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    We spent a couple of weeks camping with our caravan in Skukuza in July 19. Because of the length of time we stayed in the Park our caravan fridge freezer was full so we packed some frozen foods and meat in a camping freezer which stood in our tent. So one morning in the camp the wife decides to take some meat out from the camping fridge for a braai later on the same day and to our surprise and disgust we noted that some pkts of steak, lamb chops and wors had been stolen from the freezer. Could it be a fellow camper or workers in the camp ? It could have happened during the day or night whilst we where at the shop in the camp or out on a game drive. Who knows? Definitely not primates because the freezer has a cover and a sturdy strap which was always intact. It is just pretty sad that one now has to actually find a way to lock the fridge/freezer whilst it is inside your tent. Next thing I guess we will have to chain the camping fridge/freezer to the caravan undercarriage or something. Crazy world we live in!

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    Jip very sad indeed!

    I have a Trail Cam (Chinese version, cost R900) and works well.

    Use it for critters at night for the kids to see what was walking around at night, and also deploy it inside the tent or under the awning when we leave for the day... for the "monkeys" that steal the "bananas"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumbles View Post
    Jip very sad indeed!

    I have a Trail Cam (Chinese version, cost R900) and works well.

    Use it for critters at night for the kids to see what was walking around at night, and also deploy it inside the tent or under the awning when we leave for the day... for the "monkeys" that steal the "bananas"

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    I also use one.
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    Web links please!

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    It is stoeln by primates but unfortunately they are your fellow campers. There have been quite a few stories of stolen frozen goods in kruger unfortunately. Couple of years ago there was a story of an elderly couple emptying the freezers st Balule and leaving as soon as gates opened. Not sure if its poverty or dementia.

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    I buy my stuff on Banggood. Others use Wish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GKE View Post
    It is stoeln by primates but unfortunately they are your fellow campers. There have been quite a few stories of stolen frozen goods in kruger unfortunately. Couple of years ago there was a story of an elderly couple emptying the freezers st Balule and leaving as soon as gates opened. Not sure if its poverty or dementia.
    Don’t camp close to the road the workers take to get their place of work.
    One of our pots changed ownership this way - and we were next to the fence (only saw them later taking a shortcut here).
    I try to camp as far as possible from their walkway now.
    The Skukuza layout is wrong as the “township” is adjacent to the camping area. I won’t even try to complaint about their singing and parties.

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    Rule No 1 Dont stay in Oord Tourist camps like Skukuza and Lower Sabie ..rather Balule , Tsendze , and Maroela , Shingwedzi , Punda Maria ..No 2 Padlocks bru. All National Luna Freezers have one or 2 places to place padlocks . Other non frozen foods looked with 2 padlocks in olsd Army / boarding School Trommel ...Non Nature loving tourist , Staff and primate proof
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    Quote Originally Posted by REAList View Post
    The Skukuza layout is wrong as the “township” is adjacent to the camping area. I won’t even try to complaint about their singing and parties.
    One of dozens of reasons why we never go anywhere near that camp let alone camp there ..I would rather camp at Gold Reef City on a Public Holiday for more bush atmosphere and ..security

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plod View Post
    I also use one.
    In Afrikaans it is known as the: "Wat de hel doen jy-kamera"

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    This is what we need. I’ll get myself one for sure:

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    Just returned from two weeks camping in the Kruger, was really pleasant.

    The only incident was someone swapped out my braai wood (which I foolishly left on the braai) for a packet of cheap rubbish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EtienneB View Post
    In Afrikaans it is known as the: "Wat de hel doen jy-kamera"
    Do these cameras make a "click" sound or are the silent? Don't want my meat and camera to take a walk

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    Default Re: Food stolen from camping freezer In Kruger Park

    A trail camera with 2G/3G/4G with SMS/MMS and SD card record facilities will be helpful , although also with some limitations.

    Something like this will do
    https://www.banggood.com/HC-550LTE-4...r_warehouse=CN

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    MonkeyPeeler how do you ship from Banggood? They have some great cameras.

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    Skukuza is certainely not the preferred Kruger campsite for most of us but beggars cant be choosers.
    We booked more than a year ago and were going to spend couple of weeks in Punda Maria, Shingwedzi , Satara and one night at Malelane on the way out but due to circumstances (unexpected operation) had to cancel and re book on short notice once i recovered. Being desperately keen to visit the Kruger again we had to take what we could get and that ofcourse being Skukuza
    Irrespective of the particular campsite I still think the fact that this is happening is rather disappointing and wonder where it will end. I have actually read once before on a forum that stuff (even an entire fridge) had gone missing in camp sites such as Mbuashehube & Rooiputs in the Kgalagadi nogal.

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    I have noted the recommendations to use trail cameras. What are the actual benefits. Is it a deterrent or to try and identify the perpetrators or both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onematch View Post
    MonkeyPeeler how do you ship from Banggood? They have some great cameras.

    My solar panel took two and a half months to arrive!! - I had given up.
    I ship cheapest they offer and expect 2-3 months (that was with post office)

    They now use Buffalo Logistics in Jnb for customs clearance and courier.

    I bought a R150 reverse cam and after a month it arrived but I got pestered by Buffalo to pay R37 clearance fee.

    At first I was sceptical, did some searching, saw their name on Banggood site and apparently they courier after you pay.

    So I thought what the hell, no diff if I pay R37 to them or the Post Office. EFT’ed the amount and 3 days later package arrived via courier!!

    I would use them again, its much quicker than via Post Office

    Also these Trail Cams dont make sound or light (choose the black infrared LED option) as they are designed not to scare away animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davedup View Post
    I have noted the recommendations to use trail cameras. What are the actual benefits. Is it a deterrent or to try and identify the perpetrators or both?
    Not a deterrent... I use them for wildlife around camp at night.

    And like my friend that was robbed at Storms River in April by a SANPARKS employee... you could go straight to the manager with the pics.

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