While day self-drives in national parks are allowed for residents of the various provinces in which the respective National Parks are located, overnight accommodation remains unavailable at The South African National Parks (SANParks).
This is in accordance with Level 3 lockdown regulations on leisure and interprovincial travel.
Visitors to the parks are urged to book online and to observe all COVID-19 health protocols put in place while in the park - this includes exiting the park with as much of their refuse as hygienically possible.
SANParks Chief Executive Officer Fundisile Mketeni said the organisation is aware that many domestic tourists are eager to enjoy the tranquillity offered by national parks.
He said that they would like to extend the current self-drive opportunities to overnight stays but urged tourists to be patient until leisure travel and interprovincial travel regulations are implemented.
SANParks has suspended all overnight bookings for July, but the public will be advised in due course when bookings open.
The organisation advised those with overnight bookings to delay their travel and not cancel.
Mketeni appealed to South Africans to continue supporting the government’s efforts to minimise the impact of COVID-19 by adhering to lockdown rules.
“We are seeing increasing infection numbers and regrettably the loss of lives as well. This is a reminder that a decision to open up our facilities has to be well-considered to ensure our colleagues, tourists, their friends and families’ health are not compromised.
“We all have to be patient and trust the processes and decisions of our leaders during this difficult time. We will announce the dates for the reopening of accommodation bookings in due course,” he said.