29 May 2015

Kruger National Park: Visitor numbers on the rise!

South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs has published the visitor statistics for Kruger National Park in the 2014/15 financial year. According to the statistics, the total number of 1,659,793 guests passed through the gates of Kruger National Park in the past year, compared to 1,556,916 the previous financial year. Of this number 1,277,397 were day visitors and 382,396 were overnight guests.

Day visitor volumes picked up noticeably in December 2014, with 148,138 day visitors entering the park. Between the 2012/2013 and 2014/15 financial years, the number of day visitors entering the Kruger National Park grew by an additional 239 817.
Guests, who spent a night or more inside Kruger National Park (overnight guests), generated a total of R321,482 million in accommodation fees for South African National Parks (SANParks).
The majority of SADC visitors entered from the Punda Maria Gate (10,378), while the majority of "other international" visitors entered Kruger National Park from Phabeni Gate (76,920).
Of the 25 camping facilities operated by SANParks inside Kruger National Park, the majority overnighted at the popular Skukuza Rest Camp.
Visitor numbers for the 2015/2016 financial year look similarly promising. The sub-total of day visitor numbers through April 2015 are 108,284 and 35,093 overnight guests.

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