If there was ever a time to be happy you’re a South African, it’s September. Between 14 and 18 September, South Africans will have free access to almost all of the SANParks National Parks in celebration of SA National Parks Week.
The reasoning behind it is simple: to encourage South Africans to visit their local national parks and appreciate the natural surroundings that are much closer than we sometimes think.
The only parks not included in the free entry are Boulders in Table Mountain National Park, the Namaqua National Park, and the Agulhas National Park. The Mountain Zebra National Park and Karoo National Park are also extending free entry to the first 100 people who arrive on 19th and 20th September 2015.
All you need to take with you is your South African ID document and comfortable shoes, because the moment you arrive, you’ll definitely be inspired to go hiking. And seeing as spring has arrived, there really is no excuse not to make the outing. So convince your colleagues that a sunny afternoon picnic also counts as ‘team building’ and make your way to your nearest national park.
Visit www.sanparks.org for the full list of participating parks.
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