When the Kruger National Park announced that chains like Wimpy, Cattle Baron and Mugg & Bean would soon be running some of the park’s restaurants, faithful Krugerites were predictably miffed. All that city yuppieness had no place in Kruger, they argued. But on a recent trip to Kruger I discovered that the nay-sayers got it almost completely wrong. Kruger’s new restaurants are a huge improvement.
One big benefit is that the M&B still comes with the Kruger trademark stunning views out over the river at Olifants, Letaba and Lower Sabie. One morning at Lower Sabie, for instance, we sat under the umbrellas with our iced coffee watching buffalo, hippo and elephant along the water’s edge. In fact, you might even see four or more of the Big Five from the comfort of the restaurant deck. And that’s not something the M&B in Jozi or Cape Town will ever match!
(Just for the record I have no link, personal or financial, with the Mugg & Bean chain.)
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