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    Default Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    Hi,
    I am driving from Cape Town to enter Kruger at Phalaborwa.
    Is it best to do fresh grocery and some meat shopping in Polokwane or Phalaborwa?
    Time is the biggest consideration - I'll be driving from Bryanston that Friday morning and through Phalaborwa gate to Shimuwini Bushveld Camp for first night, so want to have as little detour from the main road (N1/R71).
    Second night is Mopani, then three nights at Punda Maria before heading south where I know the camp shops are stocked sufficiently for the rest of our trip (Shingwedzi, Tsendze, Satara, Berg-en-Dal).
    Any good butcher tips are welcome too.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    Pork, lamb & beef at the Flying Pig in Polokwane. Chicken at Spiff Chicken next door. Not far from the N1/R71 intersection.

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    Default Re: Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    Phalaborwa, you will waste a lot of time getting off the N1 into Polokwane.
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    Default Re: Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    Tzaneen or Phalagat, avoid Polokwane like the plague
    Donít blame yourself over past mistakes. Itís like driving down the N1 while looking in the rear view mirror only.

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    Default Re: Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    Flying Pig is about 5mins from the junction N1/R71. Dual carriageway all the way.
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    Default Re: Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    There is a Spar close to Phalaborwa gate - it's usually pretty well stocked.
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    Default Re: Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    Also buy wood in phalagat

    Next to the road is fine. Wood inside the park is crazy expensive. And they sometimes fill the bags with tamboti to get the bag full. I literally crapped myself braaing on that stuff once.
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    Tzaneen food lovers. Quick in and out

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    Default Re: Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    Also buy wood in phalagat

    Next to the road is fine. Wood inside the park is crazy expensive. And they sometimes fill the bags with tamboti to get the bag full. I literally crapped myself braaing on that stuff once.
    Be a bit careful about taking wood into Kruger, or at least check that it's allowed. I was told.that you're not allowed to take it in due to a pest risk. But if they're putting Tamboti in, that's a huge problem.

    Edit - and I've still got PTST from the last time I went into Polokwane, but if the butcher is that close to the highway maybe you'll be OK. Otherwise Palaborwa every day.
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    Default Re: Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    Nobody checks, but you technically arení allowed to bring in wood from other districts, provinces because wood borers. Thats why they have those traps hanging in camps. To check if some made it to the park. Buying from outside the gate should be fine. I always do.

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    Default Re: Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    Quote Originally Posted by EliStone View Post
    Tzaneen food lovers. Quick in and out
    This is actually a great idea!

    To put it in perspective, the complex (Tzaneen Lifestyle Centre) is literally at the junction where the road to Phalaborwa crosses. So you don't deviate from your route at all, and don't need to go into Tzaneen town centre itself.

    In the complex are Food Lovers and a great Checkers (Hyper?). Both have lovely stuff, in my opinion much more consistent in terms of quality than what we seem to get in Polokwane. Checkers Liquor next to Checkers as well.

    Just don't hit it on Saturday morning.

    Last I remember, the Phalaborwa Spar was lovely as well, and I think it's geared exactly for Kruger visitors. However, this does affect the prices I think.



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    Default Re: Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    Food lovers Tzaneen. Great fresh produce, a very good butchery and some really nice things for "padkos" like pizza, pies, sandwiches etc. The centre also has the Checkers, a garage if maybe you need to fill up etc.

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    Default Re: Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    Nobody checks, but you technically arení allowed to bring in wood from other districts, provinces because wood borers. Thats why they have those traps hanging in camps. To check if some made it to the park. Buying from outside the gate should be fine. I always do.
    "Implications for you as SANParks tourist:

    • Use Charcoal.
    • Do not transport or bring wood into National Parks from known infected areas (Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Gauteng, Bloemfontein, Hartswater, George and Knysna).
    • Purchase wood from immediate local area."

    https://www.sanparks.org/news/threat...ndigenous-wood

    It is not illegal, check the origin of the wood. Generally these beetles attack soft-wood trees like avo's and is really a threat to the production of fruit and soft wood products. A bag of genuine dry hardwood will most probably not contain any exotic pests. But Charcoal is safer. Also do not buy wood next to the road on the way to the park. These were probably poached from natural veld.Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    Any suggestions on where to buy wood outside the Malelane Gate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by btscott View Post
    Any suggestions on where to buy wood outside the Malelane Gate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luka View Post
    "Implications for you as SANParks tourist:

    • Use Charcoal.
    • Do not transport or bring wood into National Parks from known infected areas (Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Gauteng, Bloemfontein, Hartswater, George and Knysna).
    • Purchase wood from immediate local area."

    https://www.sanparks.org/news/threat...ndigenous-wood

    It is not illegal, check the origin of the wood. Generally these beetles attack soft-wood trees like avo's and is really a threat to the production of fruit and soft wood products. A bag of genuine dry hardwood will most probably not contain any exotic pests. But Charcoal is safer. Also do not buy wood next to the road on the way to the park. These were probably poached from natural veld.Click image for larger version. 

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    The wood from outside the park next to the road comes from the trust. Everyone can make their own conclusions.

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    Default Re: Kruger food shopping: Polokwane or Phalaborwa

    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    Also buy wood in phalagat

    Next to the road is fine. Wood inside the park is crazy expensive. And they sometimes fill the bags with tamboti to get the bag full. I literally crapped myself braaing on that stuff once.
    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    Nobody checks, but you technically arení allowed to bring in wood from other districts, provinces because wood borers. Thats why they have those traps hanging in camps. To check if some made it to the park. Buying from outside the gate should be fine. I always do.


    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    Those are the best. Although the harvesting of said wood is questionable.
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