Welcome to the first of its kind tourism industry self-regulation project in South Africa.
There are over 250 Open Safari Vehicles (OSV) operated by private businesses within the Kruger National Park, working on an annual permit basis. They contribute significantly to SANParks revenue and offer tourists a unique game viewing opportunity. Bearing in mind the SANParks Responsible Tourism Strategy and in an effort to not just regulate but actually strengthen the industry (considering the safety and experience of each tourist getting into an OSV), SANParks recognised that an industry self-regulation project would best suit OSV permitting regulation.
A Steering Committee was established and through a joint process undertaken over the past year, SANParks, SATSA and OSV Operators worked together to craft the optimum modality for self-regulation of Kruger National Park OSV Permits.
“As part of the implementation of the SANParks Responsible Tourism Strategy, our partnership with the Open Safari Vehicle Industry was identified as an area that required better regulation, safety and monitoring. In order to achieve this SANParks has worked very closely with SATSA and the industry to formulate a self-regulation model, that we believe is not only sustainable, but will drive both growth and transformation,” says Glenn Phillips, Kruger National Park Managing Executive.
SATSA, initially brought on board by the OSV Operators to assist in negotiations with SANParks, was chosen as the implementing industry partner. “We are honoured to have been chosen to facilitate this project and look forward to taking it from regulation to partnership,” comments David Frost, SATSA Chief Executive Officer.
Contact SATSA’s OSV Self-Regulation Unit