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Golden Gate Highlands National Park to host a weekend of African Spirituality

Unread post by Lesego » Fri Aug 26, 2016 5:23 pm

SANParks is most renowned for the protection of the biodiversity of flora and fauna in its 22 parks; lesser known is that it also has as its primary mandate, the protection and promotion of South Africa’s cultural heritage. Several of the parks under SANParks’ management have significant spiritual, cultural and historical status with several boasting archaeological and heritage sites.

As part of executing its promotion of cultural heritage mandate, SANParks will roll out a series of annual cultural and spiritual experiences that celebrate the richness and diversity of South Africa’s cultural heritage. The inaugural of these planned experiences is the ‘Weekend of African Spirituality’ to be hosted at Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the month of September – a month dedicated to Tourism and Heritage in South Africa.

A celebration of South Africa’s living heritage and indigenous knowledge systems; the event which is a partnership between SANParks, WILD and the Sesiyakhula Njalo organisation involves an exploration of ancient African traditions and spiritual beliefs.

Participants will under the guidance of traditional healers, experience spiritual invocation, divination, visits to sacred caves, traditional drumming as well as interpretive medicinal plant trail walks. This weekend of cultural immersion promises to be an authentic once-in-a-lifetime experience that will broaden perspectives and create a deeper appreciation of and respect for African spirituality.

This event will be hosted at the Basotho Cultural Village at Golden Gate from 16 to 18 September 2016 and comes as part of the annual SA National Parks week which allows free access to national parks for all South Africans.

For more information email Ruth Thabane, Manager Reservations, SANParks at and to make a booking contact Theo Mogoboya from Sesiyakhula Njalo at 082 576 6483 or email:


The Wild Card is SANParks’ loyalty programme that allows access into more than 80 parks and reserves in Southern Africa. The conservation partner parks are Msinsi Resorts and Game Reserves, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Cape Nature and Big Game Parks of Swaziland. The Wild Card Programme is one of the largest conservation networks and a unified approach to conservation based eco-tourism.Wild Card membership is valid for 365 days from date of purchase with the added benefits of a quarterly Wild Magazine and a monthly E-newsletter. Other benefits are the Wild Events hosted under the Wild Card Programme. Among these, is the inaugural Weekend of African Spirituality, which will be held at Golden Gate Highlands National Park. For a list of more upcoming Wild Events visit

Sesiyakhula NjaloSesiyakhula

Sesiyakhula Njalo is a proudly Sangoma Organisation, founded in June 2012. Their mission is to protect, enhance and promote the Traditional Healing Practises for present and future generations and they aspire to do so in a responsible manner that includes educational awareness programmes.

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South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Tel: 012 426 5203

Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli
General Manager: Media, PR & Stakeholder Relations
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999

Divhani Maremba
Communications Manager: Northern Region
Tel: (012) 426 5304
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