South African National Parks (SANParks) announced that its overnight accommodation at the majority of its parks will reopen from August 14th.
Only intra-provincial leisure travel will be allowed. Overnight guests will be asked for proof of residence (municipal account or similar legally accepted form of verification of primary residence) at the time of booking and when checking in, SANParks said. “No more than two people will be allowed per accommodation unit except for parents and their children.”
Government announced last week that intra-provincial leisure accommodation will now be allowed. They also mentioned that tour operators are allowed to offer tours in open safari vehicles, although under strict health and safety conditions.
Self-drive guests are still restricted to 70% vehicle capacity.
SANParks announced that Addo, Camdeboo, and Karoo National Parks will only open on August 17, while the Mountain Zebra National Park will open on August 20. Accommodation at other parks will be open from 14 August.
SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni: “we are in the process of ensuring that the opening of our national parks for accommodation is done under the strictest health protocols to safeguard both our staff and guests. Accommodation will open in phases. A limited availability of accommodation in some parks can be expected with a gradual increase in availability in the next few weeks”