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Re: Bouquet for Numbi Gate staff

Unread post by pops » Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:32 pm

Great post Fee. Well done Moitsheki

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Re: Bouquet for Numbi Gate staff

Unread post by RosemaryH » Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:02 pm

:hands: Moitsheki and all at Numbi Gate !!

Thanks for posting fee :gflower: I shall pass this on :D
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Elvis at Satara

Unread post by granny » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:25 am

Have already posted this under Camps, but I see this is the correct page.

When the staff member Elvis was at Berg and Dal he was very helpful to me in selecting the type of unit I wanted. He again assisted me when he was posted to LS.
Yesterday, being unfamiliar with Satara camp I phoned to ask advice on a unit nearest the fence. It just so happened to be Elvis, and I thought this was amazing considering how many people they must speak to, he remembered me! Explained what I wanted , he told me he would phone me back,which he did couple of minutes later. Told me which unit he thought was the best and booked it for me.
Later on looking on the forums I read a comment confirming this to be exactly what I wanted.

Well done Elvis, you take real pride in your work and are always really well informed and helpful.

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Re: Elvis at Satara

Unread post by lion queen » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:39 am

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Elvis at Satara

Unread post by salamanda » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:22 am

granny wrote:
Well done Elvis, you take real pride in your work and are always really well informed and helpful.


I can also attest to this, Elvis is an embodiment of the phrase 'Customer Care'.

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Re: Elvis at Satara

Unread post by RosemaryH » Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:14 am

Thanks for posting granny :thumbs_up: :D

Elvis sounds like a gem :clap: :clap: :clap:

I will pass these comments on.
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Restaurant at Golden Gate Hotel

Unread post by andycapepoint » Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:03 pm

We're currently staying at the Golden Gate Hotel in the self catering chalets. We booked for dinner at the hotel the other evening and was disappointed to hear that it was a buffet rather than a la carte. I'm not a big fan of buffets but I couldn't have been more wrong about this one.

They have a chef who really knows what he's doing and the selection of dishes was original and appetising. I'll give you some examples, Three Bean Salad in a Coronation dressing, Watermelon and Cucumber salad with mint and Cous cous with Citrus were just some of the starters. My favorite vegetable dishes were Saute Potatoes, green beans and red onion and a pasta and asparagus dish. The asparagus was cooked al dente. And the desserts, wow! We had a strawberry mousse with strawberry puree and fresh cream, a mille feuille with thick dark chocolate fondant and a chocolate and walnut gateau to die for! We're vegetarian so I can't comment on the meat dishes.

I can't help but contrast the quality and selection of food available here with the various restaurants run by Compass Catering when we visited Kruger last year. There was just no comparison.

No doubt at some point the chef will be told to trim his margins and not use so many fresh quality ingredients but I hope to come back and try his handiwork again before that happens!

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Re: Restaurant at Golden Gate Hotel

Unread post by bert » Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:29 pm

Thanks Andy
will share your compliment with SANparks

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Re: Restaurant at Golden Gate Hotel

Unread post by Son godin » Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:36 pm

If its camping or staying at the hotel we always try out the restaurant. It was always good in the past for both breakfast and dinner and great to read the service and food still great. :thumbs_up:
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Groenkloof reservation office

Unread post by granny » Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:07 pm

This is a big bunch of :gflower: for Emily at Groenkloof. Had a very complicated reservation to sort out, changes, payments, credits. In fact it was so muddled that eventually I did'nt even know what was going on.

Emily sorted it out beautifully, so calm and organised. Thank you so much.
Love that office....everyone is always so friendly and so willing to help.

Please tell Emily I think she is wonderful!

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Re: Groenkloof reservation office

Unread post by pops » Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:27 pm

Nice one granny

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Re: Groenkloof reservation office

Unread post by RosemaryH » Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:27 pm

granny, :D I certainly will tell Emily that you think she is wonderful :D :D :D

Thanks for posting.

