South African National Parks (SANParks) brings their free-entry offer for South Africans again this year. In most areas, free entry runs for five days. But some parks in the Cape extended that by two days. It means that South Africans who don’t often afford the chance, get time to enjoy the beauty of nature.
South African National Parks with extended dates
SANParks issued a statement and it noted that free entry requires people aged over 18 to prove their identity. The free entry dates run from “Monday, 16 November until Friday, 20 November.” But, some parks in the Cape area offer free entry for longer. These include the Agulhas, Bontebok, Table Mountain, Tankwa Karoo and West Coast National Parks. Notably, it allows for a free day visit entry.
However, take note that the free entry offer applies to certain parks. Not every park or section allows free entry. And, this applies to the “Boulders Penguin Colony, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, and Namaqua National Park.” And, the South African National Parks Week is governed by limited numbers of visitors. The coronavirus means fewer people may enter. So, reach your destination early. And, definitely take along your masks.
What to do in Cape parks with the extra two free-entry days
Agulhas National Park brings the unique experience of standing where two oceans meet. The warm Indian ocean clashes against the colder Atlantic Ocean, making for restless seas. When you visit the park, you stand at the very southernmost tip of the continent of Africa. Known as the Cape of Storms, many a mariner floundered to a cruel death in years gone by. Take a walk and “view a graveyard of shipwrecks along the Agulhas coastline.”
Bontebok National Park is small but very beautiful with the majestic Langeberg Mountains as a backdrop. Naturally, expect to encounter bontebok there. Visitors enjoy canoeing in the Breede River Dam, and hiking options abound. Take along your binoculars if you enjoy birdwatching. The park lies just six kilometers south of Swellendam in the Cape.
Free Entry Week in Tankwa Karoo
Tankwa Karoo National Park appeals to 4X4 enthusiasts. It’s quiet and rugged but very scenic. One of the best examples of a rehabilitated farm, it started off as a sheep farm. Famous for very little rain, the park helps protect the Succulent Karoo. And birders enjoy the place because of some uncommon sightings. Keep your eyes peeled, as you might even encounter some cute bat-eared foxes during South African National Parks Free Entry Week.
Closer to Cape Town, you’ll find the West Coast National Park near Saldana Bay. Allow about two hours of driving time from Cape Town. While the spring flowers might be over now, you may still enjoy the beautiful blue water of the Langebaan Lagoon. And even closer, of course, people from Cape Town can also enjoy the Tabe Mountain National Park. There, take advantage of the South African National Parks Free Entry Week by enjoying a braai at Tokai Forest, Newlands, Silvermine or Oudekraal.
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