Every year South African National Parks gives South African citizens and families free day visitor access into the Kruger National Park and all other National Parks in the country. This year South African National Parks week will take place on 10 – 14 September 2018
This exciting initiative aims to continue to familiarise and create awareness of the National Parks and an understanding of environmental conservation amongst South African citizens. The South African National Parks Week also encourage South Africans; in particular those coming from the local communities and those that are bordering the National Parks and have never had an opportunity to visit the Park to come in numbers!
Not only is September both Tourism and National Heritage Month, but the Kruger National Park is also celebrating 120 years of conservation management. Recently on Meet My Mzansi we featured these South African rangers who are real life conservation superheroes!
In celebration of the special South African National Parks Week, the Kruger National Park will have activities lined-up in order to engage with various stakeholders to bring in representation from around the Park as follows:
- 7 – 11 September: The “Walk and Learn on the Wild side” project in Skukuza Camp will automatically fall under this special week as it ends on 11 September. KNP will host the event in conjunction with Mpumalanga’s Department of Education – Bohlabela and Ehlanzeni Districts. The project targets high school pupils specifically Grade 10 and 11 from neighbouring communities, exposing them to conservation and tourism related careers.
- 9 – 11 September: Visitors will be exposed to an exhibition of services and products rendered by the various community based organizations around the Park as well as tourism private entities. The venue will be Phalaborwa Gate.
- 4 September: The Arbor Day launch in the KNP will also form part of the SA National Parks Week this year and will take place at Phameni, a village outside Numbi Gate.
Conditions applicable to the free entry are that access will only be granted to day visitors upon presentation of an identity document; only children below the age of 16 years gain entry without proof of identity. Groups regarded as commercial ventures: private open safari vehicles operators, tourists who come to the park on tour buses and overnight visitors are not included in this free access arrangement.
For more information on South African National Parks Week, Kruger National Park or any of South Africa’s national parks, you can contact the SANParks offices here.