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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.

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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 the Boulders Penguin Colony in Table Mountain National Park and the Namaqua National Park. The Mountain Zebra National Park and Karoo National Park are also extending free entry to the first 100 people per day who arrive on 19 and 20 September 2015.

All you need to take with you is your South African ID document. 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 the SANParks website for the full list of participating parks.

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  • Adel, I went onto the Sanparks website and could not find a list of parks, as mentioned above.


    Janine Smith

    • Adel Groenewald

      Hi Janine,

      Here is a link to the list of all the SANParks.


    • Mcebisi Bokolo

      check properly sisi, each and every park is there, believe me

  • Rehana

    I think that its great to encourage SA citizens to visit the parks, but the timing is really off with people at work and kids in school.

  • Alveda

    Would be nice if it included a weekend seeing as i work 6 days a week 🙁

  • peta

    It would be great if a weekend could be included. With most companies only giving 20 days leave per annum, this becomes a precious commodity when you have kids.

  • Ruth Stirling

    Perhaps you should encourage people to get the wild card because then they could enter the Parks for free any time of the year. Love our Wild card

  • john

    Looking at Sanpark site, apparently the free week starts 08.09.15 and includes Sat at certain parks???