SANParks once again celebrates SA National Parks Week from 8 to 15 September 2019. This annual event gives all South African citizens the opportunity to visit one of the 21 national parks for free. This year the National Parks Week will also include weekends.
Since starting the programme in 2006, some 438 361 South Africans have been afforded the opportunity to enter national parks and SANParks hopes to see numbers grow this time around.
Some of the parks include Addo Elephant National Park, Bontebok National Park, Camdeboo National Park, Garden Route National Park, Karoo National Park, Mountain Zebra National Park, Table Mountain National Park, Tankwa Karoo National Park and West Coast National Park.
Free entry excludes Namaqua National Park and Boulders Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Cableway in Table Mountain National Park.
Please note that free access to the parks does not include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities.
“It’s important for South Africans to visit and know the importance of national parks. They act as spaces to practice sustainable conservation, as spaces that preserve and celebrate our culture and heritage, and we now see national parks playing the critical role of empowering communities living adjacent to parks through job creation and we continue to explore ways of creating business opportunities, particularly for small business owners,” said SANParks chief executive officer, Fundisile Mketeni.
The Garden Route National Park offers a variety of fun and adventurous activities including hiking and nature walks, forest excursions, birding, mountain biking and water activities.