South African National Parks (SANParks) welcomes the lifting of restrictions on inter-provincial travel and reiterates that it has introduced stringent hygiene protocols in an effort to curb the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Remarking after the President’s announcement made on Saturday, 15 August 2020, Chief Executive Officer, Fundisile Mketeni said in line with the government protocols and regulations and in the interests of the health and safety of visitors and staff; SANParks will introduce new visitor management procedures to manage visitor volumes in the parks.
According to Mketeni, SANParks overnight accommodation opened to intra-provincial guests on 14 August 2020 in most of its parks and therefore the facilities are already well equipped to welcome inter-provincial guests. He, however, cautioned that new government regulations, as well as SANParks’ protocols, are likely to result in restrictions to overnight accommodation occupancies and therefore the public is encouraged to pre-book; walk-in bookings at parks will not be permitted.
“While we understand the frustration that this will cause to those who are impatient to spend time in nature, it is important for all to appreciate the intent behind this decision.”
Further information for overnight accommodation protocols will be available on www.sanparks.org as regulations are clarified.