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Media Release: KNP Bus Routes Defined

Date: 8th June 2005

Buses larger than 4 000kg or with more than 25 seats in the Kruger National Park (KNP) will from this month be restricted to traveling on tar roads.

The tightening up of this restriction comes into effect after the present rules applying to these vehicles – which were implemented in 1999 – were reviewed in terms of the new Biodiversity and Protected Areas Acts. In terms of these new acts, it is a statutory requirement to manage and reduce human impact and interference in a national park.

Buses larger than 4 000 kg or with more than 25 seats in the Kruger National Park (KNP) will from this month be restricted to traveling on tar roads.

The tightening up of this restriction comes into effect after the present rules applying to these vehicles – which were implemented in 1999 – were reviewed in terms of the new Biodiversity and Protected Areas Acts. In terms of these new acts, it is a statutory requirement to manage and reduce human impact and interference in a national park.

Buses or heavy vehicles will only be allowed on viewing loops adjacent to tar roads, on condition that the loop is shorter than 200 metres and the driver can see both the entrance and exit of the loop.

By restricting large vehicles, the other gravel roads can be made narrower, thus lowering their impact on the environment and requiring less maintenance. 

The restrictions on buses will also enhance the experience of visitors to the Kruger National Park using smaller vehicles.

“We must stress that these measures are aimed at ensuring the preservation of our wilderness for the benefit of all, and not necessarily hindering guests from viewing the natural beauty of the Kruger National Park,” said Dr Bandile Mkhize, the Kruger National Park’s Executive Director.

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Issued by:
Raymond Travers, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4116, cell: 082 908 2677 or E-mail

Enquiries:
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communications, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or E-mail

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