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Re: Camping Equipment Reviews and Advice

Unread post by RobertT » Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:03 pm

The alternative is to also make sure SO is always heavier than yourself. That way she sqeezes all the air under you.

I also find if after the first evening it goes a little soft, pump it up early morning when the air is still cool instead of using the warmer air of mid day afternoon which contracts when it gets cooler in the night.

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Re: Camping Equipment Reviews and Advice

Unread post by JenB » Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:18 pm

Good buy! :thumbs_up:

Satara.... :mrgreen: have a wonderful time, I'm sure you'll sleep well. :dance:
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Re: Camping Equipment Reviews and Advice

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:24 am

VANPTA wrote:Hi JenB

Thank you for your reply, it really made me giggle!!! hahaha

Advice noted and agreed, I bought myself the sinlge high queen size coleman a couple of days ago, will be testing it in Kruger at Satara tomorrow night, will have a review once im back and let you know if it survived!

Use a groundsheet under your tent, 'de-mine' the area before you pitch your tent, and take a puncture repair kit with you. Might also be an idea to take a small hand-pump as well you can keep in the tent in case of emergency in the middle of the night
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Re: Camping Equipment Reviews and Advice

Unread post by VANPTA » Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:17 am

Hello all

The trip was a success!!!

I can officially recommend the single high queen Coleman blow up mattress!!!

Had a little air escape after the first night (due to the material expanding) but no other problem.
The Mrs complained about the ripple pattern on the top and said "why cant they just make it flat like a normal bed mattress"... I do agree but it didnt bug me as much.

Wishing you all great camping in future :D I will be visiting the KNP again in 2012 and will now look forward to my sleep!

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Re: Camping Equipment Reviews and Advice

Unread post by JenB » Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:26 am

Welcome back!
..... And you saw what? :twisted:

Next time remember to pack an extra blanket to go under the sheet, it will smooth out the ripples and will also save your bacon if it gets cold at night.

Here's to good sleeping in the bush!
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Re: Camping Equipment Reviews and Advice

Unread post by VANPTA » Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:39 am

Hi GenB

Great idea, will pack an extra blanket next time :D

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Animals: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, white rhino, wild dog, kudu, impala, giraffe, zebra, cape clawless otter, bush buck, nyala, steenbok, klipspringer, small-spotted genet, crocodile, hippo, warthog, lots of squirrel and mongoose, baboon, vervet monkey, wildebeest, jackal, water monitor, waterbuck.

Birds: the usual + some rarer ones like saddle-billed stork, hooded vulture, southern ground hornbill... (we are not twitchers...)

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Re: Camping Equipment Reviews and Advice

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:15 pm

VANPTA wrote:Had a little air escape after the first night ......


Then be careful what you eat... :whistle:
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I wanna go camping

Unread post by moobox » Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:18 am

So I am looking to book in at KNP sometime next year again. This year's trips are either over or organized. And I am looking at the availabilities and it strikes me that the most available (and least expensive mind you) options are camp sites. So I said to Bokkie, look here, dont you think that we should give this a bash? And she reminded me of the single time that we went camping about six years back. And she pointed out that it was far from a luxurious week spent at the seaside.

And I thought about it and yes, we werent happy. All sorts of things went wrong. The inflatable bed (brand spanking new) didnt keep it's air and I had to use the handpump about three times a night to get us off the ground. Quite a noisy business which got people giving us some funny looks during the day. And some nights the wind blew so that we had the tent flat down over our faces.

But if I think back, most of the discomfort was due to the fact that we werent prepared. We didnt have pots or utensils and stuff and I swear, I got so g##vol of eating braai'd meat with my fingers from a paper plate for breakfast, lunch and supper you wont believe.

So, how do you prepare for camping. Do you have a list of stuff that must go with? Is there any such a resource that I can refer to? Not looking for a 5 star experience but hey, after the abovementioned trip Bokkie looked me in the eyes and said listen sonny, dont you ever do that to me again. And I've sort of grown attached to her over the past 30 years and if it's possible, I dont want her leaving now because I take her on uncomfortable holidays.

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Re: I wanna go camping

Unread post by Dijo » Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:27 am

It is all to do with a good list

My mother was a master of the CAMPING LIST. She managed to take numerous children on camping trips in a tiny car where there were no toilets and definately no camp-kitchen. She developed the list starting from her carefree (husband and children free) days. Adding to it as time went by and children arrived. She had the same list, a scruffy piece of cardboard for more than 40 years. (she probably still has it somewhere)

So you have a lot of catching up to do

I in contrast invariable fly with a luggage allowance so have to plan my shopping. I too have a list, a shopping list. We arrive in ZA on the big bird. Here is the start of my list (depends on numbers)
1 x cheap tent
1 x cheap sleeping bag
1 x camping mat
1 x camping chairs
There we are - all you need for a camping trip (!!!)
I bring with me, grotty old crockery, cutlery , tea towel etc. Throw these all away when I leave.

