The Mjejane Bridge, providing the only private access into the Kruger National Park through Mjejane Game Reserve, has finally re-opened in time for the December peak travel period with a reduced fee.
It was a historic occasion for the reserve as well as for tourism when the access bridge was finally opened on 7 November 2020,” says Sharmila Ragunanan, Marketing Manager of Dream Hotels & Resorts (DHR).
With 19 properties under their portfolio, the mixed-use accommodation group currently owns and manages Mjejane Bush Camp which offers a range of shared ownership accommodation options.
“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. This event is vital for attracting much-needed capital back into the area.”
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.
On 14 of July 2020, the Mjejane Game Reserve Home Owners Association (HOA) and SANParks entered into an agreement for preferential access via the bridge into the KNP for an initial six-month period due to low use. During this period, SANParks allocated 10 permits per day, with Mjejane Bush Camp guaranteed two per day along with access to any unused permits.
“As mentioned, this limit was implemented due to the initial low use of the bridge when the fee structure made it quite expensive,” Ragunanan explains.
“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 per person and R100 per vehicle, to R25 per person and R25 per 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,” she concludes.