Free Entry in celebration of SA National Parks Week

The annual South African National Parks Week takes placs this week (9 – 13 September 2013) affording South African day visitors free access into all National Parks across the country.

The National Parks Week initiative was born out of the realization that the majority of South Africa’s citizens were not visiting parks. Free access serves the purpose of helping to familiarise and create awareness about the understanding of environmental conservation amongst South African citizens.

Dr David Mabunda, Chief Executive of SANParks, said that the week aims to cultivate a culture of pride in all South Africans with their relationship with the country’s natural, cultural and historical heritage.

With a bit of a drive, Joburgers could consider visiting the Marakele National Park in the Waterberg which hosts one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of the endangered Cape Vulture, or the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State. Slightly further away, the Southern parts of the Kruger National Park might also be an option for a short visit.

Conditions applicable to the free entry are that access will only be granted to day visitors upon presentation of a green bar-coded South African identity document; children below the age of 12 years gain entry without proof of identity. Groups regarded as commercial ventures i.e. private open safari vehicles operators, tourists who come to the park on tour buses and overnight visitors are not included in this free access arrangement.

“The normal daily quota at the gates will still apply during that week and preference will be given based on first come first served basis. Know your Parks and act in their best interest by conserving nature”, concluded Mabasa.

For more information please visit the SANParks website: http://www.sanparks.org/

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