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 Post subject: KNP 2015 dates
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:48 am 
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Hi

This is our first post so here goes

We hope to stay in the park next year before returning to Naledi ...can't wait!

When will September 2015 dates be released?

How soon does the camps sell out? Would you book ASAP when dates are released..

Looking to stay at Berg en dal, Lower Sabie and Satara

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 Post subject: Re: KNP 2015 dates
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:56 am 
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Warm welcome to the forum Samson123 :clap:

Bookings open 11 months in advance and on the 1st working day of the month.

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As you are wanting to stay in three of the more popular camps I would book them as soon as you can.

I don't think September is too busy but if you are wanting specific accommodation then also best not to delay.

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Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:09 pm 
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Thanks Elsa

i am sure its the first of many questions.....

Are those lodges a good choice?

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They are very good and all in good and prolific sighting areas! :thumbs_up:

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Thanks very Much

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 Post subject: Re: KNP 2015 dates
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:33 pm 
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Hi Samson123

Lower Sabie is a very popular camp. If you can't get what you want there, look at Crocodile Bridge ( small camp, no restaurant) or Skukuza (big camp but good game area). The Lower Sabie area is easily accessible from both these camps. Lower Sabie seems popular with the tour groups so we have often struggled to book accomodation initially. However you can change your reservation if accomodation becomes available (which it often does closer to the time), so if you don't get accom at Lower Sabie to start with, then book one of the alternatives as you may lucky later.

Some advise in general when booking.

1. I make a list of camps, dates and accomodation types that I would like (look online under accomodation to see details and look at camp maps to see bungalow numbers/ location per camp)

2. Have a backup in mind if your first choice is not available.

3. If emailing reservation requests, then do not email them before the 1st October as they do not keep emails. Email them early (they open at 7:30, I sent my email at 2am) on the 1st. Put September 2015 reservation in the subject line so they know what it is for.

Hope you get what you want. Have a great time.

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 Post subject: Re: KNP 2015 dates
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:07 am 
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great tips and thanks..

we were under the impression that we just booked on line?

why would we email? sorry if being a little thick

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 Post subject: Re: KNP 2015 dates
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There are various methods of booking Samson, one of them being by e-mail but also on-line.
So no problems. :thumbs_up:
I think Cheetahlady was just giving an example of what she does by using the e-mail method.

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Email is just one of the booking methods (convenient for those on vastly different time zones). Apologies if I caused confusion. Thanks Elsa for clarifying.

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 Post subject: Re: KNP 2015 dates
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:51 pm 
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Its fine honestly

we are just newbies and easily confused!! :doh:



Which method is more reliable? we would prefer emailing..as us and websites seem not to mix!

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Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:25 pm 
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I have not booked online as our booking is normally complicated with different friends/family joining us at different times of our stay so I usually email or call central reservations.

Hopefully some other forumites will be able to advise regarding booking online as this may be easier.

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It really all depends on when you are going, how busy its going to be and how important it is to get the units and camps you want. You can email (or phone) on the morning that booksings open, 11 months in advance. Website bookings only open 10 months in advance (Xmas and the June/July school holidays excepted). So emailing gives you a better chance of getting what you want, if your email gets opened in time.

With an email booking you only have to pay 50% deposit and you are given 30 days to do so. Balance is due 60 days before your first night. Website bookings have to be paid in full at the time of booking, although you do get a 5% discount.

You can register with the website booking system before booking anything and you will be given a Client code that you should use on all further correspondence with Reservations, including via email/phone.

There is a form somewhere that details all the information required when booking by email. I tend to replicate it in a Word document and email that through, with alternatives where possible.

And even if you book via email you can use the website to pay a deposit and balance as they become due.

Hope this helps and hasn't confused you even more.

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 Post subject: Re: KNP 2015 dates
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:49 am 
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no that helps very much thanks

the only thing is I cant see where I can register to get a client number?

could we also be cheeky and ask if we could see a blank copy of one of your forms?

many thanks

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 Post subject: Re: KNP 2015 dates
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:02 am 
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saraf wrote:
It really all depends on when you are going, how busy its going to be and how important it is to get the units and camps you want. You can email (or phone) on the morning that booksings open, 11 months in advance. Website bookings only open 10 months in advance (Xmas and the June/July school holidays excepted). So emailing gives you a better chance of getting what you want, if your email gets opened in time.

With an email booking you only have to pay 50% deposit and you are given 30 days to do so. Balance is due 60 days before your first night. Website bookings have to be paid in full at the time of booking, although you do get a 5% discount.

You can register with the website booking system before booking anything and you will be given a Client code that you should use on all further correspondence with Reservations, including via email/phone.

There is a form somewhere that details all the information required when booking by email. I tend to replicate it in a Word document and email that through, with alternatives where possible.

And even if you book via email you can use the website to pay a deposit and balance as they become due.

Hope this helps and hasn't confused you even more.

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http://www.sanparks.org/tourism/reserva ... hp?unit=31

This is the form that automatically submits an email to Reservations. However you can only use it for one camp at a time so if you want multiple camps it can get unwieldy. So I copy the information SANParks require for the booking into a Word document and send the whole lot in one email.

To register on line have a look at the website front screen http://www.sanparks.org/ and in the right side you'll see Bookings Login with a Register button underneath. It's a long time since I did it and a lot has changed so I can't talk you through it but I think it's relatively straightforward.

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