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 Post subject: Bookings. ..
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:28 pm 
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Hi guys
As a nature freak and Kruger National Park LOVER, visiting the Park for almost 40 years now, I couldn't wait to make a booking for next July. I've sent an email to reservations before bookings opened and a week later I still haven't heard anything. To my disappointment all campsites are unavailable at Lower Sabie, which I saw this morning. What I am also concerned about is that they say it's fully booked but when we were there this month we saw 2-3 open sites every night!! Somehow something is wrong. Can someone please tell me how to overcome this type of disappointment, regarding the online reservations which opens a day after all the other reservations? I don't stay close to the offices so the only option I have is a phone or website. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Bookings. ..
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:37 pm 
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Anadia, welcome :D

If you are trying to book for school holidays, there is a huge demand and bookings opened yesterday - so they would only have taken calls and emails from yesterday.

July is peak season. Perhaps people book and pay well in advance and then cannot take up the booking.

Keep a watch on availability, especially 30 days from now, as people who booked might not pay deposits and the sites will become available again ... but I am sure will also be snapped up right away.

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 Post subject: Re: Bookings. ..
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:32 pm 
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Hi Anadia

Firstly, book what is currently available so that you have a reservation. Keep checking the website for cancellations and you can then change your booking. I am not sure if you are tied to South African school holidays. If not, try before or after this time period (before 26june or after 11july).

Regarding emailing reservation requests,

I was told that I had to send the email on the day the bookings opened as they do not keep emails. I did this and was able to book accommodation for June 2015 before school holidays start.

Good luck and don't give up. Deposits are due on the 21st August, so check on the 22nd to see if something becomes available.

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Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:25 am 
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Anadia, a warm welcome :gflower:

Cheetahlady is giving good advice to book what you can find to start with. I often do what Dinky Birds suggests, which is to start watching at the time when the last payment is due. You will be surprised at how many people cancel.

Good luck :thumbs_up:

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Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:58 am 
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Welcome to the Forum

Why don't you give them a call and follow up on your email?
Maybe they have made the reservation, but not notified you yet

I agree with what the others have said.
Take what you can get now. And make changes later.
Keep watching and phoning, and what you prefer could well come up.

Deposits due in August. And full payment 2 months before arrival.
So things could well change.


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 Post subject: Re: Bookings. ..
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:22 am 
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We are in the same position with all the sites we wanted to stay at. :(

We planned to stay 3 nights at Lower Sabie, 3 at Satara, 3 at Olifants and finally 3 at Letaba but being in Australia the time difference meant we were asleep when bookings opened and we missed out on the lot.

We did manage a revised program of 3 nights Mopani, 1 at Letaba, 3 at Olifants, 3 at Skukuza and finally 1 at Satara.

We have been checking daily and did manage to organise the 2nd of our 3 nights at Olifants as earliier we had to move for a day cause we could only get it at a single day.

We will keep checking and hopefully a few days may become available at Letaba or Lower Sabie as we haven't stayed here previously.


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Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 5:16 am 
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Ryry, a very warm welcome :gflower: your first post.

Keep checking. I would also suggest looking at accommodation at Croc Bridge if Lower Sabie does not come up. It covers many of the same roads and is a lovely little camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Bookings. ..
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:58 am 
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Ryry, a very warm welcome :gflower: your first post.

Keep checking. I would also suggest looking at accommodation at Croc Bridge if Lower Sabie does not come up. It covers many of the same roads and is a lovely little camp.


Thank you for the welcome Meandering Mouse.

Will keep checking but I am still happy with what we have.


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Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:41 am 
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Sorry for asking a different question but I don't want to open a new thread. We are family of 4(2 Adults & 2 Kids) and most of good accommodations(Perimeter View etc) says 2 people only. I am not able to book 1 room for our family, Do I need to book 2 rooms or I need to book for 2 and pay extra for the kids at the camp site?

Kids are aged 7 & 9 now.


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Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:42 am 
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Hi bayguy,

You need to look at the max people. If that is also two, then you will need two units. We have a similar problem (3 people). We have almost given up on perimeter huts. There are some, depending on the camps you want. Mopani (BD4V); Letaba (look at family units), Skukuza (gc4v); Orpen family units; Olifants have a couple with a river view. Have you considered bushveld camps?

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