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Re: Shopping en route to Kruger.

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:35 am

kahtrav, I most certainly hope you have the kind of trip that keeps you coming back. 8)

I do suggest that you buy a cooler bag for the trips between camps. Although you will not be there in the heat of summer, it can still get very warm during the day.

I have found the Park shops adequate for my meat needs. They do have small packs of fresh veggies, but the assortment is limited. They did have the essentials though, such as onions and tomatoes. There are tins of food. Again, mainly popular tummy fillers, such as baked beans, peas and mixed veg. If you want more variety, I suggest that you do a little shopping before entering the Park.

There are spreads such as bovril and marmite. I also bought very yummy relishes that were made locally.

I freeze bottles filled with water to help keep things cool when driving between camps. The 500 ml bottles are best. If it is very hot, I also freeze sports drinks to give a nice cool drink while driving.
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Nearest town to restock mid trip

Unread post by penolva » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:33 pm

Hi we are planning an extended trip to Kruger next October. The itinerary is this, subject to being able to secure bookings on the 23rd of course :roll:

Byamati 3 nights
Lower Sabi 3 nights
Talamati 2 nights
Shimwini 2 nights
Bataleur 3 nights
Pafuri 3 nights

We will do our main shop in Nelspruit but I can see that mid trip we will need to restock with veggies, fruit etc. Last trip we left the park from Phalaborwa gate but I can't remember if there are shops near the gate there? I do remember the biggest pot holes we had ever seen that nearly swallowed the Hilux :shock: We really want to make a quick visit to some decent shops so we don't waste any Kruger time.

Does anyone have any suggestions please? I was hoping we wouldn't have to rely on the Kruger shops if possible. Thanks Pen

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Re: Nearest town to restock mid trip

Unread post by Hippotragus » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:42 pm

There is a Spar supermarket just a few kms from the Phalaborwa gate. I am sure there are other shops in Phalaborwa, not too far away. I have only stopped at the Spar and the nearby fuel station.
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Re: Nearest town to restock mid trip

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:45 pm

Phalaborwa Gate is a very good place to leave the park to do shopping as there is a Spar shop hardly a km down the road and also a Woolworths store in the town itself.
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Re: Nearest town to restock mid trip

Unread post by penolva » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:03 pm

Wow thanks so much for the quick replies. A Woolworths!!! thats our favourite shop. :gflower: Just got to get those bookings now. Pen

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Re: Nearest town to restock mid trip

Unread post by PNF » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:17 am

Phalaborwa also has a Pick n Pay; Checkers and Shoprite and for chemist - there is a Clicks nearby Pick n Pay. Woolworths is across the road from PnP.....
In fact, all these shops are within walking distance of each other except for Spar. When we were last in Phala (about 3 weeks ago) the large Total garage near Spar was closed - don't know why. There are other petrol stations on the way into Phala centre though.
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Re: Nearest town to restock mid trip

Unread post by Cape of Storms » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:04 pm

We had a similar itinerary and have successfully headed out at Phalaborwa for a quick restock. If you manage to get fully stocked on meat and don’t mind paying a few extra rands the shops have really stepped up within the park. Tomato, lettuce, potatoes, carrots, cabbage as well as dress bread and milk. Eggs and cheese also available. You might find you don’t need to head out.


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Re: Nearest town to restock mid trip

Unread post by penolva » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:13 pm

Thank you once again for the great suggestions. I have had a look on Google Earth street view and located the Woolworths. Its not very far from the gate and we will have plenty of time between Shimwini and Bataleur to spend an hour restocking. Pen

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Re: Nearest town to restock mid trip

Unread post by cheetahlady » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:44 am

The Woolies has a smaller food range than in other big centers, but still decent. They close early on a Sunday.
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Re: Nearest town to restock mid trip

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:16 am

cheetahlady wrote:The Woolies has a smaller food range than in other big centers, but still decent. They close early on a Sunday.


If you are unable to reach the shop on time, I find the Phala Spar really very, very good. I once bought a very nice meal there and ate it at the Massorini picnic site.

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Re: Nearest town to restock mid trip

Unread post by penolva » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:36 pm

:gflower: thanks so much for all your help

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Re: Nearest town to restock mid trip

Unread post by ekoppen » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:36 pm


Hi penolva
Shopping in Phalaborwa.
See link below.

https://www.google.ca/maps/search/food+ ... 398521,16z

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Re: Nearest town to restock mid trip

Unread post by iLoveMeerkats! » Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:38 am

A Note on the Woolies: We arrived there shortly after they opened in the morning and the place had very little in the way of veggies, fruits, bread or meat. They were awaiting their shipment which wasn't coming for an hour or so. Keep that in mind and don't go too early. Also, there was a Vodacom store in the mall across the street where we were able to buy more data for internet. I agree with earlier postings that the Spar right near the gate is very good for staples.

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Re: Nearest town to restock mid trip

Unread post by penolva » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:29 pm

Great thanks, I have printed the map to take with us :gflower:


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