Then off to supermarket and buy
Chilly Bin/esky/cooler
1 x frypan
1 x pot
Give these away when I leave

I have found through the years that excess luggage on the plane is just not worth the cost and drama of carrying too much. Anyway need the space for my shopping onthe return trip

So my advice
- start the list now.
- stay in places where there is a camp kitchen
- make sure that you can stand up in your tent.

I am visiting KNP in 2 months, I have 8 pages of lists !!!

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Re: I wanna go camping

Unread post by Stampajane » Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:44 am

You need a tent and something comfy to sleep on and in, folding table and chairs, we have a small folding cupboard with 3 shelves that takes our clothing with a solid top that we stand a small electric lamp on. We take a skottel as well as an electric kettle and an electric 1 plate cooker (in case of inclement weather), camping plates, mugs, cutlery and other (minimal) cooking stuff, a thermoelectric cooler box. We also throw in a couple of rolled up mats to line the floor of the tent. Don't forget electrical extensions and multiplugs. Cable ties are also very handy. You can do just the bare basics but you will enjoy it much more if you have some of the comforts of life.

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Re: I wanna go camping

Unread post by moobox » Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:24 pm

OK thanks people. Lots to start up with here. For one, I have fair sized bow tent (I think a three sleeper but I can only stand up in the middle and then I've got tent all around my head. So maybe I should get another tent "design" hey. As for the multiplugs, would that be the blue thing in the link that Matthys made mention of? Ja, I dont want all the worldly comforts but just some of the things to make life a bit easier. In KNP there are communal kitchens so I dotn think I'll bother with hotplates and gas skottels becasue I dont want to carry too much stuff around.

What are good alternatives for the inflatable beds? I know you get stretchers but do they take up a lot of room in your car?

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Re: I wanna go camping

Unread post by Stampajane » Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:42 pm

The blue thing is the connection that you require to connect your extension cord to the power supply, the multiplug is useful in your tent to plug in more than one electrical appliance at a time eg light, chargers, kettle, etc.

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Re: I wanna go camping

Unread post by spargish » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:58 am

Hi Moobox

When you start camping it will always be a hit and miss kind of situation in my opinion. You can read as many tips and look at as many peoples setups as you like but you still might not be happy. The key to being a happy camper is being comfortable. Now every body has there own needs when it comes to being comfortable.

The biggest and most universal need is a comfortable place to sleep, you can have all the other home comforts in the world but if you cant sleep properly you will never have a good time. My vote goes for a stretcher, yes they are more expensive and bigger but I have never slept so comfortably while camping ever! Also if you have to replace blow up mattress after a while they will start costing more than a stretcher.

We Keep a box full of camping crockery and cutlery, its nothing fancy. With all these plastic shops around you can really get some nice stuff for a good price, instead of the outrageously priced kits that outdoor shops sell. That will stop you having to eat braaied meat with your hands :)
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Re: I wanna go camping

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:17 pm

Ed, if you are going camping during good weather, it is not worth buying a too big tent. You will find you spend hardly any time other than sleeping and a place to keep your stuff, and dressing, in the tent. For eg in Kruger.

We have camped in the worst heat, and also are looking for a way to keep cool. We have an off road van, but that is much the same as a tent. We do have a portable fan that runs off 12v (cig lighter) but it is not very effective (available at most outdoor shops). What I do find very effective is a spray bottle to spritz oneself with cool water, and if you can get one with a fan that runs on batteries, all the better. I call mine my portable aircon.

Just today we saw a portable desk fan that runs on electricity and can charge and run for about 3 hours on the high setting on the charge. This was at Builders Warehouse and an outdoor shop. I think we might go for that one as we cannot find anything better suited.

I would say the lifting of cash etc is not the norm, but still take precautions. In the past we have locked out tent zip with a small padlock as the tents usually have two zips on the door and then we locked them together.
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Re: I wanna go camping

Unread post by Stampajane » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:20 pm

Moobox we always take a couple of small padlocks along (the type that you would use on a suitcase) and lock the zips on the tent at night or while we are away from the camp. We also don't leave anything of real value, like electronic toys, cameras, money, etc in the tent if we are not there.
On the whole, campers are an honest bunch and we've never had any trouble. And of course the staff don't service your tent so there aren't those kind of issues.

We have a tiny electric heater which we pack if we're camping in the berg in the colder months. I guess you could take a fan to plug in as most campsites have electricity. Hope you've got plenty of space to pack it all in!
Tents can get very hot so it's a good idea to try to pitch in a spot where it is shaded if possible. Also, especially if you are thinking of getting a new tent, look for one which has good ventilation. Our tent has 2 door openings and 2 windows so it can be opened all the way around and the heat doesn't build up too much.


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