Visitor management is a vital part of ensuring the best possible experience for all visitors to the Kruger National Park over the coming festive season between 7 December 2017 and 2 January 2018. South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to remind day visitors to the Kruger National Park that daily quotas will once again apply at the entrance gates. Visitors are urged to make pre-bookings for their visits prior to their arrival. They can choose from the following three time slots:
Time slot 1: 05:30 to 07:30
Time slot 2: 07:30 to 09:30
Time slot 3: 09:30 onwards
“For busy periods such as the school holidays and the festive season, we aim to better manage the volumes that we expect, as well as our visitors’ expectations. The three different time slots are aimed at improving the spread of vehicles and, as far as possible prevent unnecessary waiting periods at gates”, said the KNP’s GM: Communications and Marketing, William Mabasa.
The Day Visitor Quota for the park is a management tool to maintain the carrying capacity of the park and is in place throughout the year. We do, however, emphasize the use of this tool during long weekends and holidays because of the volume of visitors we usually get during those times. Visitors will be able to book up to 80% of the 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 but they 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 they will therefore not receive preference. These bookings can also be changed through SANParks Reservations offices if necessary.
Mabasa also reminded Visitors to read the permits which they receive at the gates as all the rules and regulations of the park are clearly stipulated on these documents. “Please do not bring liquor with you because the alcohol ban on public areas in the Park is a permanent rule which is enforced at all times; visitors must please also refrain from committing other infringements such as littering and speeding in the Park. These and other Park rules are emphasized to ensure visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience and hence must be adhered to at all times whilst in the Park,” he advised. – Press release