The national parks in the Northern Cape welcomed more than 20 000 international tourists, tourists from other provinces and local tourists during the recent festive period. The international tourists and tourists from other provinces were mostly overnight guests, while the local visitors made use of the day visitor facilities in the parks.Due to the recent rains and the subsequent green landscapes, it is anticipated that the Augrabies Falls National Park and the Mokala National Park will continue to see an influx of tourists between late January and March, said Nadia Lemmetuis, communication mana-ger for the Arid Parks.More visitors to the parks of Kgalagadi, Mokala, Augrabies and Namaqua were recorded than in the same period last year, despite the scarcity of water and the deteriorated field conditions. The Namaqua National Parks’ coastal section was popular and the recently added day visitor facilities were a major draw card. Kgalagadi never seems to disappoint and the occupancy rate was between 90% and 100% at any given time.The regional manager, Lucius Moolman, thanked everyone who made the Arid Parks their destination during the holidays. “We pride ourselves on making every visit a memorable one,” he said.