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.”
Mjejane Bridge provides the only private access into the Kruger National Park. Image: Supplied
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.
During this period, SANParks allocated 10 permits a day, with Mjejane Bush Camp guaranteed two a day along with access to any unused permits.