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South African National Parks (SANParks)

South African National Parks Week

The inaugural South African National Parks Week took place in 2006 and was aimed at linking the South African national parks system to the global national movement and to also showcase the best of South Africa’s national parks.

SA National Parks Week 2014

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be launching its 9th annual SA National Parks Week at Tsitsikamma in the Garden Route National Park from 8 to 12 September 2014.

SA National Parks Week dates:

The week grants free access to most of the 21 national parks for day visitors, especially people from the local communities. It should be noted that free access to parks does not in include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities. Some of the parks will be extending the week to include the weekend, as indicated below:

Park Dates
Addo Elephant National Park 8 - 12 September 2014
Agulhas National Park 8 - 12 September 2014
Augrabies Falls National Park TBC
Bontebok National Park 8 - 14 September 2014
Camdeboo National Park 8 - 14 September 2014
Garden Route National Park 8 - 12 September 2014
Golden Gate Highlands National Park 8 - 12 September 2014
Karoo National Park 8 - 14 September 2014
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park 8 - 12 September 2014
Kruger National Park 8 - 12 September 2014
Mapungubwe National Park 8 - 12 September 2014
Marakele National Park 8 - 12 September 2014
Mokala National Park 8 - 12 September 2014
Mountain Zebra National Park 8 - 13 September 2014
Namaqua National Park ***Excluded from SA National Parks Week
Table Mountain National Park 8 - 13 September 2014
***Free entry excludes Boulders Penguin Colony
Tankwa Karoo National Park 8 - 14 September 2014
West Coast National Park 8 - 13 September 2014
|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park 8 - 12 September 2014

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SA National Parks Week 2013

Keeping in line with its vision statement of 'Connecting to Society', South African National Parks (SANParks) will be launching its eighth annual South African National Parks Week at Mokala National Park from 9 to 13 September 2013.

It is also important to note that the free access will not apply to the following area: Boulders in the Table Mountain and Namaqua National Parks. Free entry will apply to South African day visitors only.

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SA National Parks Week Event Calendars:

SA National Parks Week 2012

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that the official opening of the 2012 South African National Parks Week will be launched on Monday, 10th September 2012 at Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site in Limpopo. Table Mountain National Park (excluding Boulders) is extending SA National Parks week until Saturday 15 September 2012 whilst Tankwa National Park and Bontebok National Park are extending the week to Sunday 16 September 2012.

It is also important to note that the free access will not apply to the following area: Boulders in the Table Mountain and Namaqua National Parks. Free entry will apply to South African day visitors only.

SA National Parks Week 2011

SANParks will officially launch the 2011 SA National Parks Week (SANPW) in the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park on Monday, 12 September 2011. The week-long celebration of free access to parks by South Africans will run from 12 to 18 September, however it is important to note that the “Free Access” to national parks for South African citizens runs from the 12 to 16 September.

It is also important to note that the free access will not apply to the following area: Boulders in the Table Mountain, Namaqua and Mokala National Parks. Free entry will apply to South African day visitors only.

SA National Parks Week 2010

The week-long campaign giving free access to the national parks will take place from 13-17 September 2010 and will be applicable to all the national parks managed by SANParks, with the exception of Boulders in Table Mountain National Park, Tankwa and Namaqua National Parks. All South Africans - especially educators and school groups are encouraged to diarise these dates and plan a visit to a national park nearby!

SA National Parks Week 2009

This year, SA National Parks Week will take place from 14-20 September 2009. All South Africans are encouraged to take this opportunity to visit the parks and experience your heritage!

SA National Parks Week 2008

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It's that time again for the annual SA National Parks Week during the month of September.

SA National Parks Week 2007

SA National Parks Week 2006

The 2006 theme for this focused week is “Know Your National Parks” and the main objectives of the week are to create awareness; instill 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.

Essentially, the week kicks off with a series of activities which will be held in various parks throughout the country. You can access the programme here. The public will have free access to all national parks on working days through a programme that will be initiated by the People and Conservation division that will be targeting community and school groups.