Govt backs Kruger Park 5-star hotel

2011-08-08 08:40

Johannesburg - The government has endorsed the construction of the first international 5-star class hotel in the Kruger National Park, the Business Day reported on Monday.

The move was expected to put an end to a debate over whether the new development, catering for the growing numbers of local and international tourists to the park, was desirable or would threaten sensitive ecosystems.

Deputy Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said that the government had been grappling with the concept of development within the park since 1999 when South African National Parks (SANParks) tabled its commercialisation strategy to Cabinet.

"We [government] see nothing contradictory in the establishment of these hotels in national parks as long as they are approved [through] the environmental impact assessments and related processes," Mabudafhasi said.

"We already have an existing hotel in the Golden Gate National Park and even several famous international parks around the world have hotels as part of the diverse tourism accommodation offering," she said.

The proposal of developing two hotels in the park had been criticised by some environmentalists, including former director of SANParks and the Kruger National Park, Salomon Joubert, who said the plan was likely to damage biodiversity.

The park already offered 15 451 beds.

A total of 4.5 million people visited the park last year, with 78.1% of the tourists being South Africans.

Most international visitors were German (29.1%), followed by Britons (12.4%), Dutch (8.6%), French (7.8%) and Americans (6.5%).

The park contributed at least R2bn to gross domestic product.

  • nn.prv - 2011-08-08 08:48

    A new and convinient venue for the ivory poachers and their masters.Why not let the Wild be the Wild? Next time they'll be building an airstrip and scaring the poor animals! bad move !

      Eugene Fuhri - 2011-08-08 09:07

      There are already many aistrips in the park and surrounding areas that don't seem to have too severe an impact on the animals. Ivory poaching would be reduced as there would be more movement in the particular area.

      Wonderboy - 2011-08-08 09:45

      I wonder how many kickbacks there will be to the various people in positions of authority. A bit like buying arms we did not need to setting up an Hotel we do not need. If we want to go to the extremes of 5 star hotels in the game reserve, we may as well go to the local zoo instead.

      Zion - 2011-08-08 10:08

      Prices for this 5 star edifice will, in all probability, far exceed that which the man in the street can afford.

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 10:56

      The Kruger Park is already a zoo. The only difference is that the Kruger zoo has traffic jams. And you want more movement in the area Eugene? More people allow poachers to blend in more easily. It's much easier to spot 5 poachers where there are no people than in a crowd. Exactly the reason I travel far to out of the way reserves where 4 wheel drive is essential to visit. Commercialisation hasn't spoilt these reserves as they are too difficult to get to and offer a real wildlife experience with unfenced camping sites.

      G.du Plessis - 2011-08-08 12:25

      I think it is a great idea - SA has a great record on nature and land conservation. Whoever suggested poachers would be able to stay there with all their weapons is a fool!

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 16:55

      @ G.du Plessis. Your lack of English comprehension is showing. Nobody suggested that the poachers would stay at the hotel with their weapons. But now that you mention it, they may stay at the hotel while hiding their weapons in the reserve.....

      Cindy - 2011-08-10 14:33

      There is already an airstrip IN the Kruger Park right near Skukuza, so how you are wondering about an airstrip scaring the animals makes no sense to me.

  • Brieuse - 2011-08-08 08:48

    Completely ridiculous. Destroy the feel of the park to make money

      SaintBruce - 2011-08-08 11:13

      After visiting at length for the past two years I can say that the current facilities on offer by Sanparks are not up to international standards. many of the visitor centers are still looking like they were built in the 1950's. Well heeled international guests demand high class service and are willing to pay for their comfort. I know that part of the Kruger Park experience is having to rough it a little but there are those who won't do that. Think- how big is the park? The size of Belgium approximately. How much actual space will two hotels impact - 2 square kilometers at most? Weigh the revenue and extra promotion of South Africa as a World Class destination against the small disrupted footprint and the project makes economic sense. Maybe some of the tatty roadside stalls could be upgraded with the revenue? Did anyone object to the Skukuza Golf Course? Yes, many did, but visitors actually want that experience in the bush so it was given to them. You might not have the money to stay at the Palace, but many others do, so the hotel was built and continues to attract visitors to our country. When I stayed at the Palace the basic rooms were the size of my Townhouse flat (100 m2)! Overseas visitors have minimum expectations - what are yours?

