South African National Parks (SANParks), together with Total South Africa and FNB will be hosting the 15th annual SA National Parks Week, which includes Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point Entrance) from 16 to 20 November 2020.
16 to 20 November 2020
SANParks Chief Executive Officer, Fundisile Mketeni said, “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.”
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.
Mketeni said, “The week in partnership with Total South Africa and FNB is meant to cultivate a sense of pride in South Africa’s natural, cultural and historical heritage and a deeper appreciation of biodiversity. It is important for South Africans to visit and know the importance of national parks.”
Mketeni highlights the growing need for national parks to be relevant, particularly to young people and communities living adjacent to parks. “Through our Socio-Economic Transformation programmes and our Expanded Public Works Programme, we work closely with communities living adjacent to national parks in order to be more inclusive so we can tackle issues of wildlife crime with their help, afford them more access to parks for cultural use, inform young people about the different career options that parks have to offer and create job opportunities. SANParks hopes to strengthen and enable those communities to reap the benefits of the national parks.”
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The week grants free access to most of the 21 national parks for day visitors. Free entry excludes Namaqua National Park and Boulders Penguin Colony and Table Mountain National Park. It should be noted that free access to parks does not include free access to accommodation, facilities such as the Flying Dutchman Funicular and other tourist activities.
Visit a national park this year for free during SA National Parks Week, to see what it has to offer and do your part by getting to know your national parks.
Remember, our Flying Dutchman Funicular, Food Shop and Curio Store trade over weekends from 9 am -4 pm.
Covid-19 Health & Safety Protocols
- A questionnaire will be completed upon arrival at the gate, as well as mandatory temperature screenings.
- Visitors with a temperature screening of 37.4 degrees Celsius and above will not be allowed access.
- Wearing a face mask is compulsory. No mask, no entry.
- It is imperative to bring along your South African Identification Document to qualify for the SA special entry rates (R80 for adults and R40 for kids). Electronic proof of SA ID on a phone is acceptable.
- SANParks now allows full vehicle capacity to enter. If a vehicle has a capacity of x4 then x4 may be in the car. If a vehicle has a capacity of x6 and there are x8 in the car we will regrettably not allow the car to enter. Vehicle capacity is listed on the licence disc on the car.
- Braais and picnics are not permitted as per COVID-19 regulations; The Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre and overnight hiking trail huts will remain closed.
Details of the Cape Point Concession’s Covid-19 health and safety protocols can be found on the website: www.capepoint.co.za
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Visit the website for more information: www.sanparks.org/about/events/parks_week/.
Issued by: South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Media enquiries: Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli Acting Head Of Communications, SANParks
Cell: 073 373 4999;