Well Done Emily :clap: :clap:
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Re: Groenkloof reservation office

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:16 am

I will agree with Granny that Groenkloof is a very special place. :thumbs_up:
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First time in Augrabies

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:30 pm

We just spent two nights in Augrabies National Park.

We were very impressed with what we found. Beautiful park, clean, well-maintained. We had trouble with the aircon in our unit. DuQues walked to reception to report it and the guy arrived to fix it seconds after he came back. Unfortunately it broke again but in no doubt it's probably fixed already.

We walked to the Falls and all paths and lookouts have been neatly repaired after the floods. The Admin block/reception/shop is probably one of the most impressive of any the SanParks Parks.

Thanks to Augrabies Guru for the night drive and it was great meeting you at last. Liked the fact that you happily sit at reception to welcome new comers.

Did the Western Section of the Park and won't recommend using a sedan on those roads! LOL That is where we saw most of the game though. Af en Toe picnic spot was spotless for one that isn't serviced daily.

Will definitely return.
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Shake Rattle 'n Roll!

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:03 pm

Whatever you've ever heard about Kgalagadi roads? It's true. LOL Even our spunky Terios 4X4 had a tough time. My shoulders are still aching! But we knew that, so not complaining, just warning - Don't use your private sedan in there unless you want it properly shaken up. They are grading again at the moment. But it doesn't last long. Won't keep me away though!

Then camp by camp.
Urikaruus.
Thanks Eric. Nothing more needs mentioning. Great job done.

Kalahari Tented Camp.
Spotless like all the rest. No complaints except no ceiling fan in the bedroom?! It got stinking hot in there. But we're assuming it has to do with the tent construction. Would be a nice addition though! Maybe look for other options?

Kieliekrankie.
A special word of thanks to Willem. When we arrived I saw in the sightings book that a Brown hyena visits every night, so we didn't go out for a late drive. It didn't show at the normal time though. It was mentioned to Willem. Later that night we were doing dishes when he actually pitched up at our back door and told us it was at the waterhole. He promptly went back to his unit and used his spotlight so we could follow the hyena and photograph it. Well done, Willem. We ran out of gas - he replaced the bottle immediately.

Twee Rivieren. No complaints. Slight bat smell and poo but we've had worse in Shingwedzi. Clean camp overall.

The restaurant at Twee Rivieren is an absolute must. Highly recommended. Fantastic food, good pricing, generous portions. We were 8 diners who all had varying dishes. No complaints. The Take-away restaurant is a fantastic addition to the camp! The Curry Vetkoek I had was supposed to be the smallest. I could barely finish it. Filled to the brim.

Shops. We found ALL shops, including Nossob, stocked fully. Nothing wanting. Just remember Nossob has no ice - it simply melts on its way there. No fresh veggies, but fruit was available in Twee Rivieren and Mata Mata. Watermelons included. Bread was for sale in all the shops. White, brown and rolls. Tons of water available everywhere. Thanks to SanParks for taking over the shops and restaurant! You're doing a fine job.

Petrol available everywhere.

We walked to the Namibian side to do shopping. If you have your passport on you, they couldn't care less what you do over there. LOL Very friendly.

Then a very special Thank You to Kgalagadi Guru and Kaalvoetklonkie. We arrived in the heat of day and dropped off stuff for Tsammaland. They simply refused to let us drive to Urikaruus and opened their home to us and some other forumites without a single frown.

Then we saw how important Tsammaland and the Kalahari community is to these two special people. There home looks like, in Kaalvoetklonkie's own words, the local Cash'nCarry. LOL And trust us, ALL your donations go the way you intend. Kgalagadi Guru takes no prisoners where that is concerned.

Kudo's to the two of them for the work they are doing against all odds and fighting for what is right. They are a mean team!

Kgalagadi will definitely see us back. Next time Grootkolk and the other camps up North.
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