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Media Release: SANParks celebrates the second SA National Parks Week

29 August 2007

For the second year running, South African National Parks (SANParks) will once again open gates to most national parks across the country free of charge to all South African residents from 17 to 21 September 2007.

The annual “South African National Parks Week” which will be celebrated during South Africa’s Heritage month was officially started in September 2006, and has received substantial support through donated funds from First National Bank. 

The South African National Parks Week 2007 will be held from 17 to 23 September 2007 and is aimed at showcasing the best of South Africa’s national parks and to also give South Africans an opportunity to experience the pride and joy of South Africa’s natural assets. 

Reinforcing last year’s message, the theme will remain “Know Your National Parks”, and will focus on three key elements “Educate, Participate and Experience”.

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, will officially launch the start of the South African National Parks Week 2007 on the 17 September 2007 at Skukuza rest camp in the Kruger National Park. The Minister will be extending an invitation to all South Africans to visit national parks. 

This will be followed by a series of activities at all national parks across the country ranging from school groups and senior citizen tours; folk tales and stories by camp fire; treasure hunts in the bush; interpretative walks and talks, including career talks, and oral history festivals.

Highlight events for the week will include free access for South Africans on specified days of the week to most national parks; launch of a forest camp and hiking trail in Knysna; opening of an Information Center in Mata Mata rest camp in Kgalagadi; and a 70th birthday celebration at Mountain Zebra.

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Issued by: South African National Parks

Inquiries:  wanda Mkutshulwa, Head of Communications, South African National Parks, Tel: 012 426-5201, Cell: 082-908-2692

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