Skip to Content

Archived News

TMNP extends deadline for commercial operators’ registration to June 2012

Date: 2011-12-05

These individuals and companies, referred to by TMNP as Commercial Operators, include (but are not limited to) tour operators; tour guides; transport companies; tourist guide training institutions; and adventure sport companies.

TMNP, since last year, has been following a series of in-depth engagements re the registration of Commercial Operators with a variety of member-based tourism stakeholders, including the Western Cape branch of SATSA, Cape Town Tourism and the Cape Tourist Guide Association. The engagements have centred on finding effective ways of streamlining the registration process. One of the outcomes of the engagements has been a request for TMNP to extend the Commercial Operator registration deadline for six months to 1 June 2012, which it duly has. 

Another key deliverable of the engagements has been to inform the stakeholders of the legislation which has determined TMNP’s current course of action. The legislation, contained within the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act No. 57 of 2003), states that persons wanting to undertake commercial activities within a special reserve, national park or world heritage site may only do so when in possession of a licence, permit or agreement and subject to the payment of the appropriate fees.

TMNP’s Commercial Operator permitting process aims to ensure that the impact of the commercial activities taking place within the boundaries of the Park are carefully managed and do not impact negatively on its’ core conservation mandate. Paddy Gordon, TMNP Park Manager, says, “We are confident that this process will further enable TMNP to make sure that the approximately 4 million annual visitors to the Park will continue to have a remarkable experience and that the unique biodiversity offering is nurtured and conserved for future generations to enjoy.”

Once a Commercial Operator has registered with TMNP at the cost of R150, they will receive an operating permit valid for one year from date of receipt. Companies which have already registered, as well as those who register before the deadline of 1 June 2012, will receive permits valid until 31 May 2013 as a ‘thank you’ for timely registration.

For information on how to register as a Commercial Operator within TMNP contact:

Issued by:
Merle Collins, Regional Communications Manager: Cape*, South African National Parks *Agulhas, Bontebok, Table Mountain, Tankwa and West Coast National Parks

Media Enquiries:
Gavin Bell, Area Manager: South, Table Mountain National Park, tel: (021) 701 8692, e-mail:

General Enquiries:
Crystal Saville, Commercial Operator Permitting Administrator, Table Mountain National Park, Tel: (021) 701 8692, e-mail:

  • Twitter
  • delicious
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • StumbleUpon
  • Live
  • NewsVine
  • Slashdot
  • muti
  • Technorati
  • E-mail to a friend

Online Bookings

Browse accommodation and activities availability, and book online via our secure payment system and get 5% discount (excludes activities)


Get a Wild Card!

Get unlimited access to most of Southern Africa’s premier conservation areas.

Wild Card

Membership is valid from date of purchase for 365 days and is available for an individual, couple or family, as well as international guests. Learn more...

Purchase Membership

Attention: CoP17 Delegates

Experience South Africa's biodiversity - South African National Parks wants to offer you the opportunity to explore the myriad of wonders and unique experiences to be found in our national parks. Bush, sea, mountains, deserts... Our parks cater for the getaway of your choice. View the special offer.

Latest Forum Posts

Join our ForumsAlready a member? Login!

Fresh off the Webcams

Addo Webcam
Addo Elephant National Park
Nossob Webcam
Nossob Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Orpen Webcam
Orpen, Kruger National Park
Satara Webcam
Satara, Kruger National Park

Public Sighting of the Month

August Winning Image
Lions watching their prey, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - by Willie Visagie