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Visit Any National Park for Free During the 2015 South African National Parks Week

National Parks and Nature Reserves: A South African Field GuideSouth African National Parks Week will take place from 14 to 18 September this year and for the whole week South African National Parks (SANParks) will be opening their doors to the public – for free!

The annual event forms part of the ongoing “Know Your National Parks” campaign and any person with a valid South African ID book will be allowed to enter our wonderful national parks free of charge.

SANParks acting head of communications, Reynold Thakhuli, says the aim of the week is to instill a sense of pride in South Africans of our natural heritage and resources: “When people start to take pride in the national parks, then we believe that they will start to understand the importance of conservation.”

All the parks will also be hosting activities focusing on education. Read the article:

All of the parks will be hosting activities during the week which will be aimed at education. “We are focused on involving young people and communities, to cultivate knowledge of the importance of conservation and an appreciation for the country’s natural heritage”, said Thakhuli.

The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) will launch the week in Knysna on 14 September which will focus on conservation initiatives, activities in the forestry and estuarine areas and business opportunities in the Park. Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West in the Western Cape will host two groups from the local community to a special programme every day. This will kick off with an entertaining presentation about the search and recapture of Sylvester, the lion which went on a walkabout from the park for 24 days. The Kruger National Park will host two seminars for traditional leaders from the surrounding communities bordering the park and also strategic media executives for the purpose of exposing them to the tourism products that exist in the Park.

In the run-up to National Parks Week SANParks have been tweeting images of famous landmarks and urging nature lovers to guess which park it is:

Join the conversation on Twitter by following @SANParks or by using the hashtags #SANationalParksWeek and #KnowYourNationalParks.

So now the only question remains, which park(s) will you be visiting next week?

To help you make the decision, read National Parks and Nature Reserves: A South African Field Guide by Chris and Mathilde Stuart, and tell us about the experience on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Monday, 14 September 2015
  • Place: South African National Parks
  • Cost: Absolutely free!
  • RSVP: Not required, but remember your South African ID


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