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wild card - 1 Brit, 1 South African?

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:54 am

My wife is British and I am a dual national, travelling into SA on SA passport.

We are staying 4 nights in Kruger, 4 in St Lucia, 2 in Durban, and 4 in Thendele camp (royal natal where conservation is included in accommodation fee I think).

Should either of us get a wild card, none of us, or both of us?! Am confused. We may visit Cape Vidal and Hluhluwe from st Lucia for day trips...

Any help would be appreciated!
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Re: wild card - 1 Brit, 1 South African?

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:06 am

Dear Graham,

Yes, an interesting one. If your wife has no residence status in South Africa, then she would be regarded as an international guest. If this is so and you would wish to get a Wild Card, then you would need to get two separate ones, one international and one local, R1310 and R340 respectively. Conservation fees for Kruger are R192 and R48 respectively, so from what you have highlighted, a Wild Card would not be beneficial. If you intend to visit other national parks, eg Table Mountain, then it might be worthwhile to acquire Wild Cards. Wild Card does provide free access to Hluhluwe and Royal Natal National Park but not St Lucia. If you have any further queries, please let me know.

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Re: wild card - 1 Brit, 1 South African?

Unread postby Hugh » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:12 am

Here is another one for you Joep
My Daughter will travel on a SA Passport . her husband not So I understand that bit BUT they have a child who by the time he visits SA would need a wild card . He is obviously registered in France has a EU pasport but has also been registered SA and has a SA Passport .. but has never lived in the country .. what would he pay for a wild card !!!!!
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Unread postby Orange » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:38 am

Hugh wrote:Here is another one for you Joep
My Daughter will travel on a SA Passport . her husband not So I understand that bit BUT they have a child who by the time he visits SA would need a wild card . He is obviously registered in France has a EU pasport but has also been registered SA and has a SA Passport .. but has never lived in the country .. what would he pay for a wild card !!!!!


I'd imagine, since the kid will be travelling on an SA passport (or at least has one), that they'd pay the local rates?

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Re: wild card - 1 Brit, 1 South African?

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:16 pm

Dear Hugh,

In order to acquire a local Wild Card the person needs to have residence in South Africa or have South African citizenship. Your grandson therefore qualifies to be on a local Wild Card, and if he is under 18 years old could be together with his mother on a couple card.

If there are further queries, please let me know.

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Re: wild card - 1 Brit, 1 South African?

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:58 pm

Thanks Joep for that info.

So I guess as the Royal Natal Park fees are covered within the accommodation, we should not bother with wild cards, as we are only staying 4 nights in Kruger, and even if we visit Hluhluwe for a day trip, we will not break even from purchasing one?

Will get one when I find my dream job in SA and we move out there!!!
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Re: wild card - 1 Brit, 1 South African?

Unread postby yoda » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:17 pm

Joep,

Advice on the following please.
A friend of mine is coming to SA in our summer (August).

Situation is as follows:

He is South African been in the UK 10 years. Still on SA passport.
Mrs is born in SA, but been in the UK for most of her life. No SA passport.
2 boys; 9 and 6. Born in the UK.

They will be in the Jhb area, and Kruger for 5 nights.
Not going anywhere else in SA so will not utlise a Wildcard at any other NP.

What is the best option for them to go for?

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Re: wild card - 1 Brit, 1 South African?

Unread postby yoda » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:43 pm

Hi Joep,

Are you able to answer my query above.

Thanks

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Re: wild card - 1 Brit, 1 South African?

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:02 pm

Am visiting SA again in August. We will spend 7 nights in Kruger and visit Umlalazi Nature reserve a few times when we are in Mtunzini. What sort of card should we get seeing as I have an SA ID number and passport, my wife is British and we will be visiting Kruger and a KZN reserve? Would we go for a couple card?
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Re: wild card - 1 Brit, 1 South African?

Unread postby Hugh » Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:05 pm

Graham from what I understand You will have to get two cards one saffie one and one for an international visitor.. :wall:
My daughter and her hubby have the same problem
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Re: wild card - 1 Brit, 1 South African?

Unread postby saraf » Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:41 pm

Graham,

My partner is a foreigner with an international passport (no residency). Can we get the Couple Card for locals?
If your partner has no residence status (not even temporary residence), the only option would be for you to purchase a South African Individual Wild Card for yourself, and an International Wild Card for your partner or an International Couple Card for the two of you.


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You'll need an Individual All Parks Cluster at R340 and your wife will have to get an Individual International All Parks Cluster at R1310. The alternative is a Couple International All Parks Cluster at R2195. (2012 prices, 2013 prices haven't been announced yet). I would advise getting them on-line before you go as it will be less hassle than explaining at the gate why you are buying them separately.
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Re: wild card - 1 Brit, 1 South African?

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:59 am

Thanks Hugh and Saraf. It sounds like 6 days worth of conservation fees are the break-even point for international visitors. 1310/204=6.42. For South African citizens like myself, the Wild Card including all other parks is obviously cheapest if we go to KNP for 7 days + day trips to Umlalazi/Isimangaliso. If the rates are not released yet, is it not possible to apply for a 2013 wild card?
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Re: wild card - 1 Brit, 1 South African?

Unread postby saraf » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:40 am

I just applied for one and they charged me at 2012 prices. However applying for one before you have to doesn't make economic sense as it would be sat there doing nothing, rather have the money in your bank account.

I'll see if anyone has any news on the 2013 prices.
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Unread postby Graham_5000 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:30 pm

It sounds like the prices aren't going up for 2013. If only my wife had an SA passport! Are the conservation fees for non-wild-carders going up? If so then there are even greater savings to be made by obtaining the card!
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Re: wild card - 1 Brit, 1 South African?

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:41 pm

As the price has gone up, should we get our wild cards now? One SA citizen one and one international one? We are only staying in Kruger and Umlalazi in August, but if it worth getting sooner then we can do so. Do the price increases affect date of ordering or date of stay?
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