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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see?
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Friendly and efficient staff, varied menu and more options for vegetarians (so I don't have to feel guilty that I'm eating well and SO is on his 13th jacket potato with cheese sauce).

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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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Dear Forumites;

The tender process was followed to source franchised brands for most of the camps in the Kruger National Park. SANParks is of the view that the standards enforced by the franchisor will ensure that product range, quality and service of the dining product will improve vastly (in line with what is offered at similar brands outside National Parks). SANParks is currently in discussions with the current operator and the new operators to determine the handover processes and dates. Preliminary discussions showed that it might be best to do the handover in January and February 2014 as the park is least busy over this period. However, more details will be made available once the discussions are concluded.

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 Post subject: WHAT DID I MISS
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To ensure quality and consistency the franchise holders should be kept to a certain standard with spot checks (incognito) being made on a regular basis.

If the food and/or service is found to be continually below acceptable standards (Hey we all have bad days) then the franchise holder could actually lose the franchise - this would keep them on their toes and make sure that the staff is properly trained and instructed in customer service.

Prices should also be reasonable - I have been in business for many years and have always found that if you offer quality at an acceptable price you will attract a lot more customers and therefore make up for what you might lose by charging exorbitant prices. :D

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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see?
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Saraf, 100% behind you on the vegetarian option. :thumbs_up: Although I do eat meat, I often just feel like a meatless meal. There are also a lot more different cultural/religious groups visiting and they need to be considered.

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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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The restaurant at Mopani is run by a crowd called Ndlovu (sp?) and the food is absolutely brilliant :)


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Thanks for that Porridge :dance: . We've booked Christmas lunch at Mopani as suggested by friends, and now I am looking forward to it even more :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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From what the current manager said when we spoke earlier this year, this restaurant will remain as it is for the foreseeable future, as it had recently gone under new management, and was not part of "Compass" anymore. :dance:

The changes will happen at the other restaurants, throughout the park.

However, maybe I got it wrong. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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I've been following this topic with interest.
As an overseas visitor ( many times) I have had the whole spectrum of quality in the various camps.
Although I prefer to brai there are times when we use the cafés and they are a necessary facility.
Let's see what the new franchises are like,and praise the good,and complain about the poor.
This November we will have the chance to try Mopani for the first time.
Although not a caterer I am sure I could make a success of one of the franchises,in fact I would happily work at a loss just to be in Kruger!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Restaurants/Menus at Kruger Restcamps.
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Looks like maybe a partial list?

Wimpy: Pretoriuskop,Satara, Letaba.

Mugg & Bean:Lower Sabie, Olifants.

http://www.dieburger.com/sake/2013-10-2 ... vir-klinte

Granted I'm going off of Google Translate, so I might be reading this wrong.

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 Post subject: Re: Restaurants/Menus at Kruger Restcamps.
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This accessibility to potential customers has been enhanced with the recent awarding of the food service licence at a range of Kruger National Park sites including Pretoriuskop, Satara and Letaba (Wimpy), and Lower Sabie and Olifants (Mugg & Bean).

http://www.4-traders.com/FAMOUS-BRANDS- ... -17402473/

Will be interesting to see how soon this all happens, we are visiting Kruger in February 2014.


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 Post subject: Re: Restaurants/Menus at Kruger Restcamps.
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elma kuyler wrote:
Famous Brands se restaurante – waaronder Steers, Wimpy, Debonairs Pizza, Mugg & Bean, Fishaways, en tashas – is egter goed geleë om reisigers en vakansiegangers se honger te stil.

Dis by al die groot verbruikersplekke soos winkelsentrums, casino’s, lughawens, nasionale paaie en vakansie-oorde.....



This is the whole point isn't, the Kruger is special it's not a highway stop or a shopping mall, casino, international airport.........people go to the Kruger to escape all that poo. Now it looks like its coming to them like it or not.

Im not thrilled to be honest. Mug and bean maybe just....the commercialisation of the Kruger is just not a good idea at all IMO :( I think they needed to do more (some, any) public consultaion on this one.

No big hotels no shopping complexes, fast food........surely? I would most definately prefer to as others say rent their own skottle and if you could buy decent stuff in the small shops have a meal.

This will also increase day visitors no doubt and not because of the nature :redface:


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 Post subject: Re: Restaurants/Menus at Kruger Restcamps.
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.....the 3 mugg&beans with best views in the world !!!!!

I can only imagine having a M&B iced-coffee while drinking in the view over the Olifants river... How awesome is that? :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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I cannot get my head around this, or my heart into liking it! :(

Wimpy and Mugg & Bean in KNP :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Restaurants/Menus at Kruger Restcamps.
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The Wimpy most probably will use brown paper bags and environmentally friendly packaging suitable for the Kruger bush environment. I also do not think that they will hand out free blue smurfs or iron man toys and other take away style plastics in the Kruger. They will most probably have to meet the strict requirements in a nature conservation area such as the Kruger.

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I think a Wimpy at Satara will be a big improvement on the current situation, at least a Wimpy has a set standerd to adhere to, you will at least know what you will be getting when you eat there

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