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National Parks Week 2017 - Get in touch with your national heritage

HHave you ever considered going back to the bush? Is that where you left your heart and soul? Well, if so, we’ve got good news for you. It’s National Parks Week at the South African National Parks (SANParks), giving you the perfect opportunity to get in touch with your natural heritage… for free.

South African National Parks (SANParks) has officially opened its 12th annual SA National Parks Week at Golden Gate Highlands National Park, which runs from 18 to 22 September 2017, giving day-visiting South Africans free access to most of its 21 national parks.

Since September officially marks Tourism Month, what better time is there than now to embrace the South African bush. By being a tourist, you are doing tourism, and by doing tourism we can all help build a better future for all South Africans. In line with sustainable tourism, imagine the incredible possibilities of leaving a positive impact on places you visit, the community you interact with or positively contributing to the economy? Together, “We do Tourism Sustainably”.

This initiative is in partnership with Total SA and FNB and also falls in line with SANParks vision statement of ‘A sustainable National Park System Connecting Society'. SANParks Head of Communications, Janine Raftopoulos, on Friday said “the objective of the week is to cultivate 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 national parks, then we believe that they will start to understand the importance of conservation," she said.

We seriously recommend you take SANParks up on this beautiful offer. Our national parks are our pride and joy and if you haven’t been in a while, or even at all, nothing beats the bush.

Addo Elephant National Park

11 - 16 September 2016

Agulhas National Park

Dates: 18 - 23 September 2017
The Park is an open access park with no pay points. Access to the lighthouse will be included as free access.

Augrabies Falls National Park

Dates: 18 - 23 September 2017

Bontebok National Park

Dates: 18 - 24 September 2017

Camdeboo National Park

Dates: 18 - 24 September 2017

Garden Route National Park

Dates: 16 - 23 September 2017

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Dates: 18 - 24 September 2017

Karoo National Park

Dates: 18 - 22 September 2017
***First 100 visitors per day on the Saturday (23 September) and Sunday (24 September) gain free access.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Dates: 18 - 23 September 2017

Kruger National Park

Dates: 18 - 22 September 2017

Mapungubwe National Park

Dates: 18 - 24 September 2017

Marakele National Park

Dates: 18 - 24 September 2017

Mokala National Park

Dates: 18 - 23 September 2017

Mountain Zebra National Park

Dates: 18 - 22 September 2017
***First 100 visitors per day on the Saturday (23 September) and Sunday (24 September) gain free access.

Namaqua National Park

***Excluded from SA National Parks Week

Table Mountain National Park

Dates: 18 - 23 September 2017
***Free entry excludes Boulders Penguin Colony

Tankwa Karoo National Park

Dates: 18 - 24 September 2017

West Coast National Park

Dates: 18 - 22 September 2017

|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

Dates: 18 - 23 September 2017

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With all the buzz that’s happening in the Soweto, South of Johannesburg this weekend why not take a #ShotLeft to Lebo’s Soweto Backpacker’s for an awesome township experience. This is anything from enjoying a bike tour that takes you through some of Soweto’s gems, historic sites & hanging spots to reggae camping. Be sure to pack comfortable clothing suitable for bike riding and a daypack for your camera and other goods. Thanks for the image @sowetobybike. #ShotLeft #Travelgram #Traveller #wonderlustsouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #mycountry #Biketours #bacckpackers #Soweto #adventure

@thornybush_collection should be added on your #ShotLeft bucklist for these holidays & here’re a few reasons why: It offers a Thornybush experience that is all about making the most of its enchanting environment, giving you one of the finest bush experiences in our country. This destination is also the perfect spot for stargazing as the sun sets. You get to enjoy a massage on a wooden deck with the sounds of nature in the background or unwind in a heated rock pool with a big African sky as your ceiling. Thanks @simplycyn for this stunning image. #ShotLeft #adventure #Travelgram #Traveller #exploresouthafrica #mycountry #Wonderlustsouthafrica

Why not take a #ShotLeft to the Point of Human Origin in Mossel Bay and immerse yourself in our country’s rich cultural & natural heritage. Kick start you adventure with a Human Origins Experience tour which is all about the beginnings of modern human behaviour followed by a guided cave tour by friendly tour guide. Explore the beauty of South Africa! Awesome snap @kmaphai #ShotLeft #adventure #Travelgram #Traveller #MosselBay #adventure #Wonderlustsouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #mycountry

God’s Window is a sunshine break destination along the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga that offers more than a brochure, travel website can explain or prepare you for on your #ShotLeft adventure. It is one of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve’s most spectacular viewpoints, with astonishing views over South Africa’s Lowveld. On a clear day over the famous Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on South Africa’s border Mozambique. Pitstops around the area: Be sure to stop at some of the region's beautiful waterfalls: Lone Creek Falls, Mac Mac Falls, Berlin & Lisbon Falls. Things to pack: A pair of awesome shades, sunscreen, hat, camera & binoculars. Thanks for the stunning image @pulengmotswafrika. #ShotLeft #Adventure #GodsWindow #Mpumalanga #PanoramaRoute #exploresouthafrica #Travelgram #Wonderlustsouthafrica #travelsouthafrica #mycountry #Travel

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