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Kruger National Park's efforts to streamline access for day visitors

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Unread post by lunch123 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:07 pm

Hi, We are planning to go to the Kruger area at the beginning of October. We will be based in Hazyview and in Komatipoort. I have already booked non-refundable accommodation in both towns. We plan to take day trips into Kruger. It is only now that I have noticed that access for day visitors is restricted.

Can anybody give me an opinion what the situation will be like during the first week of October? I believe school holidays will be on in South Africa from Sept. 30 to Oct. 10, which is exactly the time when we will be in the area. Is this a busy travel time for Kruger? Are we likely to experience problems to get day access to Kruger? Usually we are late risers (teenage children :lol: ). In case this is a very busy time, would it be an advantage to arrive early?

I am aware that we could reserve day access beforehand, but with three children above the age of 12 this would increase admission costs considerably, which I would rather avoid.

Thank you.

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Unread post by Elsa » Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:50 pm

Warm welcome to the forum lunch123! :clap:

Every holiday period tends to be a busy one in the park so for sure the park entry gates will be busy.
You can take a chance and try to do it without a day access permit and if so I would really recommend you get to the gates and into the queue super early or either take another chance and get there later in the day and hope the gate quotas have not been reached for the day and the queues gone.
but the best time of day to be in the park is the early mornings so I would advise you to get your teenagers into bed early the night before and up into the car bright and early even if they nap on while in the queue.

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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:23 am

One other option is for dad or mom to go early and get the permit and then ask for 're-entry' and return to pick up the rest of the family. You then have guaranteed entrance, no queue to wait in, and your own time to enter. The only thing to remember is that identity documents and signatures are required for all adults so you might need to fill in the forms beforehand.
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Unread post by lunch123 » Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:55 pm

Thanks for the welcome and the advice. I wish I had known before about day visitor restrictions and that our visit to South Africa coincides with local school holidays. But it's definitely my fault, now we will have to live with those restrictions. Making my teenage children (and my husband) go to bed early and rise very early will be a job close to impossible to accomplish. I would rather think that I get up early myself and go to the gate to get these permissions.

Do I understand correctly that we could all go to the gate during any time of the day to pick up and fill in the forms? It would then be sufficient that I drive down to the gate by myself early next morning, wait in line and do all the remaining paperwork?

Will it make a difference which gate I go to? Do all gates admit day guests? I think Numbi and Phabenit gates are the ones closest to where we are staying.

Thanks for all your help.

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Unread post by Elsa » Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:30 pm

Its a pity your visit has coincided with the busy school holiday season.
but I guess all you can do now is try and make the best of the situation.

lunch123 wrote:Do I understand correctly that we could all go to the gate during any time of the day to pick up and fill in the forms? It would then be sufficient that I drive down to the gate by myself early next morning, wait in line and do all the remaining paperwork?
Yes, you can do that and also if you intend buying a family wild card that would be the time to do that as well.
That is cost effective if you intend to go into the park 6 or more times during your visit on separate days


Will it make a difference which gate I go to? Do all gates admit day guests? I think Numbi and Phabeni gates are the ones closest to where we are staying.
All gates do day visits. From Hazyview the best and closest gate to use would be Phabeni

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Unread post by Marvin » Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:41 pm

You can also try to book your day visitors permit online in advance:

https://www.sanparks.org/tourism/reserv ... sitors.php

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Unread post by Elsa » Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:02 pm

Thanks Marvin but the member has indicated she would rather not in this case.

lunch123 wrote:I am aware that we could reserve day access beforehand, but with three children above the age of 12 this would increase admission costs considerably, which I would rather avoid.

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Unread post by Floors » Tue May 31, 2016 10:08 am

If a day visitor has made an online booking, does he still have to wait in the regular line or is there a different line so he can gain quicker access to the park?

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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Tue May 31, 2016 10:31 am

Each gate may have slightly different arrangements depending on whether it has been upgraded to the new boom system, and also car park space, etc.

Booked guests do have preference as long as they are within the booked time slot. Usually on busy days there will be someone directing booked visitors into a different queue. It is not a good idea to simply drive past the queue as there may be other booked visitors already in the queue in front of you.

Perhaps phone the gate concerned before you go?
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Unread post by Bushdancer » Tue Jun 07, 2016 3:31 pm

Hello everyone

I would like to book a day visit for two cars (5 adults and 2 children in total). Does anyone know if I can do this all on one booking?

Thanks for your assistance

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Jun 07, 2016 5:18 pm

Yes, it seems you can. I did a test with Online Bookings, and the only info needed is how many people you are booking for; not number of cars. Do you need the link to make an Online Booking ?
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Unread post by Bushdancer » Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:31 am

Thanks Dinkybird, I made the booking and all seems ok. Thanks for your help

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Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:46 am

ACCESS FOR KNP DAY VISITORS DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are requested to take note of the visitor access management, which will be enforced during the coming June/July holidays as from Friday, 24 June until Sunday, 17 July 2016.

• Day Visitors are able to choose and book a time slot prior to their arrival from one of the following three time slots:
o Time slot 1: 06:00 to 08:00
o Time slot 2: 08:00 to 10:00
o Time slot 3: 10:00 onwards

• The Day Visitor Quota for the park is a management tool to maintain the carrying capacity of the park. Visitors will be able to book up to 80% of Day Visitor Quota per gate, via SANParks Reservations offices and online at www.sanparks.org

• Pre-booked day visitors will get preference over non-booked day visitors at the gate.

“For busy periods such as the school holidays, we aim to better manage the volumes that we expect, as well as our visitors’ expectations. The three different slots are aimed to improve the spread of vehicles and, as far as possible prevent unnecessary waiting periods at gates”, said the KNP Managing Executive, Glenn Phillips.

Pre-booked day visitors must ensure that they arrive within the time slots, as per their reservation. Arriving outside the booked time slot, will be regarded as non-booked and therefore not preferential. These bookings can be changed through SANParks Reservations offices.

Phillips also reminded Visitors to read their permits which they receive at the gates because all the rules and regulations of the park are clearly stipulated in those documents. Visitors can report any rules and regulations infringement which they witness, to the Emergency Call Centre numbers 013 735 4325/013 735 0197 or 076 801 9679.

Visitors should also take note of the following important information:

• Day Visitor bookings are subject to a non-refundable booking fee of R36 per adult and R18 per child.

• Day Visitors who have booked will still be required to pay Conservation Fees or use a valid Wild Card to enter the Park.

• In order to expedite the admission process, on busy days in particular, Day Visitors are requested to pay for Conservation Fees in advance or ensure that they have valid Wild Card membership.

• Guests planning to use Wild Cards are requested to ensure membership is valid before arrival and this can best be done online at www.sanparks.org/wild
• The number and profile of persons (adults and children) on the reservation and actual persons arriving should correspond.
• All guests may be required to identify themselves upon admission (SA driver’s license, identity document or passport).
• Due to existing contractual arrangements with Open Safari Vehicles (OSVs), they are regarded as booked for all Day Visitor admissions.
• Gate Quotas will be applied and un-booked guests could be denied entry.
• Guests are encouraged to continuously provide feedback on their experience to customercare@sanparks.org.
.… Ends

Issued by:
Communications & Marketing Department – Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4262, cell: 082 807 1441 or email: laura.mukwevho@sanparks.org

Enquiries:
William Mabasa, SANParks Acting Head of Communication. Contact: Tel: 012 426 5170, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org


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