During lockdown, the golf course at the Kruger National Park gained new fans. Photo: Jean Rossouw/SanParks
  • South Africans can get free access to parks managed by SANParks from November 16 to 20. 
  • Only Namaqua National Park and Boulders in Cape Town are excluded from the offer. 
  • "Free access" weeks were introduced in 2005, and more than half a million people have participated.   
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South African National Parks (SANParks) has postponed its “free access week” to November.

For the past fifteen years, South Africans have been able to visit parks managed by SANParks for free in September. More than half a million people have gained free access since 2006.

But this year, due to the coronavirus crisis, it has decided to delay SA National Parks Week – which is sponsored by Total South Africa and FNB – to November 16 to 20.

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“SANParks has postponed the free access week which is traditionally held in September, to November due to the Covid-19 alert level 2 regulations which restrict the number of persons allowed within public spaces,” said SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni. 

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SANParks is also busy implementing extra “visitor management procedures” to help it cope with greater volumes of people.

Entry to all parks – except Namaqua National Park and Boulders – will be free, but it doesn’t include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities.

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More details will be announced on the Sanparks website.

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