November 27, 2020

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Private access to Kruger Park reopens at Mjejane Bridge

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The re-opening is just in time for the December peak travel period – only visitors will now benefit from a reduced fee. 

It was an important occasion both for the reserve and for tourism when the access bridge was finally reopened on 7 November, says Sharmila Ragunanan, marketing manager of Dream Hotels & Resorts. 

With 19 properties in its portfolio, the mixed-use accommodation group owns and manages Mjejane Bush Camp, which has a range of shared ownership accommodation options.

Re-opening to bring much-needed capital into area

“We are extremely pleased that this long-awaited re-opening has finally happened, and just in time for the recent announcement that South Africa’s borders are open for international travellers,” Ragunanan said.

“This event is vital for attracting much-needed capital back into the area.”

Kruger National Park
Mjejane Bridge provides the only private access into the Kruger National Park. Image: Supplied

Mjejane Game Reserve benefits local community

Mjejane Game Reserve forms part of a recently settled land claim from the Lugedlane community, who benefit from the sale of properties, the building of lodges and the overall tourism economy, including skills transfer, training as game rangers and providing key services in support of the maintenance and operations of the reserve.

The Mjejane Game Reserve Home Owners Association and SANParks entered into an agreement on 14 July for preferential access via the bridge into the Kruger National Park for an initial six-month period due to low use.

Reduced entry fee to benefit surrounding community

During this period, SANParks allocated 10 permits a day, with Mjejane Bush Camp guaranteed two a day along with access to any unused permits. 

“This limit was implemented due to the initial low use of the bridge when the fee structure made it quite expensive,” Ragunanan said. 

“We believe the reduced rate will encourage greater use and ultimately generate a greater community benefit due to a higher volume of fees.

“We are also hoping that, with an increased demand, SANParks will consider an increase in the amount of permits issued per day.” 

The cost for use of the Mjejane Bridge has now been reduced from R50 a person and R100 a vehicle, to R25 a person and R25 a vehicle.

“We are excited to welcome our owners and their families back to Mjejane Bush Camp, and wish them utmost enjoyment of this unique feature – the first and only private access into Kruger National Park,” Ragunanan said.

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