Northern Region Parks get ready for SA National Parks Free Week Entry

Parks in the Northern Region of South African National Parks (SANParks) will once again welcome all South African citizens to enjoy the beauty found in the national Parks for free from the 12th-17thSeptember.

This is part of the annual SA National Parks week initiative which came into place in September 2006 and has seen well over 200 000 people access the national parks throughout the country. The main objective of the SA National Parks week is to afford all citizens of the country to enjoy the beauty of national parks and take pride in them.

According to SANParks CEO Mr Fundisile Mketeni “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, that is why we set this week aside every year to afford all citizens from all walks of life to access the parks”

The Northern Region has an exciting program this year with the following major activities to take place in two of its parks. The inaugural weekend of African Spirituality, as well as the cultural festival (exhibition and traditional performances) will be held at Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State and Mapungubwe National Park and Work Heritage Site in Limpopo respectively.

Marakele National Park will continue to accommodate all that will be coming and want to enjoy the tranquillity, scenery and of course the Big 5 found in this National Park situated just outside of the town of Thabazimbi in Limpopo.

All people from school groups, community members, higher education institutions are encouraged to use this opportunity that will give them a wealth of wisdom about the deep heritage entrenched in our national parks.

“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 Mketeni.
For a detailed programme on the activities that will be taking place throughout the national parks, please log on to SANParks website

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Northern Region Communications