The majority of tourists who visited the Kruger National Park (KNP) over the Easter holidays were pleased with the alcohol restriction introduced by the park.
While some people still sneaked in a few bottles or cans of alcohol, most visitors abided by the new regulations, which prohibits day visitors to bring or consume alcohol in public areas such as parking lots, picnic sites, wildlife viewing areas or roads, gates and all other areas designated as public.
The restrictions do apply to overnight visitors are allowed to bring in own alcohol for consumption in the privacy of their booked accommodation and the restaurants. Like day visitors, overnight visitors are bound by the same rules of not drinking in public.
One of the comments received said:
"I must congratulate you on this decision you took. While I was very concerned about your decision (as per a previous email), my family and I were in the Kruger National Park this weekend and all I can say is what a difference. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to stop at any picnic spot we wanted to (and we stopped at three different ones) and what a pleasure. There was no one loitering around, no thumping music from vehicles, no broken beer bottles and trash lying around. Well done to you and your team", said one of the regular clients on his email feedback.
Compared to last year's Easter holidays wherein 335 rule violation fines were issued, only 281 fines for speeding and other violations were issued during this year's Easter.
"We would like to once again thank all visitors for the improved conduct which led to fewer violations and for responding positively towards the alcohol rule", concluded the KNP's Head of Public Relations and Communication, William Mabasa.