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Media Release: Few places left for last minute Kruger National Park bookings

22 December 2004

If you are planning to spend Christmas Day, Family Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day in the Kruger National Park, you might just sneak in a booking.

According to the latest booking forecasts, there are still places open for day visitors at most of the Kruger National Park's nine entrance gates, but these spaces are being taken quickly so visitors should not delay their booking any longer.

If the daily gate quotas, which vary between 350 and 750 people per gate (depending on the size and strategic importance of that gate), are reached, the gate is effectively closed and only those guests who hold bookings will be allowed in.

Entrance Gate quotas are enforced for three reasons: firstly, so that the Park is not so full of people that it becomes unpleasant for everyone, secondly, to minimize any possible environmental damage that might be caused by the increased traffic and lastly for safety and security reasons.

These gate quotas apply to all day visitors to the KNP, including Wild Card holders, but they do not affect overnight visitors.

Over the Christmas weekend, most of the KNP's entrance gates have spaces open but Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni, Punda Maria and Phalaborwa Entrance Gates seem to be the busiest. During the New Year period, most of the Entrance Gates still have space left, but KNP visitors are asked not to delay their bookings.

Regarding accommodation, there are precious few places open for the Christmas and New Year's weekends respectively so KNP guests are asked to make their reservations as soon as possible if they still want to stay in the Kruger National Park over those weekends.

Guests that have secured KNP bookings - both accommodation and day visits - are asked to be extra patient and considerate.

"We believe that the Kruger National Park is going to be very full during this festive season," commented the Executive Director of the Kruger National Park, Dr Bandile Mkhize, "so we ask our guests to respect our rules and regulations and be considerate to others."

"We understand that it must be very frustrating for a visitor to be blocked by another vehicle during game viewing times and we plead with all drivers in the Kruger National Park to consider other people when viewing game," he added.

KNP rules and regulations will also be strictly enforced during the festive season. These include speeding, getting out of or protruding from vehicles and reckless driving. Visitors who observe rule-breakers are asked to report these to KNP Protection Services Emergency Control Centre on 013 735 4325.

For accommodation and day visit bookings in the Kruger National Park, please contact SANParks Central Reservations on 012 428 9111 or the Entrance Gate they plan to use.

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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

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

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