Booze-free day visits at Kruger Park

2011-03-21 11:30

Johannesburg - Day visitors to the Kruger National Park are no longer allowed to take alcohol into the park, or buy it in shops at the camps, Beeld reported on Monday.

The national park's new regulations came into effect on Friday.

Only holders of a "Wild Card" and those staying overnight are exempt from the rules. Day visitors are however still allowed to have liquor with food they purchase at restaurants.

The rules were imposed after the park received over 130 complaints about visitors' bad behaviour in December.

Park spokesperson Laura Mukwevho said many people arrived at the park this weekend not knowing about the new rules.

"Most of them accepted it, but there were some who complained bitterly. In those cases we called the park's security guards to defuse the situation," Beeld quoted her saying.

Park officials didn't confiscate the alcohol, but asked visitors to leave it outside the nature reserve.

  • bob - 2011-03-21 12:07

    Excellent news We recently stayed at Punda Maria.Two car loads full of men arrived at 10am.They made a fire and then proceeded to drink quart after quart of Black Label beer .When we complained about their drucken behaviour , they turned abusive, cursing and threatening us.They left at 5pm , totally drunk. The Kruger Park is for viewing wild life , not for drunken day visitors. Bobc

  • - 2011-03-21 12:11

    Once again a few bad eggs spoil it for all.

      Mikemcc - 2011-03-21 16:29

      @Andrew, I fail to see how this spoils anything. You can still get alcohol with a meal at any of the camps and if you have a wild card you can still take your own.

  • Yoni - 2011-03-21 12:23

    All people should be banned for getting hammered and making noise where other civilized people are trying to get peace and quiet. This should be the norm for all places regardless of race, colour or creed. (The stages effects of booze consumption: Get clever. Get attractive. Get strong. Get moered.) The fact of the matter is that alcohol abuse is king in our country. Public smoking was bad enough, good thing it is discouraged. However we continue to see ads on TV where drinking is glamorised. Still, removing them won't be enough I guess. And to top it all, government is making billions of revenue from liquor sales, they'll never try to curb it.

  • semaj - 2011-03-21 12:39

    Let us face a few brutal facts. The majority of visitors to the park do not go there to be disturbed by downright bad behaviour from those who know no better. I have seen litter being thrown out of car windows, witnessed rowdy behaviour, mostly by an element in the visiting crowd who should in the first instance never have been allowed through the gates. Sadly, the same thing is beginning to happen in the Pilanesberg park If one cannot respect nature, and the quietness required to avoid disturbing it, then do not go partying in our nature reserves. Black Label says it all.

  • Makoti - 2011-03-21 13:02

    Some people seem to think that going to national parks is an excuse to get totally wasted, raucous,throwing bottles into the bush, getting out of the car and ruining sightings, and then drive around like maniacs possibly hitting and injuring a wild animal. Totally defeating the reason for visiting a park in the first place. Same road rules should apply inside a park as do outside wrt drunks. If you want to be an idiot, save yourself the entrance fees and stay at home.

  • Mohammed - 2011-03-21 15:53

    Nice Guy, its to all public, I never drink, so Kruger is one place I go to have peace and quite, and I dont have a problem with people drinking, but when they cross the limit, its not nitce, for the animals, and people like me who go there for peace and quite, if you want to have a jol go to a night club or something

  • Satan - 2011-03-21 16:33

    Haa good to ban that shit...and what about gunja????

  • Cire - 2011-03-21 19:00

    Fantastic news. I've seen disgusting behaviour, drunks falling around, shouting, loud music, litter - all from 'day visitors'. Should have been dine years ago but very, very welcome news. SAVE the KNP!

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-03-22 05:09

    Good thing. Drinking in public places should be banned. We have a culture of drinking in all races and then violence usually follows. Why do we have to get so vrot all the time. National Parks are for wild life and peace and quiet not dom dronk koppe playing thier kak music and spoiling it for every one else. What a greay example we set for our kids.

  • Joy - 2011-03-22 08:04

    now THAT'S a step in the right direction !

  • Loyiso - 2011-03-22 08:43

    Very sad, different rules for different classes. I bet to have a 'Wild Card', you must be on the high moral ground. If you ban alcohol inside the park, the rule must apply to all animals inside.

  • PikeLee - 2011-03-22 08:47

    Try visit zoo lake sometimes, you want to see crazy drinking and bad behavior. Good move by Kruger park, lets hope they enforce it!

  • johann - 2011-03-22 09:14

    I was there this weekend. Friday down at Skakuza it was 39 Degrees and very humid it would have been nice to have a cold one there next to the river, but we had cold drinks instead because the rules had changed. But still we drove past a couple of (Fresh)beer bottles that was thrown out of vehicles. I just hope that the Park officials keeps up with this and don't let it slip after 3 months.

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