The much anticipated 15th annual #SANationalParksWeek has arrived and as of Monday 16 November to Friday 20 November 2020 South Africans’ will have FREE access to the country’s National Parks and in some areas the period is extended until Sunday 22 November 2020. The annual South African National Parks Week is a programme hosted by South African National Parks (SANParks) and partners, to afford South African day visitors free access into National Parks in the country.
South African National Parks (SANParks) is the body responsible for managing South Africa’s national parks. SANParks was formed in 1926, and currently manages 19 parks which covers approx. 3% of the total area of South Africa. The best known park is Kruger National Park, which is also the oldest (proclaimed in 1898), and the largest, at nearly 2,000,000 hectares (20,000 km2). Kruger National Park and Table Mountain National Park are two of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions. Other national parks, including two transfrontier parks are Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape, Agulhas National Park in the Western Cape Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in the Northern Cape into Namibia, Augrabies Falls National Park in the Northern Cape, Bontebok National Park in the Western Cape, Camdeboo National Park in the Eastern Cape, Garden Route national Park in the Western Cape, Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State, Karoo National Park in the Western Cape, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Northern Cape into Botswana, Mapungubwe & Marakele National Parks in Limpopo, Mokala National Park in the Northern Cape, Mountain Zebra National Park in the Eastern Cape, Namaqua National Park in the Northern Cape, Tankwa Karoo National Park in the Northern Cape and the West Coast National Park in the Western Cape.
Some National Parks will implement daily quotas at the gates throughout National Parks Week. These are namely Augrabies Falls National Park, Bontebok National Park, Kruger National Park and Table Mountain National Park. Namaqua National Park and the Boulders section of Table Mountain National Park will not be offering free access during the week. Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant, Karoo National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier will not extend the free access to the weekend, most of the other national parks will extend to the weekend.
The wearing of face masks and social distancing is essential and please be sure to check with individual reserves regarding applicability, quotas and gate times before visiting. Happy & safe travels.
Text sourced from: SANParks website & Wikipedia. Photographs sourced online.
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