Booking thru a SA Resident?

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Apr 25th, 2004, 05:33 AM
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Booking thru a SA Resident?

Has anyone been able to "use" a SA friend to book an accomodation at a cheaper rate? Successes? Failures?

We have someone who would be willing to do this for us, but I have to wonder if there are issues when you show up and you are clearly not a resident.
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Apr 25th, 2004, 07:05 AM
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Hello Ericka,
Yes, I had SA friends book accommodations for me at a cheaper rate but they came with me as well. Absolutely nothing happened so it was indeed successful.
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Apr 25th, 2004, 09:26 AM
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Apr 25th, 2004, 12:17 PM
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Erika,
Like Patty I've had friends book in Zimbabwe and we've gone together on the local rate. Even the local rate is expensive for them.

As of a few years ago in Harare if you booked on a local rate (with a local agent) you had to show a residency visa unless they knew you were really local. When I lived in Zim I booked the local rate all the time but had to show my temporary employment permit to agent.

As I understood it, the local agents wouldn't knowingly book foriegners on a local rate because it was considered "bad form" and created tensions with the lodges. I was never asked for local id at the lodges as in my experience they relied on agents to enforce the rules
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Apr 25th, 2004, 10:13 PM
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I've seen advertisements from the likes of the Southern Sun Group that say that an S.A. Identity Document must be produced when checking in, for "S.A. Resident Rates".
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