SANParks in partnership with FNB have launched their #LiveYourWild Campaign which urges all South Africans big and small to visit the national parks in their provinces for free and experience what the parks and life on the wild side have to offer.
The week-long campaign spans from the 10th September – 14th September, and encourages all citizens to be part of a world-wide campaign that was first conceived in South Africa in 2006. According to SANParks most South Africans have never visited a national park or are not aware that there are a total of 19 different national parks. SANParks Head of Communications, Janine Raftopoulos says the objective of the week is to cultivate a culture of pride in all South Africans in their relationship with the country’s natural landscapes as well as the rich cultural and historical heritage that parks have to offer. “When people visit our national parks, they inevitably come away with a renewed sense of pride and greater understanding of the importance of conservation and sense of ownership”.
The feature element of this campaign is the free access granted to all South African day visitors carrying their official Identity Documents. Young persons under the age of 16 will be allowed free access without proof of identity. However, it should be noted that the free access to the parks will not include accommodation and any commercial activities in the park such as guided safaris in vehicles or guided walks, etc.
The Boulders Penguin Colony in Table Mountain National Park and Namaqua National Park are free to the public. Some of the parks will be extending the week to include the weekend. Northern Cape Citizens can visit the following parks in their province:
Richtersveld Transfronteir Park
Augrabies National Park
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Mokala National Park
Namaqua National Park
Tankwa Karoo National Park
The annual SA National Parks Week has been made possible with support from Total South African and First National Bank (FNB). For individual park dates please visit: https://www.sanparks.org/about/events/parks_week/