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 Post subject: August 2015 bookings
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:34 pm 
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Hi Guys,

When does August 2015 bookings open?? I know it usually is 11 months, but sometimes there is exeptions for busy months. We used to go in August and will revert back to August next year but if I remember correctly it is a very popular month, and we normally struggled to find the exact accomodation required, so I would like to book as soon as it opens.

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 Post subject: Re: August 2015 bookings
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:10 pm 
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I haven't seen anything to say that bookings will open earlier for August PietSkiet.
It was only for the June/July 2015 school holiday season as this stage anyway.

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penolva gives some good advice. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: August 2015 bookings
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I booked my May 2015 holiday exactly a month after the dates in June. Even then they didn't have my preferred accommodation...was devastated .. Non the less got a bungalow in Lower Sabie but had to juggle dates as not all were available....Good luck.... :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: August 2015 bookings
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Just keep checking the availability weesy, often you can get what you wanted during the run up to your dates.

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 Post subject: Re: August 2015 bookings
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Thanx Elsa for advice....I booked 9th to 20th May but wanted Skukuza after such a fab stay last year...but Lower Sabie is my all time fav so im thrilled with my BD2U on the river...cant wait.... :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: August 2015 bookings
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Can't go wrong with those wonderful BDU's at LS! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: August 2015 bookings
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I just do not understand the booking system - I have had an e mail from a friend overseas with a desperate situation. He is sitting with half his holiday booked in Kruger and now needs to finish the booking which runs into the month of August and he is being told that he has to wait till 1 September 2014. It does not make sense especially for those coming all the way from American to have one booking which spans two months treated in this manner. Its bad enough for South Africans who are faced with sitting with incomplete holiday bookings. I do not know what to tell him as clearly it would be ideal when he is making one long booking to be able to complete it. The system just does not appear to work as when one then waits the mandatory time and you go on line you discover that everything is 90% full - very strange.

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There has to be a cut off point, so when do you make it?

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 Post subject: Re: August 2015 bookings
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For an overseas tourist this makes planning and booking of flights almost impossible. They now have to wait till the 1st September 2014 to finish the rest of the booking. Cut off point or not the system is clearly not user friendly to anyone whose holiday spans two months! I feel desperately sorry for them!

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 Post subject: Re: August 2015 bookings
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Penny wrote:
For an overseas tourist this makes planning and booking of flights almost impossible. They now have to wait till the 1st September 2014 to finish the rest of the booking. Cut off point or not the system is clearly not user friendly to anyone whose holiday spans two months! I feel desperately sorry for them!



Flights cannot be booked more than 12 months in advance either. So this is not unprecedented.

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 Post subject: Re: August 2015 bookings
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I do not know of any other place in the world where you are left in limbo with your bookings especially as an overseas tourist brining much needed revenue into a country but I will refrain from commenting any further as it appears that whatever is said is not appropriate!

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 Post subject: Re: August 2015 bookings
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No one said your comments aren't appropriate, but give some constructive alternatives that can be looked into. SANParks have listened when people have pointed out about the difficulties posed when the big school holidays have crossed months.

I've been thinking about how we do things for Med holidays from the UK and Northern Europe. We used to have "seasons", summer and winter, summer running from April - Oct and Winter Oct-Mar. Different brochures so if you wanted to book across the seasons, tough. The summer holidays only used to be released on Boxing Day. However the internet has changed things and looking today at travel sites I can book up to 16th August 2015. So they can do a rolling year and maybe that is something that SANPArks can look into.

But there has to be a dividing line somewhere so someone always will be left in limbo.

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 Post subject: Re: August 2015 bookings
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I personally feel that when a tourist is booking an entire holiday some consideration could be given to them to complete their booking in one reservation and it is counter productive to do bookings in dribs and drabs. I have travelled to Europe in the peak summer months and have never been faced with this dilemma. It clearly has an impact on one's arrangements when there is an air of uncertainty about the balance of a booking and makes it very difficult to finalise arrangements especially where domestic flights and car hire are inter mingled with local reservations. Just my humble opinion and as I said I do sympathise with those who are facing the problem.

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 Post subject: Re: August 2015 bookings
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Hi Penny,

It can be a problem. Personally we try to avoid crossing months.

Here are my suggestions for them:

1. Call or e-mail on the 1st September. Depending on where they are in the US, the time difference can be an issue. We are on the west coast, so I sent my email early evening on the day before booking opened - this meant it was received at about 2am South African time on the day bookings opened. This is important as they do not keep emails. If they can, phoning is best but again the time difference can be an issue.

2. If they email, put subject line of Reservation request August 2015. We emailed reservations@sanparks.org
Provide client ID, existing reservation number and specify that they want to add to the reservation.

3. Have a backup plan. We specified dates , camps, unit designations. We gave them our first choice, and a backup if first choice was not available.

The system is not ideal, but there does need to be a cutoff otherwise overseas visitors would have an advantage over local visitors.

I hope they enjoy their holiday.

Janine

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 Post subject: Re: August 2015 bookings
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I am also looking to stay from 13 August to somewhere around 23 September next year (on a caravan site) so I phoned Head Office and spoke to a very informed young lady who told me to book on 1 September for August dates and 1 October for September dates. I said to her maybe I should book on 1 October for all the dates, and she said that I should book on the 1st September for the August dates as by 1 October some of the camps I want to stay in in August may be booked up - i.e.Statara. Can hardly wait for 1 September and l October!


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