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Free access into National Parks during SANParks Week 12 – 16 September 2011

Date: 2nd September 2011

In keeping with the September-spirit of Heritage Month, South African National Parks (SANParks) is once again opening up its parks during SANParks Week with free, open access to all South Africans. The 2011 Annual SANParks Week is scheduled for 12 to 16 September 2011.

This year, the theme for SANParks Week is “Know Your National Parks” with the main objectives of the week being: to create awareness; instil a sense of pride in South Africa’s natural, cultural and historical heritage; educate the public on the importance of nature and biodiversity and give the public a broader understanding of the custodianship role played by SANParks in conservation issues. This initiative is in line with the organisation’s People and Conservation efforts to bring national parks closer to the people.

First National Bank (FNB) has sponsored SANParks for the week’s activities and each of the 20 participating National Parks (excluding Namaqua and Mokala National Parks as well as Boulders Penguin colony in the Table Mountain National Park) has developed unique plans for celebrating the week, including career guidance exhibitions; hiking trails; photography competitions; exhibitions on various activities around the parks; game drives; evening boma braais; story telling sessions; sports activities, give-aways, pensioners days, and wild walks for school children.

The five Parks in the Cape Region (Agulhas, Bontebok, Table Mountain, Tankwa and West Coast National Parks) have a number of activities planned for the week, from soccer tournaments and game drives to educational school tours. A number of special events such as, braai’s and “mega picnics” have also been planned for Heritage Day – bringing the Heritage Month activities to a close.

The parks are inviting everyone from their local communities to take the opportunity to visit their respective parks, free of charge and get to know the unique heritage that lies just beyond their doorstep.

For more information about the activities of each park during the week, visit www.sanparks.org.

Issued by/Media queries:
Wanika Rusthoi, Public Relations Officer: Cape Region, South African National Parks, tel: (021) 701 8692, cell: 072 060 8188, e-mail: Wanika.rusthoi@sanparks.org

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