Johannesburg - SANParks has announced that reduced rates will be put in place for South African residents and Southern African Development Community (SADC) nationals using Open Safari Vehicles (OSVs) in the Kruger National Park. This will start on 1November 2013.
SANParks' Managing Executive for Tourism and Marketing, Glenn Phillips said in the past, OSVs catered primarily for the international market and therefore all guests were required to pay the standard conservation fee. "However with the landscape slowly changing where already 15% of guests using OSVs are locals, adaptive measures had to be taken in order to attract more local and regional guests."
He said this will create more opportunities for growth and further support SANParks Responsible Tourism Strategy, which essentially strives to attain good business practices that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
According to Phillips, OSV guests will, from 1 November 2013, be subjected to the existing Conservation Fees Protocol, which essentially offers reduced fees to South African residents and SADC nationals. "We believe that there is significant upside in these markets to make use of externally based OSV operators.'
During the 2012/3 financial year, the OSV guests numbers reached a record 120 000, comprising 7.1% of total guest entries. As from 1 November 2013, conservation fees for Kruger (and OSV guests) will be R62 for local residents, R124 for SADC nationals and international guests R248. Children under 12 pay 50% of these rates.