Wild card and booking campsites online/conservation fees

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Wild card and booking campsites online/conservation fees

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Hi! We're planning on going to Kruger and staying several nights and sounds like it would be more economical to buy a Wild Card. When I try to book a site, I see the conservation fees...is there a place to enter the wild card number to waive the conservation fees, as the whole fee is due when you pay online? Thanks!
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Hi Puncho welcome to the Forums. How many days will you be visiting Kruger?

You need to be staying 6 nights or more to make it worthwhile buying a Wild Card if you are a couple, or 8 nights for a single person.

If you decide to get a Wild Card, you do not need to buy it at the time of booking and paying for your accommodation.

You can buy it at a later time.

Hope that answers your question, but please ask if you need further assistance.

Whatever you decide, I hope you have a wonderful trip. :thumbs_up:
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Thanks for the reply! We'll be trying to stay 4 nights in Kgalagadi and 4 nights in Kruger, as well as using the Gondola in Cape town.

So, I how would I get the conservation fee money back? Would they refund it in cash right there? Or will they simply refund it onto the credit card?
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Puncho, did you pay for conservation fees when you booked?
if so, I think the procedure is that you will have to send a mail to [email protected] and request that they be removed and placed in your a/c as a credit which you can use for activities etc in the park or you will have to apply for a refund.
you cannot use it to buy your wildcard.
but Crested Val will be able to advice further.
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Hi Elsa, no I haven't book anything yet. I was waiting to hear on how to proceed with booking with the WildCard before booking so as not to have the hassle of being refunded.
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Unless things have recently changed you should just be able to book online without paying the conservation fees or mentioning the fact you have a Wild Card (or don’t as the case may be)

I have done many online bookings and never paid up front for conservation fees.
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Yes, If I remember correctly it does ask if you want to add the conservation fees or not, definitely is a choice.

Ok, just tried it and there is this message just before you go ahead and make your booking

You may choose to pay the compulsory daily conservation fees now with the rest of your reservation, or on arrival at the park. Owners of valid Wild Cards are exempt from paying conservation fees. :thumbs_up:
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Thank for confirming Elsa, I knew that used to be the case, but of course from time to time things do sometimes change!!! :thumbs_up:

So there’s your answer puncho, you don’t need to pay conservation fees while booking, you have the option not to.

you can book your accommodation now, and then buy your Wild Card before you travel, either online, or in the park when you arrive. :thumbs_up:
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Ah, thank you! Must have missed that part. Have been going crazy trying to book all the flights, accommodations ,etc.!
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No problem, good luck with the rest of the bookings and have a wonderful trip. :thumbs_up:
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