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Booking a Game Lodge in Kruger

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I have been researching accommodation in Kruger National Park but have been told not to book over the internet as there can be fraudulent listings but to book via a travel agent. Booking with a hotel or lodge directly is obviously cheaper but is there anyway to know if you are booking with a legitimate business & not a scam site?

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Hi there,

Being an agent, I will be 100% honest - you can absolutely book direct at the lodge. Just go to their website and email them for info :-).

It really is simple to do.

In terms of the price - and agent does have a set amount of commission that they can play around with in order to give a client a discount, so it always pays to ask :-).

Where are you thinking of staying?

Warm regards,

Jacqui

-Co-Owner-

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Yikes, auto correct - an* agent

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Thanks Jacqui. Naledi & Toro Yaka get good reviews so they are on my list.

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Great choices!

I hope you have a wonderful time.

Warm regards,

Jacqui

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Hi Susan A,

Booking through a tour oprerator or agent shouldn't be more expensive than by booking directly with the safari lodges and hotels at all, if thats waht you are considering.

Also I haven't heard about any problems with booking online re. fraudelent bookings, as long as you are booking a well know establishment. A reputable operator will know who is a genuine and be able to advise regarding the best place/s to book and assist you with this. You can always ask on the forum for advise on a particular lodge/hotel etc.

Are you looking for a private safari lodge or self drive in the Kruger National Park?

Regards.

Brett | Owner | Safaris For Me | Safari Specialist | South Africa

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Hi again.

I read an interesting article posted a while ago which one of the other regular posters recently refered to. Follow the the link to the thread and you'll see a link to the article. It will give a guide to potential red flags.

tripadvisor.com/…48205852

Regards.

Brett | Owner | Safaris For Me | South Africa

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Sorry...I'm not sure why the thread didn't automatically link.

Here's the URL tothe article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/advice/2013/03/21/can-you-trust-that-travel-deal-use-this-checklist/2004201/

Brett | Owner | Safaris For Me | South Africa

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Booking directly with Naledi is something I can guarantee you is safe. Kjell Bismeyer is the owner and actually does many of the game drives himself. And runs a great pair of lodges.. Naledi and Enkoveni.

Dave Patterson - Owner - The Africa Safari

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Hi Brett just researching game lodges in Kruger that fit my budget & desire to hopefully see the 'big 5'. There seems to be so many variances in price making the research quite time consuming. I have Sth African relatives here in Sydney & Cape Town that said I should be careful booking online. As I have a friend here in Sydney who was scammed $1,000 Aussie dollars on a New York apartment rental, I am trying to be careful. Thanks so much for the link to the USA today story - it was interesting. Cheers

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Thanks Dave I privately message someone else who booked a stay there & he also said he did it thru their website successfully. Just dotting my i's & crossing my t's. Many thanks for your message. Cheers

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