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Wild Card Increases

Unread post by Sandybabe » Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:04 pm

Dose anyone have any idea of whether the Wild Cards will be going up after the end of this month and if so by how much? We will be looking at an International Wild Card for visiting Kruger next year and wonder whether to buy it now or wait till we arrive. Can anyone help?

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Re: Wild Card Increases

Unread post by john n poppy » Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:55 am

Good question.. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Wild Card Increases

Unread post by saraf » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:29 am

I will ask the question.
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Re: Wild Card Increases

Unread post by fee » Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:58 pm

Today is the 28th October and there is still no price available on the wild card which increases on 1st November. Cannot understand why they do not include the new prices in advance on the Wild Card site so everyone can see it.

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Unread post by kite » Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:07 pm

If your wildcard is about to expire, consider renewing in the next 10 days, as, if there is a price increase, it usually comes into effect on 1 November.

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Re: Wild Card Fee Increases 2015

Unread post by saraf » Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:52 am

New fees will come into effect on 1st November 2015.

Details can be found here:

http://www.wildcard.co.za/blog.htm?acti ... st&id=5474
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Re: Wild Card Increases

Unread post by Puff Addy » Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:31 pm

Nice to see the foreigners' card for couples hit 3000 rand, and we are still forced into only one option.

It's a shameless rip-off. :naughty:

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Unread post by arks » Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:16 pm

I rather agree with Adam, the R250 increase for a single international traveller is a 15% increase, which seems excessive to me. Is it 15% across the board? Perhaps we need our own #feesmustfall campaign? :twisted: :wink:
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Re: Wild Card Increases

Unread post by PNF » Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:18 am

It is understandable for there to be complaints about the increase in Wild Card fees - we wouldn't be human if something that affects our pockets is not resented. However, the Saffies have perhaps a more legitimate complaint in that 1) their fees' increase is not diluted by currency depreciation eg: USD/ZAR; 2) many of them have been visiting and supporting SANParks for many years - some for over 50 years and 3) they, like everyone else,do not receive any discount for frequent visitor/pensioner.
A separate tariff for International visitors is not unusual, Botswana for instance has a 3 tier system: Botswana Nationals and residents; SADC countries (South Africa being one of them) and International.
As a rough estimate - if one visits SANParks for 10 or more days then it pays to get a Wild Card otherwise - pay the daily Conservation fee. This applies to all visitors.
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Re: Wild Card Increases

Unread post by xmarksthespot » Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:04 pm

I agree with Arks and Puff Addy. I have been a fairly frequent visitor to South Africa for over 20 years now, and have probably even spent more time in national parks and reserves around South Africa than most locals. I love the country, the people and the animals and we have happily put a lot of our hard-earned cash to help the economy and local projects. This time, our itinerary might justify the purchase of a Wild Card but I was astonished - and disappointed - to see only one option for international visitors, and at a premium rate. I have no wish to be controversial but in this day and age is it still appropriate to operate a tiered system on Wild Card prices and Conservation Fees that discriminates and treats people differently?...

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Re: Wild Card Increases

Unread post by kite » Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:46 pm

If you need a new wild card in the next month, you could probably beat the usual +_ 10% increase by purchasing before the end of October! :thumbs_up:


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