Pilanesberg National Park reopens tomorrow Friday 12 June

The North West Parks Board has confirmed that Pilanesberg will open tomorrow [Friday, 12 June]. Under Level 3 restrictions, only day visitors are allowed.

The Pilanesberg National Park & Wildlife Trust announced on Facebook that only two gates will be opening: Bakubung and Manyane. The gates will open at 6:30 and close at 18:00.

Gate entrance fees for an SA national is R80, SA pensioner is R40, and children age 6-12 is R30 per child. The car levy is R40 and for foreign nationals the entrance fee is R110 and ID documents will need to be brought along. The Trust has stated that no pre-booking is necessary.

Dinah Rangaka from the North West Parks Board spoke to Getaway Magazine and said that upon arrival, visitors will have to fill out a register.

‘Not everybody has a permit, so most will be expected to fill in a register and are expected to be truthful about their place of residence.’

Cross-border travel is prohibited under Level 3.

The park will supply hand sanitisers but you are requested and recommended to bring your own in case those placed at the hides are stolen. No braaing at any point in the park. Bring picnic stuff if you want to eat in the park, but no fires allowed,’ said the statement.

The Trust has stressed the importance of maintaining social distancing. While toilets and hides will be open, if there are too many cars it’s best to move on.

Many of the animals have gotten used to the absence of humans and so drivers need to remain vigilant and patient.

‘The animals, especially the elephants, have made the roads their own. Please give them room and be patient with them. They are not used to you anymore.’

The park has also recently dehorned all their rhinos, a decision that was not made lightly.

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