Kruger National Park(KNP) is one of those South African spots that attracts many travellers all year long. South African National Parks revealed in a statement that day visitors would need to pre-book their visits as there will be quotas. The Day Visitor Quota for the Park is a management tool to prevent overcrowding the roads and facilities and is applied throughout the year although we mostly reach carrying capacity during long weekends and school holidays resulting in us having to turn visitors away. Visitors will be able to book up to 80% of Day Visitor Quota per gate via SANParks Reservations offices and online at www.sanparks.org.The times are as follows: 5:30 am to 07:30 am, 7:30 am to 9:30 am and 09:30 onwards
Pre-booked day visitors will get preference over non-booked day visitors at the gate but must ensure that they arrive within their booked time slots. Arriving outside the booked time slot, will be regarded as non-booked and therefore will not receive preference and could be turned away. These bookings can be changed as well through SANParks Reservations offices if need be.
KNP’s GM: Communications and Marketing, Ike Phaahla, said they want to manage the crowds so that all visitors will enjoy a pleasurable experience.
“For busy periods such as the school holidays and festive season, we aim to better manage the volumes that we expect, as well as our visitors’ expectations. The three different time slots are aimed at improving the spread of vehicles and, as far as possible prevent unnecessary waiting periods at gates”, said Phaahla.
Phaala also reminded visitors to read the permit to familarise themselves with the rules and regulations of the park.