Arks, just be aware that it will cost SANParks money to produce multiple cards.
Saraf, IMO that is the fault of this new and inefficient card system, no fault of mine.
First, as an overseas visitor, if I want to receive the physical card before I visit, I have to apply for it weeks or months in advance. As its expiration date is based upon the date you purchase it, rather than as of the date when the card is first actually used, I would be losing a minimum of 4 weeks (and more likely many more) of validity of the card. While this might not matter to an overseas visitor who is making that once in a lifetime trip or to one who visits only once a year or less, I have on more than one occassion made two RSA trips within the year of validity of my card, so it is not cost effective for me to lose over a month of validity just waiting to receive the physical card.
As well, given the cost to me of the Wild Card, it's just not worth all the hassles of visiting and revisiting the website to update details, link old and new numbers, etc etc etc ad infinitum. Personally, I don't see any benefit in having a "personalised" card with my name on it
It was SO much easier with Infinity, where you got your card — individually numbered, but lacking the added "personalisation" of the name (and who needs that IMO) — at the point of purchase and renewing was (relatively) easy. Your details were then "updated" to the physical at the point/place where you first used your card after your renewal. Simple!
Additionally, the Infinity card accrued rewards points that I was able to use as partial payment when I renewed my card, which was a great benefit IMO. So far, despite promises, this new Wild Card has no additional benefits beyond the savings on the conservation fees. It clearly is costly for SANParks to produce and so far, the whole new Wild Card system seems to be plagued by problems. To simply apply for a new card, rather than cope with all the hurdles of renewing, seems to me the easiest, most hassle-free option — and whatever the cost of producing multiple cards might be to SANParks, IMO it will be far less than the cost to me in time and energy wasted. Clearly, from the many, many frustrated posts since this new Wild Card system began, there are many who will agree with me.