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Media Release: KNP gate quotas in force during the 2011 festive season

Date: 9th December 2011

Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are reminded to be aware of gate quotas when planning their visit this coming festive season.

“The gate quotas are mostly reached on long weekends and public holidays, vary from gate to gate and also depend on how fully booked the park is. If anyone is planning a visit on those days, it is recommended that they either arrive at the gate very early in the morning as the service is on first come first served basis or pre-book their entrance via Central Reservations (012 428 9111)”; explained the KNP’s head of Public Relations, William Mabasa.

Day Visitors who pre-book their visit are expected to pay a non-refundable deposit of R28 per adult and R16 per child; which is meant to secure their space because they would have been counted in the number that made the daily quota.

Mabasa went on to advise Day Visitors to take note that even if they have pre-booked for their visit, this does not exempt them from queuing at the gates and from paying Conservation Fees upon arrival but secures them entry. Day Visitors with advanced bookings are also expected to arrive at the booked gate by no later than 13:00 on the date of the booking, because after 13:00 the booking lapses.

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.

To increase efficiency at the gates, 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.

Each gate has its limited number of Day Visitors that can be allowed per day e.g. Phalaborwa – 600 and small ones like Pafuri it is 300. 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: laura.mukwevho@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: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

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