What Is It?
SA National Parks Week is an annual campaign that allows all South Africans the chance to visit and enter most of the parks managed by SANParks, for FREE, with the exclusion of Boulders section at Table Mountain National Park as well as accommodation facilities and tourist activities. This special and dedicated week aims to cultivate a sense of pride in South Africa's natural, cultural and historical heritage, as well as an appreciation of biodiversity.
There is a growing need for national parks to be relevant, particularly to young people and communities living near these parks. And through SANParks' Socio-Economic Transformation programmes and the Expanded Public Works Programme, they work closely with these communities in a quest to be more inclusive in their management of protected areas. This inclusivity provides access to parks for cultural use, while also exposing the youth and students to the different career options in the fields of conservation and tourism.
Since SANParks Free Access Week started in 2006, about 591 234 South Africans have been given the opportunity to visit and enter national parks. Every year, SANParks aims to increase the number of visitors that are granted free access to national parks. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of free access guests that the parks are able to cater for will be subject to gate quotas and extra visitor management procedures will be in place to manage visitor volumes.
Visit a national park this year for free during SA National Parks Week, to see what it has to offer and do your part by getting to know your national parks.
When Is It?
From Monday, 22 November 2021 to Sunday, 28 November 2021.
Where Is It?
Enjoy free entry at the following parks:
- Addo Elephant National Park
- Agulhas National Park
- Augrabies Falls National Park
- Bontebok National Park
- Camdeboo National Park
- Garden Route National Park
- Golden Gate Highlands National Park
- Karoo National Park
- Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
- Kruger National Park
- Mapungubwe National Park
- Marakele National Park
- Mokala National Park
- Mountain Zebra National Park
- Namaqua National Park
- Table Mountain National Park
- Tankwa Karoo National Park
- West Coast National Park
- Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
Please note: The free access will only be valid until Friday, 26 November 2021 at the following national parks: Addo, Augrabies Falls, Kruger and the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park.
How Much Is It?
Entrance is FREE*.
*Please note: Entry is free, with the exclusion of Boulders section at Table Mountain National Park, as well as accommodation facilities and tourist activities.
For More Information
For more information about the SANParks Free Access Week, visit www.sanparks.org.
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