KNP increases daily gate quotas for visitors’ convenience
The management of the Kruger National Park (KNP) announced yesterday (Tuesday, 1 June 2010) that they will increase the quota on the number of people allowed to enter the KNP by 10% at each of its 10 gates. This increase will take effect from 1 June 2010.
This decision was taken after a study was conducted last year, to determine the actual environmental impact caused on the park by the volume of day visitors entering per gate. The findings concluded that it would be feasible to increase the daily quota by a maximum of 10%. Kruger Gate, for example, had a limit of 500 individual day visitors per day and this will now increase to 550 people per day.
The quota increase will also assist in alleviating the congestion normally experienced at the various entrance gates, especially during the holiday season. This change comes in time for the normally busy June/July school holiday season set to start in a week’s time.
In her announcement, Ms Lucy Nhlapo, the Head of Tourism and Marketing at KNP said, “During long weekends and holidays, we deal with long queues at our entrance gates and end up having to close many people out. This very often upsets people who had planned to spend their day in the park. I am sure this arrangement will go a long way in alleviating this problem.”
This quota increase will not affect the norm of “first-come–first-served” that is applied at the gates. Once the new quotas have been reached there could still be disappointed guests that will have to be turned back. Day visitors planning to visit over busy days are still advised to make day visitor bookings at any of the SANParks offices, one day or more before planned arrival.
“We are excited about this development and we hope that this will encourage more visitors to come to the KNP. We do, however, request that all visitors adhere to the rules of the park such as driving within the park’s speed limit, not littering, and all of the other rules as stipulated in their entry permits. Our park officials will not take kindly to rule-breakers and our hope is that everyone has an enjoyable experience in the park without incident.” said the Head of Public Relations and Communication Mr William Mabasa.
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park, contact: tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org