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Media Release: KNP gate quotas in force during Easter weekend

Date: 6th May 2011

Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are encouraged to take note of gate quotas which will strictly be enforced, when planning their visit to the park during this coming Easter weekend which starts on Thursday, 21 to Monday, 25 April 2011.

Visitors are advised to either arrive at the gate very early in the morning because the service is on “first come first serve” basis or pre-book their entrance with central reservations office on telephone number (012) 428 9111 in order to ensure that they gain access to the park in terms of their own plan and are not sent back at the gate.

“We are calling on everyone who is planning to come to the park as a day visitor to please make the necessary arrangement before hand in order to avoid unnecessary disappointment”, said the Head of Public Relations and Communication in the Kruger National Park, William Mabasa.

Those who pre-book their visit will be expected to pay a non-refundable deposit of R26 per adult and R13 per child entering the park which is meant to ensure that their space is secured. 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.

Visitors, who may not be able to gain entry because the quota shall have been reached, can if they wish, make use of the park and ride facilities which the park is going to make available at some gates. The park and ride will cost visitors extra money but should be better than having to be turned back at the entrance gate.

Mabasa also requested visitors not to bring liquor with them as the alcohol ban on public areas in the Park is a permanent rule and not only enforced on busy periods. Safety and security officials will be on the look-out for rule breakers and visitors can also report any incident of rules and regulations infringement to the Emergency Call Centre at (013) 735 4325. Various field and honorary rangers will be deployed in order to assist gate staff with managing the queues and other different services available at the gates. 

“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. People must read their permits because all the rules and regulations of the park are clearly stipulated in those documents.

The KNP has 10 entrance gates i.e. Pafuri, Punda Maria, Phalaborwa, Giriyondo, Orpen, Paul Kruger, Phabeni, Numbi, Malelane and Crocodile Bridge.

Issued by:
Laura Mukwevho, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4262, cell: 082 807 1441 or e-mail: lauram@sanparks.org

Enquiries:
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or e-mail: williamm@sanparks.org

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