Free access to national parks

2018-08-29 06:00
Addo Elephant to celebrate free access week.Photo:SUPPLIED

Addo Elephant to celebrate free access week.Photo:SUPPLIED

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

THERE will be free entry to most of the 21 South African National Parks from Monday, September 10 until Friday, September 14.

As in previous years, the campaign will again be run under the established theme, “Know Your National Parks”.

Fayroush Ludick, regional communications manager for South African National Parks (SANParks), said, “The free access is meant to cultivate a sense of pride in local residents in South Africa’s natural, cultural and historical heritage.

“They can do this by experiencing and enjoying all that the parks have to offer.

“It should be noted that the free access does not include accommodation or paid-for activities.”

Ludick further said, “There are lots to keep day visitors to Addo Elephant National Park busy – with its closest entrance gate at Colchester only 30 minutes outside Port Elizabeth. A self-drive game drive allows guests to explore the main game viewing area of the park at their leisure.

“A pit stop at Jack’s picnic site is a must.

“This fenced-in area is the perfect spot for a picnic or braai, about halfway towards main camp.

“While elephant sightings are practically guaranteed, be sure to also keep a look out for the rest of the Big 5 as well as the more elusive animals like hyena and jackal.”

Other parks in the region which are also participating in the campaign include Garden Route National Park, Mountain Zebra (near Cradock) and Camdeboo National Parks (outside Graaff-Reinet).

Addo Elephant will not be extending their free entry outside of September 10 to 14, while Mountain Zebra will allow the first 100 day visitors through their gate free access on both Saturday, September 15 and Sunday September 16, and free entry is extended in Camdeboo throughout the weekend after SANParks Week.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.