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 11:45

      @ SaintBruce. Then why are the Botswana parks with minimal facilities and unfenced campsites costing plenty money per day (Much more than Kruger) booked well in advance? Because they offer tourists a real wildlife African bush experience? If you want 5 star hotels, suites, rooms the size of your townhouse, golf courses and room service why not stay in a hotel and watch National Geographic or Animal Planet on the TV? After all, the wildlife experience will be similar to that of being driven around in an air conditioned metal and glass cocoon.

      Lisa - 2011-08-08 12:51

      @ SaintBruce. There are already 5 star lodges within the Kruger Park. If it is style and comfort you are looking for why don't you go there. As a proud South African who cherishes our wildlife I am totally against building fancy hotel to keep the minority happy. If you look at the figures you will see that 78.1% of visitors are South African and I personally think the 15451 beds they already have are perfect for a crash pad to catch some zzzz's and have a braai while listening to the bushveld sounds at night. Why don't you look at the private camps - you might just be impressed - at a cost.

      Granny - 2011-08-08 12:54

      Agree totally with you Worldwise and Brieuse - while they're about it, why don't they just put in a Theme Park for the rich kids as well, right next to the MacDonalds. Maybe Starbucks could be enticed to participate as well.

  • 300katoom - 2011-08-08 08:49

    A 5 Ster hotel, the average South African will never be able to afford to stay there with the prices these hotels charge

      Smaal - 2011-08-08 09:27

      Yes and I’m sure the criminals here are taking notice.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-08 09:00

    Off course the will! Got to line those big pockets of the comrades!

  • Jawellnofine - 2011-08-08 09:00

    And how much money will our wonderful ministers get in bribes and backhands I wonder.

  • Eugene Fuhri - 2011-08-08 09:05

    The concept could work and has long been in the making! Their are plenty of privately owned lodges that are in concessions within the Park. Hopefully it will be consistent with the Environmental Impact Assessments and placed out of the main rest camps. The only problem envisaged is that for the same price tourists might prefer to go to a private reserve to the west of the park.

      sipholess - 2011-08-08 10:42

      Eugene, financial aspects aside, dont you think there are more than enough beds in the KNP. Other than SA school holidays there is always accommodation available. For me, keep it wild and build hotels outside the park. SAY NO TO HOTELS IN KRUGER.

      ratex - 2011-08-08 11:21

      agree with you sipholess, say no. This is just another black based money laudering campaign.

  • Monjaro - 2011-08-08 09:05

    Please, let's develop the entire Kruger Park... who cares that it's a nature conservancy. Let's milk the cash cow & give all the contracts to ANC cadres - it's the right thing to do... in fact, it's apartheid's fault!

      Andrea Naude - 2011-08-08 09:20


      gekko - 2011-08-08 09:31

      @ Andrea..You are an idiot!

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 10:58

      Andrea, ever heard of sarcasm? Even I picked that up in Monjaro's post.

      Creeky - 2011-08-08 11:07

      Andrea wouldn't know SARCASM even if it pissed in her face!

  • Slingervel - 2011-08-08 09:09

    The concepts of conservation and preservation don't exist in the vocabulory of the ANC. The more there is to destruct the better! The conservation of our heritage and what is dear to us is on a rapid downward slope. Look at Africa and judge for yourself!

  • anita.andrews3 - 2011-08-08 09:16

    AC. Wonder if that has anything to do with Julius Malema's resent visit to to Kruger Park.

      Creeky - 2011-08-08 11:08

      R75 000-00 CASH.......... for him and his "BITCH-BOOI"!!

  • AndV - 2011-08-08 09:18

    Five star? How many SAcans can afford this? Only senior gov officials will benefit again - whatch this space.

  • Brigitte - 2011-08-08 09:20

    The proposal is for a 200 room hotel at Skukuza. They already built a conference venue that can take up to 500 delegates but there is no accommodation for them (delegates don't want to stay in the rondavels). Skukuza is already developed, has a vilage, school, golf course and an airport etc so despite what we purists may feel personally, if the revenue generated goes back into the park and conservation, which the government is unable to properly fund, then it may be a good thing. Government funding to Sanparks has dropped drastically over the last few years. The extra influx just has to be managed properly over peak times so as not to impact negatively on the tourists coming in for the day from the surrounding Hazyview area. Let us just pray that the whole thing is managed correctly and not assume that corruption will rear its ugly head with this development. Maybe they will put in one or two more roads in the south central part of the park to spread the load!

      christine - 2011-08-08 09:52

      a most inteligent reply brigitte--thank you

      Wonderboy - 2011-08-08 09:52

      It was probably wrong to build the 500 delegate conference centre in the Park in the first place. There are already too many visitors in the Skukuza area.

