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SANParks announces free access week dates for 2020By ATTA®
South African National Parks (SANParks), together with Total South Africa and FNB has announced that it 15th annual SA National Parks Week will take place from 16 to 20 November 2020. SANParks chief executive officer, Fundisile Mketeni says: "SANParks has postponed the free access week which is traditionally held in September, to November due to the Covid-19 alert level 2 regulations which restrict the number of persons allowed within public spaces. Additionally, we have implemented extra visitor management procedures in the parks to manage visitor volumes in line with regulations to further mitigate the risk of the spread of coronavirus at this time."
SA National Parks Week is an annual campaign that gives all South African citizens the opportunity to enter most of the parks managed by SANParks for free, with the exclusion of Namaqua National Park and Boulders section at Table Mountain National Park. The free access to parks does not include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities.
Every year SANParks aims to increase the number of citizens that are granted free access to national parks during this time. Since we started the programme in 2006, some 551,393 South Africans have been afforded the opportunity to enter national parks, and we want to see these numbers grow.