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Media Release: MZNP to offer free entry during SA National Parks Week
To celebrate Heritage Month, South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering you the chance to experience your natural heritage for free during SA National Parks Week.
From Monday 13 September until Friday 17 September, locals with a South African identity document can enter Mountain Zebra National Park (MZNP) free of charge for the day to enjoy wildlife viewing and the Park’s facilities. School learners and young persons less than 16 years of age will be allowed entry without the requirement for proof of identity.
As part of SA National Parks Week, Park staff will host various community and school groups in the Park to expose them to all the Mountain Zebra National Park has to offer.
SA National Parks Week was launched in 2006 to encourage all South Africans to visit National Parks, out of the realisation that the majority of this country’s citizens were not accessing parks.
The objective of the week is to cultivate a culture of pride in all South Africans in their relationship with the country’s natural, cultural and historical heritage, under the established theme “Know Your National Parks”.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Buyelwa Sonjica, will officially launch the 2010 SA National Parks Week in Addo Elephant National Park on Monday, 13 September. SABC’s Morning Live will cover the event.
SANParks Chief Executive, Dr David Mabunda, said SA National Parks Week offers an opportunity for all South Africans to experience their national parks.
“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,” said Dr Mabunda.
“We especially want our young people to take advantage of this opportunity because this heritage will be under their protection in the near future,” added Dr Mabunda.
SA National Parks Week offers the people of Cradock and surrounds the ideal opportunity to visit and get to know the national park which lies a few kilometres from the town. Visitors can make use of facilities such as the Fonteinkloof and Weltevrede picnic sites and swimming pool and the recently upgraded, well-developed network of roads for wildlife viewing. There’s a chance to spot magnificent cheetah as well as the endangered black rhino and the Cape mountain zebra for which the Park has named. Buffalo, antelope species such as eland, black wildebeest and mountain reedbuck and 216 bird species occur in the Park.
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Visitors with 4x4 vehicles can also access the Sonnerust, Juriesdam and the recently opened Umgeni 4x4 Eco-Trails.
Entry tariffs to Mountain Zebra National Park are scheduled for an increase with effect from the 1st of November 2010, with the daily conservation fees for SA Citizens set to increase from R22 to R25. Visitors from SADC countries will be paying an extra six Rands (R50) whilst visitors from all other foreign countries may expect to pay R100. Accommodation tariffs will also increase. Conservation fees are discounted for SA Citizens in view of the financially disadvantaged status of the majority of our people.
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Megan Taplin, Regional Communications Manager, Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Karoo, Mountain Zebra National Parks, tel: (042) 233-8609