Kruger clamps down on border controls

Jun 25, 2014
All business operators traveling through the Kruger National Park (KNP)’s border gates (Giriyondo and Pafuri) transporting passengers to and from Mozambique will be required to produce valid passenger transport permits from August 1, SANParks has announced.

According to SANParks, the new regulations follow an agreement signed by relevant stakeholders from local government and cross border transport agencies in South Africa and Mozambique. The control measure also comes after the rule requiring visitors to stay over one night in either Kruger or Limpopo National Park before crossing the border, came into effect in December 2011 and is in force.

“We will continue to tighten up controls at the two border gates as these are meant to afford tourists to travel between these parks without having to exit the parks. The routes for these border gates are classified as tourists roads and do not allow for commercial traffic therefore the idea is to encourage people to travel from one national park to another,” says William Mabasa, GM: Communications & Marketing, Kruger.

Without a registered passenger transport permit, operators will be refused admission and they would need to use other routes outside the Park leading to their destination. Application forms for the permits are available at Phalaborwa, Pafuri and Punda Maria gates.

Limpopo, together with Kruger in SA and Gonarrhezou in Zimbabwe form part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a conservation area initiated to promote collaboration in the management of shared natural resources along the international boundaries.

Article source: www.tourismupdate.co.za

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