Media Release: Conditions for free access during SA National Parks Week 2008
Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk will officially open South African National Parks Week 2008 at West Coast National Park on Monday 22 September 2008. The occasion will include the opening of the Duinepos Chalets (a women-driven, community-based hospitality project) and will be broadcast live by SABC 2’s Morning Live.
South Africans have a unique opportunity to access Parks free of charge, from Monday 22 September to Friday 26 September, on condition that they bring along their official RSA ID documents. However, this will not apply to the following Parks:
The above Parks will apply normal entry tariffs will apply, as they have been declared as non-participants in the free access scheme, due to the seasonality of their product offering.
Tourists on Open Safari Vehicles, tour busses or tour operator groups are ineligible for free access, as these are commercial activities which will not have been offered freely to the end user.
We would like to remind all visitors to our Parks that the normal quota system will also be applicable during the week-long SA National Parks Week, as this ensures that our Parks do not end up with more visitors than our infra-structure can absorb.
Entry will be therefore be on a first-come-first-served basis and once the quota has been reached, access to the park will be closed. Visitors wanting to enjoy the opportunity should arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Elsewhere, Parks are bringing in school children and community members to experience their natural heritage and most parks have specific events taking place during the week. Kruger National Park will launch the “Walk in the Wild” project and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Wilderness Trails. They will also be hosting senior citizens and young people in the park on Heritage Day. Knysna Section of the Garden Route National Park will be hosting a fishing expedition for Kids from a Childrens’ Home. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park will conduct the unveiling of a Memorial Plaque at the Khomani San Graves.
A detailed schedule of activities is available on our website (www.sanparks.org), for people to establish their activities of interest and then visit parks, accordingly.
The Communications Division
South African National Parks (SANParks)
Thamsanqa Mthembu: GM: Media Relations & Events
Tel: +27 12 426 5203
Cell: +27 84 214 1975