South African National Parks (SANParks) has advised travelers that it has not opened for overnight accommodation as per Level 3 lockdown regulations on leisure and interprovincial travel.
According to a report by the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA), day self-drives in national parks continue to be permissible for residents of the various provinces that the respective National Parks are located in.
“Visitors are urged to book online and to observe all COVID-19 health protocols while in the park, including exiting the park with as much of their refuse as hygienically possible,” said SATSA.
SANParks Chief Executive Officer, Fundisile Mketeni, admitted that the organization was aware that many domestic tourists were eager to enjoy the tranquility offered by national parks and that they would like to extend the current self-drive opportunities to overnight stays.
“We urge tourists to be patient until leisure travel and interprovincial travel regulations are implemented,” added Mketeni.
SANParks further advised those with overnight bookings to delay their travel and not cancel.