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 Post subject: Thank you Sanparks, for decent roads!
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:17 pm 
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Lately I have been upset by the steep increases in Sanparks accommodation fees, especially for camping. Glancing through the latest threads, I see a lot of local people feel the same way. Obviously it doesn't affect overseas visitors as badly with the weak Rand at the moment.

But after our last visit to Kruger, I must commend Sanparks on a job well done....
Travelling via Standerton, Carolina, Ermelo was a nasty experience, with such badly potholed roads I could have thought I was in Zimbabwe or further north!
And my subsequent ordeal getting through Beitbridge (7 hours, $200 in "agent fees", 54 degrees Celsius temperatures) and staying alive on the dreadful road up to Masvingo while being pushed right off the road by oncoming trucks twice, and the shocking state of "road failure" in towns like Gweru and Mutare -- all this made me suddenly appreciate the excellent road system in Kruger Park!

Think about it -- MAJOR floods in Jan 2012 that wiped out huge sections of infrastructure, camps and roads. All fixed up by end of that year, but... MAJOR floods in Jan 2013 repeat the destruction of infrastructure again!
And here I was in December 2013, travelling about 1500 km in 7 days in the park, and NOT ONE POTHOLE anywhere! Even with the heavy rains, gravel roads were pretty well maintained too!

So before I complain about price increases, exorbitant salaries for VIPs etc, let me just say it again:
THANK YOU SANPARKS FOR THE EXCELLENT INFRASTRUCTURE IN KRUGER -- KEEP IT UP!
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

God bless for 2014

Friedrich von Horsten

PS. I'm taking a bus load of school kids to Camdeboo, Addo and Tsitsikama in April because of the same excellent standards I have experienced there in the past.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank you Sanparks, for decent roads!
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:38 pm 
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Well said Friedrich, I think we should all appreciate the effort Sanparks put into keeping the roads in a good condition, if one thinks how many bridges were damaged in the floods, it is nothing short of a miracle that they managed to get them all fixed in so quickly

Just think of the major damage that was done to Shingwedzi camp by the floods and that was also fixed in record time

I think we have a lot to be thankful for . Well done Sanparks :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Thank you Sanparks, for decent roads!
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:29 pm 
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Glad you had a good trip and thanks for the kind words Friedrich! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Thank you Sanparks, for decent roads!
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We stayed at a non SANParks Game Reserve in KZN, at the end of November, and the potholes were dreadful. Some sections of the road were more pothole than road.

It was a pleasure to arrive in Kruger a few days later, with some decent roads!!! :dance: :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Thank you Sanparks, for decent roads!
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Agreed, the roads are very well maintained. :) something I took for granted until driving for an extended time outside the park.

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Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:53 am 
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Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:
Lately I have been upset by the steep increases in Sanparks accommodation fees, especially for camping. Glancing through the latest threads, I see a lot of local people feel the same way. Obviously it doesn't affect overseas visitors as badly with the weak Rand at the moment.

But after our last visit to Kruger, I must commend Sanparks on a job well done....
Travelling via Standerton, Carolina, Ermelo was a nasty experience, with such badly potholed roads I could have thought I was in Zimbabwe or further north!
And my subsequent ordeal getting through Beitbridge (7 hours, $200 in "agent fees", 54 degrees Celsius temperatures) and staying alive on the dreadful road up to Masvingo while being pushed right off the road by oncoming trucks twice, and the shocking state of "road failure" in towns like Gweru and Mutare -- all this made me suddenly appreciate the excellent road system in Kruger Park!

Think about it -- MAJOR floods in Jan 2012 that wiped out huge sections of infrastructure, camps and roads. All fixed up by end of that year, but... MAJOR floods in Jan 2013 repeat the destruction of infrastructure again!
And here I was in December 2013, travelling about 1500 km in 7 days in the park, and NOT ONE POTHOLE anywhere! Even with the heavy rains, gravel roads were pretty well maintained too!

So before I complain about price increases, exorbitant salaries for VIPs etc, let me just say it again:
THANK YOU SANPARKS FOR THE EXCELLENT INFRASTRUCTURE IN KRUGER -- KEEP IT UP!
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

God bless for 2014

Friedrich von Horsten

PS. I'm taking a bus load of school kids to Camdeboo, Addo and Tsitsikama in April because of the same excellent standards I have experienced there in the past.


Dear Friedrich

Thank you very much for such a positive feedback. We are glad that you had a good time in the park. The Roads and Maintenance team will be motived to received such feedback.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank you Sanparks, for decent roads!
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:40 am 
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Well said Friedrich. Thank you and well done SANPARKS. The roads in SA are becoming chaotic and dangerous and it is good to experience a bit of the 1st world when visiting Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank you Sanparks, for decent roads!
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Well said Friedrich and well done SANPARKS!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Thank you Sanparks, for decent roads!
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Thank you Friedrich and well done SANParks Roads Department.

People are often too ready to criticise, without knowing what is involved in keeping the roads in good condition. Weather plays a large part in the roads' condition - both tar and dirt. The dirt roads cannot be graded too often, as that leads to the loss of the top layer of sand.

Several of the tar roads were badly damaged in the 2012 and 2013 floods and it has taken months of hard work to restore them.

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