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Media Release: SANParks to increase conservation fees

02 May 2007

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today that it will be increasing conservation fees with effect from 1 November 2007 after maintaining the same rates for more than 4 years since the last increase in June 2003.

For the large and established parks comprising of, Kruger and Kgalagadi National Parks, standard conservation fee rates increase by 10% from R120 to R132. For South African residents and Southern African Development Community (SADC) nationals the rates also increase by 10% from R30 to R33 and R60 to R66 respectively. In the case of Addo Elephant, which has developed and expanded considerably over the past few years, fees increase by 25% from R80 to R100 for standard conservation fee, R40 to R50 for SADC nationals and R20 to R25 for SA residents. Tsitsikamma rates remain unchanged at R80, R40 and R20 respectively for standard conservation fees, SADC national and SA residents respectively.
In the case of medium sized parks, comprising of Augrabies, Golden Gate Highlands, Karoo, Marakele, Mapungubwe, Mountain Zebra and /Ais-/Ais/ Richtersveld; standard conservation fees, SADC nationals and fees for SA residents will increase by 16,7% from R60 to R70;16.7% from R30 to R35 and 13.3% from R15 to R17 respectively. Other parks in the Developing Category like Agulhas, Bontebok, Camdeboo, Vaalbos, Namaqua, Tankwa-Karoo and Wilderness will maintain the same rates for all categories. For West Coast National Park fees will be R60, R30 and R15, respectively except during the months of August and September when they will be R80, R40 and R20 respectively.

The tariff increase is a result of various factors involved in the day-to-day management of national parks.  Among others, the South African CPIX (Consumer Price Index) has generally increased, which resulted in increased costs at a much higher rate. With the decline in the value of the rand over the past years, exchange rates generally favoured international visitors.  Infrastructure maintenance and other national parks’ security elements also had a major contribution the tariff increases.  In parks with transfrontier agreements, there are also increased collective costs, such as joint marketing and administration.

“We are confident that the envisaged increase will not have a negative effect on our visitor profile; in fact, it will make visitors realise how valuable and important these national assets are to South Africa and the rest of the world.” explains Dr Mabunda, Chief Executive of SANParks.

For Wild Card, all clusters will also increase as follows:

Single Park Cluster

Individuals:      From R170 to R180
Couples:          From R295 to R310
Family:            From R395 to R420

All Parks Cluster

            Individuals:      From R195 to R205
            Couples:          From R335 to R350
            Family:            From R440 to R460

International Cards

            Individuals:      From R795 to R840
            Couples:         From R1 395 to R1 475
            Family:            From R1 795 to R1 900


Mabunda further explained, “While there are mixed feelings amongst the international and local visitors, Wild Card holders which form a major part of our regular visitor profile; have generally accepted the increase well and understand the rationale behind the conservation fee structure”.


Issued by: South African National Parks


Wanda Mkutshulwa
Head: Communications
South African National Parks
Tel: 012 426-5201
Cell: 082-908-2692

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