Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.
  • In a bid to attract more local travellers to its parks, the South African National Parks (SANParks) has turned to 800,000 registered stokvels.
  • The Stokvel & Travel Club programme will give discounts of up to 20% at selected parks and camps, between certain dates.
  • Stokvels as well as travel and outdoor hiking, mountain biking, and adventure clubs that have 10 or more members can register.
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In a bid to attract more local visitors to its parks, the South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering 800,000 registered stokvels – and other South African formal and informal travel groups – discounts if they help to fill up beds.

The new reward programme, which SANParks is calling the Stokvel & Travel Club programme, will give discounts of up to 20% at selected parks and camps, during selected dates. SANParks says stokvels as well as travel and outdoor hiking, mountain biking and adventure clubs, can register.

A stokvel is a group of people – that can comprise anyone from a grandmother to a millionaire – that combines savings to a central fund on a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis. Often the contributions are small, but by combining their savings it allows the stokvel to bulk-buy products at a much cheaper rate than a single person could.

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.

In the absence of international travellers, the programme forms part of SANPArks's plan to diversify its visitor base by looking into more localised, non-traditional markets.

"SANParks hopes to position itself as the primary holiday destination amongst the domestic market, raise awareness of SANParks' brand as the leading environmental science and conservation agency in South Africa, increase the number of black visitors to the National Parks, establish a new tradition of holidaying annually at nature-based tourism facilities particularly SANParks' destinations and to become an inclusive contributor in the tourism industry," it said.

You can get a 20% discount at these parks

Addo Elephant National Park

Matyholweni Rest Camp

Agulhas National Park's Main Camp

Augrabies Falls National Park

Bontebok National Park

Garden Route National Park

Wilderness Ebb-and-Flow Rest Camp

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Basotho Cultural Village

Glen Reenen Rest Camp

Golden Gate Hotel

Kruger National Park

Mopani Rest Camp

Skukuza Safari Lodge

Mapungubwe National Park

Leokwe Rest Camp

Marakele National Park

Bontle Tented Camp

Mokala National Park

Mosu Lodge

During these date periods

03/05/2021 to 14/06/2021

22/08/2021 to 20/09/2021

12/10/2021 to 30/11/2021

19/01/2022 to 16/03/2022

03/05/2022 to 14/06/2022

21/08/2022 to 20/09/2022

11/10/2022 to 30/11/2022

Whereas traditional group travel packages get discounts for commercial operations like conferences, for bookings of 10 or more units under a single bulk deposit, the new Stokvel & Travel Club will allow groups of 10 or more people to make bookings, and at an adjusted payment term. 

"Once registered the group will receive a client code that can be used whenever a booking is made. The client code will automatically qualify the group for the favourable payment terms and special discounts," says SANParks.   

You can register your Stokvel & Travel Club and find more information visiting the SANParks website.

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