Skip to Content

Reservation questions/advice

Find information and FAQ's not related to the parks, like Health & Safety, 4x4 etc.
User avatar
Stark
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1980
Joined: Mon May 26, 2008 1:52 am
Location: Arizona, USA

Re: Different ways of booking

Unread post by Stark » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:55 pm

Let us know if it works!
"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." West African Proverb

User avatar
arks
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3625
Joined: Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:53 pm
Location: Cambridge, MA (and home from home in Darling, WC)

Re: Different ways of booking

Unread post by arks » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:12 pm

I had a bit of a browse, but it looks like you have to register for the online booking system first?
RSA 2016
4,5 April Melville
6-19 April KNP: Croc Bridge, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Border
20-24 April Mapungubwe: Leokwe
25 April-28 May Darling
29 May-19 June Cape Town
* * *
21 September-21 November Darling

User avatar
Stark
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1980
Joined: Mon May 26, 2008 1:52 am
Location: Arizona, USA

Re: Different ways of booking

Unread post by Stark » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:36 pm

Arks that could be. I used online booking back in 08 for an 09 trip, so my info was already there.

I tried to log in and check if I could make a payment, but the system says I need a password update and I'm waiting for the email instructions to do that. :whistle:
"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." West African Proverb

User avatar
Thulani
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 386
Joined: Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:06 am

Re: Different ways of booking

Unread post by Thulani » Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:49 am

Stark wrote:Arks that could be. I used online booking back in 08 for an 09 trip, so my info was already there.

I tried to log in and check if I could make a payment, but the system says I need a password update and I'm waiting for the email instructions to do that. :whistle:


Morning Stark,

Apologies for any inconvenience, please be advised that when you login on your
bookings account an email will automatically be sent to the email address you
used when registering for bookings - click on the link provided to
update your password.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you still have any queries.

User avatar
Stark
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1980
Joined: Mon May 26, 2008 1:52 am
Location: Arizona, USA

So, my reservation is wrong

Unread post by Stark » Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:44 pm

Here I am, at my desk, daydreaming about my June vacation to SA. So I pull up my reservation pdf....

....for the first time, I realize that my reservation is wrong. :wall:

Right dates :thumbs_up:
Right accommodations :thumbs_up:
Wrong # of visitors :slap:
Wrong adult/child ratio :slap:
Wrong prices charged :slap:

So...what to do? I don't want to risk having any of my bookings cancelled, but I do want the reservation to be accurate so I'm not trying to figure this out at an entry gate after a long series of flights.

Any thoughts on the best way to move forward? I'd prefer not having to call if possible.
"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." West African Proverb

User avatar
JenB
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 17062
Joined: Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:41 pm
Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.

Re: So, my reservation is wrong

Unread post by JenB » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:07 pm

Email it to me and we'll do our best to sort it out. :wink:
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France

User avatar
Stark
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1980
Joined: Mon May 26, 2008 1:52 am
Location: Arizona, USA

Re: So, my reservation is wrong

Unread post by Stark » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:43 pm

:gflower:

:thumbs_up:

Sent!

And thank you, Jen!
"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." West African Proverb

RobertT
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 904
Joined: Thu May 17, 2007 10:35 am

Re: So, my reservation is wrong

Unread post by RobertT » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:29 am

Jen, I'll sacrifice my time and take his Roodewaal booking. :whistle: :lol:

User avatar
JenB
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 17062
Joined: Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:41 pm
Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.

Re: So, my reservation is wrong

Unread post by JenB » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:33 am

That will be the day! :naughty:

I have a stake in this! :twisted: Even if nothing else get sorted, the Roodewal booking has to be purrrfect! :lol:
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France

RobertT
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 904
Joined: Thu May 17, 2007 10:35 am

Re: So, my reservation is wrong

Unread post by RobertT » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:42 am

JenB wrote:That will be the day! :naughty:
I have a stake in this! :twisted: Even if nothing else get sorted, the Roodewal booking has to be purrrfect! :lol:


Typical, :roll: us poor plebs never get to share in the gravy. :lol: :lol:

User avatar
Stark
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1980
Joined: Mon May 26, 2008 1:52 am
Location: Arizona, USA

Re: So, my reservation is wrong

Unread post by Stark » Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:51 pm

All fixed, JenB! :clap: :clap: :clap: Thank you!

And watch it, Robert! :rtm: Hands off Roodewal! :wink:
"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." West African Proverb

User avatar
JenB
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 17062
Joined: Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:41 pm
Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.

Re: So, my reservation is wrong

Unread post by JenB » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:11 pm

Your satisfaction is our goal..... something like that! :lol:
All a pleasure and thanx to SANParks for giving it top priority! :clap: :clap:

Yah Robert!
:naughty: Hands off Roodewal! :twisted:
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France

User avatar
Munchkin
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 309
Joined: Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:44 am
Location: Cape Town

Re: So, my reservation is wrong

Unread post by Munchkin » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:31 pm

:gflower: :clap: JenB and SANParks.......... :thumbs_up:
(Munchkin = Our Persian Cat - Sadly Munchie no longer with us.)

User avatar
Graham_5000
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 324
Joined: Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:45 pm

Changing availability

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:40 pm

I have two nights at Olifants and will then stay at Crocodile Bridge for two nights, unless Biyamiti or Lower Sabie have improved availability for August.

Do big safari companies block book, as I am so surprised Lower Sabie bungalows and tents are not available in August. I know Crocodile Bridge will be great, but everyone raves so much about sitting on the deck at LS, that I am desperate for someone to cancel a safari tent or bungalow!!
Kruger National Park, August 2016:

1 night Shimuwini
3 nights Punda Maria
2 nights Mopani
3 nights Talamati
1 night Crocodile Bridge

Tulagi
Posts: 17
Joined: Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:44 pm
Location: Dubai, UAE

Re: Changing availability

Unread post by Tulagi » Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:24 am

Hi Graham

From what I have been told there may be some cancellations 1 month before your booking. Apparently if you cancel your booking shortly before you travel you lose some of what you have paid.

I have long suspected some safari companies do block bookings of the camps (which in my opinion is not fair), and then release whatever they have not filled one month before. I have been desperately trying to get an en-suite tent at Tamboti in November and they have been "Sold Out". My trip to Kruger is now almost one month away, and last night when I checked their availability there were 4 available. Imagine my joy as I made the booking!

P.S. I wonder (should tour operators be block booking) exactly how much they charge unsuspecting overseas tourists for the accommodation?
Jan 16 - Jan 19 (Biyamiti), Jan 20 - Jan 23 (Talamati), Jan 24 - Jan 27 (Tamboti).


Return to “Advice needed (Not Park Specific) ”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


Webcam Highlights

Addo
Submitted by Dibles at 13:21:45
orpen
Submitted by Mischief at 19:47:44
satara
Submitted by Stampajane at 15:45:55
nossob
Submitted by Mischief at 19:48:29