SANParks opens its gates for free!


From Monday, 16 November until Friday, 20 November, the South African National Parks (SANParks) is opening its gates for free.

This year will be the 15th annual South African National Parks Week, which is hosted in partnership with First National Bank and Total South Africa.

The Regional Communications Manager of the Cape Region, Lauren Howard-Clayton, said in a statement that the campaign allows locals, with valid identity documents, an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice – free of charge.

“It is important for South Africans to visit and know the importance of national parks. They act as spaces to practice sustainable conservation, as well as preserve and celebrate our culture and heritage. National parks play a critical role in empowering communities living adjacent to parks, through job creation and we continue to explore ways of creating business opportunities particularly for small business owners,” Howard-Clayton explains.

The week-long campaign will be applicable to all the national parks managed by SANParks, with the exception of Boulders Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway in Table Mountain National Park, and Namaqua National Park.

She adds that parks in the Cape Region i.e. Agulhas-, Bontebok-, Table Mountain-, Tankwa Karoo- and West Coast National Park will extend South African National Parks Week until Sunday, 22 November.

“Visit a national park for free this year during SA National Parks Week, to see what it has to offer and do your part by getting to know your national parks, celebrate your rich heritage offering and experience first-hand the iconic beauty and plethora of natural flora and fauna,” she concludes.


South Africans over the age of 18 years, who enter the parks, must produce a SA ID or SA driver’s license to enter for free during South African National Parks Week. SANParks accepts electronic ID copies.

Due to Covid-19 regulations, the parks will operate under capacity constraints, and a first come – first serve basis principle will apply.