Cape Town - Winter in South Africa is perfect for a little safari fun. As the school holidays loom, day visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are requested to take note of visitor access management which will be enforced during the coming June/July holidays as from Friday, 24 June until Sunday, 17 July 2016.
Day visitors can choose and book a time slot prior to their arrival from one of the following three time slots:
Time slot 1: 06:00 to 08:00
Time slot 2: 08:00 to 10:00
Time slot 3: 10:00 onwards
The day visitor quota for the park is a management tool to help maintain the carrying capacity of the park. Visitors will be able to book up to 80% of day visitor quota per gate, via SANParks Reservations offices and online at www.sanparks.org
Pre-booked day visitors will get preference over non-booked day visitors at the gate. KNP aim to better manage visitor volumes and expectations. The three different slots are aimed to improve the spread of vehicles and, as far as possible, prevent unnecessary waiting periods at gates.
Pre-booked day visitors must ensure that they arrive within the time slots, as per their reservation. Arriving outside the booked time slot, will be regarded as non-booked and therefore not preferential. These bookings can be changed through SANParks Reservations offices.
Visitors are advised to read their permits which they will receive at the gates to make sure of rules and regulations. Visitors can report any rules and regulations infringement which they witness, to the Emergency Call Centre numbers 013 735 4325 or 013 735 0197 or 076 801 9679.
Visitors should also take note of the following important information:
- Day Visitor bookings are subject to a non-refundable booking fee of R36 per adult and R18 per child.
- Day Visitors who have booked will still be required to pay conservation fees or use a valid Wild Card to enter the Park.
- In order to expedite the admission process, on busy days in particular, day visitors are requested to pay for conservation fees in advance or ensure that they have valid Wild Card membership.
- Guests planning to use Wild Cards are requested to ensure membership is valid before arrival and this can best be done online at www.sanparks.org/wild
- The number and profile of persons (adults and children) on the reservation and actual persons arriving should correspond.
- All guests may be required to identify themselves upon admission (SA driver’s license, identity document or passport).
- Due to existing contractual arrangements with Open Safari Vehicles (OSVs), they are regarded as booked for all Day Visitor admissions.
- Gate quotas will be applied and non-booked guests could be denied entry.
- Guests are encouraged to continuously provide feedback on their experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALSO SEE: The complete guide to a photo safari in the Kruger National Park
If you are in the Witbank area between 23 and 26 June, feel welcome to visit the Kruger National Park Exhibition at the Highveld Mall where the park's tourism products and services will be showcased between 09:00 – 18:00.
Monthly exhibitions at malls and other public areas are meant to provide a platform where existing and prospective stakeholders can address their issues regarding the park. This is a practice that the park has adopted many years ago as a way of fostering relationship with its neighbouring communities.
Issues that can be addressed include why holiday makers are left disappointed for not securing desired accommodation during peak periods such as winter school holidays. Bookings open eleven months in advance and available inventory is given on a first come first served basis.
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