      Zion - 2011-08-08 10:13

      Corruption will rear its ugly head, and it would be naive to think otherwise. Corruption is part and parcel of the South African culture.

      Slingervel - 2011-08-08 10:36

      Sounds like you are working for Sanparks. Perhaps in their PR Dept.

      The Gecko - 2011-08-08 10:51

      So, how will the "manage the influx" so that day visitors won't be impacted? You have a 200 room hotel - ie. up to 400 extra people in the park. So, will they leave 200 rondavels empty over peak times? Not book the hotel over peak times? Reduce the day-visitors quota by 400? How will they accommodate a 200-room hotel without increasing the number of visitors by up to 400? As it is, the South of the park is already overcrowded at people times, with 100-plus cars fighting for space at sightings, overcrowded picnic sites, and long queues in the shops. Skukuza simply cannot handle 400 more people, or 200 more cars.

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 11:05

      @ Slingervel. Brigitte does work in the industry. She works for Legacy Hotels and is the Rooms Div Manager in Hazyview, Mpumalanga at Kruger Park Lodge. Check out her Facebook page. She notes that the lodge is "big and busy - lots of work". So her comment cannot be regarded as objective as she has a vested interest.

      sipholess - 2011-08-08 11:06

      This means more roads, more vehicles and more people. This will be the start of a safari zoo, next we might have a get on get off tram system !!!!! You dont have people taking live african wildlife to a conference in a CBD, why have a conference in the KNP ? Keep "our" Kruger wild. Say NO to hotels in Kruger !!!

      Brigitte - 2011-08-08 12:17

      @worldwise - I reply in my capacity as a private individual who loves Kruger national Park. In fact, this development may negatively impact bookings at the place I work so why do you bring this into it? I am not in favour of it personally (as you may infer from my first comment)but at some stage we have to look long term at the future of conservation in SA and the part which we play in it. As a matter of interest, where do you work?

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 12:30

      Brigitte, I have no affiliation to any industry in South Africa as I work overseas. Unlike you, I therefore write from a completely objective point of view with no bias. The Kruger Park is already over commercialised in my view, complete with traffic jams. See my previous comments to get an idea of my view of conservation.

  • coen - 2011-08-08 09:22

    Eugene Terblance said on day while he was still leader of the AWB that "niks sal oorbly van hierdie land. Hulle het tot die laaste sprinkaan opgevreet " Maybe he was not that wrong.

      Smaal - 2011-08-08 09:30

      Ek het nou net ook aan daardie woorde gedink. Snaaks om the dink die man was dalk reg.

  • redfugue - 2011-08-08 09:30

    word of caution to the 5-star hotel: It has happened over and over around the world where government allowed development in conservation / heritage areas and then later ordered for it all to be demolished without compensation. But then, sustainability has never really been a priority for SA entrepreneural ventures. May the shrewdest shareholder win!

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-08-08 09:39

    Just what we need. Another over priced hotel that South Africans can't afford to stay and foreigners won't want to pay high prices for. Not to mention the impact that it will have on the eviroment as well.

  • Jamesons - 2011-08-08 09:40

    After hotels, come people, after people come pick in pays and big shoping centers, after that is is stuffed. Just dont put a boody agent mine in there, I will strip. Us humans are viruses, leave the animals alome, there has to be a place for them on planet earth as well.

      Creeky - 2011-08-08 11:16

      More like CANCER @ Jamesons.... once the TUMOUR starts growing.... it will just get BIGGER n BIGGER.... and when you look again.... it can NEVER BE CONTROLLED!!!!!!!!!! "Ok maar lekker STUPIT..............Ne"!!

  • Badballie - 2011-08-08 09:41

    ans so once again the money will be generated for the hotel owners with a few locals getting minimum wage jobs, please, lets just tear down the park completely, I'm sure we could sell of the animals at a profit, Thai strippers seem to be very interested in hunting.

  • kirk.bygate - 2011-08-08 09:42

    Kruger Park is a National Park and is paid for by the South african tax payer. The original manifest when the park was created was to create a park for South Africans. International Tourism comes second to that, and most South African will never be able to affort to stay in a 5 star hotel.

      Creeky - 2011-08-08 11:14

      Jirre Boet... most Saffas cannot scrap together a couple of Cents for a MEAL.... never mind a 5* Hotel!!!!!!

