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During lockdown, lions made use of the quiet Kruger Park roads to bake in the sun. Photo: Richard Sowry/Kruger National Park/SanParks
  • SANParks announced on Saturday that day visitors will be allowed at all of its parks, apart from Namaqua National Park as well as Boulders and Cape Point in the Table Mountain National Park.
  • Only a third of the usual number of day visitors will be allowed into the Kruger National Park.
  • Hides and picnic spots remain closed.
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From Monday June 8, day visitors will be allowed to visit the Kruger and other parks owned by South Africa National Parks (SANParks).

Staying over is not allowed, as only accommodation for business travellers are permitted during Level 3 of the national lockdown. 

The only SANParks parks that remain closed are the Namaqua National Park as well as Boulders and Cape Point in the Table Mountain National Park.

All gates of the Kruger National Park will be open - apart from the Pafuri and the Numbi gates.

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"Gate quotas" have been revised to one third of what they were before lockdown, and visitors have to arrive during three allocated time slots.

Hides and picnic spots remain closed, and braaiing is not allowed. But ablutions will be open, as well as some shops and petrol stations in the national parks.

Because there are still strict restrictions on inter-provincial travel, Kruger visitors must exit into the province from which they entered. (The Kruger park spans the Limpopo and the Mpumalanga provinces.) They must also wear masks and keep a physical distance.

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"We appreciated that after two months of confinement, the public is keen to engage with nature and the excitement as shown by enquiries from our loyal visitors is encouraging," SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni said in a statement.

During the lockdown, the Kruger Park made international headlines when pictures of lions sun-bathing on empty park roads were shared across the world. Big cats were also seen “patrolling” the streets of the Kruger staff village and hanging out at the Skukuza golf club. 

Photo: Jean Rossouw/SanParks

Visitors are encouraged to book day visits online and telephonically to limit face-to-face contact with SanParks staff.

Bookings can be made at 012 428 9111 or on www.sanparks.org from Monday.

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