Media Release: KNP to strictly enforce gate quotas during the Easter holidays
Kruger National Park (KNP) is expecting a high volume of visitors to enter the park during this coming Easter weekend which starts on Thursday, April 1, 2010 to Monday, April 5, 2010 and therefore would like to warn, especially day visitors to take into consideration that gate quotas will strictly be enforced during this period.
Day visitors are also advised to either arrive at the gate very early in the morning because the service is on “first come first serve” basis or to pre-book their entrance with Central Reservations office on telephone number (012) 428 9111 in order to ensure that they gain access to the park in terms of their own plan and are not sent back at the gate.
Each and every gate has its limited number of day visitors that can be allowed per day, small gates such as Pafuri allows 300 people per day and large gates such as Paul Kruger allows 750 people per day. This procedure is applied to prevent overcrowding and excessive footprints in the park in line with the available infrastructure for day visitors.
“In the past many individuals and families have been turned back at our gates after they had planned to spend their valuable time in the park - to enjoy game viewing, the tranquillity and the ambiance of the place - however - due to the fact that quotas would have been reached, that caused a lot of disappointment”. “We are now calling for everyone who is planning to come to the park as a day visitor to please make the necessary arrangements before hand in order to avoid unnecessary disappointment”, said the Head of Public Relations and Communication in the KNP, Mr William Mabasa.
Day visitors who will pre-book their visit will be expected to pay a non-refundable deposit of R24 per adult and R12 per child entering the park which is meant to ensure that their space is secured. Day visitors with advanced bookings are also expected to arrive at the booked gate by not later than 13:00 on the date of the booking - after which the booking lapses.
Mabasa went on to request tourists who will be able to gain access to observe the rules of the park at all times, otherwise it becomes one of the potential areas of possible conflict between park officials and the public. Safety and security officials will be out in full force to enforce the rules and regulations during these holidays and they will have no mercy on anyone found breaking the rules of the park. Visitors must read the rules of the park which are written on the permits that are issued at the gates and familiarise themselves with all of them.
Laura Mukwevho, Internal Communication Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4262 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: email@example.com