Day visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) will no longer be able to book their entry as this will be done on a strict first come first served basis. “We decided to do away with this day visit booking system as it created logistical problems and was considered unfair by many of our visitors,” commented KNP HOD Public Relations Mr William Mabasa.
Gate quotas will still be enforced, particularly over busy periods like the Easter Weekend, so it is suggested that members of the public get to their gate of choice as early as possible to avoid disappointment. “We will honour those bookings already made for this coming weekend as long as the people that made them arrive before 9am at the gate specified on the day specified,” added Mr Mabasa.
KNP gate quotas are based on considerations like the amount of tourist infrastructure in the vicinity of the gate, environmental impact and various other conservation reasons. Gate quotas do not affect guests with overnight accommodation bookings. The KNP has 10 entrance gates: Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni, Paul Kruger, Orpen, Phalaborwa, Punda Maria, Pafuri and Giriyondo.