The annual SA National Parks Week will run from 11 to 16 September 2022, said the South African National Parks (SANParks).
Announcing the dates in a statement on Tuesday, SANParks said the 17th annual SA National Parks Week initiative is in line with its vision statement of “A Sustainable National Park System Connecting Society”.
The week grants free access to most of the 22 national parks for day visitors, especially people from the local communities. However, it should be noted that free access to parks does not include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities.
Some of the parks will be extending the week to include the weekend. For individual park dates and participating parks, the public can visit this link.
Since its inception in 2006; National Parks Week, under the theme ‘Know Your National Parks’, has seen an influx of over 619 252 day visitors in all participating parks.
SANParks Acting Chief Executive Officer, Hapiloe Sello, said the idea of a national parks focus week is a worldwide campaign.
“The week was established in a bid to cultivate a sense of pride in South Africa’s natural, cultural and historical heritage, protected by the national parks system,” she said.