Game parks and hikes are legal again from Monday – but no overnight stays and only in-province

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  • Game parks, and private game farms, may open under Alert Level 3, tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced on Saturday.
  • They may offer only self-drive excursions, though.
  • Visitors may still not cross provincial boundaries to get to game parks, and accommodation for leisure is banned.
  • South Africans may also hike again, Kubayi-Ngubane said, under general exercise rules, which means no groups.
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UPDATE: Hiking and game drives are legal on Monday – but only two national parks will be opening

Game parks and private game farms may open their gates to visitors again from Monday, when Alert Level 3 kicks in, tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced on Saturday night.

Kubayi-Ngubane was describing upcoming regulations for her sector under Level 3, which had not yet been published 29 hours before they are due to come into effect.

"Public and private game farms have been opened for self-drive excursions," she said, stressing that no group tours will be allowed, and visitors will have to use their own vehicles.

See also: The rules for domestic air travel are out – and only four airports will reopen on Monday

Visitors may not cross provincial boundaries to reach game parks for such drives. Under Level 3, provincial borders are technically closed to those who can not show a need to travel on essential business.

Game parks also have to kick out visitors every day; accommodation establishments may still only serve those who can show they are travelling on business, Kubayi-Ngubane said.

She said her department would conduct inspections, and hotels, lodges, and guest houses must be in a position to prove that those they allowed to stay overnight were not travelling for leisure.

Those establishments do not, however, require any other paperwork or permissions to open for business.

Hiking is also legal again – with some conditions

Hiking is also expressly allowed again from Monday, 1 June, Kubayi-Ngubane said, under the same rules that apply to exercise in general, "meaning you are not allowed to do the hiking in groups".

The general curfew that is in place under Alert Level 4 drops away, but exercise is allowed only between 06:00 and 18:00 every day.

That means you can travel to and from a hiking destination at any time of day, but can only start walking at 6AM, and you must be back in your car or other form of transport by 6PM.

You may not cross a provincial boundary to go hiking.

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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