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 Post subject: Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:16 am 
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Ngiri, if they stipulate utensils, they are fairly basic but will include some heavy pots and a frying pan, so unless you particularly want to use your own I wouldn't worry.
There are cups/mugs, plates, glasses, cutlery, a plastic/glass bowl etc.
What I have found lacking is steak knives and always take my own set.
A bottle opener/can opener is also sometimes a bit hit and miss so we carry all those in our basic kit just to be safe, but more often than not we find they are supplied.

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here
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What I usually miss, in Kruger especially, is a Braai dish. To put your meat in after your braai.

Some times the pots are very big is you want to make something small for only two people.

One year in Singwedzi we had only a frying pan.......no pots, no glass bowl for salad, no Braai dish. Ended up a very interesting holiday when we started to make dinner. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here
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I would definitely complain to housekeeping if I found my unit without pots and pans and other containers! :rtm:

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 Post subject: Extra beds in accomodations
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Can any two bed or three bed tent or bungalow have an added bed for the additional fee listed? We're a family of 4 and it seems options are limited in the lower price range. Many Thanks!
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 Post subject: Re: Extra beds in accomodations
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We have had an extra mattress added but the bunaglows are small & already very full with the existing beds, so it is not very pleasant and there is very little space for luggage etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Extra beds in accomodations
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Warm welcome to the forum KASSSMITH. :clap:

It seems to vary from camp to camp as to whether they allow extra mattresses so the best thing is to choose a camp/s and then contact the camp and ask.
but as been said it will be very cramped.
Most probably the best thing would be is to book a 4 sleeper bungalow or tent which is the cheaper option.

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 Post subject: Re: Extra beds in accomodations
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Hi KASSSMITH and welcome.

I went to Kruger in October with 2 friends and we booked 3-bed accommodation. Well - there was not a spare inch in the chalets and there was nowhere you could put another mattress.

Maybe you should book 2 x 2-bed units and request that they be next to each other. Or, book a 4-bed tent or chalet.

There does seem to be a shortage of "family" units in Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: Extra beds in accomodations
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Hi KASSSMITH,

We have the same problem, a family of 4 and soon to be 5. There really does appear to be a shortage of family bungalows in the park. I have tried numerous times with reservations regarding adding a extra mattress and they understandably refused.
A family cottage does normally work out cheaper than 2 two bed bungalows, and it is more intimate. We did that last year and it does spoil the mood a bit when you need split with SO and one of the boys when it is bedtime.
Why not try the bushveld camps, they cater for families with most of the cottages in these camps being for 4 people or more.

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 Post subject: Re: Extra beds in accomodations
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Families of 4 seem to struggle with this and we too have now opted for the bushveld camps.
We love them all! Once you have been you will always return! If you are lucky Lower Sabie, olifants and skukuza also has some 4 bed cottage options

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here
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I think this question has been asked before but I cannot find it :doh: when staying in accommodation that has a kitchen must I do the dishes or do I leave a tip for the cleaning lady/gent that comes and makes the beds/change towels? When staying in Berg en Dal last December I left money next to the dishcloth and dish liquid bottle every morning, the cleaning lady stopped me one afternoon and asked me if that was a Christmas present?? So in other words is washing of the dishes part of the cleaning staff duties or should we leave a tip if we want them to be done?

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here
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I always wash the dishes when staying in accommodation with an outdoor kitchen because of attracting nocturnal "visitors"
But it seems as if this is not the norm of late and the cleaning ladies don't seem to mind doing it.
There is a topic on tipping which I will link to when I get home.

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here
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Hi Catmom65,

if you go camping, than you must bring your own towel with you. In all other accommodations (Safari Tents, Bungalows, Huts and all others) are towels on the beds.

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 Post subject: Bungalows with non-thatch roofs
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A member of the family is seriously allergic to thatching. Can anyone please give me any information about camps that have tiled roofs. Much appreciated!


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 Post subject: Re: Bungalows with non-thatch roofs
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Shingwedzi, does (some are thatched, but a lot are not, you would just need to check)
I'm sure other people will let you know other camps as well where there are non thatched units!!!
Hope you can get sorted.................and please enjoy your trip. :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bungalows with non-thatch roofs
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T,

My SO also suffers from allergic reaction to thatch, but not as bad as your family member though! But be warned depending on the time of your visit the grass and pollens & dust can also wreak havoc on your peace and quiet!

He takes medication every morning (that doesn't make him feel tired) and usually we are spared the red, itchy, swollen eyes & throat. (I have been tempted in the past to slip him a sleeping pill because the fog horn blowing and snoring can give the unsuspecting person a heart attack.)

I would rather go for the tents at Lower Sabie. Marloth Park might be brilliant but its just not the same, and you might end up with thatch there as well?

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