In an effort to promote access to the natural beauty that South Africa has to offer, the South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) and Total South Africa, have launched the 9th National Parks Week.
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The week, officially launched by the Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi, runs from Monday the 8th of September to Friday the 12th of September.
Launched under the theme, “Know Your National Parks,” the week will allow free access to the majority of national parks under SANParks management. The official launch was held in the Tsitsikamma section of Garden Route National Park.
National Parks Week
The National Parks Week initiative was born out of the realisation that the majority of South Africa’s citizens were not visiting parks.
According to SANParks, the week is also an opportunity to showcase all national parks as key and affordable local holiday destinations which offer a unique and enlightening experience that families and individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles and communities could enjoy.
Acting Chief Executive of SANParks, Abe Sibiya said free access will be granted to South African day visitors. “This is also an effort to reach out and allow all citizens a chance to freely access something they might not have been exposed to,” he said. Access will be granted on the presentation of valid identification documentations. This only applies to people older than 16-years. This is also part of the effort to promote schools to visit parks during the week.
There are limitations to the visit, but these are only extended to commercial ventures within the parks, such as Safari tours. “The normal daily quota at the gates will still apply during the week and preference will be given based on first come first served basis. Know your parks and fall in love with conserving nature,” Sibiya said.
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