SANPARKS have officially announced the successful bidders for the provision of eateries and retail services at various national parks.
The announcement was made at the organisation’s base of operations in Pretoria following weeks of arbitration which began with tender processes.
A new retail agreement was agreed upon between SANparks and Tourvest for operations in the Kruger National Park, Tsitsikamma National Park and Addo Elephant national park.
According to SANparks chief executive, this agreement was done mainly to improve tourists’ shopping experiences and to upgrade the shops and make them more Eco-friendly.
SANparks also embarked on a tender process to appoint operators for restaurants in Kruger National Park. The bidders had several obligations to meet, such as operating, development and refurbishment requirements and specified obligations.
In the Kruger’s lower regions, Mugg and Bean restaurants will be fully operational from March, while the Pretoriuskop and Satara rest camps will have Wimpy restaurants with operations expected to commence in March.
The Skukuza Selati restaurant will be operated by Ciao! and is expected to start operations in December and the main camp restaurant and takeaway will be serviced by Cattle Baron and Bistro with operations commencing in May.
Details were given of refurbishments and timelines for Skukuza Airport after an earlier announcement that it will be serviced by the Airport Management Company, a consortium which will operate the airport for a decade.