Registered tour operators bringing international visitors to the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) can now pay 50% of the tariff when visiting the park for only four hours.

Management has approved the implementation of the readjustment with immediate effect. Other visitors to the park will still pay the full amount as approved and announced last November. These include the Consumer Price Index for 2017/2018, hence the increase.

All funds generated from conservation fees are reinvested into the primary mandate of SANParks, which is to oversee the conservation of South Africa’s biodiversity, seascapes, landscapes and associated heritage assets through a system of national parks.

All visitors and tour operators are encouraged to pre-book for both day activities and overnight visits, as the construction of the gate project is still under way, with completion expected at the end of April.

Conservation fees for all three sections of the GRNP are as follows:

-Storms River Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma):

SA citizens – Adult: R54 (€3,65), Children (two to 11 years): R27 (€1,8); SADC visitors – Adults: R108 (€7,3), Children: R54 (€3,65); International visitors – Adults: R216 (€14,6), Children: R108 (€7,3).

-Nature’s Valley (Tsitsikamma):

SA citizens – Adults: R48 (€3,2), Children: R24 (€1,6); SADC visitors – Adults: R48 (€3,2), Children: R24 (€1,6); International visitors – Adults: R96 (€6,5), Children: R48 (€3,2).

-Knysna:

SA citizens – Adults: R32 (€2), Children: R16 (€1); SADC visitors – Adults: R64 (€4,3), Children: R32 (€2); International visitors – Adults: R128 (€8,6), Children: R64 (€4,3).

-Wilderness (Ebb & Flow Rest Camp):

SA citizens – Adults: R40 (€2,7), Children: R20 (€1,3); SADC visitors – Adults: R80 (€5,4), Children: R40 (€2,7); International visitors – Adults: R130 (€8,7), Children: R65 (€4,4).