South Africa’s national parks and outdoor attractions are some of the most popular spots for tourists to visit but rather surprisingly there are many local residents who go their whole lives without visiting these incredible spots. Cost is often a big factor when it comes to locals visiting national park attractions like Cape Point, Silvermine, or the Krurger National Park which is why South African National Parks (SANParks) has introduced an annual free access week to encourage locals to discover more about their homeland at no cost. And, just when you thought you couldn’t get any more excited about the impending arrival of spring, SANParks ups the ante by announcing the SANParks free access week 2018 dates!

The 13th annual access week will take place in September this year, giving local day visitors completely free access to some of the country’s most beautiful national parks. Whether you’re in the Western Cape, Gauteng, or North West, from 10 to 14 September this year South African citizens will be able to gain access to most of our 21 national parks at no cost. What’s more, some parks will also be extending the free access week into the weekend, giving you more time for adventure!

namaqua national park SANParks
The previous two SANParks Free Access Weeks have proven to be a great success thanks to efforts by SANParks to create environmental awareness and education around conservation efforts during the busy week. If you’ve been meaning to visit a national park near you but haven’t yet had the chance to, now is your time to gear up and take a day or two to explore the parks closest to you without having to pay a cent.

Popular participating park favourites include but are not limited to: Addo Elephant National Park; Garden Route National Park; Karoo National Park; Kruger National Park; Namaqua National Park; and Table Mountain National Park.

addo elephant park SANParks

You don’t want to miss this incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in nature free of charge – what a delight!

For more information on participating parks, dates and facilities, visit sanparks.org.

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