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Colourful conclusion to annual South African National Parks Week

Sep 17, 2019
Colourful conclusion to annual South African National Parks Week

Koukamma - The South African National Parks closed its 2019 free access week with a bang on Sunday.

This campaign under the established theme ‘Know Your National Parks’ allows locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice free of charge.

The week-long campaign is applicable to all the national parks managed by SANParks, with the exception of Boulders in Table Mountain National Park and Namaqua National Park. 

Speaking at a public event held in Tsitsikamma on Saturday, Park Manager for the Garden Route National Park, Paddy Gordon, said the Park organized activities out of the ordinary to attract South African citizens to National Parks.

"If it is activities that we need to organise to attract local communities to the Park, we will do just that," he said.

Environmental education programmes were also part of the week's cocktail of activities.

Councillor Pullen from Koukamma Municipality thanked the SANParks for the initiative.

"Our people look forward to this annual free access week to enter the Park. She also thanked Municipal officials, SAPS and other srakeholders present on the day."

It was difficult to determine, which activity was enjoyed the most as a local DJ Ian Rockman played popular tunes, children were busy in the play area, sporting activity included rugby and netball fixtures on Saturday and soccer on Sunday. 

Speaking about activities organised for SA National Parks Week this year, People & Conservation Officer for Tsitsikamma, Nobulumko Gantsho, said "we also organised indigenous games and a marimba band that mesmerised the crowd".

"We also organised a gospel show on Sunday and the Sportsfield was packed."

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