Following the announcement by the Minister of Tourism that intra-provincial travel will now be open to residents, South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to inform the public that Kruger National Park (KNP) will partially open some of its camps for accommodation as from Friday, 14 August 2020. KNP Management would like to advise those with confirmed bookings to be aware that there will be strict enforcement of the regulations that are stipulated in the protocols around the easing of travel and leisure accommodation restrictions. Travellers may only overnight in their province of residence e.g. if they are from Limpopo, their booking must be for KNP Rest Camps in Limpopo. If guests are uncertain of, in which province is the rest camp they are staying in found, the booking agents via central reservations on 012 428 9111 will be able to offer assistance. Within the KNP, the Olifants River is recognised as the boundary between Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
The following rest camps and accommodation facilities are in the Limpopo Province:
Pafuri Border Camp, Punda Maria Rest Camp, Sirheni Bushveld Camp, Shingwedzi Rest Camp, Bateleur Bushveld Camp, Mopani Rest Camp, Shipandani Overnight Hide, Tsendze Rustic Camp, Boulders Bush Lodge, Shimuwini Bushveld Camp, Sable Overnight Hide, and Letaba Rest Camp.
Please note thatÂ Olifants Rest Camp will reopen 17 August 2020, andÂ Punda Maria, Shingwedzi and Letaba will reopen a few days later on 20 August 2020.
The following rest camps and accommodation facilities are in the Mpumalanga province:
Balule Camp, Roodewal Bush Lodge, Satara Rest Camp, Tamboti Tent Camp, Talamati Bushveld Camp, Skukuza Rest Camp, Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp, Malelane Camp, Biyamiti Bushveld Camp, Lower Sabie Rest Camp and Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp.
Please note that Satara and Pretoriuskop will reopen a few days later on 17 August 2020.
The Managing Executive of the KNP, Gareth Coleman said the park is ready to welcome back overnight guests but this will be done in phases. "As the regulations of COVID 19 continuously change; it is imperative that we as KNP also adjust to make sure that those who will be visiting enjoy their experience regardless of the pandemic. The issue of PPE, training and the recording of personal details of visitors will be strictly adhered to; we are pleading with our clients to work with the gate and camp staff members on the observation of Health Protocols around the virus for safety," said Coleman.
The guidelines to adhere to during the intra-provincial travel overnight stay in the KNP are as follow:
Coleman concluded by wishing all those who will be in the KNP a safe and enjoyable stay, and to make good memories. 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.