The majority of South African National Parks will open their accommodation facilities from 14 August, SANP said today, adding that guided overland safari vehicles will be permitted as soon as the regulations relating to their operations are gazetted.

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Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park. Photo: Facebook.

The lockdown regulations specify, however, that people can only travel inside their provinces, so travellers can only go to parks inside their province.

SANParks said all parks with accommodation would open on 14 August, including Kruger National Park, but said Addo, Camdeboo and Karoo would open on 17 August and Mountain Zebra National Park on 20 August.

SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni said accommodation would not run at full capacity to start with, as the parks implemented “a phased-in approach to opening.” There would be limited availability of accommodation in some parks at the beginning and a gradual increase in availability in the next few weeks.

Overnight guests would be required to provide proof of residence (municipal account or similar legally accepted form of verification of primary residence) at the time of booking accommodation and again when checking in. No more than two people would be allowed per accommodation unit except for parents and children.

Tour operators would be allowed to conduct guided tours in open safari vehicles once regulations pertaining to their operations were gazetted.