5 Wild hotspots to take advantage of during SANParks free entry week

2018-09-07 18:00 - Selene Brophy
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Craft breweries to road trip to in Mpumalanga and Limpopo. (Photo: iStock)

It's Heritage Month and if there is one thing South Africa has more than enough of, it's inspiring natural spaces that won't cost you an arm and a leg to enjoy.

Did you know that just looking at a picture of nature for only 40 seconds can improved focus and performance in your everyday life. No need to do the math then, is there, when it comes to SANpark's free access week in September. 

SEE: How to turn your Heritage Day into a 5-day holiday

NB: It will take place between 10 and 14th September 2018. Visitors must bring along your green bar-coded SA ID book or SA ID Card to gain free entry. 

The only exceptions are Namaqua National Park as well as Boulders Penguin Colony and Table Mountain Aerial Cableway in Table Mountain National Park. CapeNature has joined the Heritage Month free entry parade - offering free entry from 17 - 24 September 2018 (Including Heritage Day on Monday, 24 September) -  See more details hereAlso, Table Mountain National Park and Bontebok National Park have extended the offer of free entry to include Saturday the 15th of September. 

ALSO READ: #LiveYourWild: Get planning for the country-wide SANParks Week for free entry in September 

With over 20 South African National Parks plus almost as many regional parks spread across this wild life & eco-destination second to none - best you start with these choice options:  

1. The Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is not only one of the world's most renown wildlife spots, but it also happens to be a place where South Africans of all walks of life can appreciate our natural heritage - if ever you needed to sum up what's unique and proudly South Africa about our country, Kruger pretty much hits the spot. Be warned, a free week is not enough if it's your first time. You will be back, Kruger is just that exceptional.  

2. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park  

Rolling red dunes and wide open skies: there’s no better place in the world to experience the absolute immensity of the Kalahari Desert than in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The reserve is an amalgamation of what was once South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park. It covers a whopping 3.6 million ha, making it one of the very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world.  

SEE: How to have a Kgalagadi bushwhacking experience on the cheap

3. Table Mountain National Park 

Visit Cape Point and spend the day exploring the most south-westerly point in Africa. Picnic at Buffels Bay or search the rock pools near Bordjiesrif. Don’t forget to take your photograph at the Cape Point sign and upload it on Instagram. Be a tourist for a day and take a Sho’t Left for free.

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4. The West Coast National Park 

This is close to West Coast haven of Langebaan. It also happens to be flower season, so make the most of the Postberg section of the Park, which is only open during August and September annually. Have something to eat at Geelbek Restaurant and then experience the carpets of wild flowers, breathe in the smell and take home the memories.

5. Bontebok National Park 

The smallest of South Africa's National Parks is located just outside Swellendam. This gem of a park allows hikers the joy of walking without risk, birding is at a premium and for the intrepid brace yourself for a dip in the Breede River. Take the family and make a day of it.

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