South Africans can visit national parks for free this September

Mapungubwe Hill, Limpopo

South African National Parks (SANParks) hosts South African National Parks Week annually. During the week all South African citizens are allowed to enter most national parks for free as day visitors. Since its inception in 2006, National Parks Week has seen an influx of over 220 000 day visitors in all participating national parks. The concept of SA National Parks Week was established in a bid to cultivate a sense of pride in South Africa’s natural, cultural and historical heritage, protected by the national parks system.

The week will be officiated by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr. Edna Molewa at an event which will take place at Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP) in the eastern Free State.

As from Monday, 18 September 2017, South African citizens can gain free entry to a (participating) national park of their choice and that includes Mapungubwe, Marakele and Kruger National Park in the Limpopo Province. GGHNP, Mapungubwe, and Marakele National Park will extend the free entry week to Sunday, 24 September 2017, whilst Kruger National Park is offering free access until Friday, 22 September 2017.

“We are hoping to see an influx of people at all our parks, especially as Sunday 24 September is Heritage Day, which is all about celebrating our heritage and culture and what a better way to celebrate than spending a day in a national park,” said Lombard Shirindzi, General Manager of the Northern Region Parks.

“Our theme for this year is still ‘Know your national parks’ and we encourage one and all to visit these parks that are full of rich history and heritage.”

School groups, community members, and higher education institutions are encouraged to use this opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge about the deep heritage entrenched in our national parks. All that is required is for individuals to produce their green bar-coded South African identity documents.

A detailed programme of the activities lined up for the week will be posted on the SANParks website soon. Large groups such as school groups and communities are encouraged to call the parks and pre-book to avoid waiting for long. Parks contacts are as follows: Mapungubwe (015) 534 7923/4, Marakele (014) 777- 6929 and Golden Gate (058) 255 0937.

Check out the interactive Google Map below and click on the flags for more info about the parks involved:


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