You will now need an ID or driver’s licence before being allowed into the Kruger Park

As part of an ongoing push towards new technology and to help cut down on poaching, you will now need identification before being allowed to enter into the Kruger National Park.

In a statement released by the park on Tuesday, as from 1 September 2017, all visitors who are 18 years old and above must produce positive identity document for scanning to gain access.

Non-South African visitors must produce passports, although a South African driver’s licence will also be acceptable.

The new system will assist with monitoring of people’s movement who enter and exit the Park, and will ensure that information related to any persons entering the park is centrally recorded and monitored.

“The system will apply to everybody including SANParks staff members, suppliers and other residents of the Park and is expected to improve on our proactive surveillance, early warning and detection,” it said.

“In our quest to continue to enhance security for both wildlife and visitors, we will continue to make use of appropriate security technology.”

Visitors will still be required to go through their normal check-in or check-out at the gate receptions before proceeding to the security scanning process.

Training for the security personnel on the upgraded system is underway to minimize the possible delays as soon as the new operation kicks-in.

“We recognise that we have to keep a very fine balance between imposing potentially anti-tourist friendly security apparatus whilst also ensuring the protection of both Tourists and Wildlife.”

“We request the public to be patient during these very necessary security processes,” the park said.

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You will now need an ID or driver’s licence before being allowed into the Kruger Park