National Parks For All!

SANParks grants free access to national parks

From Monday to Friday this week, all South Africans can spend a day at one of the country’s national parks without paying an entry fee as part of the Know Your National Parks campaign. South African National Parks (SANParks) will allow locals with valid South African identity documents to enter any park managed by it completely free of charge, with the exception of Boulders in the Table Mountain National Park, and Tankwa Karoo and Namaqua National Parks.

According to SANParks’ general manager of media relations, Reynold Thakhuli, the campaign’s objective is to cultivate a culture of pride in all South Africans with regards to the country’s natural, cultural and historical heritage. “The idea of a national parks focus week was conceived in 2006, after we realised that a vast majority of South Africans were not accessing the national parks. SANParks then embarked on this campaign to encourage all South Africans, especially those from the communities around the parks, to share in what we envision to be the pride and joy of all South Africans, and the world,” said Thakuli. “Environmental education and protection is the responsibility of everyone, not just a privileged few. 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,” he added.

Children younger than 16 will be allowed free access without having an ID document. “We especially want our young people to take advantage of this opportunity because this heritage will be under their protection in the near future. We encourage teachers and school groups to diarise these dates and plan a visit to a national park nearby,” said Thakhuli. He added that the free access did not include any commercial activities in the parks, such as guided safaris or walks.

For more information, visit www.sanparks.org

3 Responses to National Parks For All!

  1. Smile September 13, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    wow – this is great! let’s go on safari

    🙂

  2. Elephant's Eye September 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    Last week, with our Wild Card, we went to the West Coast National Park. There ARE still spring flowers to see!! And if it is years since you were there – you can now hike on trails thru those flowers … Today I am posting about the wildlife we saw. And I will have another post up on Friday with the flowers.

  3. mol-d September 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    looking forward to it elephant’s eye. we are headed that way in two weeks 🙂

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