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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby tent dweller » Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:57 pm

Wood and ice are the only things we buy at the shops in the Kruger. Wood is probably about R20 for a bag and ice is about R10 a packet.
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby tent dweller » Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:48 am

normana53 wrote:Ice cream is a daily MUST on all of our visits. A day in the car without Ice Cream would just not do! One of our few guilty pleasures while on holiday.


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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby zivvy&muffin » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:16 pm

This recent visit (July'13) we found the Park Shops a little less reliable and well-stocked than back in 2011 for fresh food; not terrible but we preferred to dive out to Malelane Spar one day to get some variety (our pre-entry shop only catered for about 9 days).

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby Scops » Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:14 am

Morning all !

just having returned from the park, I must say that I was impressed by the Parks Shops. They had everything one could want - including some randon camping stuff one might have forgotten at home :D

Lots of fresh meat - including lots of venison. And while the souveneirs might not be to everyone's tastes or wallet - the foreign tourists are interested and that's the market they are aimed at.

More importantly the staff were very helpful and friendly, especially at Berg n Dal and Croc Bridge.
They were also enforcing the booze law in that I had to prove I was staying overnight before I could buy some beers.....hehe....I must have looked like I was ready to go on a drunken rampage.

Just my 2c worth...

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:45 am

Troupant1 wrote:I do not understand why sanparks give concessions to run te shops and picnic sites to ousiders. They always plead poverty when extremely high prices for basic accommodation are queried, yet the shops and picnic sites, if efficiently managed can be gold mines, because ther is no competition. Any profit made ( if sanparks were to take over the running of shops and picnic sites ) cn then be used for conservation instead of ending up in the pockets of individuals. Is it perhaps because they lack the expertise or are they not willing to accept responsibility ?


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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby kite » Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:58 pm

In days gone by, they did run successful shops and restaurants but its not their field of expertise.
It must be difficult to gauge the number of customers in busy and quiet seasons!
Ask any successful shop or restaurant owner how important it is that they are present at all times.
A manager may be helpful but the owner must be hands on.

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby Imvubu » Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:41 pm

Talking about the shops...do they re-fill gas cylinders? :hmz:
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby Lepardfan » Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:33 pm

Hi Imvubu.

As far as my Knowledge goes I don't think they do refill gas cylinders. :doh:
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby ruud » Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:45 pm

Elsa wrote:No I am pretty sure they don't refill gas cylinders so always take a full one.


And Skukuza.....??? I thought it was the only camp where there did refill the gasbottles......not anymore???
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby Imvubu » Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:03 pm

Thanks all for the replies. Will try to find out and let you know for sure. :)
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby Guzz » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:28 am

If I remember correctly, you can have your gas bottle filled at the Fuel Station in Skukuza, not at the Parks Shop.

Maybe phone to double check.

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby Stephens.L » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:45 am

pietercl44 wrote:SanParks have lost the plot with their exorbitant prices in their shops as well as with the management of their picnic spots. They only cater for foreign visitors who in the past have lots of cash to spend. They have lost their pride and loyalty to the South Africans who developed and maintained the park through the years. Now it is mainly a policy of take a lot of money without giving the appropriate service, friendliness or the necessary empathy to their regular clients, the loyal South African citizens. To see a friendly face in the KNP is a rare occasion. You get the exception to the rule, however this is very rare and only in isolated instances.
Our visit to Afsaal in July this year, really a treat to see. The total lack of interest to serve the public. Staff hanging or clawing to the counters like fruit bats on a wire. They must have had a huge party the previous night. Staff occupying the visitors area at 11:00am eating where paying visitors could have used the parks facilities. The coffee serving counter was vacant and no one to attend. What a let down! In stead of ruining our day by using Afsaal's previously good, friendly and well prepared meals we made our own coffee and enjoyed our own rusks and cookies. We never went back there in the 17 days we stayed in the park. This attitude is the real issue why hotels are planned in the KNP. Total lack of care for the regular South African Individuals, missing the point of the real reason why the KNP was established and greed to exploit the South African visitors to the maximum.


Dear Pietercl44

Thank you very for your feedback. I will advise you to forward your complaint to our customer service department at customercare@sanparks.org. The Customer Relations personnel will investigate the matter and reply to you within 14 days.
Regards

Stephens Ledwaba
Communications and Marketing Department
Kruger National Park
+27 (0)13 735 4116
stephens.ledwaba@sanparks.org

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby leander09 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:59 am

pietercl44

Nicely said.
I am 100% in agreement with you.

We had the same experience at Afaal this May (It was always our favourite stop before it change ownership but we will not spend money there again soon.)

My wish is that all the people can stand together and as long as the service is like this and the food is bad stop using the facilities as they cannot survive without the tourist’s money.
KNP the Home away from home. . .

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby Guzz » Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:27 pm

Must say, I'm surprised to read this. I was at Afsaal last Monday morning for breakfast. Everyone seemed friendly and the place pretty tidy. No complaints from my side.

However, one thing that really got my blood racing....
Tshokwane - Pie, Chips & Gravy = R30
Skukuza Wooden Banana- Pie, Chips & Gravy = R58,90 :naughty:

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:13 pm

Wow! Those prices are steep. I think for the first time ever we going to pack a fold up cooler box and shop outside the park and go self-catering all the way.

We have always done our shopping in the park, but due to the massive increase in accommodation, activities and food, we going to have to not support Kruger in this regard, and just enjoy our trip and go cheap.

I do not and have never minded paying a premium due to location etc, but costs all round of going to Kruger is getting too much. The average increase of accommodation has been above inflation every year, which results in accommodation which now is double what it was in 2007. Yes, the accommodation we stayed in doubled in price since 2007. My income hasn’t doubled since 2007. So we have to take back somewhere, and we cutting shops out first, but if things keep going this way, it will get to the point where it is Kruger itself we will have to cut out.
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