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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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