Im not speculating here then at all but Im not sure that this is a step in the right direction. Coffee cafes yes but fast food and restaurant franchises are nasty. Basically it's all convieniance fast food. I never eat in any franchise group type places if I can help it, only in absolute emergencies. If everything is closed on the road at night but there's an open Kentucky then I don't have a choice and thats that. I wouldn't want to feel that this is the case in the Kruger.
I don't think your average South African Kruger visitor does eat in franchise style restaurants. People in tune with nature tend to be more intune with their diet too. This is born out by the large number of locals who self cater rather than ever eat what has been available up to now. Apparently I was reading the majority of people who eat in the restaurant facilities in the Kruger are "foreign" visitors or people who live abroad, locals tend to self cater. They're in for a treat.
I am not sure if you are talking about fast food type franchises or restaurants? I agree that many people do not like to go to Steers, McDonalds or the like as the food isn't healthy if eaten regularly. But the purpose of these establishments are as you have said, when you are on the road and it is late, or you are lazy to cook you can conveniently and in speed obtain a meal.
Now the franchise restaurants are a different story. The fact that you have more than 250 Spur restaurants in South Africa and internationally makes me think that they have a menu and formula that works. If you can incorporate a example like Spur, and have that expertise and experience running the restaurants in Kruger the visitor, international and local alike, will benefit.
You are probably correct that most local visitors self cater, but the reasons for this is more complex than just being more health conscious. The fact that you cannot pack a grocery shopping trolley of your favourites from overseas and bring it to South Africa has more influence than anything else. I think you will find the majority of South Africans that travel overseas for holiday also probably eat out for the majority of the time.
Never mind the big M, Imagine a Kentucky or Spur in the Kruger! On the face of it it's not a nice idea at all. Though I can see how it might be an easy fix for Krugers problems but not for the visitors.
I think you underestimate your average visitor to Kruger. Whilst you might not want these establishments, the majority of those that will use the eateries would disagree. They just want value for money and a good meal. If this is from a franchise they know, all the better.
tent dweller wrote:
MacDonalds, Kentucky, Steers, Spur, Romans Pizza , does not matter at all to me, if you don't want it don't eat it, self cater or maybe you will be able to get something else from a "proper restaurant" in a few of the bigger camps.
No, no thats not exactly right. Most foreign visitors can't "self cater" they have to eat what's available. The same for anyone staying in a hut with no cooking facility. Even if you can throw together a braai what are you going to put on it, a squirrel? The Super Spas haven't opened yet.
On the bright side dieting for six days never hurt anyone Maybe the warm beer diet!
I am sure I can be corrected but there are cooking facilities available to all accommodation. You can use the communal kitchens when you don't have a kitchen in your unit. Getting fresh ingredients is another problem, but there should be enough in the camp shops to survive, without going on the diet...in any case beer doesn't need to be fresh...
To be honest, I've had a few lunches at the camps and never had an issue with the food. Maybe because I don't expect a lot?
Trammezinis at Satara was delish as well as the toasties and pizza at Lower Sabie.
Skukuza and tshokwane have the best worsrolle
Keep it simple...toasted sandwiches, chips and some green variety can go a long way. We also should be aware that we are talking about Kruger here...we shouldn't expect a salad bar with a fresh selection every day in Shingwedzi, but good and simple options should be possible.
about the food
never had a disappointing lunch/late brekkie at any of the catered picnic spots
being fried food or toasted sammies
Same with the dellies at Satara and Skukuza
btw, never do the burgers
To be honest
For burgers you go to the big M or other burger specialists
Agreed bert, the burgers are fickle to get right...hopefully the new options will include a proper burger!