Visitors to lodges and holiday establishments in the area should take note that access to the Kruger National Park (KNP) through nearby entrance gates may be challenging during the school holidays.
Between June 23 and Monday July 16 daily quotas will apply at all entrance gates.
Visitors are urged to make pre-bookings for their visits prior to their arrival. They can book for entrance during 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.
“We aim to optimally manage the volumes expected, as well as visitors’ expectations,” said the KNP’s general manager for communications and marketing, William Mabasa. “The three different time slots are aimed at improving the spread of vehicles entering and, as far as possible prevent unnecessary waiting periods at gates.”
The day visitor quota for the park is a management tool to prevent overcrowding roads and facilities and is applied throughout the year but the park mostly reaches carrying capacity during long weekends and school holidays.
Visitors will be able to book up to 80 per cent of day visitor quota per gate via SANParks reservations offices and online at www.sanparks.org.
Day visitor pre-bookings are subject to a non-refundable booking fee of R41 per adult and R21 per child. Day visitors who have pre-booked will still be required to pay conservation fees or use a valid Wild Card to enter the park.
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 before gate opening time to ensure fair distribution/flow of traffic.
Pre-booked day visitors will get preference over non-booked day visitors at the gates providing they arrive within their booked time slots. Those arriving outside the booked time slot will be regarded as non-booked, will not receive preference and could be turned away.
These bookings can be changed as well through SANParks reservations offices if need be.