All South Africa’s national parks where you can do self-drives will be open from tomorrow, 8 June, for the first time in two months, although visitor numbers will be limited.

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Kruger Park Gate.

In an announcement SANParks said Namaqua National Park, Boulders and Cape Point will remain closed for the time being. It requested people try to book online and make all payments online, in order to reduce contact between visitors and staff.

Kruger National Park is limited to one-third of entrants pre-COVID. All gates will be open except Pafuri and Numbi. There will be three time slots for arrivals per day – 6am-8am, 8am-10am and 10am onwards – and visitors must arrive within their two-hour time-slot period.

SANParks has asked visitors to remember lockdown regulations for passengers per vehicle and for everyone to wear masks and have enough sanitiser. Garages will be open and food outlets in the larger camps like Skukuza. It also asked that visitors bring garbage bags to keep your own refuse. Hides and picnic spots remain closed, although toilets are open in certain locations. There is no braaing allowed.

The CEO of SANPark, Fundisile Mketeni, said, “We appreciate that after two months of confinement, the public is keen to engage with nature, and the excitement shown by enquiries from our loyal visitors is encouraging.”