SANParks: Annual tariff increases at some of SA's national parks

2017-10-26 14:30 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - With summer holiday planning underway, travellers are advised to take note of new tariff increases at a number of South Africa's national parks.

In addition to its new Wild Card programme membership tariffs, which occurs annually and applies to all parks from 1 November 2017, South African National Parks (SANParks) announced new annual tariff increases at some of its parks.

The parks which will see new entry fees being implemented from 1 November 2017 until 31 October 2018, include a number of parks in the Western Cape, as well as Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West, Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock, Camdeboo National Park outside Graaff-Reinet and Addo Elephant National Park outside Port Elizabeth.

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According to SANParks, Karoo National Park and Mountain Zebra National Park will both see an increase in the daily conservation fees for South African citizens from R44 to R48. Rates for SA children under 12 years old are 50% of the adult price at R24 per child.

Visitors from SADC countries to both these parks will need to pay R96 from 1 November, while those from "other foreign countries may expect to pay R192" says SANParks.  "The rate for children is always half the price of the adults – at R48 and R96 respectively," adds SANParks.

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"Conservation fees are discounted for South African citizens in view of the financially disadvantaged status of the majority of people and the contribution by taxpayers to government funds," says SANParks.

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Camdeboo National Park will see the daily conservation fees for South African citizens set to increase from R35 to R38. Rates for SA children under 12 years old will be R19 per child, visitors from SADC countries will pay R76 from 1 November, and foreign tourists will pay R112.  The rate for foreign children will be half the price of the adults – at R38 and R56 respectively.

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At Addo Elephant National Park, daily conservation fees for South Africans will increase from R62 to R68 for adults and will cost R34 per child. Visitors from SADC countries will pay R136, whilst all those from other foreign countries may expect to pay R272.  The rate for children will be R68 and R136 respectively.

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Tariff increases in Western Cape parks

Daily conservation fees will increase at the following parks:

Agulhas National Park

Fees for South African citizens is set to increase from R37 to R40. Rates for SA children under 12 years old are 50% of the adult price at R20 per child.

Visitors from SADC countries will pay R140 from 1 November whilst those from all other foreign countries may expect to pay R160.  The rate for children is always half the price of the adults – at R70 and R80 respectively.

Bontebok National Park

The daily conservation fees for South Africans will increase from R37 to R40. Rates for SA children under 12 years will cost R20 each.

Visitors from SADC countries will pay R80 from 1 November, and those from all other foreign countries may expect to pay R112.  The rate for children is R40 and R56 respectively.

Table Mountain National Park (Adult rates – 12 years and older)

  • Boulders - increase from R70 to R75
  • Cape of Good Hope - increase from R135 to R145
  • Newlands - remains R25
  • Oudekraal - remains R40
  • Perdekloof - remains R15
  • Silvermine - remains R50
  • Tokai Picnic and Braai area - remains R25

Tankwa Karoo National Park

The daily conservation fees for South African adults is set to increase from R37 to R40, while it will cost SA children R20 each.

Visitors from SADC countries will pay R56 from 1 November whilst those from all other foreign countries may expect to pay R160.  The rate for children will be R28 and R80 respectively.

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West Coast National Park

Conservation fees for SA citizens will increase from R37 to R54. Rates for SA children will be R27 per child. Visitors from SADC countries and from all other foreign countries may expect to pay R80.  The rate for children is R40.

During flower season the entry fees for South Africans will be R76 for adults and R38 for children. Visitors from SADC countries will pay R110 from 1 November 2017 whilst those from all other foreign countries may expect to pay R170.  The rate for children is R55 and R85 respectively. 

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South African children under two years old get to enter for free at all of the above mentioned Parks.

SANParks says it uses all funds generated from the entry fees to "oversee the conservation of South Africa’s biodiversity, landscapes, seascapes and associated heritage assets through a system of national parks".

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