Access for KNP day visitors during the 2019 festive season – pre-bookings necessary

The coming festive season in KNP is officially starting on Friday, 13 December 2019 until Tuesday, 14 January 2020. The Kruger National Park (KNP) would institute quotas for day visitors again at entrance gates. Time slots are:

    • Slot 1: 05:30 to 07:30
    • Slot 2: 07:30 to 09:30
    • Slot 3: 09:30 on-wards

The three different time slots are aimed at improving the spread of vehicles and, as far as possible prevent unnecessary waiting periods at gates”, said the KNP’s GM: Communications and Marketing, Ike Phaahla.

The Day Visitor Quota for the Park is a management tool to prevent overcrowding of roads and facilities and is applied throughout the year, but reaches capacity during long weekends and school holidays resulting in visitors being turned away.

Visitors will be able to book up to 80% of Day Visitor Quota per gate via SANParks Reservations offices on 012 428 9111 and online at

Pre-booked day visitors would get preference over non-booked day visitors at the gate, but pre-booked visitors must ensure they arrive within their booked time slots. Arriving outside the booked time slot, would be regarded as non-booked and therefore would not receive preference and could be turned away. These bookings could be changed through SANParks Reservations offices if need be.

Visitors are urged to read the permit given out at the entrance gates with all the rules and regulations of the park clearly stipulated. Note: there is an alcohol ban in public areas in the KNP. Further, visitors must please also refrain from littering, feeding of animals, speeding and exiting vehicles in prohibited places.  Visitor Management vehicles would be on patrol, providing information to guests, visibility on the roads and law enforcement in the Park.

Visitors can report any rules and regulations infringement/s they witness to the Emergency Call Centre numbers 013 735 4064/013 735 0197/076 801 9679. It is however important that the following information be provided:

  • Vehicle type and colour
  • Vehicle registration
  • Date and time of Incident
  • SATSA sticker showing vehicle number (for Open Safari Vehicles)
  • Details of incident
  • Photographic evidence
  • Location of incident

Tourism monitors would be on stand-by at swimming pools, but parents are once again urged not to allow children to swim without adult supervision to avoid drowning.

Visitors should also take note of the following important information:

  • Day Visitor pre-bookings are subject to a non-refundable booking fee of R46 per adult and R23 per child.
  • Day Visitors who have pre-booked will still be required to pay Conservation Fees or use a valid Wild Card to enter the Park. The Conservation Fee for SA residents as well as Zimbabwe and Mozambique nationals (passport required to prove this) is R100 per adult and R50 per child (between ages 2 – 11). For nationals of Eswatini (Swaziland) and other SADC countries the conservation fees are R200 per adult and R100 per child. For all other guests the standard conservation fees of R400 for adults and R200 for children applies.
  • Guests planning to use Wild Cards are requested to ensure membership is valid before arrival and this can best be done online at
  • The number and profile of persons (adults and children) on the reservation and actual persons arriving should correspond.
  • All guests (drivers and passengers) will be required to identify themselves upon admission (by producing a South African driver’s license, identity document or passport); please ensure you are in possession of one of these documents and have them ready. .
  • Gate Quotas will be strictly applied and guests without pre-bookings could be turned away.


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