South African National Parks Week: 12-16 September 2011
In keeping with the September spirit of Heritage Month, South African National Parks (SANParks) is once again opening up its parks during SANParks Week with free access to all. This year's SANParks Week is scheduled to be held from 12 to 16 September and will highlight the importance of South Africa's national parks, by looking at both human and wildlife factors.
This year's theme is "Know Your National Parks", and the event's major objectives are:
- To create awareness.
- To instil a sense of pride in South Africa's natural, cultural and historical heritage.
- To educate the public on the importance of nature and biodiversity.
- To give the public a broader understanding of the custodianship role played by SANParks in conservation issues.
This initiative is in line with the organisation's people and conservation efforts to bring national parks closer to the people.
First National Bank (FNB) has sponsored R1.2 million for the week's activities and each of the 19 national parks have developed unique plans for celebrating the week, including career guidance exhibitions, hiking trails, photography competitions, exhibitions on various activities around the parks, game drives, evening boma braais, storytelling sessions, sports activities and giveaways, pensioners' day and wild walks for school children.
The Cape Region, which includes Agulhas, Bontebok, Table Mountain, Tankwa and West Coast National Parks, has a number of activities planned for the week, from braais, picnics and soccer tournaments to game drives and educational school tours. The parks are inviting everyone from local communities to take the opportunity to visit their respective parks and get to know the unique heritage that lies just beyond their doorstep. For further information on each of the Cape Region's parks, visit www.sanparks.org.
SANParks Week/Heritage Month Activities
Source: South African National Parks (SANParks).