While the rest of South African accommodation is allowed to take leisure guests, according to the new lockdown regulations, South African National Parks said that overnighting in its parks was still not possible.

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Cheetah in Kruger Park.

CEO of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni, said “We appreciate that after four months of confinement, the public is keen to engage with nature, however we are obligated to ensure that the opening of our national parks for accommodation is done under the strictest health protocols to safeguard both our staff and guests.”

Since 2 April, self-drive vehicles are allowed in the parks, so long as they follow the COVID-19 protocol and are in the province where you live. According to the new regulations, tour operators will be allowed to conduct guided tours in open safari vehicles subject to directives that are still to be communicated and gazetted.

When park accommodation does open, it will only be for people from that province, who will have to provide proof of residence when booking and on arrival, Mketeni said.

Further announcements about accommodation in individual parks would be made “as and when we are comfortable with their state of preparedness to welcome you back. We therefore beg your indulgence as the opening needs to be done in a responsible manner for the safety and enjoyment of all our guests.”