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SANPARKS: Visit national parks for free during September

SANPARKS: Visit national parks for free during September

The South African National Parks (SANparks) has released a statement saying that entry to all its reserves will be free from 8-12 September. This move forms part of a week-long campaign, dubbed ‘Know Your National Parks’,and allows day visitors to enter any national park for free during this time.

SANparks Acting Head of Communications, Reynold Thakhuli, said that the initiative, which started in 2006 after it became apparent that a large percentage of South Africans were not visiting the parks, aims to “cultivate a culture of pride in all South Africans in their relationship with the country’s natural, cultural and historical heritage.”

“When people start to take pride in the national parks, then we believe that they will start to understand the importance of conservation,” said Thakhuli.

“The survival of the South African national parks system and our natural and cultural heritage lies in the people of South Africa and 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.”

He has also called upon schools to make use of the campaign saying that, “We especially want our young people to take advantage of this opportunity because this heritage will be under their protection in the near future.”