Media Release: SANParks opens bookings for the next summer holiday
14 January 2014
SANParks General Manager: Sales and Marketing, Bheki Zwane said the reason for opening both months at the same time is to make it easy for customers to book their holiday accommodation and activities well in advance as well as allowing them to plan their itinerary into the new year with just one booking, unlike in previous years where they had to book separately for December and January.
He said accommodation bookings in various national parks are always in demand during this peak period, which often leaves holiday makers disappointed for not securing desired accommodation as these are popular destinations. “Holiday makers must be mindful that available inventory in all parks will be made available on a first come first serve basis.”
In trying to paint a picture on the popularity of the national parks during the holiday season, Zwane said the past (2013) festive season looked good for the entire organisation with an average 77.4% occupancy for accommodation and average 66% occupancy for camping. Top 6 Parks with highest unit occupancies were the West Coast 97.8%, Addo Elephant 93.6%, Karoo 93.1%, Camdeboo 87.0%, Garden Route 86.8%, Kgalagadi 85.8% and Kruger at 80.2%.
A total of 692,498 guests visited different national parks during December 2013. Most visited Parks: Table Mountain with 333,090 guests, Kruger 180,328, Garden Route 63,414, West Coast 35,852 while Addo Elephant stood at 26,699 and Augrabies Falls at 12,248.
According to Zwane visitors will be required to make the first deposit of 50 percent, 30 days after the booking has been made. The second deposit of 50% must be paid 60 days before arrival. Bookings can be done at Central Reservations on 012 428 9111 or by e-mail on email@example.com, at park camp receptions or at the SANParks Satellite offices throughout the country a list of all satellite offices can be obtained on www.sanparks.org
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