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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread post by okie » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:12 pm

Can someone please tell me what is the situation with Balule .

Some months ago , we reserved 2 nights at Balule for during our next visit in April ( 3 weeks from now ) . We paid our deposit as required

Then came the floods , and amongst others , Balule was closed . We waited and waited to hear for it to re-open , and as time came nearer , so did the time when we had to pay the full amount required . Even enquiring on this forum , it appeared that the camp would still be closed when we visit , so we decided to change our booking , took two extra nights at Shingwedzi , and for which we had to pay a higher price of course . That was ten days or so ago , and remember , nobody , but nobody could confirm or not confirm , and if we did not pay the full fee , then we would lose our reservations :twisted:
Then , two days ago , my SO checked out , and lo and behold , was told Balule is now open again , and wonder against wonder , we could actually get a booking again . Of course , it is cheaper than the Shingwedzi accommodations that we had changed to , and so , sorry guys , youve lost out , youve already paid , no refund or discount etc etc :evil:

Now , today , another official notice from SANPARKS : Balule is still closed !

So , what is it ? Is Balule open , or is it closed ?
What about our reservation ?
Does anyone at SANPARKS know that Balule is closed or open ?

What is the correct , official notice :rtm: :rtm: :rtm: .
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread post by salamanda » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:13 pm

Oh dear, poor Biyamiti weir. Such a great place for birds . . . .

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Is Balule open , or is it still closed

Unread post by okie » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:27 pm

Can someone please tell me what is the situation with Balule .

Some months ago , we reserved 2 nights at Balule for during our next visit in April ( 3 weeks from now ) . We paid our deposit as required

Then came the floods , and amongst others , Balule was closed . We waited and waited to hear for it to re-open , and as time came nearer , so did the time when we had to pay the full amount required . Even enquiring on this forum , it appeared that the camp would still be closed when we visit , so we decided to change our booking , took two extra nights at Shingwedzi , and for which we had to pay a higher price of course . That was ten days or so ago , and remember , nobody , but nobody could confirm or not confirm , and if we did not pay the full fee , then we would lose our reservations
Then , two days ago , my SO checked out , and lo and behold , was told Balule is now open again , and wonder against wonder , we could actually get a booking again . Of course , it is cheaper than the Shingwedzi accommodations that we had changed to , and so , sorry guys , youve lost out , youve already paid , no refund or discount etc etc

Now , today , another official notice from SANPARKS : Balule is still closed !

So , what is it ? Is Balule open , or is it closed ?
What about our reservation ?
Does anyone at SANPARKS know that Balule is closed or open ?

What is the correct , official notice :rtm: :rtm: :rtm: .
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

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Re: Is Balule open , or is it still closed

Unread post by MATTHYS » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:31 pm

Good evening Okie :D
Please see Joep's post here :
Dear All,

A response to the previous few questions:

1. Balule is expected to be fully operational by 1 April 2012.
2. Talamati's temporary opening related to the Honorary Rangers Birding weekend which we agreed to continue to host at Talamati, even if fences were not yet repaired.
3. Talamati did have flood damage, some chalet, the fence, the roads and staff accommodation. Not serious though.
4. Yes, the upgrades at Talamati are going ahead.

Many thanks, with kind regards.
aquila non capit muscas

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Re: Is Balule open , or is it still closed

Unread post by okie » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:46 pm

Aaah :o thank you Matthys :D :wall:
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

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Re: Is Balule open , or is it still closed

Unread post by MATTHYS » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:47 pm

:D :thumbs_up:

Why the :wall: ?
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Re: Is Balule open , or is it still closed

Unread post by okie » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:52 pm

why indeed :hmz: Dunno , been working very hard lately , and need my KNP injection soon , otherwise ......... :doh:
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

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Re: Is Balule open , or is it still closed

Unread post by MATTHYS » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:54 pm

Wishing you a very special injection :D
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Re: Is Balule open , or is it still closed

Unread post by Joep Stevens » Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:23 pm

Dear Okie,

I think you have been broadly answered (Many thanks, Matthys!).

Just to confirm that the camping section will open by 20 March 2012 and the plan is still to have the hut section ready for business by 1 April 2012. Visitors to Balule must of course take note that causeway was severely damaged which will require quite a bit of work and that detours must be used to get to Olifants. Regarding your Shingwedzi booking, we will gladly refund you any cancellation fees. Please contact me at joep.stevens@sanparks.org

With kind regards.

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread post by Joep Stevens » Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:27 pm

Dear Okie,

I think you have been broadly answered (Many thanks, Matthys!).

Just to confirm that the camping section will open by 20 March 2012 and the plan is still to have the hut section ready for business by 1 April 2012. Visitors to Balule must of course take note that causeway was severely damaged which will require quite a bit of work and that detours must be used to get to Olifants. Regarding your Shingwedzi booking, we will gladly refund you any cancellation fees. Please contact me at joep.stevens@sanparks.org

With kind regards.


JOEP
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Re: Is Balule open , or is it still closed

Unread post by okie » Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:47 am

Thank you Joep :thumbs_up:
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

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Re: Is Balule open , or is it still closed

Unread post by gmlsmit » Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:18 pm

The Smit family is looking forward to camping at Balule 14 to 18 April 2012.
What a privilege!
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Done 156 visits to National Parks.
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Re: Is Balule open , or is it still closed

Unread post by Boorgatspook » Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:30 pm

:mrgreen:

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Re: Is Balule open , or is it still closed

Unread post by okie » Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:15 pm

gmlsmit wrote:The Smit family is looking forward to camping at Balule 14 to 18 April 2012.
What a privilege!



16th and 17th April :thumbs_up:
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

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Re: Is Balule open , or is it still closed

Unread post by gmlsmit » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:58 am

Okie :thumbs_up:
I participate because I care - CUSTOS NATURAE
No to Hotels in and commercialization of our National Parks.
No to Legalized Rhino and Lion trade.
Done 156 visits to National Parks.
What a wonderful privilege.


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