Know Your National Parks - Free Entry for SANParks Week
This year marks the ninth SANParks Week and today, Monday 8th September, is the start of a week of free access to nearly all of the 19 national parks for South African residents, ending on Saturday 13th September 2014.
The aim is to bring attention to conservation issues and cultivate more of a knowledge base about South Africa’s culture, heritage and wild spaces. At Tracking the Wild we believe that Africa’s wilderness can only be protected when people have the opportunity experience its beauty and contribute towards its preservation. In fact, one of the aims of our app and website is to help people find these beautiful places and discover the remarkable animals that call it their home.
“The survival of the South African national parks system and our natural and cultural heritage lies in the people of South Africa. Environmental education and protection is the responsibility of everyone, not just a privileged few,” said Abe Sibiya, Acting Chief Executive of SANParks. “If we are to create a sense of ownership of the natural heritage of South Africa in all South Africans, then all South Africans must be able to have access to such. We especially want our young people to take advantage of this opportunity because this heritage will be under their protection in the near future,” concluded Sibiya.
For the whole week entry to the participating parks is completely free on presentation of a valid South African ID. So in the spirit of spring, new beginnings and the great outdoors, make sure you find time this week to visit one of these amazing parks.
And don’t forget to post your sightings on Tracking the Wild, that way you are doing even more for conservation research. We send all of your sightings data to our conservation partners (Animal Demography Unit, WildlifeACT & Endangered Wildlife Trust) so everything you see is valuable!
SANParks 19 National Parks:
Parks not participating in the SANParks Week are Boulders in Table Mountain National Park and Namaqua National Park.
Addo Elephant National Park
Karoo National Park
Tankwa Karoo National Park
West Coast National Park
Kruger National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
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