SANParks Week 2017 | Western Cape Government

SANParks Week 2017

SANParks Week 2016

The annual South African National Parks (SANParks) Week (18 – 22 September 2017) gives all South Africans the opportunity to explore their local national park for free. All you’ll need is your South African ID as proof of citizenship.

This year’s theme for the SANParks Week is still “Know Your National Parks”. The objective of the week is to grow a culture of pride in our relationship with the country’s natural, cultural and historical heritage.

Celebrating our natural heritage

Lombard Shirindzi, General Manager of the Northern Region Parks said, “We are hoping to see an influx of people at all our parks, especially as Sunday the 24th of September is Heritage Day, which is all about celebrating our heritage and culture and what a better way to celebrate than spending a day in a national park” 

The idea of a national parks focus week is a world-wide campaign and was conceived in South Africa in 2006, after realising that a vast majority of South Africans weren’t  accessing the national parks.

SANParks encourages school groups, community members and higher education institutions to use this opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge about the deep heritage entrenched in our national parks. All you need to do is produce your ID (green bar-coded book or new ID card).

National Parks in the Western Cape

Grab the opportunity that SANParks Week provides to get out and explore the national   parks in the province:

Some of the parks will be extending the week to include the weekend. For individual park dates please visit the SANParks website.

Please note that free access to the parks doesn’t include:

What you can see and do in some of the National Parks

Some of the parks will be extending the week to include the weekend, so to find out more you can refer to the individual park dates.

Alternatively, you can also visit the SANParks website 

Park Date
Agulhas National Park The park is an open access park with no pay points. Access to the lighthouse will be included as free access.
Bontebok National Park 18 - 24 September 2017
Garden Route National Park 16 - 23 September 2017
Karoo National Park 18 - 22 September 2017
***First 100 visitors per day on Saturday (23 September) and Sunday (24 September) gain free access.
Namaqua National Park ***Excluded from SA National Parks Week
Table Mountain National Park 18 - 23 September 2017
***Free entry excludes Boulders Penguin Colony
Tankwa Karoo National Park 18 - 24 September 2017
West Coast National Park 18 - 22 September 2017


SANParks Week 2016

The content on this page was last updated on 8 September 2017