To build South Africans’ pride in the country’s natural, cultural and historical heritage, South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering free entry to citizens during SANParks Week.
SANParks will be opening its 11th annual SA National Parks Week at Addo Elephant National Park from 12 to 16 September 2016. This initiative in partnership with Total SA and FNB is in line with SANParks vision statement of ‘A sustainable National Park System Connecting Society’.
“When people take pride in the national parks, they will start to understand the importance of conservation,” said SANParks acting head of communications, William Mabasa.
Started in 2006, the theme of the week this year is “Know your national parks”.
Access to the parks is free to South Africans with a valid identity document; however, entry will also be free to children under the age of 16 without proof of identity.
“It should be noted that the free access to the parks will not include accommodation and any commercial activities in the park such as guided safaris in vehicles or guided walks, etc,” said SANParks.
Mabasa said this year’s SANParks Week would include exhibitions showcasing the myriad geographical regions of the parks.
“The expo will include cultural, conservation, nursery and tourism aspects from the community, rangers and various conservation entities in order to highlight the broader South African biodiversity landscape.”
Some of the parks that you can visit for free include Addo Elephant National Park, Garden Route National Park, Kruger National Park, Mokala National Park, Table Mountain National Park West Coast National Park.
Check out the full list of all the parks here. And let us know if you’ll be using the opportunity to visit any of the amazing sites that South Africa has to offer.