Warehouse. It might be a good idea to go into the Riverside Mall on the left and look at Checkers....they often have some good camping stuff at a good price too. I got a nice hammock there with a stand for around R400 a while back.
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