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Gate Quotas

Unread post by Mcook » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:36 pm

I believe that sanparks enforces strict gate quotas at Kruger in peak holiday periods

I’m interested in finding out what these quotas are per gate

Can anyone help by pointing me in the correct direction

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Re: Gate Quota

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:48 pm

Yes Mcook, there are various gate quotas that come into force during the busy times.
I know the bigger gates will have a higher quota and smaller less so.
Will try and find where they are listed.
Can't think offhand. :?

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Re: Gate Quota

Unread post by Porridge » Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:38 pm

On a serious note though, you can phone the gate you plan to enter as a day visitor and pre-book your entrance which will guarantee your entry. Arriving early has also never created an entry problem.
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Re: Gate Quota

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:49 pm

Searching the forums for previous discussions, it seems you must pre-book. 60% of the quotas are reached from pre-booking.

This is what KNP Spokesperson told us of numbers back in 2008 - I stand to be corrected, as the number might have increased a little on some gates, but it is a guide:
KNP Spokesman wrote:Hi Everyone

Thanks for the suggestions and comments, much appreciated.
At the risk of repeating myself, KNP management is presently doing a study on guest/visitor management, particularly with road usage data.
Recent visitors might have noticed small black lines stretched across the road at various places with mysterious green boxes.
These boxes collect data like how many cars use the road, at what time of the day and what the frequency of this is.
This will tell us what sort of stress the roads have and whether the roads are overcrowded or not.
This data will then be analysed by a committee that has been established to look into the whole gate quota issue.
At this point, I would like to stress that you need to look at the gate quota issue in perspective with other issues like crowding at game spots, crowding at facilities (day visitor areas, picnic sites etc) and take educated decisions on the way forward.
This was one of the measures that came up after the extensive consultation we did during the whole KNP management plan process (widely discussed on the forum approximately two years ago).
Anyway, back to the gate quotas.
We know that there is a certain amount of strain on the park, especially on public holidays that fall within school holidays, and we know that we need to make some sort of revision on the whole quota policy, which will also help alleviate the traffic jams and resultant "road rage" at spots, making the KNP visit experience more pleasurable for everyone.
At present, the gate quotas (which are still in force, every day of the year) are based on the amount of facilities and road surface in that particular area.
Small gates have a quota of 350 (this includes Croc Bridge, Numbi, Orpen, Pafuri etc), big gates have a quota of 500 (this includes Malelane, Phalaborwa, Punda Maria etc) and the main gate of the park Paul Kruger Gate has a quota of 750.

Hope this explains.
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Re: Gate Quota

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:19 am

Add 10% to the figures quoted by DB above.....these were increased a year or two back. More recently some quotas have been a bit relaxed leading to the problems some are mentioning, and hence the decision to apply the quota system strictly. I know the last twice I helped at Malelane this happened, and when numbers were reached it was 'Quota full. Reservations only.'
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Re: Gate Quota

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:01 am

Mcook wrote:Thanks for clarity Porridge :lol:

Thanks Dinkybird :thumbs_up:

I assume that the numbers below are vehicles, not people :hmz:

Small gates have a quota of 350 (this includes Croc Bridge, Numbi, Orpen, Pafuri etc), big gates have a quota of 500 (this includes Malelane, Phalaborwa, Punda Maria etc) and the main gate of the park Paul Kruger Gate has a quota of 750.

Hope this explains.
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If it is vehicles it’s a fairly large number. Do some gates hit these numbers and refuse entry. :shock:

I also have been told that these numbers were increased during the soccer world cup in 2010, but were never decreased after the event, so what are the numbers now, these plus 10% as stated by ecojunkie

I'm surprised that the park can handle this load in holiday season if these quotas are reached :shock: but at least I will get in :D


The quotas depend on facilities available for PEOPLE - cars do not use toilets and restaurants!!!! And yes, folk do travel a distance, but then they travel a distance from all gates, so it does even out.
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Re: Gate Quota

Unread post by Mcook » Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:05 pm

So it’s people, thanks for that ecojunkie :thumbs_up:


Therefore as far as day visitors are concerned it’s in the best interest of all overnight visitors if more day visitors are in less vehicles as it stops overcrowding on the roads and at sightings :hmz:

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Re: Gate Quota

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:04 pm

Figures just received from Lesego.

Lesego wrote:Crocodile Bridge Gate = 550
Mjejane Gate = 550
Malelane Gate = 550
Numbi Gate = 550
Phabeni Gate = 550
Kruger Gate = 750
Orpen Gate = 550
Phalaborwa Gate = 550
Punda Maria Gate = 330
Pafuri Gate = 330
Giriyondo Gate = 275

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Re: Gate Quota

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:10 pm

Yes. It is important for all to understand that this booking fee does NOT allow folk priority at the gates (unless it is one of the gates with upgraded facilities).

When the gates open in the morning everybody is in the same queue. Once the quota has been reached only those with bookings are allowed in.

Your booking guarantees entry - not priority entry.

And yes, the OSV drivers are in the same queue.

The only time somebody can bypass the queue is if they already have a permit eg a re-entry, or where an OSV company has had an employee come early and get permits for their vehicles - so the driver does not need to stop at the office because all is already in place.

There are times when things are going very slow for some reason that folk with an overnight booking at a distance (eg north of Satara, entering at Malelane or Croc Bridge) will be allowed to bypass the queue simply because of the time factor.

It is when folk take things into their own hands and decide that they can bypass queues that problems occur. If folk would just be patient and follow the queue, AND not go into the office either until they are in the parking area, then things would actually run smoother and quicker as we have proved at Malelane.
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