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Donor accommodation

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:01 am

What are the practical terms and conditions regarding booking donor accommodation? If a person has booked and paid for an accommodation unit which is donated, is it still not confirmation that you will actually get that unit if the donor decides to visit during the time that you have made the booking as some of us will most probably not know that you have booked and paid for a donor unit? Is it possible that when you arrive to take up your booking you could be informed that the donor is currently visiting the park and that the donor has preference? If so, what happens to you then?
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Re: Donor accommodation

Unread postby Joao » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:19 am

Hallo Grantmissy.
I don't think that will happen.
I think that the donors must give there schedule beforehand and only after that does the bookings for the accommodation open for visitors.

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Re: Donor accommodation

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:44 pm

I have stayed in donor accommodation, and they are given preference before it is let loose to the public. They might have the same weeks annually.

There is no way that your stay will be hastled by the owner. That was the civilized way up until now, and I think it is a condition of donating.
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Re: Donor accommodation

Unread postby o-dog » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:29 pm

vgstephens wrote:Excuse my ignorance, but what is donor accommodation, and how does it work!!?? :redface: :redface:


Hi Vgstephens!

Although I am not entirely sure what the situation is these days but some (maybe all) of the Bungalows in Biyamiti for example were sponsored by donors who gave sums of money for the building of the accomodation. If I remember correctly they would get a certain number of bed nights per year for a number of years (or their lifetime, I forget).
You will find donor cupboards in some of the bungalows where they get a little section to keep their stuff.
I remember my folks talking about maybe investing in this idea back in the early 90's.

Very vaguely answered I know, but its along these lines if this helps you better understand :wink:
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Re: Donor accommodation

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:38 pm

There are a few in Satara as well.
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Re: Donor accommodation

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:45 pm

The family stayed in the family cottage in Satara this last May, it was donated by the Checkers Stores and what a lovely comfortable cottage it was, spacious and nicely appointed.
They wished they could have stayed longer than the 1 night booked.
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Mopani Rest Camp info when it was built.

Unread postby MKoch » Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:27 pm

Please can you help. As I understand, when Mopani Camp was established and build, there were normal people from the public that gave money to fund the building of the camp. And that the people who help fund the build have a certain amount of days per year in which they can go and stay at the camp in the Bungalow or Cottage that they helped to fund.

Firstly : Is this true? and
Secondly : At the time the camp was build, I was 6 or 7 years old, and did not have the opportunity to participate in this. Can the rights for this be repurchased?

We love going to Mapani Camp, and it would even be better if we could go there every year.

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Re: Mopani Rest Camp info when it was built.

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:17 pm

Hi Mkoch, welcome to the forum!

I think you are referring to the system of "Donor Cottages"
I seem to recall from seeing it somewhere, that they no longer do that any longer, but I could be wrong?

I doubt whether one could repurchase any of them as they were donated to the park so therefore do not belong to even the original donors, just that they were given a number of days accommodation in recognition of that gesture.

I also enjoy Mopani camp very much and try and stay there as often as possible.

I find its not a camp that gets booked up very quickly so I am sure as long as you booked timeously you would not have any problem getting a reservation there.

Have you had a read through the topic on Mopani Camp
Lots of great pics and info in there.
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Re: Mopani Rest Camp info when it was built.

Unread postby bert » Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:30 pm

The bit of history is true
Also about the donor cottages
Same practice happened in other camps

But this does not happen anymore.

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Re: Mopani Rest Camp info when it was built.

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:57 pm

Found some further explanation on Mopani

isinkwe wrote:DrPhil
Pardon my ignorance- You say that 'We are Doners at Mopani'
What does that mean? Sounds interesting.


DrPhil wrote:isinkwe, it means that when I go to the park I dont have to pay for accomodation :tongue:

What it means is that before the camp was build in the early 1990's the then "Parks board" required funding for the construction of the camp. The people who helped to fund the construction of the camp received a number of days for a number of years where they can go to the park for free (only accommodation and only similar to the price range of the unit donated). You will see in camps like Satara there are some of the bigger units with name plates to indicate who donated the unit.

The donors could also plant some trees if approved by the parks board. That is why unit 34 in mopani have the best parking in the whole park :thumbs_up:
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Re: Donor accommodation

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:25 pm

I must say - if one can ever donate again and have assured bookings is a camp in future - I'd definitely consider it. Wish I was not a child when all this donating happened either! :slap: I would've donated my entire piggy bank for it! :tongue:
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