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Next time you plan a day visit to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, take note of the limit of 20 vehicles per day.

Day visitors to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park are advised to book their visit to this arid park sooner rather than later. This after SANParks implemented a new system limiting day visitors to 20 vehicles per day as of May 2017.

According to Christa von Elling, tourism manager of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the new arrangement was implemented due to the park’s carrying capacity for people and vehicles. “This is a permanent arrangement. Guests can book their permits directly at reception at their point of entry – Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata or Nossob.”

Christa says the new day limit will positively impact the park’s natural environment. “It will limit the number of vehicles on the road and therefore take the strain off the gravel roads. This will assist in limiting the amount of grading to be done, which in turns help prevent ‘sidewalls’ on the road increasing in height. The picnic areas also have limited water and space available.”

The limit of 20 day-visitor vehicles in total will be a boon for wildlife. For animals, fewer vehicles mean less pollution, less noise, and less interference.

Fewer cars at major sightings will enhance guests’ wilderness experience.
– Christa von Elling

Book in advance

If you’re planning a day visit, make a booking well in advance to prevent disappointment. To do so, contact reception at the following rest camps:

  • Twee Rivieren: +27 (0)54 561 2000/2050/2051
  • Mata Mata: +27 (0)54 561 0907
  • Nossob: +27 (0)54 561 0903

Take note that the vehicle limit for day visitors excludes overnight visitors.

Featured picture by Gerhard Vosloo