SANParks OPENS FOR SELF-DRIVE DAY EXCURSIONS
Monday, 8th June 2020
SANParks OPENS FOR SELF-DRIVE DAY EXCURSIONS AFTER TWO MONTHS
South Africa National Parks (SANParks) today announced that self-drive excursions for day visitors will be permitted from Monday, 8 June 2020 in parks that cater for self-drives.
SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni said SANParks used this week to prepare for the expected arrivals of guests to parks. “We appreciate that after two months of confinement, the public is keen to engage with nature and the excitement as shown by enquiries from our loyal visitors is encouraging. We are obligated to ensure that the opening of our national parks for self-drive excursions is done under the strictest health protocols to safeguard both our staff and guests.”
As a result, we are limiting face-to-face contact between staff and guests by encouraging online and telephonic day visit bookings and full payment of conservation fees prior to arrival where possible. Bookings can be made at 012 428 9111 or www.sanparks.org from Monday 8 June. In the case of Wild Card members, guests have to ensure that their membership is valid prior to arrival.
He said Namaqua National Park as well as Boulders and Cape Point in Table Mountain National Park remain closed for the meantime and the majority of gates at Kruger National Park will be open with the exception of Pafuri and Numbi gates. Gate quotas for Kruger have been revised to approximately one third of what they were prior to COVID-19. Three time slots for arrival will be introduced with the understanding that booked day visitors must arrive at the gate within that time span. Slot 1 is from 06:00 to 08:00, Slot 2 from 08:00 to 10:00 and Slot 3 from 10:00 onwards. Hides and picnic spots at all parks remain closed; braaing at picnic sites will also not be allowed during this period. Ablutions will be open in camps, at gates and at some picnic spots. A limited number of shops and petrol stations will open in some parks during the course of the week and will be operated in accordance with relevant Level 3 lockdown regulations. Further information and updates will be available on our website on Monday 8 June 2020.
The national lockdown regulations relating to movement between provinces must be observed within the parks. “This means inter-provincial travel within parks that stretch between two provinces will not permitted. Guests therefore must exit into the province from which they entered the park. “
He said everything as we knew it has fundamentally changed by COVID-19, “therefore we are requesting guests to adhere to all official alert level 3 regulations when inside the parks including wearing masks, keeping social distance, and following transport capacity directives. We also implore guests not to deposit their litter inside the bins within the parks but to leave with as much of it as hygienically possible.”
You have to phone one of the following numbers to book your ADDO DAY TRIP.
ONLY between 8am and 4pm please.
You could also send a message via whatsapp:
*Date you want to visit
*Gate you want to enter
*Number of people
*Do you have wildcards or not.
*Client code or ID number
*Email address to send your reservation letter
You will be processed from your car at the gates – no getting out of your car to go to the office.
Please make sure you are wearing your facemasks.
PLEASE also be kind and patient in your dealings with these ladies, they are inundated with calls.
If they do not answer its because they are on a call.
Leave a message.
They WILL get back to you asap.
DO NOT simply arrive at gates, you will be turned away.
HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES AND PRECAUTIONS
We as owners and managers of Hitgeheim Country Lodge, like the rest of the world, is horrified at the Covid 19 Pandemic currently taking place worldwide.
We are very fortunate to point out the following safety benefits of staying with us:
- Our lodge and chalets are perfectly setup for social distancing.
- We have selected to open our 5 superior rooms, giving you as much space, peace and quiet as possible, thus practicing social distancing.
- You do not have to interact with us as management, our well trained staff or other guests.
- You can be perfectly private in your unit and surrounding areas and enjoy the quiet beauty of the Addo bushveld from your private wooden deck.
- Addo at present does not have any reportable cases of the Coronavirus. We service the chalets well before your arrival and are extremely vigilant with our cleaning routines; no-one will enter your unit for at least an hour before you check in. Our staff are trained on the importance of using the correct cleaning agents and disinfectants on all areas of high contact and touch such as door handles, fridge, doors, remotes, handles etc. Linen and towels are washed on a very high temperature setting.
- All linen is further ironed as well. The best disinfectants solution we can source are placed in your rooms, but please bring the wipes, hand sanitiser, any specific cleaning agents you are most happy with. The only common areas we have at Hitgeheim is our lounge, dining area and swimming pool.
Wash your hands frequently – regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Maintain social distancing – maintain at least one-metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Practice respiratory hygiene – covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and again wash hands! If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Please feel free to contact us and discuss any matters you may have concerns on. We will endeavour to do our best you ensure you have a happy and comfortable and safe stay with us.
We fully understand that as much as we want to shake your hand in greeting and in welcoming you, fist pumps and air high fives are the order of the day and we look forward to welcoming you!
As we will only open 5 of our 16 rooms at in order to keep in accordance with the law of social distancing as well as no mass gatherings, our lodge will now only accommodate a maximum of 10 guests. This allows for social distancing and for the prevention of interacting to closely with staff and other guests. You can view the rooms that are available by clicking here