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Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby Thembi » Sun May 05, 2013 10:34 am

Hi, I'm a bit confused. Are there entrance fees AND conservation fees payable to enter SAN PARKS or is the entry fee and the conservation fee one and the same thing? I'm Australian so I understand I'l be paying international rates. I've been all over San Parks own web page and all over the forums here but can't find a concise answer to my question. I know a wild card might be the answer to all my questions but it's a line ball as to whether it's cheaper and without knowing exactly what I'll be paying (ie entry fee + conservation fee or conservation fee = entry fee) it's hard to make a comparison. I'm still in the planning stage so I might be staying as few as 4 nights in a san park + 1 day in TMNP or as many as 12 nights (spread over several parks) + 1 day in TMNP. I see from other forum topics that if I want to visit more than 10 days the Wildcard is the better option but less than that then pay per day is cheaper.
Can any one help me?

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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby saraf » Sun May 05, 2013 11:04 am

Hi Thembi.

I'll try to help. Anyone entering the majority of SANParks will have to pay a Conservation Fee (some parts of TMNP are fee free but not all parts of it). This applies if you are a day visitor or staying overnight. There are no entry fees. You have to pay the Conservation Fee on top of any Accommodation fees for overnight stays.

As an Australian you will need to pay the International rates.

A Wild Card tends to break even at around 8 visits or nights. It depends on which parks you will be visiting and how many there are in your party. Don't forget as an International you will automatically get the All Parks Cluster which includes Cape Nature and some (not all) Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife parks.
The Wild Card also entitles you to a discount on the cable car up to Table Mountain.

Hope this helps, please let me know if I can help further.
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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby Thembi » Sun May 05, 2013 11:39 am

saraf wrote: Hope this helps, please let me know if I can help further.


Thanks Sara - very helpful, more than happy to pay conservation fees to keep the parks safe and well run!

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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby Pawps » Fri May 17, 2013 8:14 am

Hi Thembi, I'm also from Aus, and only last night bought a Wild Card (family international option) which comes out much cheaper if you're not travelling alone.

Saraf, we'll also be in Cape Town for a week and didn't realise the discount on the cablecar, so thanks for the advice.

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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby saraf » Fri May 17, 2013 9:22 am

Hi Pawps. Just check out when the cablecar stops running. They close it for a month each year in winter for maintenance.
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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby NetEk » Fri May 17, 2013 10:23 am

Now this makes sense (BLONDE HERE) if you have a Wild card basically "entry" is free you just pay for your "accomodation/nights-stayed".
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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby saraf » Fri May 17, 2013 10:33 am

NetEk, essentially yes. "Free" after the first 6-8 visits.
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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby Thembi » Fri May 17, 2013 10:48 am

Thanks everyone - I think I have the gist of it now - there will be potentially a party of 5 adults. But each couple and the single will need to buy a wild card. Then we pay our Accommodation fees / Conservation fee (if not staying).

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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby NetEk » Fri May 17, 2013 10:51 am

Ok now it makes sense. We are in a little different situation than the rest of the world we enter the park but we don't pay accomadation fees. So a wild card will save me the "entry fee".
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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby saraf » Fri May 17, 2013 11:32 am

Thembi, not quite. If you have a Wild Card you do not have to pay any Conservation/Entry fees, regardless of whether or not you are staying overnight.

If you stay overnight then you will have to pay for the accommodation.
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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby Thembi » Sat May 18, 2013 1:29 am

It's all clear now. 'Conservation fees' and 'entry fees' are the same thing. A Wild Card becomes economical if planning to visit more than about 8 parks. Accommodation charges are separate and are still payable if planning to stay overnight in any given park. Thanks for the info saraf.

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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby threedogs » Sat May 18, 2013 7:17 am

Thembi wrote:It's all clear now. 'Conservation fees' and 'entry fees' are the same thing. A Wild Card becomes economical if planning to visit more than about 8 parks. Accommodation charges are separate and are still payable if planning to stay overnight in any given park. Thanks for the info saraf.


I think you meant ......more than about 8 nights (not parks). :thumbs_up:
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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby threedogs » Sat May 18, 2013 7:17 am

Thembi wrote:It's all clear now. 'Conservation fees' and 'entry fees' are the same thing. A Wild Card becomes economical if planning to visit more than about 8 parks. Accommodation charges are separate and are still payable if planning to stay overnight in any given park. Thanks for the info saraf.


I think you meant ......more than about 8 nights (not parks). :thumbs_up:
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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby Thembi » Sat May 18, 2013 9:18 am

No Three Dogs, I meant 8 parks because the Wild Card is not used for accommodation, only entry/conservation fees (as I now understand it) and some of the parks I intend to visit I won't be staying in overnight. :)

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Re: Entry fees and conservation fees

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sat May 18, 2013 10:19 am

You are both right to some extent! The entry/conservation fee is actually a daily fee, but is often referred to as 'per night' for those staying over. If you are staying overnight it is usually paid at the rest camp when checking in, but if only a day visit then it is paid at the entrance gate. In either case you need to get an entry permit at the gate when entering.

So 8 'parks' is right if visiting each for only one day/night, but otherwise 8 'days/nights' is correct. If you stay overnight for one night you pay for one 'day', if 2 nights then 2 'days' and so on, even though technically you are in the park for an extra day (the day you leave).
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