National parks across the country to reopen from 8 June
Sat, 6 June 2020 - Staff Writer
SANParks have announced that self-drive excursions for day visitors will be permitted from Monday the 8th of June in parks that cater for self-drives.
Hides and picnics will however not be allowed at this time, but ablution facilities will be open in camps, at gates and at some picnic spots.
The parks will limit face-to-face contact between staff and guests by encouraging online and telephonic day visit bookings and full payment of conservation fees prior to arrival where possible.
Bookings can be made on the SANParks website from Monday 8 June. In the case of Wild Card members, guests have to ensure that their membership is valid prior to arrival.
According to SANParks, the majority of gates at Kruger National Park will be open with the exception of Pafuri and Numbi gates.
Gate quotas for Kruger have been revised to approximately one third of what they were prior to COVID-19.
Three time slots for arrival will be introduced and booked day visitors must arrive at the gate within that time span. Slot 1 is from 06:00 to 08:00, Slot 2 from 08:00 to 10:00 and Slot 3 from 10:00 onwards.
A limited number of shops and petrol stations will open in some parks during the course of the week and will be operated in accordance with relevant Level 3 lockdown regulations.
SANParks warned that inter-provincial travel within parks that stretch between two provinces will not permitted, and guests must exit into the province from which they entered the park.
The organisation has requested that guests not to deposit their litter inside the bins within the parks but instead leave the parks with as much of it as hygienically possible.
Namaqua National Park as well as Boulders Beach and Cape Point in Table Mountain National Park remain closed for now.
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