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Media Release: KNP tightens on its border gates control

Date: 2011-11-22

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Visitors who travel through the Kruger National Park†using its border gates as ports of entry or exit through to the neighbouring countries such as Mozambique will be required to produce a valid overnight booking in either Kruger or Limpopo National Park, effectively from December 1, 2011.

The restrictions will apply at all entrance gates in the KNP leading to the two border gates i.e. Pafuri and Giriyondo which are both found in the Nxanatseni (northern) region of the park.

“The intention of some travellers, who made use of these two border gates on a drive through basis, had a negative impact on the park visitors. We had to introduce these control measure on those routes in order to eliminate the undesired tendencies such as heavy laden, un-roadworthy vehicles, speeding, road kills etc; all these which were against the National Road Safety Act and spoiling the experience for our park visitors; said the HOD: Public Relations, William Mabasa.

To allow visitors who have already planned their holiday schedule in Mozambique but have not secured accommodation booking yet, an additional fee of R150 per person will be charged to allow one to travel via the Park; however one should still provide valid proof that no accommodation is available in either of the two National Parks and possess the required travel documents. This option will only be available for a period of six months; effectively from December 1, 2011. Essentially, without a confirmed booking and confirmation that all facilities are fully booked, such travellers will be refused admission and they would need to use other routes outside the Park leading to their destination.

“The Pafuri and Giriyondo border gates are meant to afford tourists to travel between the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Parks without having to exit the parks. The routes for the border gates are classified as tourists roads and do not allow for commercial traffic therefore the idea is to encourage people to travel from one national park to another;” concluded Mabasa.

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, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or
    e-mail: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

  • OR

  • Reynold Thakhuli, Gm: Events, Media and Stakeholder Relations. Contact: Tel (012) 426 5203 / 073 373 4999; or
    e-mail: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

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