Kruger enforces gate quotas for Easter Weekend

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Skukuza –  SANParks has announced that the Kruger National Park will be enforcing gate quotas during the upcoming Easter Weekend, starting on Thursday 17 April to Monday, 21 April.

Day visitors are advised to either arrive at the gate very early in the morning because the service is on first-come-first-served basis or pre-book their entrance with the central reservations office, in order to ensure that they gain access to the park.

“We are calling on everyone who is planning to come to the park as a day visitor to please make the necessary arrangements beforehand in order to avoid unnecessary disappointement,” said William Mabasa, General Manager: Communication & Marketing in the Kruger National Park.  

Those who pre-book their visit will be expected to pay a non-refundable deposit of R32 per adult and R16 per child, which is meant to secure their space.  

Day visitors with advanced bookings are also expected to arrive at the booked gate by not later than 13:00 on the date of the booking, after which the booking lapses.  

A pre-booking however does not exempt the day visitor from paying the normal conservation fees upon arrival at the gate but secures him/her entry.

All visitors are also reminded to bring along their identity documents (IDs) or some alternative form of identity to avoid problems at the gates.  

Wild Cards cannot be used to identify one as legitimate holder and should be accompanied by some form of identity document.  

Mabasa also reminded day visitors that they are not allowed to bring liquor into the park, as the alcohol ban on public areas is a permanent rule enforced during both quiet and busy periods.

He added that law enforcement officials will be on the look-out for offenders.

Day Visitors, who may not be able to gain entry because the quota has been reached, can if they wish, make use of the park and ride a facility which is available at some gates.

The park and ride will cost visitors extra money but will be better than having to be turned back at the entrance gate.

“We also request visitors to plan their trip by observing gate opening and closing times so that they do not find themselves either speeding or arriving late at the camps/gates on their way in/out of the park;” concluded Mabasa.  

Visitors can call the Central Reservations Office on 012 428 9111. Offenders of park rules and regulations can be reported to the Emergency Call Centre at 013 735 4325 
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