- National Parks Week will fall on 11 to 16 September this year, SANParks says.
- The annual event opens (almost all) national park gates, for free entry.
- That's worth R110 per adult per day at Kruger National Park.
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This year's National Parks Week will run from 11 September to 16 September, SANParks said this week, moving the date back to its usual place on the calendar after a couple of years of pandemic shakeup.
Every year, for a working week, entry fees at just about every SANParks gate are dropped. For visits to the Kruger Park, that is a saving of R110 per adult per day, for South African residents, while gate fees for the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park are R68 per adult per day.
Since 2006, the week has traditionally been held in September, but in both 2021 and 2020 it was moved to November amid Covid-19 restrictions. Last year, gate quotas were in place to ensure social distancing at public facilities inside parks.
As per usual, free entry does not apply to the Namaqua National Park, or the Boulders Penguin Colony in the Table Mountain park. There is no access to SANParks accommodation either, and all paid-for visitor activities within parks will operate as normal too.
SANParks says it hopes communities around its parks will use the opportunity to see parks.
"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," said SANParks Acting Chief Executive Officer Hapiloe Sello in a statement.
"We especially want our young people to take advantage of this opportunity because this heritage will be under their protection in the near future."