In celebration of spring and in a bid to stoke Mzansi pride, South African National Parks (SANParks) kicked off its annual week-long campaign on Monday, September 14, that affords South African residents free access to nearly all of the 19 national parks. This offer will last until Saturday, September 19, so make sure to get out there and breathe in the fresh air.
In the Cape Region, Bontebok National Park, Garden Route National Park, Tankwa Karoo National Park, Table Mountain National Park (excluding Boulders Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway) and West Coast National Park are waiving their costs and ushering in visitors for less than even a pretty penny.
This year is extra special as it marks the tenth SANParks Week – the initiative’s formal title – and as in the past, organisers will look to better acquaint locals with their culture and heritage, draw attention to conservation issues and cultivate more of a knowledge base about the country’s wild and wonderful natural spaces.
To qualify for this seasonal offer, it’s merely necessary to present an official, green barcoded or smart SA ID at the time of entry. Though, as the campaign particularly looks to drive adolescents to the parks, young persons under the age of 16 will be granted free access even without proof of identity.
* Visit www.sanparks.org for more information on activities that are lined up for this period.