Kruger National Park implements day visitor quotas

During the school holidays, from July 1-23, access for visitors to the Kruger National Park will adhere to daily quotas, to manage the park’s carrying capacity.

SANParks reminds day visitors to the park that daily quotas will once again apply at all entrance gates. Visitors are urged to book for their visit prior to their arrival.

Pre-booking for day visits applies to the general public and tour operators, with tariffs charged per person, however when using an open vehicle, one must apply for permit direct from KNP.

There are three time slots to choose from – between 06h00 and 08h00; between 08h00 and 10h00; and from 10h00 onwards.

The day visitor quota is a management tool to maintain the carrying capacity of the park, and is permanently in place throughout the year, although emphasised during long weekends and holidays due to the volume of visitors during these times.

Visitors are able to book up to 80% of day visitor quota per gate through SANParks’ reservations offices and online. Pre-booked day visitors will get preference over non-booked day visitors.

SANParks Acting Head of Communications, William Mabasa, said: “For busy periods such as the school holidays, we aim to better manage the volumes that we expect, as well as our visitors’ expectations. The three different time slots are aimed at improving the spread of vehicles and, as far as possible, prevent unnecessary waiting periods at gates.”

Pre-booked visitors must ensure they arrive within the time slot they reserved. Arriving outside the time slot will automatically forfeit visitors’ preference of entry.

Visitors should also note that pre-bookings are subject to a non-refundable booking fee of R38 (€3) per adult and R19 (€1.3) per child. Day visitors who have pre-booked are still required to pay conservation fees, or use a valid wild card on entry. The conservation fee for SA residents is R76 (€5) for adults and R38 (€2.6) per child, aged between two and 11, for international guests the price is R304 (€21) per adult and R152 (€10.3) per child.

Due to existing contractual arrangements with Open Safari Vehicles (OSVs), they have paid for the annual operating permit and are authorised to enter 15 minutes prior to the gate opening time to ensure fair distribution of traffic.

Note, gate quotas will be strictly adhered to; guests without pre-bookings could be denied entry.

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Published 28 Jun 2017
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