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Media Release: A bumper December for Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2014-01-21

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Addo Elephant National Park experienced a phenomenal December at the end of last year – with an increase of 18 percent in visitors from December 2012.

Total visitors for December increased from 22 600 in 2012 to 26 680 in 2013 – a whopping  4 080 more people.  This means that the Park averaged 860 tourists per day.  The increase in visitors also meant an increase in activities – with the Park’s game drives section reporting a 28.8 percent increase in income.

Not to forget the increasingly popular southern section at Colchester, Camp Matyholweni’s figures show an occupancy increase of eight percent.

Park Manager, Norman Johnson, said, “I would like to thank all the staff who worked over the festive season – those in our Tourism, Technical, Conservation and Administration Departments.  It is thanks to them that the Park continued to deliver the good quality service upon which SANParks prides itself”.

“A special word of thanks also needs to go our visitors for choosing Addo as their destination of choice.  Barring one or two incidents, most of our guests exhibited sterling behaviour by adhering to the park rules,” concluded Johnson.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Frontier Region Communications
Tel: 041 508 5422

Fayroush Ludick
Regional Manager: Communications, SANParks    
Tel: 041 508 5422; Cell: 082 888 0201



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