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 Post subject: Re: Cost to visit KNP
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:03 pm 
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It’s plenty for me also Bush Baptist, around 20% of my annual salary :?

I can visit a “big 5” KZN resort and save 25% on accommodation and 30% on fuel, but it’s not Kruger, so I scratch throughout the year to ensure my kids experience Kruger as I did as a kid.

However, it’s not sustainable for me, especially as the kids approach 12 and I have to pay adult rates for them, so only 1 trip planned for 2015 and I assume that many will also be in this boat in the future :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: Cost to visit KNP
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:33 pm 
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I am finding this thread very absorbing.

Life is about choices.

Some of us are prepared to sacrifice some things on order to achieve our goals.

Not everyone does.

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 Post subject: Re: Cost to visit KNP
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:27 am 
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@ dabchick: I think your "rant" about overseas visitors "complaining" about the very high WildCard cost is a bit unfair. We are "required" to purchase an all-clusters card even if we are only visiting one park or only parks in one part of the country. As well, it generally costs me at least $2500 in airfare and another $600+ for a rental car, so please consider that we overseas visitors, who support SANParks and return again and again, have substantial additional costs that most saffies don't have. Also, most overseas visitors can only visit once (or perhaps twice) a year, so the WildCard has a somewhat limited value for us.


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 Post subject: Re: Cost to visit KNP
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:30 am 
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I am always amazed at the enthusiasm and devotion of our international guests who travel across the world at great expense to spend their holidays in our wonderful parks with our amazing wildlife.
I hope that you feel most welcome as we love to have you here.
It makes me realize how privileged I am to have all this on my doorstep and I am sorry to say that I have not yet visited as many parks as some from further afield.
I hope to visit all our parks eventually but still have to manage return visits to Kruger.
The difference in price between an All Parks cluster wild card and a San Parks cluster wild card for locals is only R20 and if there was an international San Parks cluster it would probably reflect a similar low difference.
I appreciate that most people have to make sacrifices to spend time in our parks and I think we would all appreciate it if the annual rates for wild cards and especially accommodation would not increase every year as it is becoming unaffordable for many including the hard core supporters.


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 Post subject: Re: Cost to visit KNP
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:57 am 
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Mcook wrote:
Things are very different for a family who don’t camp in KNP, which applies to the majority of visitors.
We are visiting KNP 3 times this year and staying in a mix of huts, safari tents, bungalows and chalets. The below is for 2 adults and 3 kids.

April: 9 nights = R15 786
July: 10 nights = R21 913
October: 9 nights = R 18 635

Total 2014 nights = 28 nights

Total cost = R56 334 at an average of R2012 per night.

We live 600km from KNP and generally spend maximum R6000 per trip on fuel, food, etc (R4000 on fuel and R2000 on food), so this total for the year is around R18 000.

So for me personally the accommodation cost makes up 76% and the rest 24%.

I’m fairly certain that this would be applicable for most families (by this I mean a family of 4 or more) who don’t camp.

:hmz:

I forgot about the beer which is probably another R60 per day for me :D


Wow! 28 nights per year in Kruger! I wish.... :mrgreen:

As BB said, life is about choices...(and the figures I quoted re SeanP and BB were NOT for camping and were for 4 and 5 people respectively).

And I also left out my beer money from the calculation. Guess accommodation would only be 10% of the total in my case.... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Cost to visit KNP
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:22 am 
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Thanks for the vote of confidence, kite! :D To me, the annual increases that SANParks makes seem excessive (and I believe also more than the annual rate of inflation?) and they are certainly limiting my future visits :( I stay in far nicer self-catering accommodation in Cape Town and Joburg for less than half the price of what I must pay for KNP and KTP and even the less expensive parks. Granted SANParks offers excepional wildlife experiences along with their accommodation, but I really do feel that the difference in price is more than a bit excessive -- under R400 per night versus over R900 per night for one person is a HUGE difference in cost! :evil: :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Cost to visit KNP
Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 3:36 pm 
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We stay 10 Km from the KP and visit whenever we can - we have a Wild Card and of course this saves a lot of money - but twice a year we go and stay in the park - typically in December or January and June.

Staying in the park is not that cheap although not that expensive either. We are lucky to be able to spend time at the adjacent private lodges and one cannot really IMHO compare the two experiences.

I fond that the chalets in KP are sometimes good and other times shabby - Aircons are a problem in December and January and VERY often do not work at all.

The thing that bugs me most is the cost of goods in the shops - mostly 20 to 30 % more expensive than just outside the Park.

Restaurants (you sometimes want to have a meal prepared for you) have over the past years been abysmal - thank goodness for the new franchises coming in.

All Sanparks need to do is a little more quality control and it will be what it used to be.


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