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Re: Entering at Crocodile Gate

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:17 am

Just a little clarification.....

Some gates are able to handle multiple queues and then those with bookings may have some preference. Gates like CB and Malelane can only have one queue because of the bridge, so everyone waits in the same queue. The only people allowed to pass are staff, and those who already have a permit (re-entry, or some OSV companies will send someone early to get all their permits for the morning).

If the queue is very long, then it is possible that after an hour or so a member of staff (or an HR) will walk the line and allow overnight visitors with bookings for distant camps to 'jump' the queue simply to ensure they have enough time to get to their destination.

The information on how to get a booking is correct - you can also get it from the gate you want to use. It is only valid for the gate you book to enter, and up to 1330.

Remember too that day visitors may not take any alcohol into the park. They can buy alcohol with their meal at a restaurant though. Overnight visitors can take alcohol in, but may only drink it at their accommodation - nobody may drink alcohol in the vehicles or elswhere in the park.
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Day visit permits

Unread post by whipper » Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:03 pm

Hello mites

Just needed some advice with regards to the day permits that can be arranged in advance. I will be staying outside the park and will be using the croc bridge entrance during the long weekned in Dec 16th.
As a Person with a permit, does one still have to join the long ques that can be expected over the long weekend?
Is there like a seperate que for day visitors without permits and another for people that will be staying over and others that have pre booked and paid for day visit in advance?
Are there people that walked the line and check these things?

Thanks in advance
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Re: Day visit permits

Unread post by Stephens.L » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:43 am

Dear Whipper

Please note that gate quotas are strictly enforced during the festive season. Day visitors are advised to pre-book their entry with SANParks central reservations or arrive earlier at the gate. Those who pre-booked their entry will be guaranteed a space provided they arrive before 13:00. However, this does not mean they will not stand on a queue. If the gate quota for Croc Bridge has been reached, security officers and gate officials will work together to ensure that those who have pre-bookings are allowed to enter. If the gate quota is not reached, everyone will stand on a queue.
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Re: Procedure at entry gates.

Unread post by markbooysen » Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:20 pm

We r booking for 6 nights at Ngwenya Lodge next year and hence will be a day visitor.
We r Wild Card holders so daily Conservation Fee will be via a "simple" swipe of the Card - guess there will be a form to fill out on a daily basis (assume same as Addo Elephant Park) - is there a way to speed up the process (we will pre-book daily entry so as not to be turned away due to daily visitor limit quotas) ?
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Re: Procedure at entry gates.

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:05 pm

What we did was take as many forms as days we anticipated entering the park and pre filling them in, so once we got to the gate it was a simple matter of handing over the form with w/card and we were in.
But we did go in a quiet time of year and well out of season.
But the staff are quite good at walking up and down the queue of cars handing out the forms so you can fill them in while waiting to get to the front.

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Re: Procedure at entry gates.

Unread post by Carol g » Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:08 pm

Markbooysen, good idea to pre book day visitors entry, will avoid disappointment

Unfortunately there is no way to speed up the process, you will have to wait your turn, and yes there is a form you must fill in at the gate, I take as many forms as the days we will be entering and fill them in beforehand

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Re: Procedure at entry gates.

Unread post by catman » Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:08 pm

Just for interest , I went in to Croc Bridge gate last week during holidays and there were no problems with quota's , so out of School holidays there will be even less of a chance on not gaining entry.

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Re: Procedure at entry gates.

Unread post by markbooysen » Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:05 am

Thanks for all the great info and ideas... now the only other process I need to speed up is the time for the "number of sleeps" to happen (CANNOT WAIT!!) :tongue:
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Re: Pre-Paid Entry Reservation

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Jun 19, 2016 4:24 am

I posted this on FB a couple of days back. It may be useful here too:

Confused about booked/non-booked visitors and queues?
1. Issue will only arise on busy days like public holidays and long weekends.
2. Each gate will probably be slightly different because of different approach roads, size of car park, whether the new boom system is working yet, etc. Don't assume that what happened at one gate will be the same at another.
3. Pre-booked day visitors (during their booked 2 hours time slot), overnight guests, and OSVs will have preference over non-booked visitors.
4. Usually there will be somebody walking the queue authorising booked visitors to by-pass the main queue into a second lane.
5. It is wise to wait for this OK, as you may cause an upset by going past another visitor with a booking still in the main queue......you do not know who ahead of you has a booking or not.
6. Don't assume you can by-pass all cars in a queue because they may actually be booked but waiting for car park space! If you go past there is nowhere to park and chaos results.
7. Walking forward before you get to the car park actually also causes delays and chaos because not everyone can do it, and it means long queues in the reception area. It seems to make the queues go slower too for some reason.
8. Remember ID documents (photographic ID of some sort) for all adults when you go to reception.
9. When you do have your permit and Conditions of Entry document please try to leave the car park as quickly as possible to make space for others.
10. Make sure you refresh your memory regarding the Conditions of Entry (they do change sometimes!) and then enjoy your visit!


Just to explain how the quota works too...... The gate has an allocated number of visitors allowed in. (not cars....they do not use toilets and restaurants and it is based on facilities for guests!). Up to 80% of that total can pre-book, which guarantees entry up to 1pm. The pre-booked spaces are divided into arrival time slots to stagger numbers and help keep queues moving. These are 0-2 hours after gate opening, 2-4 hours, and 4+ hours after opening. Booked folk coming outside their time slot are still guaranteed entry, but do not have any preference. All unbooked places (the 20% plus any other remaining from the 80% possible booked places) are available on first come first served basis until they are also full. Once that happens only booked visitors are allowed in. OSVs and overnight visitors have preference at any time, and are not part of the quota system as they were considered when the quota was worked out.
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