Media Release: KNP gate quotas in force during the 2010 festive season
Christmas is at hand and Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are encouraged to be aware of gate quotas when planning their visit.
Day Visitors are advised to make prior booking arrangements in order to secure their entry and reminded that gate daily quotas will strictly be enforced throughout the festive season period.
“Although in operation all through the year, the gate quotas are mostly reached on long weekends and public holidays”. “If anyone is planning a visit on those days, it is recommended that they either arrive at the gate very early in the morning as the service is on first come first served basis or pre-book their entrance via Central Reservations (012 428 9111)”; explained the KNP’s head of Public Relations, William Mabasa.
The procedure is that once the daily quota has been reached, only people with bookings are allowed in. There is a possibility to allow more people if there are people who are moving out of the park however individuals cannot rely on that process as they might queue for long hours or end up not having succeeded in entering the Park.
Day Visitors who pre-book their visit are expected to pay a non-refundable deposit of R26 per adult and R13 per child; which is meant to secure their space because they would have been counted in the number that made the daily quota. “There have been instances where some of the pre-booked Day Visitors arrived at the gate and expected to be excluded from paying the Conservation Fees”. Mabasa went on to advise Day Visitors to take note that even if they have pre-booked for their visit, this does not exempt them from paying Conservation Fees upon arrival at the gate but secures them entry.
Day Visitors with advanced bookings are also expected to arrive at the booked gate by no later than 13:00 on the date of the booking, because after 13:00 the booking lapses.
To enhance efficiency at the gates, various field and honorary rangers will be deployed in order to assist gate staff with managing the queues and other different services available at the gates.
“All visitors are also reminded of the rules and regulations of the KNP, with particular emphasis on littering, speeding, getting out of cars and loud noises; otherwise it becomes one of the potential areas of possible conflict between park officials and the public.” “We also request visitors to plan their trip by observing gate opening and closing times so that they do not find themselves arriving late at the camps or gates either on their way in or out of the Park;” concluded Mabasa.
Each gate has its limited number of Day Visitors that can be allowed per day e.g. Phalaborwa – 550 and small ones like Pafuri it is 330. The KNP has 10 entrance gates i.e. Pafuri, Punda Maria, Phalaborwa, Giriyondo, Orpen, Paul Kruger, Phabeni, Numbi, Malelane and Crocodile Bridge.
Laura Mukwevho, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4262, cell: 082 807 1441 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or e-mail: email@example.com
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