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Nossob - arrival without a booking

Unread post by shfish » Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:31 pm

There seems to be a growing number of campers who deliberately arrive late at Nossob without a booking and get squeezed in by SANparks because it's too late to send them back. I'm interested to know if this constitutes an offence and what is the penalty imposed?

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Re: Nossob - arrival without a booking

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Dec 16, 2015 10:37 am

Do they come into the park as day visitors?

Normally, on arrival at TR, one has to show reservation paper that shows which camp is booked for that day. Then a permit is issued which has to be handed to the reception at the camp for that night, then given back to visitor the next morning, with details of next destination.

Interesting question, and scary.
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Re: Nossob - arrival without a booking

Unread post by shfish » Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:29 am

Your second paragraph is also what I thought , Hippotragus. I suspect these folk are "intruding" from the Bots side.

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Re: Nossob - arrival without a booking

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:20 pm

Yes - maybe they are too late coming through from Botswana and take a chance because they won't get to TR in time.
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Re: Nossob - arrival without a booking

Unread post by Jonkers » Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:59 pm

Over the last years we experienced this a couple of times.
Once as we checked in at Nossob some years ago a group of 5 were standing there deeply troubled. They were coming from Botswana indeed. Only a reservation for 2 people in a chalet for 2. Winter and 16h30 no time to send them to 2R and out of the park. They did not even had camping equipment. In the end the only solution was to park the car in front of the chalet for 2 and the 3 would sleep in the car using the chalet as a base for 5.
I think the reception at that time gave them the benefit of doubt as they looked and acted sincere. The 2 with reservation had booked their trip through an agency and the other 3 friends tagged along last minute. The camps/lodges they visited in Botswana had availability for the other 3 so they thought Nossob should not be a problem either.

Another case we witnessed was a group of 4, (2 4x4 combi s) coming from Botswana camping sites, with no reservation. Surely if you already camped on the booked Botswana site you knew you had to reserve your place at Nossob. They just took a chance and proposed two trailers and cars could easily be squeezed in. The reception however (very very clever) reminded them gate closing hours just had been changed that day so if with 50 no stopping they would make 2R in time.

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Re: Nossob - arrival without a booking

Unread post by Son godin » Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:38 pm

Also know of people that stayed longer than their bookings in Botswana and still receive an exit permit without any issues even when they travelled during the night or slept in picnic areas. Found a couple at Cubitje Quap coming from Botswana one year after we left at gate opening time and travelled about 15 - 20 min to reach this water hole. They had no bookings at Polentswa and last place of reservation was Swart pan. They could only get to Cubitje Quap at that time after sleeping over at Kwang or Leijersdraai and travelled during gate closing time.

Also a problem of late arrivals at Botswana camp leaving camp sites occupied so that they that cannot be moved when the people with the actual booking arrive and find an occupied camp site. Excuse again double bookings, but why arrive at 8 pm in the camp and leave at 7 am so that no one can find you during day time? :hmz:

Some cases could be due to poor planning thinking that the 180 km from Mabua will only take 4 hours and not more than 8 due to road conditions and getting stuck.
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Re: Nossob - arrival without a booking

Unread post by barryels » Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:12 am

shfish wrote:There seems to be a growing number of campers who deliberately arrive late at Nossob without a booking and get squeezed in by SANparks because it's too late to send them back. I'm interested to know if this constitutes an offence and what is the penalty imposed?


Dear shfish,

Your question was forwarded to SANParks PR :thumbs_up: .
Always be humble and understanding.


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