ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK OPENS FOR SELF-DRIVES AFTER TWO MONTHS
Monday, 8th June 2020
SANParks OPENS FOR SELF-DRIVE DAY EXCURSIONS AFTER TWO MONTHS
South Africa National Parks (SANParks) today announced that self-drive excursions for day visitors will be permitted from Monday, 8 June 2020 in parks that cater for self-drives.
SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni said SANParks used this week to prepare for the expected arrivals of guests to parks. “We appreciate that after two months of confinement, the public is keen to engage with nature and the excitement as shown by enquiries from our loyal visitors is encouraging. We are obligated to ensure that the opening of our national parks for self-drive excursions is done under the strictest health protocols to safeguard both our staff and guests.”
As a result, we are limiting 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 at 012 428 9111 or www.sanparks.org from Monday 8 June. In the case of Wild Card members, guests have to ensure that their membership is valid prior to arrival.
He said Namaqua National Park as well as Boulders and Cape Point in Table Mountain National Park remain closed for the meantime and 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 with the understanding that 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. Hides and picnic spots at all parks remain closed; braaing at picnic sites will also not be allowed during this period. Ablutions will be open in camps, at gates and at some picnic spots. 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. Further information and updates will be available on our website on Monday 8 June 2020.
The national lockdown regulations relating to movement between provinces must be observed within the parks. “This means inter-provincial travel within parks that stretch between two provinces will not permitted. Guests therefore must exit into the province from which they entered the park. “
He said everything as we knew it has fundamentally changed by COVID-19, “therefore we are requesting guests to adhere to all official alert level 3 regulations when inside the parks including wearing masks, keeping social distance, and following transport capacity directives. We also implore guests not to deposit their litter inside the bins within the parks but to leave with as much of it as hygienically possible.”
Image: Gorah Elephant Camp
Please note: It is essential to call to book your ADDO DAY TRIP between 8am & 4pm, please.
ONLY between 8am and 4pm please.
For SANParks Addo day visit bookings call:
+27 82 498 8706 - Maryke
+27 82 464 4649 -Terry
+27847009946 - Mathilda
Whatsapp with the following information:
*Date you want to visit
*Gate you want to enter
*Number of people
*Do you have wildcards or not.
*Client code or ID number
*Email address to send your reservation letter
You will be processed from your car at the gates - no getting out of your car to go to the office. Please make sure you are wearing your face masks.
PLEASE also be kind and patient in your dealings with these ladies, they are inundated with calls.
If they do not answer its because they are on a call.
Please leave a message, they will get back to you asap.
It is not possible to simply arrive at gates, you will be turned away.