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You can still visit South African national parks for free until Friday

Sep 12, 2018
You can still visit South African national parks for free until Friday

You still have two days to visit your local national park for free before the close of the 2018 South African National Parks Week.

Beginning on Monday and closing on Friday, 14 September, the South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with Total South Africa and FNB once again opened doors to South Africans to heed the call to visit a national park for free and experience what the parks and life on the wild side has to offer.

The week-long campaign encourages citizens through the #LiveYourWild campaign to visit a national park and be part of a world-wide campaign that was conceived in South Africa in 2006. The vast majority of South Africans have either never visited a national park and are not aware that there are 19 different national parks.

According to SANParks Head of Communications, Janine Raftopoulos the objective of the week is to cultivate a culture of pride in all South Africans in their relationship with the country’s natural landscapes as well as the rich cultural and historical heritage that parks have to offer.

“When people visit our national parks, they inevitably come away with a renewed sense of pride and greater understanding of the importance of conservation and sense of ownership”.

The feature element of this campaign is the free access granted to all South African day visitors carrying their official Identity Documents. Young persons under the age of 16 are allowed free access without proof of identity.

It should be noted that the free access to the parks will not include accommodation and any commercial activities in the park such as guided safaris in vehicles or guided walks, etc.

You can still enjoy amazing discounts on accommodation and activities all-year round HERE.

The Boulders Penguin Colony in Table Mountain National Park and Namaqua National Park are free to the public. Some of the parks will be extending the week to include the weekend. For individual park dates please visit: www.sanparks.org/about/events/parks_week. 

This year, in the lead-up to Parks Week, SANParks conducted an exciting road trip to five national parks in collaboration with Total South Africa, DSTV and Cars.co.za. showcasing the services on offer at Total South Africa petrol stations en-route to parks, as well as a range of exciting activities in and around the parks, the #LiveYourWild campaign is being broadcast on DSTV Explora Catch-Up Platform, the Peoples Weather channel and within the DSTV Now App.

Cars.co.za will also feature snippets on their YouTube channel. Be sure to look out for the episodes that will help to decide which park you should add to your bucket list.

“This year marks the 60 years anniversary of Total South Africa and SANParks partnership and as part of the celebrations various activities and campaign have been and are being rolled out. Total is proud of this association and we look forward to another 60 years of working together in conservation” says Corporate Communication and Marketing Manager, Reina Cullinan.

Dr Simphiwe Madikizela, Provincial Head for Gauteng: FNB Public Sector Banking says “South Africans must seize the opportunity to experience the vast and diverse natural environment of the country by visiting any the parks that form part of this campaign. Through this initiative we are not only raising awareness about our parks but we also celebrate South Africa’s natural environment, which remains the envy of many across the world.

“SA National Parks Week will also include the Mandela Centenary travelling exhibition that has been traversing the country to various national parks. So far it’s been to Groenkloof National Park, Addo Elephant National Park and Table Mountain National Park.

"The exhibit features newspaper covers relating to Nelson Mandela and the efforts he made in uniting the country. During SA National Parks Week you will be able to view these covers at Phalaborwa Gate in the Kruger National Park,” concludes Raftopoulos.

The annual SA National Parks Week has been made possible with support from Total South African and First National Bank (FNB). Share your visit to a National Park with us during SA National Parks Week using #SANationalParksWeek #LiveYourWild and tag @SANParks.