  • Skietlood - 2011-08-08 10:02

    Lets be honest, the africans have never really embraced the philosophy of conservation. Look at Africa, if you disagree!

      redfugue - 2011-08-08 16:25

      hmmm - look at europe, use, amazon, china, japan,india, etc with regards to conservation. Their sefl-riteous conservation ideologies apply only to the little front-gardens they've got left after years of pillaging and demolishing. It's not just an african thing.

  • Zion - 2011-08-08 10:06

    If one was in the government's shoddy shoes it would make complete sense. Consider the amount of revenue which will be generated from personal taxes re the staff which will be a substantial amount of people. VAT on services and goods sold. As a boost some satellite small businesses will appear like mushrooms : Fuel vendors, Kentuckky, and the usual trinket shops. Menistus can spend a week there at a governmental discounted price and own shares in it. The possibilities are legion. Besides if government was interested in a clean environment it would have started on an urban clean-up a long time ago.

      Brigitte - 2011-08-08 10:29

      The local community are desperate for jobs - pretty much all the employment opportunities in the lowveld area are in hospitality. Most hotel staff here earn too little to pay tax anyway. There is aready a petrol station, shop, cafeteria and restaurant at Skukuza and the hotel will have its ownn restaurant.I very much doubt whether there will ever be a Kentucky in KNP! We have to look at the positive possibilities and not just mull over the negative aspects of this development.

      Wonderboy - 2011-08-08 11:23

      @ Brigitte The problem seems to be that the local community are outbreeding the animals.

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 11:52

      Brigitte cannot give an objective view as she is connected to the hotel industry. She works for Legacy Hotels and is the Rooms Div Manager in Hazyview, Mpumalanga at Kruger Park Lodge.

      Brigitte - 2011-08-08 12:25

      @worldwise - how am I not being objective? Sanparks has nothing to do with me at all, nor the place for which I work. I would be very happy with no hotel there, the rondavels are too expensive for what you get already, some of the picnic spots leavea lot to be desired, but t the end of the day, I love the park - it is my escape so maybe you should leave me alone now as you do not say who you are!

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-08 10:16

    My advice? Visit the Kruger while it is possible and affordable. Once the comrades take something,it will be ruined and nothing left for our children. Make an instant millionaire of a few cadres at the same time. sad to see that there is no end to the greed of the ANC

  • Sisie - 2011-08-08 10:16

    What you have to realize is that the black diamonds would never dream of "roughing" it in the KNP - so they need their 5 star hotel with all the bling bling and little servants running around them to say they have arrived.

      The Gecko - 2011-08-08 14:28

      They can already have all the bling and servants they want, without building any new hotels: Hamiltons Tented Camp, Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge, Imbali Safari Lodge, Jocks Safari Lodge & Spa, Pafuri Camp, Singita Lebombo Lodge, Singita Sweni Lodge, Tinga Game Lodges to name a few. All of these are 5-star lodges inside the Kruger Park, offering three meals, and two game-drives a day, and all the luxury you can ask for. Priced in dollars/euros of course. So why do they need another hotel? Is dining on porcelain and crystal, served by a personal butler, in one of these existing lodges not good enough for them?

  • Blougroen - 2011-08-08 10:21

    Follow the money . . . . .

  • sipholess - 2011-08-08 10:24

    The beautiful Kruger Park turned into a "Safari Zoo" !!! This ANC goverment and Sanparks will start to hammer the first nails into the KNP coffin with this backwards decision. Who cares about wildlife and nature conservation ? This Dark mob wont be happy until they have eaten the lot, and they will !!!!!!!

  • Sisie - 2011-08-08 10:40

    Toy for the year and then it will stand empty like so many other hotels, but lets put the prices up - cream the tourists never mind making it affordable to the locals. Oh its so logical.

  • Staalbal - 2011-08-08 10:44

    Tenders being accepted now by Juju for a nominal fee

  • The Gecko - 2011-08-08 10:55

    With all the luxury private lodges in the Kruger park, one would think that the accommodation offered is already diverse...

  • motsokwane - 2011-08-08 10:59

    We will turn Africa around nomakanjane.Dutch descendants, you can moan and shout as you can, this is an African house and we will decorate it to suite our likes and needs.Hoor julle?

