I have been going to the kruger for over 42 years (I'm 49 now). It concerns me that prices are going up and up, at least 10% more year on year. When, if ever will these escalations stop. Between toll gates on routes, increases in accommodation prices, massive petrol price increases, and additional wildcard expense, the tourists pocket is being swiftly emptied.
In the Park some of the prices are a joke, and a few bits of accommodation are horrible.
AT Pretoriouskop the EB2 ES2 EB5 EB6 are just nasty
, forget the price. Why don't they tear these horrid huts down and build better accommodation.
The EH1 EH2 EH3 EH5's are also a 1960's hangover at Lower Sabie. Too small and nastily cramped. When the old Lower Sabie reception area burnt down, they never really re-utilized that space well.
Get rid of these architectural nightmares and build more FU4 units (2 adults 2 kids) or 4 adults. Also stop this additional adult rip-off for a 3rd cot or sleeper bed.
Everything is up 38% from 31st of August 2009.
GC5 was R1105 its now R1525
GC6BD was 1105 also R1525.
FU4D was R1105 and it's now R1475 .
What has been done to those units that warrants a 38% increase ? Nothing, Zip, NADA !!!!!
The best accommodation for 3 guests (value/location/newness/price) is Lower Sabie Bungalow (BD3UZ)
R1140 . You need to book this 6 months in advance or you can forget it. They are excellent
, however, they screwed up on the outside areas where there is no privacy from your neighbours noise and activities.
You can't compare this accommodation to a Crocodile Bridge Bungalow (BD3) which is the same price (croco-bridge is one circular room with 3 beds) !!!!!!!!
The pricing needs to reflect what is being offered. Safari tents are another thing. They get weather beaten pretty quickly, and don't have the same longevity of fixed accommodation.
At what point do the national parks stop these ridiculous increases (38% in three years plus wildcards) , or do they price South Africans out of the market ?
The wildcard was never a factor, it was introduced in 2006 ? (I'm not sure). But it's just another way to empty the pocket of the tourist.
I know people from overseas laugh at these prices, but at what point does in become too expensive for South Africans ?
I would love to hear other peoples views
All the best ,