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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 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be opening its 12th annual SA National Parks Week at Golden Gate Highlands National Park from 18 to 22 September 2017. This initiative in partnership with Total SA and FNB is in line with SANParks vision statement of ‘A sustainable National Park System Connecting Society'.

SA National Parks Week dates & activities:

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:

Addo Elephant National Park

Dates: 18 - 22 September 2017

Agulhas National Park

Dates: 18 - 23 September 2017
The Park is an open access park with no pay points. Access to the lighthouse will be included as free access.

Augrabies Falls National Park

Dates: 18 - 23 September 2017

Date Time Activity/Event Description Venue Contact
23 September 2017 07:00 - 13:00 Augrabies Marathon & Fun Run 5km/10km/half marathon - something for the whole family Augrabies Falls – Old Day Visitors area Frans van Rooyen
Park Manager
(054) 452 9200

Bontebok National Park

Dates: 18 - 24 September 2017

Camdeboo National Park

Dates: 18 - 24 September 2017

Garden Route National Park

Dates: 16 - 23 September 2017

Section Date Time Activity/Event Venue Contact
Knysna Section 16 September 2017 09:30 Knysna Spring Walks - Elephant Trail & Terblans Trail Diepwalle Nandi Mgwadlamba - (044) 302 5633
Nondumiso Mgwenya - (044) 302 5642
18 - 22 September 2017 10:00; 11:00; 12:00; 14:00 Seahorse Sanctuary Thesen Island, SANParks Office
Jetty Office
08:00 - 16:00 Forest Findings Garden of Eden
11:30; 12:30; 13:30 Explore the Forest and fynbos with a guide Harkerville/Kranshoek
10:00; 11:00; 12:00; 14:00 Visit the Forest Legends Museum and tea garden Diepwalle
Tsitsikamma Section 18; 20; 22 September 08:00 - 11:00
11:30 - 15:00
Movies in the Park Storms River Rest Camp Nandi Mgwadlamba - (044) 302 5633
Nondumiso Mgwenya - (044) 302 5642
23 September 09:00 Tsitsikamma Open Day Storms River Village Sports Field
Wilderness Section 18 - 19; 21 - 22 September 10:00 & 14:00 Guided walks for public at Woodville Big Tree Ebb & Flow Rest Camp Tyran - (044) 877 0046
Reception - (044) 389 0252
18 - 23 September 13:00 - 15:00 Daily Boat Cruises at Island Lake
18 - 23 September 10:00 & 13:00 Daily guided mine tours and a visit to a cultural heritage site at Goudveld
23 September 10:00 & 13:00 4x4 excursion with SANParks Honorary Rangers Christine Thompson - 082 606 0062 - thompsonc@telkomsa.net
23 September 17:00 Evening Serenade Nandi Mgwadlamba - (044) 302 5633

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Dates: 18 - 24 September 2017

Date Time Activity/Event Description Contact
16 September 2017 09:00 SANParks Soccer & Netbal Tournament and Choir Festival SANParks regions to participate in different sporting codes and enjoy the choir festival later on Divhani Maremba - (012) 426 5304
Happy Nhlangwini - (058) 255 1000
17 September 2017 11:00 SA National Parks Week Official Launch The minister of Environmental Affairs will officially launch SANParks week 2017 Divhani Maremba - (012) 426 5304
23 September 2017 09:00 Golden Gate Challenge Golden Gate soccer/netball teams to play the annual tournament against local communities team Happy Nhlangwini - (058) 255 1000

Karoo National Park

Dates: 18 - 22 September 2017
***First 100 visitors per day on the Saturday (23 September) and Sunday (24 September) gain free access.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Dates: 18 - 23 September 2017

Kruger National Park

Dates: 18 - 22 September 2017

Date Time Activity/Event Description Venue Contact
18 - 22 September 2017 09:00 - 16:00 Exhibitions The event will comprise of displays from SANParks and other conservation entities in order to bring variety and representation of the broader South African biodiversity landscape. Phalaborwa Gate Lesley Nyawo
(013) 735 4358
18 - 22 September 2017 Evenings Fireside Stories KNP staff members will talk to guests around a fire on various "behind the scene" issues. Sessions are generally about an hour long. To include traditional dance, marimba/mbira and drumming. Skukuza Rest Camp Nhlanhla Themba
(013) 735 4173
18 September 2017 16:00 - 18:00 SA FM Live Broadcast Topics will focus on the significance and objectives of the SA National Parks Week. Other tourism and conservation issues will also form part of the programme. Skukuza Rest Camp
Tune in on SA FM
Isaac Phaahla - (012) 426 5315
Laura Mukwevho - (013) 735 4262

Mapungubwe National Park

Dates: 18 - 24 September 2017

Date Time Activity/Event Description Contact
18 September 2017 09:00 Tour of the Park Theatrical plays, River road drive interpretation, visit the Confluence and tree top walk. Sam Dagada
(015) 534 7923
19 Setember 2017 09:00 Career Expo Showcasing careers within SANParks
24 September 2017 09:00 Heritage Celebration Showcasing different cultural performances

Marakele National Park

Dates: 18 - 24 September 2017

Date Time Activity/Event Description Contact
23 September 2017 09:00 Community Soccer Tournament Marakele National Park will play against a local team in the inaugural Marakele tournament Sarah Letsoalo
(014) 777 6929
24 September 2017 09:00 Cultural Festival Communities are encouraged to come display their cultural dresses and enjoy traditional meals

Mokala National Park

Dates: 18 - 23 September 2017

Mountain Zebra National Park

Dates: 18 - 22 September 2017
***First 100 visitors per day on the Saturday (23 September) and Sunday (24 September) gain free access.

Date Time Activity/Event Venue Contact
18 September 2017 09:00 - 16:00 Presentation of the Park Conference Room Mxolisi Fulumente
People & Conservation Officer
(048) 801 5722 / (071) 469 1050
18:00 - 19:00 Talk about the birds in the Park Conference Room
19 September 2017 08:00 - 17:00 Cultural heritage of the Park and the adjacent communities. Wild walks for children, as well as ecological games. Exhibition of crafters. Picnic Site
18:00 - 19:00 Talk about cheetah tracking and other fauna of the Park. Conference Room
20 September 2017 08:00 - 16:00 Story telling sessions. Wild walks and hiking trails for learners, as well as ecological games. Talk about the history of the Park. Picnic Site & Conference Room
21 September 2017 08:00 - 16:00 Story telling sessions. Wild walks and hiking trails for learners, as well as ecological games. Talk on the survival of lions in the wild and leadership. Picnic Site & Conference Room

Namaqua National Park

***Excluded from SA National Parks Week

Table Mountain National Park

Dates: 18 - 23 September 2017
***Free entry excludes Boulders Penguin Colony

Tankwa Karoo National Park

Dates: 18 - 24 September 2017

West Coast National Park

Dates: 18 - 22 September 2017

|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

Dates: 18 - 23 September 2017