Mbabane: Tourists visiting Big Game Parks will have to fork out of their pockets an extra E50.00 per person to be able to use picnic facilities beginning from December 10, 2020.
In a statement released by Big Game Parks on Wednesday, it was announced that the picnic facilities that will be mostly affected by the new fees are Hlane and Mlilwane Game Reserves.
According to Big Game Parks, the new picnic and swimming fees will be E50.00 per person and this fee is payable per person for the use of designated picnics, braai sites and swimming pools where applicable in the camps.
“The decision to introduce the fees was out of necessity, to better enable us to survive this challenging time, and Big Game Parks is committed to, as far as possible, providing a COVID-19-safe experience, and hence will continue to limit numbers and disallow alcohol beyond the restaurant”, reads the statement.
All fees include a bundle of fire wood for a braai, with additional firewood on sale, for use on the park only.
The statement further stated that Hlane’s picnic fee will be E30, lower due to not having a swimming pool.
Mlilwane has rearranged the seating in the pool area to maximize social distancing between patrons, while providing great picnicking.
“We request the seating is not moved, and do encourage suggestions. Numbers in the pool are limited at any one time, and guests are requested to rotate and allow others a chance to swim”.
“Once our Picnic site at KaMsholo has been created, the same will apply”.
Tourist will continue to pay the normal E50.00 per person and E30.00 per child as conservation fee. The conservation fee allows visitors to access the park. Big game parks says the conservation fee contributes to wildlife management, fencing, rangers and road trail maintenance. Payment of the conservation fee allows guest to self-drive, cycle, hike and trail run on roads and trails. Day visitors may visit the restaurant and participate in activities departing from the rest camp.
Big Game Parks (BGP) is a private non-profit Trust which manages three game reserves in Eswatini; Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve as well as KaMsholo. All follow a common mission: to conserve the rich biodiversity of Swaziland’s natural heritage.
Big Game Parks has paved the way, playing a vital national role in conservation and constantly pioneering new eco-tourism products as the leading eco-tourism destination in the Kingdom of Eswatini.