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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:16 am

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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Extra beds in accomodations

Unread postby KASSSMITH » Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:39 am

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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Re: Extra beds in accomodations

Unread postby suebfly » Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:07 am

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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Re: Extra beds in accomodations

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:13 pm

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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Re: Extra beds in accomodations

Unread postby Hippotragus » Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:01 pm

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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Re: Extra beds in accomodations

Unread postby PietSkiet » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:20 pm

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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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread postby tent dweller » Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:59 am

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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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:25 am

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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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread postby Toddelelfe » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:43 pm

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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Bungalows with non-thatch roofs

Unread postby Tollie » Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:54 am

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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Re: Bungalows with non-thatch roofs

Unread postby Crested Val » Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:59 am

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!!!
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Re: Bungalows with non-thatch roofs

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:50 pm

I may be wrong, but I seem to recall some of the chalets in Lower Sabie, near the movie area, have tiled roofs
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Re: Bungalows with non-thatch roofs

Unread postby MATTHYS » Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:35 pm

My connection is too slow at the moment, to open videos but perhaps a good idea to watch Roaneric's great :D
overview photo's video clips and also to look at specific accommodation photos on that index to find tiled roofs ?
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Re: Accommodation - ask all your questions here

Unread postby roaneric » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:15 pm

Hi Gemma T

The 2 bed huts at LS do have their own braais in front of them and a small sink. You can see pictures here

At Skukuza the tents also have their own braais, and they don't have sinks unfortunately. They do have power, but if I remember correctly you have to unplug the fridge. What we usually do is take a double adapter so that we can leave the fridge on at night and also charge our batteries.

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Booking Z category accommodation--

Unread postby kimanjome » Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:11 pm

Please advise, I have searched everywhere for an answer but can't seem to find one.

From what I understand of SANParks policy, "Z" category lodging is blocked off to the general (non-disabled) public until 30 days before desired date, at which time the Z category opens up on the Calendar.

HOWEVER, no matter how much I look at the Accommodation Calendar for certain camps in some parks, there never, ever seems to be bookable availability in the Z category "30 days out". Example: on August 3 I search for Z category openings for September 3-4-5-6-7, etc. Nothing. On August 4 I search the same camp, looking for dates September 4-5-6-7-8, etc. Nothing.

Surely this can't be happening every day...Or am I missing something?

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