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24 November 2023

Cashless Drive in the KNP During the 2023 Festive Season

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will be going cash-free as of Friday, 1 December 2023 at five of its entrance gates found in the southern part of the park as well as fuel stations. This is part of a broader cash-free digital drive, which South African National Parks introduced in 2021 to improve customer convenience and reduce contact time at entry points, especially during peak times.

The cash-free payment system in the KNP will be implemented in a two-phased approach at some facilities, while the remaining gates and camps will go online in early 2024.

“The benefit of implementing a cash-free payment system is meant to reduce queues further and impact the time it takes to get into a park. The aim is also to reduce the risks associated with handling cash. We therefore would like to encourage clients to make use of either the online pre-booking payment systems which offer no hassle of having to transact on arrival or speed point payment systems at the gates, said the KNP Managing Executive, Oscar Mthimkhulu.

The entrance gates to the KNP which will be launching the cash-free payment methods are:

  • Paul Kruger Gate
  • Phabeni Gate
  • Numbi Gate
  • Malelane Gate
  • Crocodile Bridge Gate

“Skukuza Rest Camp fuel station will also be using the new card payment handheld devices. Guests are encouraged to support the phasing out of cash transactions in the KNP; assisting us to a step towards environmental responsibility”; concluded Mthimkhulu.