South African National Parks (SANParks) announced its decision to close all its tourism facilities to the public, effective on Wednesday, in support of the lockdown declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa to combat the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic

SANParks Chief executive, Fundisile Mketeni said as we all face this unprecedented and unpredictable situation.

“We would like to assure our staff and visitors that their health and wellbeing is of critical importance. We therefore request that all overnight guests vacate the parks today, 25 Wednesday and ensure they have adequate time to return to their homes by the lockdown time of midnight on Thursday, 26 March. Day visitors will also not be permitted to enter the parks from today,” said Mketeni.

He said guests from high-risk countries currently resident in the parks who arrived in the country before March 9 are instructed not to leave the parks.

“All such guests have been identified and staff on the ground will provide them with support and further information regarding their travel arrangements as well as facilitate contact with their embassies.”

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According to Mketeni SANParks has reviewed its reservations policy to accommodate its valued guests and are happy to announce that all amendments and postponements will not be penalised or charged extra fees .

“It is for this reason that we request guests whose trips have been cut short or those who cannot make their SANParks bookings due to the lockdown to rather consider postponement to a later stage instead of cancellations,” he said.

He added that in instances where the traveller may not have a fixed date for the postponed booking, they should contact the call centre at reservations@sanparks.org. Cancellations will however be subjected to the standard cancellation terms and conditions.

On Tuesday, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said she has instructed that tourist attractions across the country be closed following Ramaphosa’s announcement of a national lockdown from midnight on Thursday.

Author: ANA Newswire