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The annual South African National Parks (SANParks) Week takes place between 9 and 13* September 2013 and offers all South African citizens free entry into almost all 19 South African National Parks. The only exceptions are Namaqua National Park, the Boulders Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway in Table Mountain National Park.
Winter is slowly shedding its tag as a ‘time to stay indoors’ and as more and more people use this time to explore outdoor alternatives, SANParks wants to make your time memorable and is offering discounts of up to 40% at some of its accommodation and camping sites in the Cape Region. Look forward to free cableway rides for kids, delicious and hearty meals at restaurants inside the national parks, and experience winter like you never have before.
Few things compare to the joy derived from a superb meal accompanied by delightful wines in a cosy setting. This June and July Geelbek Restaurant, inside West Coast National Park, has teamed up with local West Coast wineries to bring visitors a unique sensory experience.
The City of Cape Town reminds all Capetonians that the season for recreational fishing of West Coast rock lobster will close on Monday 1 April, 2013 at 16:00 p.m.
As Earth Hour 2013 draws closer, South African National Parks (SANParks) Cape Region invites you to join three National Parks celebrating the hour known for the switching off of lights. Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and held towards the end of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.
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.
Today marks the start of West Coast National Park’s official Flower Season, which runs from 1 August to 30 September every year. During this time the Postberg section of the Park (which is closed to visitors throughout the rest of the year) is open to the public, who come in their thousands to see the veld covered in carpets of colour.
Winter in the Western Cape need not revolve solely around duvet days and the four walls of your house. The five South African National Parks in the Cape Region invite you to spend winter differently this year - out and about in nature.
Fancy yourself an avid cyclist looking for a challenge – then the Weskus Langebaan Lagoon Cycle could be up your alley. This cycle challenge takes place on 12 November 2011 with optional distances of 80 km and 30 km starting at 7:00 and 7:45 respectively.
West Coast National Park (WCNP) is opening its doors for Heritage Month during the South African National Parks (SANParks) Week, taking place from 12 to 16 September. During this week, all National Parks are offering free, open access to all – to celebrate the rich and diverse heritage that is often just on our doorstep.
On 9 and 10 October 2009, Vanessa Strydom (Manager: Conservation Interpretation and Training from SANParks Conservation Services, in the Kruger National Park (KNP)) visited the West Coast National Park Honorary Rangers and presented the Orientation Course for KNP.
Ranked as one of the second best marathons in South Africa in 2008, the West Coast Marathon is set to take place on 14 March 2009. The course is undulated and enjoyable, run around the Langebaan lagoon inside the West Coast National Park.
The Glendower Wader Bash at West Coast National Park is a unique opportunity to experience the vast wealth of birds of Langebaan Lagoon and the surrounding Park, a RAMSAR site of international status.
The West Coast National Park’s Honorary Rangers presented a Christmas celebration late last year on 16 December in the wedding marquee at Geelbek. “Christmas Carols On The Lawn” commenced at 17h30 and all the locals who joined the West Coast Honorary Rangers for this picnic celebration were allowed into the park free of charge from 16h30 with their picnic baskets and blankets.
The near-threatened Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) is arguably the largest fish-eating seabird endemic to the South African West Coast. It can be recognised in flight by its huge wingspan, S-shaped neck, long beak, its penchant for soaring in thermals and for flying in formation. Some call it the Jumbo Jet of the birds.
The annual West Coast National Park Cycle Tour, organised by the West Coast Honorary Rangers, will take place on the 15th December 2007. The park is closed to vehicles for the race, which means no traffic, no pollution-just you and your bike at one with nature. You can choose to complete a fun ride of 30kms or the full ride of 80 kms.
Due to a problem with Infinity’s system, West Coast National Park cannot at present process wild card sales or renewals. Infinity is working on the problem. You can still use your valid wild card to visit the park.
In line with SANParks’ Strategic Plan for Commercialisation, SANParks intends to form a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in which it gives a selected private party the rights to the commercial use of the Geelbek Restaurant and Retail Facilities in the West Coast National Park
Complete this SANParks branding questionnaire by the 17 August 2007 and stand a chance to win a 2-night midweek break for 2 (two) adults and 2 (two) children in one of the South African National Parks.
In order to provide a fuller wilderness experience for our valued visitors, and to complement our two new off-road cycle trails, a new hiking trail was opened by the West Coast National Park manager, Xola Mkefe, just in time for this year’s flower season.
With the abundance of rain starting early in the rainy season, all expectations are that there will be a bumper flower season this year. Reports are already starting to come in from up north of the first bright orange blankets, peppered with yellows and whites, and a few solitary reds in between.
With the increased number of schoolchildren passing through the West Coast National Park on eco-education courses, it has become apparent that a comprehensive First Aid kit was needed in the event of a field emergency. Our Park Education Officer, Edward Adonis approached the HR Committee and asked if we could help them. As a temporary measure, we rushed together a small field kit to help them while we sourced a better option.
If you know of individuals or organisations who are making a significant contribution to conservation in South Africa, please read more about the SANParks Kudu Awards, download the Award Categories and fill in a nomination form...
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