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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:29 pm 
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Crested Val wrote:
Carol, I am relieved to hear that, I thought I was going dippy!! :lol: :lol:

We definitely had a drink with our meal there at Satara, and at Lower Sabie.

The Olifants M & B was not open then, so I can't comment on that. :thumbs_up:

No Val not Dippy, :lol: :lol: I remember how nice the wine and the food was, also had the same at LS

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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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My partner and I have just returned from two weeks in Kruger. We stayed at Lower Sabie for three nights and ate at M & B on many occasions. We were at Tamboti for four nights and ate at M & B Satara several times. We also stopped for lunch at M & B at Letaba. On every occasion the service and food was excellent and we felt we were getting very good value for money. In complete contrast, we did an early morning drive from Lower Sabie and ended up at Skukuza mid-morning and decided to go in for breakfast. We sat on the deck overlooking the Sabie and EVENTUALLY made eye contact with a waiter. He came over, we said we would like to order breakfast, he looked at his watch and said, "No, it's ten o'clock and the kitchen is now closed until twelve." I thought he was joking! At Shingwedzi we had the choice between a Mini Breakfast and Maxi Breakfast without much explanation as to the difference. We ordered the Maxi Breakfast - eggs, bacon and toast. We asked if we could have a slice of fried tomato, the waiter was doubtful at first but finally said yes we could but he would have to charge us. We said that was okay and was it possible to have a sausage? He looked at us in disbelief and shook his head, 'No, a sausage is impossible.' (When the bill came we had been charged R4 per slice of tomato.) I was uncertain when I first heard about the plan to bring franchise restaurants into Kruger but I think it's been a stroke of genius. Well done to whoever made the decision and well done to M & B - your staff were, without exception, efficient, welcoming and friendly.


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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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The cattle baron was already open at the main restaurant.


Is this correct? Has the Cattle Baron already opened at Skukuza?

I was there a few weeks ago and it was still the "old" restaurant.

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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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No, it was still the old restaurant as I went and spoke to one of the staff in June.
They are due to close the restaurants at the end of this month for the refurbishment.

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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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Do we know what is happening in Skukuza when they close the restaurant down there? I am heading there in August so keen to know what I will be eating !
I thought there was two restaurants there so are they both closed or one still operating?



Dear 'Mites;

The following outlines the planning:
- Compass to operate till the 21st of July 2014;
- On the 22nd of July we hope to have 2 operators (Tourvest as the Cattle Baron franchisee as well as the Boskombuis which is operated by Tindlovu and who operated when the Satara, Pretoriuskop, Letaba and Olifants restaurants were refurbished) to offer an interim offering – potjie kos and other South African meals under canvas – not to be missed. Final arrangements in this regard is in process;
- During this time Tourvest will also do the conference catering from the conference centre kitchen;
- Opening of the new Cattle Baron Main Restaurant and Take Away is anticipated for last week of September 2014;
- Selati to remain closed due to legal process.

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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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Just finishing off our 7 day trip to Kruger area today. I have to admit after all the years of enduring substandard food for ridiculous prices , what a breath of fresh air to be able to eat at M&B Lower Sabie. Hats off to KNP to moving with the times. Added bonus seeing Leopard from viewing deck today :D . Add to your lis of things to do. Please all remember , M&B is not Mcdonalds , so relax and you will get what you requested.


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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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Thank you for that info Lesego - that's the exact week that we arrive. Looking forward to trying the Cattle Baron. Will there still be a "Take Away" type restaurant as well?


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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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Hi, I think that the Skukuza restaurant should have closed with effect from 29th July to allow for the changeover to Cattle Baron, does anyone know if this actually happened?

We are in Skukuza at the end of September so really keen to see if the transfer remains on track :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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Merlin, I am sure it has happened but will wait for someone who is/has stayed there to confirm.

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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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The Boskombuis is definitely in operation, right in front of the shop, so the renovations are in progress.

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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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Thanks ecojunkie - I was in Skuz beginning of July and saw that the BRAAI DEN (? not sure of the name?) which operated under the big tree near the take away cafeteria and restaurant, was very popular with the overseas visitors who stopped with the game viewing vehicles. Although not always knowing what the "pap" was, it seemed as if they enjoyed the BOS or African food very much :thumbs_up: .

M&B at LS is also a great improvement. Keep it up guys.


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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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Am I right in thinking that it is permissable to bring alcohol (wine, beer) into the park when we are staying there for a about 10 days. Do the shops still sell wine, etc.?


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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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If you are an overnight visitor you are allowed to bring alcohol in. There is also still alcohol sold at the shops, but in theory you need to show your permit (to prove you are an overnight visitor) to buy said alcohol.

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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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We find that the camp shops have a very good selection of beers , wines and spirits. Beers and wines at reasonable prices, spirits a bit higher than supermarkets outside the Park. As mentioned, you have to show relevant paperwork when buying alcohol though and the shop staff everywhere were very vigilant about this requirement when we were out last year. However, that must be a good thing.

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 Post subject: Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.
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Thank you, BG and carolv.


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