The Mercury - - METRO -

ON Sun­day, South African Na­tional Parks (SANParks) launched the 13th an­nual cam­paign to grant free day ac­cess to na­tional parks for South Africans. The week-long of­fer started yes­ter­day and con­tin­ues un­til Fri­day.

The launch was held at the Kruger Na­tional Park in Limpopo. The week gives day vis­i­tors free ac­cess to most of the 21 na­tional parks, with spe­cial em­pha­sis on en­sur­ing that peo­ple from lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties get to ex­pe­ri­ence the parks.

Those ex­cluded from the of­fer are Na­maqua Na­tional Park, the Boul­ders Pen­guin Colony and the Ta­ble Mountain Cable­way. The of­fer does not in­clude free ac­cess to ac­com­mo­da­tion and other tourist ac­tiv­i­ties.

Speak­ing at the launch, SANParks chief ex­ec­u­tive Fun­dis­ile Mketeni said the free na­tional parks week arose from the re­al­i­sa­tion that the ma­jor­ity of South Africans were not vis­it­ing na­tional parks.

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