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Media Release: KNP Changes Entrance Gate Policy

18 March 2008

Day visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) will no longer be able to book their entry as this will be done on a strict first come first served basis.

“We decided to do away with this day visit booking system as it created logistical problems and was considered unfair by many of our visitors,” commented KNP HOD Public Relations Mr William Mabasa.

Gate quotas will still be enforced, particularly over busy periods like the upcoming Easter Weekend so it is suggested that members of the public get to their gate of choice as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

“We will honour those bookings already made for this coming weekend as long as the people that made them arrive before 09:00 at the gate specified on the day specified,” added Mr Mabasa. 

KNP gate quotas are based on considerations like the amount of tourist infrastructure in the vicinity of the gate, environmental impact and various other conservation reasons.

Gate quotas do not affect guests with overnight accommodation bookings.

The KNP has 10 entrance gates: Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni, Paul Kruger, Orpen, Phalaborwa, Punda Maria, Pafuri and Giriyondo.

Issued by:

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

Enquiries:

William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communications, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: williamm@sanparks.org

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