Durban: I wish to announce that as from this morning today, our strategic entity – Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has been gradually opening some of its Game Resorts in line with the COVID-19 Level 3 Regulations.
We promise nature lovers and the public at large unparalleled experience of the wildlife and eco-tourism in the following game reserves:-
- Didima Resort (Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site)
- Giant’s Castle (Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site)
- Royal Natal (Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site)
- Midmar Nature Reserve
- Wagendrift Nature Reserve
- Weenen Nature Reserve
- Spionkop Reserves
- Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park
- Umhlanga Lagoon
- Umlalazi Nature Reserve
- Kranskloof Nature Reserve
- Chelmsford Nature Reserve
- Ithala Game Reserve
- All game reserves under ISimangaliso Wetlands Park World Heritage Site
- Kenneth Steinberg.
Nature lovers visiting Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park are advised that our friendly and warm staff at both gates will take only cash and Rhino Loyalty Cards.
Hides are closed but ablution facilities are open at this oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa – 96 000 hectares. Home to the African Big 5, this park has the largest white Rhino population in the whole world.
Critically, only self-drive excursions is permitted in our game reserves with a maximum of 3 people per car. This is in line with COVID-19 regulations social distancing. Other protocols to be followed include hand-sanitizing and wearing of masks.
In addition, communities living adjacent to reserves that do not have dangerous animals like Royal Natal, Didima and Giant’s Castle will also be able to hike throughout their preferred hiking spots.
They will be allowed to reconnect with nature, provided they are not in groups and they keep physical distance as per the exercising guidelines.
Accommodation facilities will remain closed to the public except to those who may be on business trips. Ezemvelo manages more than 114 protected areas and close to 40 facilities that provide accommodation to 6500 people per night.
I wish to reiterate that despite the major setback on the tourism front, our vision remains that of building a strong and sustainable tourism sector that improves the lives of the people of KwaZulu-Natal.
I have stated previously that we have resolved to use our entity, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife as part of efforts to attract tourists to the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Once domestic and international tourists are allowed to visit this province, KZN Wildlife will be a game changer.