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Seven days of free entry into Camdeboo National Park

Post by Mel » Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:38 pm

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Date: 4th September 2014


The Valley of Desolation, tourist roads, picnic sites, walking, hiking and 4x4 trails of Camdeboo National Park are waiting to welcome you during South African National Parks Week. Countrywide, the programme runs from Monday 8 to Friday 12 September, but Park Management has extended it again this year to include the weekend thereafter to accommodate those who cannot make it during the week.



This annual campaign under the established theme ‘Know Your National Parks’ allows locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice free of charge. It should be noted that this free access does not include accommodation and any commercial activities such as guided game drives, horse trails, etc.

Next week is the ideal opportunity for locals to come and enjoy the sights and sounds of this Big Five park – the third largest national park in the country. Visitors will be able to go on a self-drive through the Park, enjoying the more than 600 tusked residents, hundreds of bird species, while those lucky enough may even catch a glimpse of some of Addo’s latest inhabitants – three lion cubs and so much more. Jack’s picnic site is situated in the middle of the park – the ideal stop-off for a quick picnic or even a good old South African braai – as we also celebrate heritage month this month. Visits to the interpretive centre, underground viewing hide and bird hide at the Main Camp are also a must.

South African National Parks Week offers free days visits to all South African citizens. Themed ‘Know Your National Parks’, the annual campaign allows locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice free of charge. It should be noted that this free access does not include accommodation and any commercial activities such as guided game drives, horse trails where those are offered.

As part of SA National Parks Week, Camdeboo’s People and Conservation Department will facilitate guided visits to the Valley of Desolation and Environmental Education Centre, coupled with talks and presentations about the park. They’ve already spent the past week at schools in Graaff-Reinet, outlining what the week is all about and wetting the leaners and educators’ appetites for what they can actually experience in the Park next week.

The objective of the campaign is to cultivate a culture of pride in all South Africans in their relationship with the country’s natural, cultural and historical heritage. When people start to take pride in the national parks, then SANParks believes that they will start to understand the importance of conservation.

The idea of a national parks focus week is a world-wide campaign and was conceived in South Africa in 2006, after realising that a vast majority of South Africans were not accessing the national parks. The annual South African National Parks Week has been made possible with support from First National Bank (FNB), who’s been on board since inception eight years ago. They were joined as a sponsor this year by Total South Africa.

SANParks encourages all South Africans and especially educators and school groups to diarise these dates and plan a visit to Addo Elephant National Park. The survival of the South African national parks system and our natural and cultural heritage lies in the people of South Africa.


Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Frontier Region Communications

Media queries:
Fayroush Ludick
Regional Manager: Communications, South African National Parks
Cell: 082 888 0201
Email: fayroush.ludick@sanparks.org
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