Cape Town - If your summer vacation plans include a visit to some of SA's parks, be prepared for an increase in tariffs, as SANParks implements new prices for its Wild Card programme.
Just ahead of SA's peak summer season, South African National Parks (SANParks) announced its new Wild Card programme membership tariffs. The adjustment, which occurs annually and applies to all parks, is effective from 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018.
SANParks’ Wild Card Programme Manager, Hein Grobler, says the adjustment "is in line with the yearly Consumer Price Index applied to daily conservation fees payable in our national parks".
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A price increase will apply to all Wild Card Programme Conservation Partners which includes SANParks, CapeNature, Msinsi, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Big Game Parks of Swaziland.
According to Grobler, despite a tariff increase, the Wild Card membership remains the "most affordable way to explore national parks and reserves in South Africa and Swaziland".
Wild Card Membership allows unlimited access to most of Southern Africa’s conservation areas, depending on the type of cluster you choose, and is also available for international visitors.
Membership is valid from the date of purchase for 365 days and is available for an individual, couple or family (any two adults and up to five children under the age of 18 years).
Individual Wild Card membership, which gives access to more than 80 parks and reserves around southern Africa and includes SANParks, Msinsi, EKZN Wildlife, Cape Nature and Swazi Clusters Parks, has increased from R515 to R565 for one person for the year.
Couple Wild Cards for all parks (two adults or one adult and one child) will now cost you R930 - an increase from last year’s price of R845.
Family Wild Cards for all parks (two adults and up to five children or one adult and up to six children) will be R1 140 for 2017/2018, up from last year’s R1 035.
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"Wild Card members don’t pay daily conservation fees when entering SA’s parks or reserves, and they only pay once and are free to visit how often they like for a whole year," says Grobler.
According to SANParks, all funds from conservation fees are used with the primary mandate "which is 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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