South African National Parks (SANParks) are all geared to host South African National Parks Week from September 18.
During the week all South African citizens are allowed to enter most national parks for free for a day visit. Since its inception in 2006, National Parks week has seen an influx of over 220 000 day visitors in all participating National Parks.
Lombard Shirindzi, General Manager of the Northern Region Parks, said the concept of National Parks Week was established in a bid to cultivate a sense of pride in South Africa’s natural, cultural and historical heritage, protected by the National Parks system.
SA National Parks will officially be launched on the 17th September 2017 at an event to be officiated by the minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa at Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the eastern Free State.
From September 18, people can visit any SanPark, including Mapungubwe, Marakele and Kruger in the Limpopo Province. Golden Gate, Mapungubwe and Marakele will extend the week to Sunday the 24th September while the last day for free entry for Kruger is September 22.
“Our theme for this year is still ‘Know your national parks’ and we encourage one and all to visit these parks that are full of rich history and heritage,” said Shirindz.
School groups, community members and higher education institutions are encouraged to use this opportunity to visit. All that is required is for individuals to produce their green bar-coded South African identity document.
For further information, contact Mapungubwe (015) 534 7923/4, Marakele (014) 777- 6929 and Golden Gate (058) 255 0937.