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Media Release: Gate Quotas Help Prevent KNP Overcrowding

20 December 2006

In order to prevent disappointment that visitors might have if they are turned away at the Kruger National Park’s 10 entrance gates, the KNP’s acting Executive Director Dr Freek Venter urged visitors be aware of gate quotas when planning their day visit.

“We have day visitor quotas at all of our gates which are filled on a first-come-first-served basis and when these quotas have been reached, the gate is effectively closed to anyone without a booking,” Dr Venter explained.

Although in operation all through the year, the gate quotas are mostly reached on long weekends and public holidays. It is expected that the quotas will be reached on Christmas Day, Family Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and if anyone is planning a visit on those days, it is recommended that they either book or get there very early in order to ensure they’ll be allowed in.

Anyone entering the gate with either an accommodation booking, or a day visitor’s booking, will still be allowed into the gate. Wild Card holders also need to book to avoid disappointment.

Daily gate quotas are enforced for a number of reasons:

• The facilities available, ie ablutions, picnic sites, roads and camps, have a limited carrying capacity;
• To minimize any possible environmental damage caused by too many people;
• To reduce overcrowding, and
• For safety and security reasons.

The amount of people expressed in the gate quotas are as follows: Pafuri – 300, Punda Maria – 300, Phalaborwa – 500, Orpen – 500, Kruger – 500, Phabeni – 500, Numbi – 500, Malelane – 500, Crocodile Bridge – 300 and Giriyondo – 300.

Regarding accommodation bookings, although most camps are full, limited space over the Christmas and New Year period exists at most of the main rest camps, including: Punda Maria, Shingwedzi, Mopani, Letaba, Olifants, Satara, Skukuza, Pretoriuskop, Berg en Dal, Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie. It is recommended that visitors who want those spaces should contact Central Reservations without delay. Accommodation availability can also be checked on the SANParks website (www.sanparks.org).

“We also urge all visitors to take note of the rules and regulations of the Park as they are there so that everyone can enjoy the KNP,” said the KNP’s Acting Executive Director Dr Freek Venter.

Bookings should be done in advance on weekdays and during office hours (07:00 – 16:00) from Central Reservations on telephone number 012 428 9111.

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Enquiries:

Raymond Travers

Media Relations Practitioner,
Kruger National Park.
Contact: Tel: 013 735 4116,
cell: 082 908 2677 or
email: raymondt@sanparks.org

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