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 11:13

      And it was founded by the farsightedness of the Boer Paul Kruger. Please give the Boers some credit. If it wasn't for him you would have eaten all the animals already. Which is exactly what will happen now that you own a once conservation minded area. Soon you will be able to develop it for RDP housing as well. Throw in a squatter camp or two during the land grab for good measure as well. After all, animals aren't as important as humans that breed like rabbits. Another comment to be deleted by the News24 ANC censor.

      motsokwane - 2011-08-08 12:08

      worldwise, colour your brain a bit, it has been thoroughly washed. Actually it was by accident that (Kruger)'African National Park' was formed.'I am being silly to announce the change of the NAME ahead of Malema' Kruger was trying to steal the biggest ever farm, only to realize that he caged too many animals in the stolen farm and he went on stealing more animals across Africa so that Africans should work for him to survive.Hence we are in the process of taking back what belongs to us.

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 12:50

      Motsokwane, which history book are you reading? The one written for the ANCYL or the internationally accepted one? There was no such thing as a game farm in Paul Krugers time. He saw the biodiversity and established the park under great adversity from the farmers because he foresaw all the animals being killed. It was no accident. How do you set aside an area the size of Belgium for all time as a wildlife reserve by accident? If you look at any 1:50 000 scale survey map you will see the names and boundaries of the original farms that were incorporated into the reserve, most under severe protest from the farmers. Suggest you visit a library or google the history of the park. The first rangers name was Hamilton. Strange to appoint a ranger to look after a farm? What did Paul Kruger farm there then? How did he steal the animals from the other African countries when the only transport was horseback and wagons? Wildlife then had NO monetary value. "Hence we are in the process of taking back what belongs to us." OK then, produce the people that lived there and they can have their land back. But if you can, which I seriously doubt, I doubt your fat cat ANC politicians will allow this because they have already seen the tourist Dollars. So Malema is going to rename the Kruger Park? That will dent the tourism revenue a bit. Why can't Malema do the same as Paul Kruger and move some squatters out of an area and found his own park? Too chicken? Better check who has been brainwashed.

      underdog - 2011-08-08 13:14

      motsokwane, I was almost sure there was no-one dumber than Juuuuliaaaaaas, but I think you might just be pushing that limit. Is it an African house, or a Revolutionary house? Agent!

      Cindy - 2011-08-12 09:21

      motsokwane, you are thick, illiterate and just plain stupid. As worldwise said, go read some history of the park, and stop listening to idiots like malema, (yes I put his and your name with lower case on purpose), malema has more money than most people will ever have, and you are supporting him??? God you are stupid. He is dangerous, and makes me wish I could wipe him off the face of this earth. The ANCYL should grow up, throw out a STUPID and OLD leader, and be thankful whites are still in South Africa. What has an black ever invented? Please tell me. Maybe necklacing??? Get a life.

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  • tokoloshe - 2011-08-08 11:46


      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 11:51

      Brigitte cannot give an objective view as she is connected to the hotel industry. She works for Legacy Hotels and is the Rooms Div Manager in Hazyview, Mpumalanga at Kruger Park Lodge.

      Brigitte - 2011-08-08 12:32

      @tokoloshe - that is a totally different social problem and I am sure all agree that in a perfect world only people who can afford to have kids actually would. But get real here - the problem already exists so lets try to be open minded about possible solutions - until the greater population is properly educated etc etc etc nothing much will change - this discussion is about the KNP not the shambles that is much of SA currently.

      Brigitte - 2011-08-08 12:43

      @worldwise - thank you for all the free publicity!

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 13:20

      No problem Brigitte. But you won't be getting any bookings from me though. I find hotels too formal, expensive with no real value for money and patronising.

      Brigitte - 2011-08-08 15:14

      @worldwise - shame - pop in when next you pass us - not a hotel, all houses and chalets, never patronising and good value.....beautiful surroudings, golf, impalas, hippos, crocs, and me!

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 17:04

      Thanks for the invite Brigitte. You say you are not patronising. I take it then that you do not arrange "indigenous tribal dancing" and a visit to a "traditional indigenous village" for your guests? You also don't sell memento's of the "Big Five"? I find these aspects of SA tourism extremely patronising and abhor it when the "indigenous" inhabitants rush to hide their cellphones and change into skins when the tourists arrive.

  • DEVILS SON - 2011-08-08 13:01

    "The move was expected to put an end to a debate over whether the new development, catering for the growing numbers of local and international tourists to the park, was desirable or would threaten sensitive ecosystems." correct me if im wrong, but are our hotels not shutting their doors due to lack of tourists local and international? and seriously, who goes to the bush to stay in a 5 star hotel? you lose the whole experience for f sake

      Cindy - 2011-08-10 14:37

      No need to swear. If people want to go to the Kruger Park and stay in a 5 star hotel, dont have sour grapes because you cant afford it. No, our hotels are NOT shutting their doors because there are no tourists. I had to book 8 months in advance to get into the Zimbali Fairmont Resort. So SERIOUSLY I WOULD LOVE to stay in a 5 star hotel in the bush!!!!! You can stay away.

