South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on 13 Dec 2012 that for the 2013/14 tariff year annual increases in conservation fees will be higher than anticipated. According to Joep Stevens, SANParks General Manager: Strategic Tourism Services, this became unavoidable due to the provision of additional conservation functions such as additional security measures in parks such as Kruger National Park, Marakele National Park and Table Mountain National Park.
Conservation fees will rise by 15%-25%, while the overall accommodation rates will increase by an average of 10,1%. SANParks will also adjust the accommodation rate structure to align with industry standards by introducing a low season rate, a shoulder season rate and a high season rate.
These new rate changes will come into effect on 01 November 2013; bookings for November 2013 will open on 18 December 2012.