Make the most of your Wild Card at these national parks across SA

2018-11-01 10:30
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South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced the annual tariff adjustment of its Wild Card programme membership for all parks.

The adjustment is an annual occurrence and is applied to daily conservation fees payable across South African National parks - with current pricing in place from 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2019. For more information on the pricing visit here.    

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Wild Card members don’t pay daily conservation fees when entering SA’s parks or reserves, and they only pay once and are free to visit how often they like for a whole year.

“The Wild Card membership is still the most affordable way to explore national parks and reserves in South Africa and Swaziland,” says SANParks’ Wild Card Programme Manager, Hein Grobler.  

All funds generated from conservation fees are used with the primary mandate of SANParks which is to oversee the conservation of South Africa’s biodiversity, landscapes, seascapes and associated heritage assets through a system of national parks. 

Key Membership pricing:

The All Parks Cluster individual Wild Card membership, giving access to 80 plus parks and reserves around southern Africa, which include SANParks, Msinsi, EKZN Wildlife, Cape Nature and Swazi Clusters Parks, has increased from R570 to R640 for one person for the year.

Couple Wild Cards for all parks (two adults or one adult and one child) will cost you R1 055, up from last year’s price of R940.

Family Wild Cards for all parks (two adults and up to five children or one adult and up to six children) will be R1 290 for 2018/2019, up from last year’s R1 150.

The SANParks Cluster which gives access to all 21 SANParks’ National Parks will now cost R610 for an individual, R995 for a couple and R1 195 for a family.

Here 5 Wild hotspots to take advantage: 

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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