Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Lodging U-Turn!

Well we thought we were all set with lodging at a bed and breakfast in Kempton Park, close to the airport, free breakfast every morning, only about $26/night per person - and then we had the rug pulled out from under us with an email from the B&B manager stating that they would be closing their doors, and our reservations were no good!

Bill, Ryan, and I scoured the internet over the next 7 or 8 days to try and find comparable accomodation for our group of 12 Yanks. What we found was that every mom and pop in South Africa is trying to make a quick buck off fans of the Beautiful Game. Just about every hotel, hostel, guest lodge, and straw hut were charging 4-5 times the normal rate. And there were plenty of places available!

Luckily though, I was able to get a response from a realtor in the Johannesburg area that showed me a couple of properties. Eventually the group decided on one - a six bedroom house in a gated community, with full kitchen, back yard, pool, and parking for three cars. At a price of about $60/night per person, it is more than we had hoped to pay, but it was one of the better deals around.

So a big THANK YOU goes out to Nicki at !

- Colin

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