Over 94,000 South Africans visited South African National Parks (SANParks) during National Parks Week between 16 and 25 September this year.
National Parks Week allowed South Africans to visit a national park for free. The objective is to allow all South African citizens to experience the country’s beautiful national parks.
We saw a 30% increase in day visitors this year compared to last year’s 72,166 visitors.
According to My Lowveld SANParks CEO Hapiloe Sello said, ‘National Parks Week aims to create a culture of pride in all South Africans in their relationship with the country’s natural, cultural, and historical heritage. When people start to take pride in the national parks, then we believe that they will start to understand the importance of conservation.
‘The survival of the South African national parks system and our natural and cultural heritage lies with the people of South Africa, and we are focused on involving young people and communities to cultivate knowledge of the importance of conservation and an appreciation for the country’s natural heritage.’