Free Access to SA National Parks during SANParks Week

August 25, 2015

We have two things to get excited about in September, the beginning of spring and South African National Parks (SANParks) week. As the days become longer with the start of spring in September, SANParks have announced that South Africans will be given free access to almost all of their 21 parks during South African National Parks week.

South African citizens will get free access to all but two national parks from the 14th to the 18th of September 2015. Selected parks are also allowing free access to SA citizens on the 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th of September. The only two parks to which free access will not be granted during this week is Agulhas National Park and Namaqua National Park. Boulders Penguin Colony is the only section of Table Mountain National Park to which the public will not be granted free access, the rest of the park will be open to South African citizens free of charge.

The following parks will be open to the public free of charge:

Addo Elephant Park, 14 -18 September 2015

Augrabies Falls National Park, 14 – 19 September 2015

Bonteboek National Park, 14 – 18 September 2015

Camdeboo National Park, 14 -20 September 2015

Garden Route National Park, 12 – 18 September 2015

Golden Gate Highlands National Park, 14 – 18 September 2015

Karoo National Park, 14 – 18 September 2015 (The first 100 visitors on the 19th and 20th of September 2015 will also be given free access to the park)

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, 14 – 19 September 2015

Kruger National Park, 14 -18 September 2015

Mapungubwe National Park, 14 – 18 September 2015

Marakele National Park, 14 – 18 September 2015

Mokala National Park, 14 -19 September 2015

Mountain Zebra National Park, 14 – 18 September 2015 (The first 100 visitors on the 19th and 20th of September 2015 will also be given free access to the park)

Table Mountain National Park, 14 -19 September 2015 (Free entry to Boulders Penguin Colony is excluded)

Tankwa Karoo National Park, 14 -18 September 2015

West Coast National Park, 14 -19 September 2015

Ai – Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, 14 – 19 September 2015

west coast national park

This initiative was launched to encourage South Africans to visit our national parks more often. All you need to do is pitch up at the gate of your preferred national park with your South African ID document, and you will be granted free access to the abovementioned parks. The best place to see the blooming spring flowers is the Namaqua National Park, unfortunately this park will not be open free of charge during SANParks week. Luckily you can also see the blooming spring flowers at the West Coast National Park, Tankwa Karoo National Park and Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, all of which are open to the public free of charge during SANParks week. So now we have no excuses. Let’s get out there and appreciate our unique natural environment during the 2015 SANParks week.

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