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Restaurant giants move into Kruger Park

What will the purists make of this? South African National Parks has named the successful bidders for the provision of restaurant and retail services at various national parks under its management. The announcements were made at the organisation’s headquarters in Pretoria following weeks of adjudication of the tenders.

In the KNP’s Lower Sabie, Olifants and Letaba camps Mugg and Bean restaurants will be fully operational from March 2014, while the Pretoriuskop and Satara rest camps will have Wimpy restaurants.

The Skukuza Selati restaurant will be operated by Ciao! and is expected to start operations next month. The main camp restaurant and take-away will be serviced by Cattle Baron and Bistro. Operations will start in May 2014 because of extensive refurbishment.

The bidders had several obligations to meet, such as operating, development and refurbishment requirements. They had BBBEE targets to meet as well as environmental obligations.

A new retail agreement was also signed between Sanparks and Tourvest for operations in the Kruger National Park (KNP), Tsitsikamma and Addo Elephant National Park.

According to Sanparks CEO David Mabunda, this was done mainly to improve tourists shopping experiences and to upgrade the shops and make them eco-friendly. “SANParks has placed focus on value for money for all clients in appointing Tourvest”.

Mabunda congratulated all the newly appointed operators and expressed his satisfaction that all proper channels were followed. “I look forward to rave reviews from our clients on service, convenience, satisfaction and value for money. We will as always monitor the performance of our new partners and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.”

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