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Re: Bush Braais & Bush Breakfasts

Unread postby Kenty » Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:57 pm

Agree different at each camp. Skukuza was about 15-20 people iirc, but Satara was 6 (me, partner, my parents and another couple from here.
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Re: Bush Braais & Bush Breakfasts

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:26 pm

A topic has been created for anyone who would like to book or has already booked a Bush Braai or Breakfast and need others to join them to make up the minimum numbers required which is 4 pax. and 8 in some cases.
so I have moved all those requests over to Companions/Extras needed for stay/activity in SANParks
We have made it a sticky, i.e (it will stay at the top of the page) in the Chit Chat Forum which is the most popular and widely read on the web site so hopefully will get noticed more easily than in here and the most response. :thumbs_up:
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Bush braais

Unread postby Merlin11 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:36 pm

Hi, is there a reason why bush braais cannot be an activity which could be booked online?

There are only 2 of us and we were fortunate to go on a bush braai on our first Kruger trip, we joined up with some others by advertising on the forum. But have never been successful on any of our subsequent 5 trips, going again later this year and would really love to experience a bush braai again and thought the braais might get more take up if we could book online. I know there is understandably a minimum number of people needed but if people booked online there could be an understanding that if the minimum number isn't met the braai would be cancelled :hmz:
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Re: Bush braais

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:08 pm

Merlin, at the moment as its a joint venture between SANparks (guide and vehicle) and the restaurant which does not belong to SANparks.
So send an email to reservations with your Res # and mention from which camp you want to have the bushbraai
We do have This Topic where you can possibly find others who will be in the camp at the same time to join in.
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Re: Bush braais

Unread postby Merlin11 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:35 pm

Thanks Elsa, we have previous years advertised on various threads on this forum and also sent off emails to the camps to see if there were any bush braais on any of the our days in those camps, but on our last 5 visits have not been successful. We will try again this year as we get nearer to October.

Our view is that these braais are such a fantastic experience that they could be real money winners , particularly with overseas visitors. I understand about these being a joint venture, but does it ever happen that either Sanparks or the restaurants cannot support a bush braai on any given day? Again, I would suggest that a caveat could be added to the website that the bush braai would be cancelled unless the minimum number of people book and it can be supported by both Sanparks and the restaurant.

Just an idea on my part, probably based on wishful thinking and us being so desperate to go on another bush braai!
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Re: Bush braais

Unread postby stevenjm » Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:16 am

Merlin11 wrote:Hi, is there a reason why bush braais cannot be an activity which could be booked online?

There are only 2 of us and we were fortunate to go on a bush braai on our first Kruger trip, we joined up with some others by advertising on the forum. But have never been successful on any of our subsequent 5 trips, going again later this year and would really love to experience a bush braai again and thought the braais might get more take up if we could book online. I know there is understandably a minimum number of people needed but if people booked online there could be an understanding that if the minimum number isn't met the braai would be cancelled :hmz:


Hi Merlin11,

Overall - activities on the site are very new, only releasing the single day activities (depending on rules and parties involved) last year. We are in the process of planning and development for Overnight activities to be launched not too distant future.

With the above said, and Elsa referenced - there are various parties involved in this and for on-line transactions that is a process that could be very disjointed and in the end be a futile process. As such we are looking at activities that we have full control over that fit in the business processes at the moment as priority.

An example to further explain, there are activities that also depend on weather situations, so these will not be online but instead remain in care by the Park / Camp respectively.

I hope this and Elsa's information helps you.

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Re: Bush braais

Unread postby Merlin11 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:48 pm

Thanks Elsa and Steven
This was just an idea on our part, I often see requests from people trying to to attract others to make up the numbers for a bush braai, but rarely see others responding taking up the request. I still think it is a shame that couples can very rarely experience a wonderful Kruger bush braai, but totally understand the difficulty of arranging the logistics of it.

Anyway, fingers crossed we will be more successful this year than we have on our recent 5 attempts. One of our best memories is sitting out under the stars, completely dark, good food and wine and listening to a lion roar!
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Re: Bush braais

Unread postby saraf » Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:05 pm

I know its not much help with booking before you go but I noticed this week that Lower Sabie have started advertising their Bush Braais on a blackboard outside reception. Hopefully more camps might take up this idea.
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Re: Bush braais

Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri May 01, 2015 5:53 pm

ctm7943 wrote:I am asking here because this forum normally has up to date information from recent visitors & Sanparks representatives.
Yes, it does. This is SANParks' website and forum, and we mods have direct contact with SANParks on a daily basis to ensure the correct information is supplied. There are no other forums that can boast that.

Posted on 7 April 2015:

Lesley Nyawo wrote:Just a bit of background:
Whilst bush braais used to be very popular we struggled to offer a good experience in the restaurants. SANParks then modeled the new offering around fixing the restaurants which we firmly believe we have achieved. However, seeing that the solution in many camps was the introduction of branded restaurants, the offering of a bush braai product by them was not a given and hence put on hold till such time that we were satisfied with the performance of the restaurants.

