OSV Permits

Welcome to the first-of-its-kind public private partnership self-regulation project for the tourism industry in South Africa.

Open Safari Vehicles (OSV) operated by private businesses within the Kruger National Park (KNP) undergo annual permitting and contribute significantly to the Park’s revenue whilst offering tourists a unique game viewing opportunity.

In order to not just regulate but 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. This was also in keeping with the SANParks Responsible Tourism Strategy. SANParks, SATSA and OSV Operators worked together to craft the optimum modality for self-regulation of KNP OSV Permits.

Operators and Guides have contact with the KNP reporting structures and their extra eyes on the ground provide valuable information on injured and snared animals and suspicious activities. In addition, they work closely with the park on litter management.

The broader purpose of the project is to:

  • Facilitate good working relationships between public and private sector stakeholders
  • Drive the growth of the OSV industry for both SANParks and the Operators
  • Enhance the reputation of Kruger National Park as a destination of choice and that of the OSV’s (specifically with private visitors to the Kruger Park)
  • Contribute towards industry transformation through dedicated upliftment programmes
  • Speak with one voice and lobby pertinent issues (Operating Licences and Vehicle Classification)
  • Contribute towards responsible tourism through good corporate governance and due diligence
  • Improved regulations and greater adherence to these regulations

This, first of its kind, industry self-regulation project is a pilot which will be used as a bench mark and standard strategy to be rolled-out nationally to other parks.

Contact SATSA’s OSV Self-Regulation Unit

Paula Bester
OSV Project Manager
+27 (0)11 886 9996
+27 (0)83 381 8124