As of Friday, 14 August, accommodation and Guided Overland Safari Vehicles (OSVs) will be allowed at most South African National Parks (SANParks).
SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni says that they will be reopening in phases, with very limited availability initially to ensure that operations are done with strict health measures in place.
SANParks said in a statement, “As per the Minister’s announcement, overnight accommodation is only permissible for residents of the various provinces that the respective National Parks are located in. Interprovincial visitors will be prohibited entry into the parks,”.
As part of their additional visitor management, all overnight visitors will be expected to present proof of residence when they book their stay and when they check-in. Each unit will be limited to two guests, with the exception of parents visiting with their children.
Tour operators using OSVs will have to be registered with SANParks before they are allowed to enter parks and self-drive tours will still be restricted to a 70% capacity limit.
SANParks says that they are excited to reopen their parks to guests as soon as the necessary protocols are gazetted.