However, the product is still offered in Mopani and Berg en Dal on a frequent basis (and soon from Skukuza) and I have heard that the operator of Lower Sabie and Pretoriuskop is looking at offering this product as well (details to be confirmed). The operator of Olifants, Letaba and Satara is still focusing on getting the restaurants running very well. In all likeliness Punda Maria and Shingwedzi will re-introduce such an offering as we have appointed a company on a management agreement at these sites and they are quite willing to offer this product.

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Re: Bush braais

Unread postby ctm7943 » Fri May 01, 2015 6:41 pm

Thank you for the clarification.
This (current & accurate info) is why I love this forum.

Posted by someone on TA today: Bush Braais are certainly happening in the park. Not at all camps, because of the change over of restaurants. You can refer to the SANParks Forums for correct and up to date information.

Update: Lower Sabie is advertising bush braiis near their sightings board. :dance:

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Re: Bush braais

Unread postby julia9726 » Tue May 05, 2015 12:34 am

Hi! We are very much interested in doing a Bush Braii, on the 7th of June at Lower Sabie Rest Camp, the standard bush Braii

I was reading through the forum, and from my understanding even the standard bush braii have a minimum participant number,

Also we would prefer to do the Bush Braii, however if it gets cancelled then we would want to do a night drive instead, I'm not really sure in this case to wait and book the night drive upon arrival and risk not getting a spot in hopes that a Bush Braii will be offered and the minimum participant number met, and we can go on this experience

or to book the night drive, and then hopefully if a Bush Braii is offered we can just pay the extra amount and upgrade to a Bush Braii

We would want to do an activity that evening but don't want to miss out if the Bush Braii is not offered and the night drives are booked up.
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Re: Bush braais

Unread postby julia9726 » Tue May 05, 2015 3:46 am

ctm7943 wrote:This is where you can see availability for camp activities (game drives etc.)
It is set up very similar to accommodations availability

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/to ... bility.php


Bush Braiis are currently not available to be booked online, only the night drive/ sunset drive/ morning afternoon walks can be unfortunately, according to forum Bush Braiis are set up at the camp when u get there or in advance via email if u have the right amount of people which we currently don't as we are only 2
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Re: Bush braais

Unread postby Elsa » Tue May 05, 2015 10:17 am

I would advise that you send the camp an e-mail requesting participation in the Bush braai on your selected night and then once you get to the camp see what the situation is regarding numbers and make a decision based on that.
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Re: Bush braais

Unread postby julia9726 » Mon May 25, 2015 8:12 am

ctm7943 wrote:Yesterday on Trip Advisor a poster in the KNP forum said:
"We had also hoped to do a bush braii but have heard that, because of poaching activity, none will be allowed right now. Too sad."

I am hoping to do a bush braii in a couple of weeks at LS and was surprised to read this.
I am asking here because this forum normally has up to date information from recent visitors & Sanparks representatives.


Is there also a Ban on outside companies which do Bush Braais? After reading posts by dinky bird I thought it was just with regard to the bush braiis offered by san parks "I have heard that the operator of Lower Sabie and Pretoriuskop is looking at offering this product as well (details to be confirmed). The operator of Olifants, Letaba and Satara is still focusing on getting the restaurants running very well. In all likeliness Punda Maria and Shingwedzi will re-introduce such an offering as we have appointed a company on a management agreement at these sites and they are quite willing to offer this product."

After posting in the " looking for companions post" and contacting lower sabie to no success yet but fingers crossed, and contacting the camp directly who informed there is currently no people signed up for the bush braai for either dates will be in lower sabie, I also contacted khaya umdani as they offered bush braais from crocodile bridge ( which san parks according to dinky bird currently is not) so seeing as how were staying in Marloth Park we thought this might be a good alternative and we would give that a try

But was informed "Unfortunately the bush braais are on hold at the moment so we are waiting for Kruger to give us he "go ahead"

so does this mean there's no possibility of doing a bush braai from crocodile bridge? so all external companies offering bush braais are no longer allowed in either?
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Re: Bush braais

Unread postby saraf » Mon May 25, 2015 10:31 am

An outside company would not be able to provide a bush braai out of hours anyway, only SANPArks vehicles are currently allowed on the roads after the gates close. The only way they would be able to do it is to drive to a picnic site and cook breakfast or lunch for you during normal operating hours. And this happens, I have quite often seen guides from private companies cooking at places like Mlondozi and Tshokwane picnic sites.

With no catering facilities at Crocodile Bridge it is difficult

Keep asking at Lower Sabie and ask if they will put you on a waiting list. I do know that LS are actively trying to get guests for their bush braais - they advertise them on a blackboard outside reception. Don't give up hope yet.
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