Lately I have been upset by the steep increases in Sanparks accommodation fees, especially for camping. Glancing through the latest threads, I see a lot of local people feel the same way. Obviously it doesn't affect overseas visitors as badly with the weak Rand at the moment.
But after our last visit to Kruger, I must commend Sanparks on a job well done....
Travelling via Standerton, Carolina, Ermelo was a nasty experience, with such badly potholed roads I could have thought I was in Zimbabwe or further north!
And my subsequent ordeal getting through Beitbridge (7 hours, $200 in "agent fees", 54 degrees Celsius temperatures) and staying alive on the dreadful road up to Masvingo while being pushed right off the road by oncoming trucks twice, and the shocking state of "road failure" in towns like Gweru and Mutare -- all this made me suddenly appreciate the excellent road system in Kruger Park!
Think about it -- MAJOR floods in Jan 2012 that wiped out huge sections of infrastructure, camps and roads. All fixed up by end of that year, but... MAJOR floods in Jan 2013 repeat the destruction of infrastructure again!
And here I was in December 2013, travelling about 1500 km in 7 days in the park, and NOT ONE POTHOLE anywhere! Even with the heavy rains, gravel roads were pretty well maintained too!
So before I complain about price increases, exorbitant salaries for VIPs etc, let me just say it again:
THANK YOU SANPARKS FOR THE EXCELLENT INFRASTRUCTURE IN KRUGER -- KEEP IT UP!
God bless for 2014
Friedrich von Horsten
PS. I'm taking a bus load of school kids to Camdeboo, Addo and Tsitsikama in April because of the same excellent standards I have experienced there in the past.