FILE PHOTO: Tourists from neighbouring countries are cancelling bookings out of concern over xenophobia, SANParks said.

Johannesburg - SANParks has announced the successful bidders for the provision of restaurant and retail services at various national parks under its management.

The announcements were made at the organisation’s headquarters in Pretoria following weeks of adjudication which began with tender processes.

A new retail agreement was signed between SANParks and Tourvest for operations in the Kruger, Tsitsikamma and Addo Elephant national parks.

According to SANParks chief executive Dr David Mabunda, this was done mainly to improve tourists’ shopping experiences and to upgrade the shops and make them eco-friendly.

SANParks also embarked on a tender process to appoint operators for restaurants in Kruger. The bidders had several obligations to meet, such as operating, development and refurbishment requirements, and BBBEE and environmental obligations.

In the Kruger’s Lower Sabie, Olifants and Letaba camps, Mugg and Bean restaurants will be fully operational from March, while the Pretoriuskop and Satara rest camps will have Wimpy restaurants with operations expected to commence in March.

The Skukuza Selati restaurant will be operated by Ciao! and is expected to start operations in December and the main camp restaurant and takeaway will be serviced by Cattle Baron and Bistro. Operations will start in May.

Details were given of refurbishments and timelines for Skukuza Airport after an earlier announcement that it will be serviced by the Skukuza Airport Management Company, a consortium which will operate the airport for 10 years. - Saturday Star