There’s a week in September where you can get free access to national parks

In September, South Africans will be able gain free access for one week to most of the 22 national parks for day visitors, especially people from the local communities.

The annual SA National Parks Week is set to run from 11 to 16 September 2022, said the South African National Parks (SANParks).

The SA National Parks Week started in 2006 and has proved to be a successful campaign in terms of education and awareness of conservation issues.

Showcasing the best of the country’s parks for free has seen an influx of close to 620 000 day visitors in all participating parks.

As part of the 17th annual SA National Parks Week initiative the vision for 2022 is, “A Sustainable National Park System Connecting Society”.

While a day access is free, SANParks said it should be noted that free access to parks does not include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities.

SANParks Acting Chief Executive Officer, Hapiloe Sello, said the week was established to cultivate a sense of pride in South Africa’s natural, cultural and historical heritage, protected by the national parks system.

“This initiative aims to give the public an understanding of the role that SANParks plays as custodian of the country’s natural heritage. If we are to create a sense of ownership of the natural heritage of South Africa in all South Africans, then all South Africans must be able to have access to such.

“We especially want our young people to take advantage of this opportunity because this heritage will be under their protection in the near future,” said Sello.

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