  • Cindy - 2011-08-08 13:04

    Please give us a decent hotel IN the Kruger National Park. The current huts and rondawels are so old, the sheets thin and torn and the huts quite disgusting in regards its cleanliness etc. I will pay for a 5 or even a 6 star hotel, because then I KNOW I will be getting something like The Palace at Sun City, or Zimbali Fairmont Resort. I am tired of the scrappy huts in the park, and for the past few years have been staying at the Protea Kruger Gate Lodge, as its marginally better than any huts in the Kruger Park. PLEASE give us the choice. Either upgrade the huts, and put up the price, or give us a decent hotel to go to. The park is only there because of the tourists, and has no connection to poaching??? PULEASE!!

      Brigitte - 2011-08-08 13:16

      @cindy - I would hope that with the hotel going up the price of the rondavels should go down - it is too expensive at approx R575 - R675 per night to stay in the park for the majority of south african residents. You are lucky to be able to afford 5 or 6 star accommodation - but lets not price the rest of us out of the market - we still want to teach our kids about wildlife etc.

      The Gecko - 2011-08-08 14:37

      Cindy - try Hamiltons Tented Camp. Situated between Skukuza and the Orpen gate, in prime Big-5 country. Think 5-star: white sheets and mosquito nets, porcelain, crystal and silver, guided game drives, gourmet meals, a personal butler, lazy sun-downers when the people staying in the rondavels have to rush to make the gate times... And they don't even have to ruin the park by building a hotel, or by pricing the standard rondavels out of us mere mortals' range to give it to you. Nice!

      The Gecko - 2011-08-08 14:40

      Or, since you seem to have money, if you want true luxury - try Singita Lebombo lodge... I'm sure that someone like you would consider the R10 000 per person per night (sharing) well worth the luxury they offer...

      Cindy - 2011-08-10 13:59

      I just want some choice. Just because you cant afford a Mercedes, doesn't mean they should stop building them. Yes I can afford R10,000 per night per person. So what? I want the choice of going to a DECENT hotel in the KRUGER PARK. I have been going to the park sinc I was a baby, and everything is now old and decrepid. If the huts are not upgraded, I agree, the price should be lower. At the moment, because there are no decent hotels within the Kruger Park, I do go elsewhere. Switzerland, Paris etc gets my tourist money, not my own country, because its fallen behind in it's standards for those who can afford it. I am tired of people whining that they have no money, I quite honestly dont care. The world is full of poverty with the poorest people having the most children, who in turn want aid, then breed, want aid, and often die. Its their choice. My choice and my luck gives me the ability to have the Mercedes and a 6 star hotel. I am a believer in "everyone is not equal" and never will be. So Kruger, go for the great hotel and I will be the first person to pay the R10,000 per night.

  • Snowbuddy - 2011-08-08 13:08

    Now that everything has been destroyed in the cities, head to nature! ... Well done! Can nothing be left untouched/undisturbed? There goes the last of our Big 5 ... Talk about being invited into the lion's den ... the rich visitors would be sitting ducks (pardon the pun) for the thieving, murderers currently victimizing the visitors in the area, waiting on their next prey. Everything for a fast buck! lol:) Not even all South Africans can afford to go there but this is now going to be so commercialised and that destroys the beauty!

  • marius roodman - 2011-08-08 14:52

    why make it a five star if the percentage of peeps visiting there are local south africans-make it more affordable for locals-numbers will increase into the park and walaaa ! making good remuneration.

  • BugsyJamesy - 2011-08-09 19:34

    Who want's to go and look at a bunch of stupid animals anyway, Fkn idiots.

  • Cindy - 2011-08-10 14:44

    I will be the first person to book into a 5 or 6 star hotel within the Kruger Park. I find the Park has gone to the dogs with the Managers at most camps not caring that the camps are falling down around them. I will come to the Kruger Park more often, and not have to stay in the Protea Kruger Gate Hotel which as I have said before is only minimally better than the camps. However it does give good breakfasts and dinner. All of you moaning that the average "man in the street" cant afford a fancy hotel, well tough..... not everyone can buy a Porsche either. Does not mean they should not make them. I'm a capitalist, and its the only system that works. You want equality for the "man in the street" and you bring everyone down with you. I say build the hotel, and those that can afford it. ENJOY IT!!!

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