It is almost time for the annual SANParks week! Not only do RSA citizens get free entry into almost all of the 19 SANParks, but there are several other benefits as well. Here are some more details...
The annual South African National Parks (SANParks) Week takes place between 9 and 13* September 2013 and offers all South African citizens free entry into almost all 19 South African National Parks. The only exceptions are Namaqua National Park and the Boulders Penguin Colony in Table Mountain National Park.
Grab the opportunity that SANParks Week provides to get out and explore the 3 South African National Parks closest to you–Bontebok, Table Mountain and West Coast – for FREE! These Parks have extended the offer of free entry to include Saturday the *14th of September. Here are some ideas of what to see and do in the aforementioned Parks during SA National Parks Week:
Table Mountain – visit Cape Point and spend the day exploring the majestic most south-westerly point in Africa. Free guided walks along the coast of the Cape of Good Hope are available from Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 September on a first come first serve basis. Walks are scheduled for 10h00, 11h00 and 12h00 from Tuesday to Thursday and are 2 – 3 hours in length. Early registration is essential, as there is only space for 20 people per walk – email [email protected] before Thursday 5 September to sign up.
Metrorail and their preferred bus-service provider HGTS Tours are offering daily return train-trips from Cape Town to Simons Town, followed by a luxury-coach journey to Cape Point for the duration of SA National Parks Week (including Saturday 14 September). The cost for this transport package is R120 per adult and R60 for children (0 – 12), students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Meghan Horne of Metrorail’s Rail Tourism Promotions Department on 021 449-3018 / 2366 or email [email protected].
The Two Oceans restaurant at Cape Point will also run a promotion for the duration of SA National Parks Week, where 1 kids meal will be free with every main meal ordered (Applicable to the restaurant only. NO Take-Aways, and restricted to the amount of kids actually present at the table. Only valid for SA Residents with a valid ID). The retail shops will also be offering a Cape Point water bottled (valued at R95.00) FREE with purchases over R400.00.
West Coast, close to Langebaan – it is flower season, so make the most of the Postberg section of the Park, which is only open during August and September every year. Have something to eat at Geelbek Restaurant and then go off to experience the spectacular colourful carpets of wild flowers. Be sure to explore the entire park including the Seeberg Lookout Point, Mooimaak (by bicycle only) and Postberg. To save time in the queue at the gates, be sure to download the gate registration form off the website (http://www.sanparks.org/assets/docs/parks_west_coast/gate-registration.pdf) and fill it out before arriving; use both the R27 and Langebaan gates as this will ease congestion at either one gate; head to the park early in the morning, especially if travelling on a weekend or sunny day as these are the more popular days for visitors.
Bontebok, just outside Swellendam – Take a drive through the Park and spot some game; unwind alongside the Breede River; or take a walk through hills of Aloe.
Please remember to bring along your green bar-coded SA ID to gain free entry into any of the Parks. If you’re an avid instagrammer (@san_parks) or tweeter (@TableMountainNP / @BontebokNP / @WestCoastNP) – remember to tag us in your photos of your free entry day. For more information, please contact Wanika Rusthoi via email: [email protected] or visit us online at www.sanparks.org.